View Full Version : Does anyone have problems with a swing-away tire carrier

01-05-2011, 10:33 AM
Does anyone have a swing-away tire carrier made back a few years ago by Serious metal out of North Van? They were sold in a lot of local 4x4 shops.

The problem Iím havingÖ.which is the same problem I had with the one on my old CJ5 is wobble with spare tire on. So bad that for the last few trips I have not taken the spare. Itís only a matter of time before metal fatigue sets in and it breaks. The main pivot bushing could be replaced which will help a bit but wonít solve the problem.

Has anyone come up with a fix to stop the wobble? At this point Iím thinking it needs a custom latch attached to the body for a 3rd secure point.

01-05-2011, 11:42 AM
i said attaching to the body as the simplest thing and you didnt like that idea:confused:

what about where it mounts to the frame? is it the frame that is flexing or tire carrier? post some picture of where it is flexing or weak and perhaps some of the other jeep guys might have a fix or idea for it?

01-05-2011, 12:04 PM
is wobbeling or is the bumper twisting.

what kind of pivot point does it have on it.
mine is very simple, yet effective.

01-05-2011, 12:04 PM
Some sort of dampner like a hood/hatch strut might help mounted from the non mounted end to an independent pivot point at the swinging end.
But a third latch would be easier.

01-05-2011, 12:12 PM
I'll take some pictures tonight

01-05-2011, 12:38 PM
Duct tape and bungie cords! :D

01-05-2011, 12:52 PM
Duct tape and bungie cords! :D

I would go with FknMrks idea your Redneck enough lol

01-05-2011, 01:14 PM
first one of these


second one of these


an it will never move again unless you want it 2 ... just giving you idea's ... seach cam lock's there are many different version's ...

that bumper design is 15 year's old now ... just sayin

01-05-2011, 01:26 PM
Thanks B, is there a better design out now?

01-05-2011, 02:36 PM
the main problem was the bronse bushing in the swing out wear's out so they get loose once loose the latch is not ajustable and now it slop's all over the place ...

the first link is for a new pivot it use's tapered bearing's so as it wear's you can tighten it up think your front wheel bearings in the wheel bearing hub that ride on the spindle same concept way better design ...

01-05-2011, 02:53 PM
I agree that replacing that bushing would help...but now the whole lower bumper is moving back forth.

01-05-2011, 03:02 PM

you need some of these or have them made

01-05-2011, 03:25 PM
you da man B !!! thanks for the info

01-06-2011, 08:45 AM
take the bushings out and have some new ones make, if its walking around on them. just get some steel ones made. easy repair later IF the steel wears out. BIG IF