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Good afternoon everyone! I am looking for a spare tire carrier that swings out so I have access to the trunk. Would love pictures if anyone has them available. I am also looking to upgrade my tires and wheels. Thanks so much!
 

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I’ve been looking at the Hitchgate Solo from Wilco Offroad (Hitchgate™ Solo).

As for wheels and tires, there are endless options. This site is a wealth of information regarding upgrades to our Passports. Personally, I wanted a more rugged, all-terrain look and function, so I went with Black Rhino Overland 18” wheels and Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires (265/60r18). I bought a set of 5 so that I would have a full size spare. Tip: Don’t forget the hub centric rings when putting on non-OEM wheels.
 

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Moab Junky (MJ) is the man for this!
I can’t seem to tag him, but if you respond to his thread below on his spare tire hitch, he will help.


And scroll thru the many posts on the wheels and tires section for help there.
 
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Thanks for the props ProdGirl ,

I did make a hitch mounted spare tire carrier. However, It does not swing out.

Sliding it in and out with the tire on is pretty easy. A member on here bought one that swings out. Ill try to find it.

Here's mine.

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I kept the frame about 1/2" from the bumper.
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And in the removed position, lol.

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This thing is quite compact and light.

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If you go to eTrailer.com and do a search you will find different swing out hitches. They all appear to be bumper mount types and most appear to be vehicle specific. If however you would be satisfied with one that allows the tire to rotate down to one side or another to allow the hatch to open there are several options to choose from. Most if not all are hitch receiver mounted.

Of course, if you don’t mind the $800 + price tag there is this. Wilco Offroad Hitchgate Solo Spare Tire Carrier (High Clearance) - UHG33187
 

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In JonDZ’s latest video, he is teasing a review of the Dirtcom tire carrier in his next video (among other goodies). It’s pricey ($1100+), but has all the bells and whistles.
 

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Hey, doesn't the spare wheel hitch obstruct the view of the rearview camera? If so, wouldn't it make sense to keep the tire I side when offroading or on the roof of you need to make room for your overlanding gear?

I assume full-size tire either doesn't fit in the space allowed for the EOM spare? If it fits, why not keep it under? I have yet to solve this problem for myself but these are my thoughts.

I personally like the look of the hitch-mounted spare but it seems rather unpractical and maybe even expensive. Did you end up relocation rearview camera?

Please pitch in with your experience and ideas if you already had an opportunity to solve this.
 

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You are correct, larger tires many of us have installed do not fit in the inside spare well.
Put-on on roof is one option but is a lot of weight up there, see other thread about weight limits on roof.
And yes it might block rearview camera - or backup sensors. Both a pain but so is using a donut tire off road.
 

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I wonder how hard it would be to make that L into a big heavy hinge with a heavy removable pin to hold it in place. Of course other tire carriers have that kind of design but they are all but bigger and bulkier than yours.
There is no doubt that adding a hinge and a latch or pin is going to add weight and bulk.

In order for a hitch mounted tire carrier to swing to the side far enough to open the hatch, you would have to have the hinge on the far right or left side. The hinge would be 34" from the hitch. Picture that.

I've never seen a hitch mounted carrier do that. Possible, you bet, a good design,, prolly not..
That function alone would require two, 34" horizontal pieces, which would weigh more than my entire set up. And look awful.

Mounting the tire farther to one side would save some material, possibly expose the license plate and back up camera. With the weight to the side, It would be hard to keep it from failing, due to all the up and down force
Caused by road heaves and dips. Off road, forget it.

Swing out tire carriers are very common on steel Jeep like bumpers. The ball bearing pivot point is on the end of a very strong, heavy, steel bumper. We have plastic there.

If it just drops to the ground when the pin is pulled, then you might want a spring to help lift it. Otherwise, I think it would make more sense to just do what I did. Slide the whole thing out, tire and all.

If you draw your working idea up, any welder can make it a reality. Take your Gold card.
 

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No thats too complicated and they make those. I was thinking hinge it so it just goes outward, not sideways. Literally just make the 2 parts of the L a hinge that straightens it into an I shape (more or less). Lean it out and set the tire on the ground.

Requires only a bit more clearance behind you than those side swinging ones. Fewer moving parts, less bulk. A bit heavy to lift up and down but you said it isn't too bad to put the entire thing on, tire and all and this is a bit better than having to take it off every time you need to open the door.
 

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I have the Kuat from etrailer https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Adapters/Kuat/PVP20B.html but in my case I have a cargo basket and it allows me to swing out the basket to let the dogs in and out the back on pit stops. When I was looking for mine there were some much cheaper ones on Amazon or ebay I don't remember but I went with this because of the weight rating. Find a trailer shop to weld up a tire carrier and get a swing out hitch...
 

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I have the Kuat from etrailer https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Adapters/Kuat/PVP20B.html but in my case I have a cargo basket and it allows me to swing out the basket to let the dogs in and out the back on pit stops. When I was looking for mine there were some much cheaper ones on Amazon or ebay I don't remember but I went with this because of the weight rating. Find a trailer shop to weld up a tire carrier and get a swing out hitch...
I like this idea, this way you can choose the height of the tire carrier to allow a little more visibility of the back window. Do you have the factory trailer hitch or aftermarket?

@stevenD , thanks for posting that video! Very helpful!
 

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I like this idea, this way you can choose the height of the tire carrier to allow a little more visibility of the back window. Do you have the factory trailer hitch or aftermarket?

@stevenD , thanks for posting that video! Very helpful!
I have aftermarket curt brand. Simple bolt up except I recommend chasing all the bolt holes before installation
 

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Love their shim design. ^^^
 

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Sorry, for $1100 + it needs more than bells and whistles. It needs to change the tire for me for that price. ;)😂
This one is SUPER fancy:


Very ingenious and quite nice looking, BUT, for $1800 that thing not only needs to change the tire for me if one goes flat, it better server me champagne in a fluted glass and speak to me like Mr. French. :LOL:


 

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@stevenD Absolutely brilliant design! Can only imagine the time they have invested in cad and fabrication of that product.
 
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