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Old 07-11-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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Kert DIY4X saves my Baja Tire Carrier (Post Finished)

Hi Y'all,

Well, it's another work night on the truck and I finished a long time project that has been quite interesting to say the least! My full size spare is finally mounted in the bed of my truck, and it looks awesome. Why does it look that way? Because God blesses me with good friends, like Kert and Tracey at DIY4X, that's why!

This story began back in Oct/Nov 2006 when I was buying all the goodies for my truck. One goody in particular was a spare tire carrier that would look trick, but be extremely functional and hold a 39" Super Swamper safely. After much searching, enter RJR Productions and their Baja Spare Tire Carrier. This piece was exactly what I was looking for. It was functional, would hold up to a 44" tire and if I needed to remove it out of the truck bed, I could. Perfect!

I shopped around for the lowest price and at $289.00, I have myself a tire carrier. Fast forward a few months, I get bored one night and decide to put the carrier together. I'm bummed to find I'm missing one key piece. RJR and the distributor work it out and I received it shortly thereafter. Okay good customer service. So here she sits waiting to be installed in my truck:



Fast forward a few more months. A week or so after I finish putting the winch bumper, side bars, new lift and axles on; along with the new tires, Nick (my friend) and I decide to install the tire carrier. So we roll the spare out and put the tire carrier in the bed to see what she looks like. Here is where the problems began.

The tire carrier has a mounting plate that the tire sits on, and has 4 socket head bolts that are fastened to it. These bolts sit inside the lug holes of the rim holding it in place. Then a secondary plate sits on the top of the rim with 2 more socket bolts, same design, and a big wing nut to fasten it down. Well the bolt pattern wouldn't line up. No matter what we did, it was just wrong. One of Nick's friends showed up and he has a jeep. He looked at it, as we did, and discovered that the largest bolt pattern that would work is a 6 on 5.5. An 8 lug rim would not work. Stuck!

I called RJR on this and they confirmed the bolt pattern. They also refused to allow me to return it, and despite my informing them, have still not (as far as I know) updated their web site to alert unknowing customers. For $300.00 it should be designed to hold any tire, not just Jeep or Toyota's. So what do I do? Well, I picked up the phone and made a call to Kert at DIY4X.

Kert is my welding hero! This man can do almost anything and not only is it built (welded) right; it looks darn good too! Kert had already been watching my truck build on CK5 so he was familiar with my project. He was more than happy to spend time with me on the phone to discuss this problem and share construction ideas. Well, I trusted in his judgment. I sent him the piece needing modification. I had really no idea just what exactly he was gonna do.

I went from the stock piece:



to the KERT DIY4X version:





I was completely floored at what he did. First he stripped away on the amount of powder coating needed to create firm welds. Then Kert modified the top plate into a "+" symbol to allow greater welding surfaces and straight lines for stronger welds. Then he created a steel disc, laser cut, for the exact size of the backing of an 8 lug rim. Then he machined 4 holes to mount the socket bolts designed to hold the tire. Sheer genius! Test fit was 100% perfect! I was jumpin' for joy!

So now I paint it.

Here you can see the top side and the socket bolts:



No real change in depth:



The underside fully detailed:



While that was drying, I turned my attention to installing the carrier body into the bed. The carrier has three mounting plates that need to be squared before attaching to the bed. Each plate is fastened by 4 carriage style bolts. The bolts are then supported underneath the bed by metal retaining strips to distribute any pulling forces over a greater area, preventing the bolts from tearing right out of the bed.

Here I am using a 4x4 to keep the feet squared:



Next I drilled the holes and inserted the bolts:



Using a little...



I put some on the anchor plates,



installed the plates and torqued down the bolts to spec.



What the foot plates look like topside:



After securing all the foot plates, the carrier is in:







Now I go back, get the piece Kert modified for me and install it. I then paint it semi-gloss black:





Now I'm stoked! I'm getting closer to having my tire carrier. But Kert isn't finished yet. He wanted to do something special for me on the face plate. He made me a 7" disc with "MUDDIN' MANNY" laser cut into it. It's totally rad! I decided to paint it the metallic blue to accent the paint scheme of my truck.

Primed:



Painted:



After a few days drying due to weather, I finally had the chance to mount the spare tire.

...to be continued...

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Old 07-11-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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looks good/he couldve built you a stronger and better one for the same money or less...
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Kert DIY4X saves my Baja Tire Carrier, Part II

...continued...

With all my materials already in the truck, I get all the supplies and the spare tire carrier out and lay them next to the truck:





Here you can see the face plate painted Metallic Cobalt Blue:



Now it's time to prep the tire carrier. Utilizing the foam disc's designed for cushioning a soldiers head from their battle helmets, I used them to be a buffer between the metal carrier and the aluminum rim.







Standing in front of the carrier,



I put the foam on the mounting plate (perfect fit), apply pressure, and using a utility knife, cut 4 holes in the disc:



Now it's time to mount the tire. Getting a 39" TSL into a 10" lifted Chevy, by yourself is no bed of roses.





Once on the truck, I place the spare tire onto the carrier:



I check the foam and the rim alignment. Perfect!



Now it's time to install the face plate. Using another noggin' saver, I place that onto the rim, center it, and install the MUDDIN' MANNY disc.

Checking the fit:



Centering the foam:





Seating the face plate:



Now it's time to make a small foam spacer for the wing nut.



Using my utility knife, I cut...



Install...



and tighten it down...



I then checked over the entire assembly for any possible weaknesses. I found that I need one more bolt to support the weight of the tire on the shaft that slips inside the main body of the carrier. Other than that, the tire isn't going anywhere! I'm so happy.

Here's the final views of my rig's stance with a mounted spare:















I am so happy. It turned out better than I originally had hoped. I cannot say enough about Kert and Tracey out at DIY4X. They are such great people! They have worked hard to make me happy, and the quality of Kert's work is second to none! Thanks Kert! Thanks Tracey! You're the best!

Thanks for looking.

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awww manny! i love the pic third from the bottom, its hard to belive how far shes come already. and i was wondering is there any way to lock the tire in?
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awww manny! i love the pic third from the bottom, its hard to belive how far shes come already. and i was wondering is there any way to lock the tire in?
Hi Matt!

Thanks! Kert outdid himself, didn't he? Yeah, she makes the truck look good. Yes, the tire is locked on the carrier multiple ways. I purposely didn't show that. Don't worry, it's not going anywhere. Thank you for the compliments. Almost ready....

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