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Low proile rooftop spare tire carrier

After a few attempts at buying a rooftop tire carrier, viewing different options in this forum, looking at a rear carrier, looking at alex gee's brilliant designs, etc. I decided to make my own.

My main goals were to fit a large off-road tire, keep it low to cut down wind resistance and noise, be able to get the tire on and off the rack and make it with materials I could weld with my 120 volt Harbor Freight wire feed welder.

It took much longer than I anticipated since there were so many welds.

There's space behind the tire for gas cans or a large bag.

An unintended but beneficial effect of welding to the crossbars was it bowed the crossbars to approximately the shape of the roof. My original design was to have it about half an inch lower, just off the roof and between the chrome roof pieces.

This is what I ended up with.







Mounting feet.



Mount bracket and mount foot.



Side bar for loading and unloading.



Space between rack and roof.



Rear top view showing proper cover.



I didn't take any photos during fabrication.

The tire is held by a 1/2 inch bolt screwed into a bracket welded to the small bars. A 1/2 inch nut is welded to the bracket so I just load the tire, center it and screw in the bolt.

The top cover is secured with the ratchet straps, below the cover are some wood blocks I can use for jacking up the vehicle.

It's very quiet compared to my other racks and I'm very happy with the end result. It sits about 6 inches lower than the basket rack I had used.

I can post additional pictures of the mounting bolt or other items if requested.

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Nice work. Where's the crane to lift the tire on and off the roof, though? :- )

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I just park near something raised, a pile of dirt, or in a ditch, lower the suspension and slide it off. It's motivation to keep in good enough shape to lift it up there.

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Very nice set up! I'm going to have to try to do something similar and I might borrow a few of your ideas
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Yes, do use the idea.

I've had the rack on and in use for over six months now and I really like it. There's very little noticeable wind noise and it didn't hurt the MPG very much, it decreased it less than 1 MPG.

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I just park near something raised, a pile of dirt, or in a ditch, lower the suspension and slide it off. It's motivation to keep in good enough shape to lift it up there.
So you have to plan your flats?

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Planning my flats.

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So you have to plan your flats?
That wheel and tire are heavy, I've only hauled it down from the rack when I rotate the tires, it's cumbersome to say the least.

If I can't plan my flats I know I can always get it off the rack and just throw the flat in the back.

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