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    Default Best tire carrier spindles

    Okay, I am still in the middle of a roof rack build but let me just say that having access to a welder is convenient but also hurts the wallet(not as much as buying ready made parts tho) haha What is the best spindle assembly? I am only seeing the IPOR spindle as the only option? I am making what you can call a rear bumper in some way haha But I am just trying to get rid of the rear tupperware plastic bumper and mount a spare tire carrier!

    Thanks in advance guys!

    -LD

    Edit: As I find spindle options, I will post them

    Competition4x4(1750 # rating)-$85
    http://www.comp4x4.com/tire_carrier_hinge_kit_2000.html

    Iron pig offroad(no load rating)-$48.75
    http://www.ironpigoffroad.com//index...products_id=74

    AtoZ Fabrication
    Tire Carrier Swingout Heavy Duty Hinge Kit - $49.95 (1000lbs rating)
    Tire Carrier Swingout Mega Spingle Hinge Kit - $69.95 (1800lbs rating?, not clear in description, only says 80% stronger)
    http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...Hinge-Kit.html

    4x4labs (3500# rating)-$95
    http://www.4x4labs.com/products/rear...duty-spindles/
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    I can't vouch for one over the other, but I came across this spindle during my research in the past. It's just another to add to your list.

    Tire Carrier Swingout Heavy Duty Hinge Kit - $49.95 (1000lbs rating)
    Tire Carrier Swingout Mega Spingle Hinge Kit - $69.95 (1800lbs rating?, not clear in description, only says 80% stronger)
    http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...Hinge-Kit.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by brasskey View Post
    I can't vouch for one over the other, but I came across this spindle during my research in the past. It's just another to add to your list.

    Tire Carrier Swingout Heavy Duty Hinge Kit - $49.95 (1000lbs rating)
    Tire Carrier Swingout Mega Spingle Hinge Kit - $69.95 (1800lbs rating?, not clear in description, only says 80% stronger)
    http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...Hinge-Kit.html
    I helped a buddy build a bumper for his camper van with these (1000lbs rated kit). Very heavy duty, and IMO seemed plenty overkill for a spare tire swing out. The were very high quality, and installed painlessly. He ended up doing a swingout on each side. One a spare tire and the other was a storage box. Good luck on the build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brasskey View Post
    I can't vouch for one over the other, but I came across this spindle during my research in the past. It's just another to add to your list.

    Tire Carrier Swingout Heavy Duty Hinge Kit - $49.95 (1000lbs rating)
    Tire Carrier Swingout Mega Spingle Hinge Kit - $69.95 (1800lbs rating?, not clear in description, only says 80% stronger)
    http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...Hinge-Kit.html
    Quote Originally Posted by SLO_F-250 View Post
    I helped a buddy build a bumper for his camper van with these (1000lbs rated kit). Very heavy duty, and IMO seemed plenty overkill for a spare tire swing out. The were very high quality, and installed painlessly. He ended up doing a swingout on each side. One a spare tire and the other was a storage box. Good luck on the build.
    Thanks for the help guys! @SLO_f250: DO you happen to have pictures and a writeup on your buddy's bumper buildup?
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    I have two of the 1000lb spindles from AtoZ on my rear bumper. One for the spare (35" on a steel wheel) and the other for a gas can carrier, (holds 4 scepters). I am very happy with them. Very high quality steel and the kit comes with everything needed. Highly recommended.
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    Been through this before. A trailer axle/spindle WILL break. Just a matter of time. As I understand it, the problem is welding it and changing the heat-treat. Folks who make a living off of selling these will deny it, but I have seen enough of them go south. They will break.

    The ones with the support arm the comes up alongside are another possibility, but from a structural standpoint dont add a whole lot of additional strength. To me, ball bearings are silly on something that moves 90-120 degrees and only a couple times a year. But it is a nice touch. I recommend you take as much load off of the hinge in the closed position by supporting the arm on a delrin pad under the tire.

    Might want to look here;

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=36482

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    I used this one in my rear bumper build: http://www.emsoffroad.com/store/inde...roducts_id=182

    I don't have a whole lot of time with the product yet, but so far it's held up wonderfully.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun View Post
    Been through this before. A trailer axle/spindle WILL break. Just a matter of time. As I understand it, the problem is welding it and changing the heat-treat. Folks who make a living off of selling these will deny it, but I have seen enough of them go south. They will break.

    The ones with the support arm the comes up alongside are another possibility, but from a structural standpoint dont add a whole lot of additional strength. To me, ball bearings are silly on something that moves 90-120 degrees and only a couple times a year. But it is a nice touch. I recommend you take as much load off of the hinge in the closed position by supporting the arm on a delrin pad under the tire.

    Might want to look here;

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=36482
    Awesome! Thanks, thats a helpful thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesDowning View Post
    I used this one in my rear bumper build: http://www.emsoffroad.com/store/inde...roducts_id=182

    I don't have a whole lot of time with the product yet, but so far it's held up wonderfully.

    What size spare are you running?
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    It's a 32". I'll be swapping to a 33" soon.

    I have 5 gallons of gas, the 60 lb tire/wheel, and the hi-lift mounted to it. Good amount of weight in total.

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