Cool!!!! I built the same tire carrier about 7 years ago for my Grand Cherokee; only difference that the fold adapter I used has the ball hitch attached to it. Worked very well. I think I still have it somewhere in my garage; I took it off when I sold my WJ.AlekG said:First order of business was to cut the part of the spare tire mount that slides into the hitch receiver (red line):
Next was to measure and drill two holes up from the red line, this is where the center bolt of the Surco fold up adapter would go through. The holes have to be big enought to fit the stainless steel sleeve that comes with the Surco. This sleeve is what allows it to pivot nicely. Here's a couple of pictures of it just before drilling the holes:
I was also very happy with its light weight. I ended up having to lug the entire rack (with AT Fuel Can holders attached) onto the roof by myself. It was tricky but I didn't scratch or break anythingBig D said:The reason I'm asking is I have the same rack but in 45X50 size. I do like the fact that it's fairly light weight. I had 4 lights to the front, 2 to the back, Axe & shovel mount, Hilift mount, and their own universal grabbing mounts.
I contacted Surco to see if the extra flooring would increase the racks capacity. They said that the extra flooring would not increase the total capacity beyond 250lbs. It would just allow you to use smaller items.
Below is a picture of our Red Rock Challenge Expedition. The Liberty is equiped with the rack. The factory rails did have to be strengthened by adding 2 additional supports. They are barely visible in the photo. The total weight in that picture is just over 200lbs. I think it was approaching it's limits.