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Old 08-22-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Carrier Clearance

Hi folks

I know spare tire carrier were covered in older post like this good one

I am ready to make and install a similar spare tire carrier.

I am concerned about the clearance to the ground. It looks like in the pictures, and also with my version that there is about 9.5" to 10" to the ground

My question. Is this enough clearance? I don't want to get in a jack pot. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated

Many thanks in advance


Rogue River, Oregon

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Just measured the clearance on our factory-installed tire's roughly 9" from the bottom of the tire rack frame to the ground. We have not encountered any clearance issues to date.

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Old 08-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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I have been told by several people whom I trust that it is impossible to drag the spare carrier. Either the tongue of th tail will drag first due to the trailer and hitch geometry.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Thanks, That is about what I figured. I just wanted to make sure. Mine will probably be very similar to factory except we might go with open to the side. I wasn't sure if the depth of the frame of a 1973 was less than other years.

Anyway thanks again for your efforts


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