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Old 09-18-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Spare tire carrier for oversized tires

I recently installed 265/70 17 tires on my 2018 4x4. I cannot get a 265/70 tire to fit in my spare tire carrier under the van although I have seen posts that indicate that this size will fit.

Can the tire carrier be modified or can a modified aftermarket version be purchased. I would like to avoid the rear door/bumper tire carrier.

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Old 09-18-2018, 11:01 PM   #2
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My 265/70/17 spare fits. It's tight, but doable. Some on the forum have modified the cage to get larger tires underneath.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:44 PM   #3
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The diameter for a brand new tire seems to just barely fit when pushed completely back on the spare tray, but I am hitting the frame member that goes from the center rails to the back of the leaf springs and I need about another inch to get it to latch. I may have to modify it a bit.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:12 PM   #5
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I had a rack made for mine which is secured on the door hinges. This means it simply swings away with the door.

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Old 09-20-2018, 12:39 AM   #6
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I don’t have the skills to make a door rack but I have a plan on how to modify the under van rack. There are two bolts on each hinge. I plan to lower the hinge to the lower bolt and put a steel plate to capture both bolt holes and maintain the strength. There is part of the front of the tire holder that I am going to bend downward. If the tire diameter proves to be too much, I will look into buying a used tire for the spare. I.’ll let you know if it works.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:07 AM   #7
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I donít have the skills to make a door rack but I have a plan on how to modify the under van rack. There are two bolts on each hinge. I plan to lower the hinge to the lower bolt and put a steel plate to capture both bolt holes and maintain the strength. There is part of the front of the tire holder that I am going to bend downward. If the tire diameter proves to be too much, I will look into buying a used tire for the spare. I.íll let you know if it works.
You may want to contact agile off-road in santee California and see if they sell the part they use to modify the stock under van carrier to hold the (.much.) larger wheels and tires they install on a daily basis.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:13 PM   #8
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Thanks Onefin. I’ll look into that.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:40 PM   #9
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Some simple mods to the tire cage will increase tire capacity by a couple inches. My modified cage now accommodates a 33Ē diameter Cooper STX Max 285/55-16 with an inch to spare.

















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You may want to contact agile off-road in santee California and see if they sell the part they use to modify the stock under van carrier to hold the (.much.) larger wheels and tires they install on a daily basis.
I just installed the "Agile Off Road Sprinter Spare brackets for Over Size Tire" for my 275/70R17 today. Agile charged me $45 for two brackets, bolts, nuts, and washers. Their instructions showed a hydraulic press stretching the carrier a few inches, but I used ratchet straps hooked up to some poles. It worked well enough and the tire now fits easily. The carrier rubbed a little on the Van Compass Rear Hitch Step that I installed the day prior, but it still fits with a little effort.
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