In this article, we will show you how to install a spare tire carrier on your Jeep. This is something that anyone can do with the right tools and some basic knowledge of cars. A spare tire carrier provides safety for drivers in case they get stranded by a flat or run-over tire. It also provides convenience for those who want to add an extra layer of protection for their vehicle.
Step One: Find the four bolts that are holding your spare tire carrier in place and remove them. Pull out the spindle, then set it aside so you don’t damage it while handling the new spare tire carrier assembly.
Step Two: Then mount one bracket near each end of the Jeep body at or below all places where mounting holes exist for studs (usually these will be welded into place by an experienced welder). Screw these brackets firmly onto existing mounted bolts but not too tight.
Step Three: Get a box from the back of your Jeep and remove any excess packaging material inside it, then place the new spare tire carrier assembly onto it so that you can see how to assemble everything together (it may help to have someone on hand for this step).
Step Four: Find two long bolts with nuts and washers in them. Slide one bolt through each hole on either side of the vehicle’s body where brackets are located at or below existing mounted bolts. Tighten both bolts tightly until pressure is applied evenly across its surface; repeat these steps for opposite end next ensuring that there will be enough space on either side of the vehicle upon installation; if not, adjust accordingly by removing/replacing mounting bracket(s).
Step Five: Place the new spindle onto its grooves on either side of the vehicle’s frame and put it in place. Slide the bottom end into one of the slots at or below existing mounted bolts then tighten by hand with a wrench to avoid over-tightening which can cause damage to threads. Make sure that you do not have any excess spare tire carrier assembly sticking out from beneath your Jeep body as this will interfere with driving when fully assembled.
Step Six: Screw both nuts firmly but not too tight, making sure they are parallel to each other before tightening them further; repeat these steps for opposite end.
Step Seven: Return the spindle to its proper place and screw it firmly in before tightening with a wrench (see Step Five); repeat these steps for opposite end next ensuring that there is enough space on either side of the vehicle upon installation.
Step Eight: Put your old spare tire carrier assembly back into position, lining up all eight studs on top of each other, then tighten four bolts down securely; make sure you do not over-tighten which can cause damage to threads. Place two new nuts loosely onto both ends of long bolts protruding from frame holes where brackets are located at or below existing mounted bolts.
Step Nine: Attach one nut tightly followed by second nut onto each of the four bolts protruding from frame, ensuring that you do not over-tighten which can cause damage to threads.
Step Ten: Replace any rubber mountings on either end with new ones then tighten them firmly but not too tight; repeat these steps for opposite end next ensuring that there is enough space on either side of the vehicle upon installation (see Step Four); if not, adjust accordingly by removing/replacing mounting bracket(s).
Step Eleven: Remove excess packaging material in the spare tire compartment. Then place your old box back into position after removing all excess packaging materials inside it and close lid securely. Return spindle to its proper place and screw tightly before tightening further with a wrench (see Steps Five and Six).
The newly installed spare tire carrier assembly is now securely in place! Test the new spindle by driving over a bumpy road or pothole to make sure that everything inside remains intact and tight.