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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:02 PM
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Rear Door - Is it possible?

Is it possible to convert the plain style rear door to accept the spare tire mount? I have the bracket and I have the reinforcement pieces for the inside. Is it more complicated than drilling the five holes?
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The additional internal supports are welded to the door frame. There are two styles, the early one that sits very low and the newer one is higher up.
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Though Defenders do come with those tire mounts on the rear door, do you really want to hang an 80 pound tire & rim on those little 3 hinges? Many people opt for those mounts that swing away and are mounted to the corner & lower cross member. Myself, when I bought mine in 1999, one of the 1st things I did was to take the tire & rack off the back door. I store the spare on my roof rack or put it inside (only when I go out of town) IF I carry it at all.
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I'd recommend getting the Mantec rear door carrier.
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I agree with Dennis and Jason. When I bought my truck the rear door was bending at the top from the weight of the tire and when going over bumps it sounded like the rear door would fall off. The Mantec is easy to install and sturdy.

However I had to remove the grab handle on the back so I won't be able to lift the truck up by hand anymore
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I'd recommend getting the Mantec rear door carrier.
^^^^^this or Alisport makes a nice one but of course it's $$$$$
I have the Mantec and it's great. PO installed grease fittings so it's even better!

Couldn't imagine a spare mounted on the door the way they came from the factory. Maybe a "donut spare" but not a real tire. Especially if you're running heavy wolf wheels or bigger tires
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You can fit the plate where you want it, might need to cut out a inner support to get it it the more or less correct location

test fit your plate, drill holes

Go to home depot and by some sq tube and weld in to surround the plate. Might add additional vertical support

reassemble and done

Or....buy the Masai spare time carrier....
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The previous owner added a wheel to the rear bumper to offset the added weight of the Wolf wheel. Works great. Very cheap. Never have had any if the hinge issues others have had.
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