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Old January 7th, 2014, 08:26 PM
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Why can't you put a spacer slightly thicker than the overlapping piece of top between the body and the tire carrier and bolt it through the body below the top? Tie the backing plate into the cage for strength. You'd probably need a spacer at the bottom as well, but nbd.
Maybe I'm not seeing what you're talking about but I don't think a spacer would help. The top bracket of the Mantec mounts right at the capping:


My gel top comes down just south of the capping. To make it work, I'd have to either mount it through the top (which definitely doesn't make sense) or notch the top. In the end, I think notching a 2"x3" square from the gel top is crappy but an acceptable compromise to have a nice spare carrier that has a very stock appearance. The RockWare carrier, nice as it is, just isn't an option for me. I much prefer the look of the bare crossmember.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 08:34 PM
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Weld a tab below the bracket and put the spacer there with the bolts through it instead of the current position in the capping. The bracket would be up against the top or very close to it and I don't think would look odd. There would be some torque on it but it's sideways more than in/out.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:58 PM
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I don't actually know what make of tire carrier I have (bought it used from a board member) but this is how mine is mounted with out having to drill the top. The only real problem is it is mounted a little low so it is very close to the pintle hitch. Hope this helps.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 10:16 PM
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A can of Fix-Flat and a rabbits foot should do it.
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Here is a is a pic of a carrier I made a few years ago. Was designed to sit below the soft top & high enough to clear the pintle hitch. The top mounting plate was 1/4" thick and if the mounting bolts were countersunk it may tuck under the FG top. I also had a brace on the inside to transfer the weight to the tub side.



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problem solved…
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problem solved…
Looks stronger than the truck itself.
Make?
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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:47 AM
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Looks stronger than the truck itself.
Make?
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$more than I'd like ($850)
We can supply - (looking at lead times now)
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