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Old January 6th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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which tire? which carrier?

wanted to know if a 285 goodyear mtr would fit under the third brake light? if so, then would it be too heavy for the stock tire carrier? i am putting a old emu lift 2 in. lift on my 1995 st truck and also was wondering if i could get 305 mtr under it and go with the mantec tire carrier. doing away with the third brake light and stock carrier is not a problem but what to do about the excess holes?want the 305 mtr to fit with no trimming involved. sorry if some of this info. has been discussed before for i am new to this game. thanks for any help you may have. raychel
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Old January 6th, 2008, 04:36 PM
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35/10.50/16 fits on stock carrier w/ no issues. Welcome, and please join us at Uwharrie in the spring.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 05:02 PM
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thanks for the invite and the info. will the 2 inch lift be enough for the 305 mtr? raychel
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Old January 6th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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What color is your defender? I'm in Goldsboro...
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Old January 6th, 2008, 05:58 PM
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the truck is red . i have just had it for two weeks.it is mostly stock,but i plan on changing that.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 07:31 PM
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285 or 305 MTR should work with a 2" lift. I used to run 33" BFG MTs with a 2" lift and there was room to spare.

I'd be hesitant about the added weight of the larger tire on the stock carrier- that's just added weight on the rear door hinges, which are weak enough as is. I'd use the larger tire as excuse to go all out and pick up a tire carrier that could accommodate a jack and jerry cans as well. maybe that's just me though.

as for the excess holes- i left mine open, but it'd be easy enough to go down to the local hardware store and pick up some bolts to fill them in.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 07:47 PM
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thanks for the info that was very helpful. that was the way i was leaning toward. thought that the weight of the tire would be a issue. raychel
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Old January 6th, 2008, 07:55 PM
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remember to do extended brake lines
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I scrounged around the small parts drawers at my local hardware store and found some black plastic hole plugs and filled a bunch of hole on the tailgate from the OEM carrier as well as some monster holes on the bonnet from the previous owner's tire carrier.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 04:42 PM
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tire carrier

I don't think the stock carrier is very acceptable for even the stock tire. I put on a kaymar rear carrier that puts all the weight on the rear crossmember. Works well, nicely designed and no more annoying squeaks or rattles (from the tire carrier anyway)

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