View Full Version : Tire Carrier Hinge

12-22-2005, 05:40 PM
Got most of my tire carrier built today by the awesome guys in our fabshop! And now I'm looking at hinges/spindles. Have heard some bad things about the rockstomper hinges so I'm a little leery about that.

I know of 4x4labs hinge and Slee's hinge are about the same thing. Are there any other options. I may not be so good at piecing one together...So i may go Slee after all.

I'll have my 35" spare on aluminum rim, Highlift on there...


12-22-2005, 09:45 PM
I think there are a couple options you can find at Grainger...Oleg would know...
You can ask him, but I think you can get them there...as well as latches too.


12-23-2005, 10:42 AM
well, having been know to fab a few things, I was REAL skeptical of Christo's from the price. However, Let me say this. On a one-off production on a mill, it would easily cost in time and materials what he charges retail, and it is stout as hell. My carrier is pretty hefty, and I mount my tires high for departure. The hinge is so stout, that it makes the frame flex through the bumper.

IF, you are using thinwall tubing, then go the trailer axle route. If not, get that big thing from Christo.

My .02

12-23-2005, 01:18 PM
Don't forget the option of using a cruiser spindle/bearing/hub. It's a great combo, and with locking hub you can lock it into various open positions.

12-27-2005, 04:51 PM
Are equally as good/bad as Slee's. Different hole sizes in the bumper/swing arm.

12-28-2005, 10:43 AM
Don't forget the option of using a cruiser spindle/bearing/hub. It's a great combo, and with locking hub you can lock it into various open positions.

Do you know of anyone that might have a setup/spare I could purchase from??? You? Ige? Treeroot?

12-28-2005, 12:34 PM
while I think a hub is a good idea they are just so freakin big that I'd never use one. my .02

12-29-2005, 05:19 PM
I ran one of Rockstomper's hinges and nearly grenaded it. The bearings were TOAST. Couldn't hold up to the weight of my portly tire carrier.

However, I added an upper hinge for a two point swing system and it works very well. No issues to date.

12-30-2005, 09:36 AM
hmmm...I'm basically down to Slee or 4x4labs at this point...most likely Slee because he is local.

here is the progress.

2X3" out to the tire mounting surface, gussetted on the sides...that should be enough support I would think.



01-01-2006, 08:30 AM
silly question.

Why coat before finished? Do you have your own booth/oven?

01-11-2006, 09:20 AM
This is what I was talking about. This is a photo of Royal Rose's Pig hinge.

01-11-2006, 10:06 AM
I decided to go with Slee's hinge and boy is it beefy!!! Hoping to work on it this weekend...preferrably after the broncos play ;)

I liked the idea of the hubs, but didn't have any, and wasn't 100% sure on how to create that setup.


01-11-2006, 02:34 PM
silly question.

Why coat before finished? Do you have your own booth/oven?

thats just paint/primer...looks kinda like powdercoating tho :D

01-16-2006, 04:31 PM
Got it mounted yesterday. That is not the final latch, my latch is in the mail. But it's super solid, no rattles. We welded the spindle right to the bumper as minde isn't removable. He thinks it should be fine for strength, plenty of weldable area...he's been to school for welding and has been welding for longer than I have been alive so I'll trust his opinion on that. The other side also supports some of the weight.

I'll need to add the latch and the hi-lift and put the license plate down, but it should be good to go by then.



01-16-2006, 07:12 PM
Dude, that looks awesome! Great rear bumper.

01-17-2006, 02:38 PM
thanks, it's getting there...still needs some finishing...and paint...and to relocate the license plate...so far 2 days...no cop hassles! :D

01-17-2006, 02:56 PM

How are you planning on reattaching the licence plate? Looking for ideas for my own build carrier.

01-17-2006, 05:01 PM
Well, looks like I may just pop some holes to the right of the tire, on the crossbar and stick it there temporarily...then for later...add some lights for legality...

01-17-2006, 05:29 PM
do you have any close ups of the welded area?

01-17-2006, 05:48 PM
Here's kinda a bad pic...definitely solid.


01-18-2006, 11:38 AM
mmmmm, grape drink.

Sweet pig Ben. "I'm lovin' it!"

Shark Bait
01-18-2006, 01:41 PM
Cool! Wanna build me one? :p

01-18-2006, 03:02 PM
Cool! Wanna build me one? :p

Sure, we can trade....Toybox for bumper!!! lol I may try painting tonight...and riggin up the license plate...