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PostSubject: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sat 17 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

I installed the GenRight Off-Road tire carrier with help from fellow Oahu Jeepers Brian and Joe. Here are some pictures and tips to make for a quick and successful installation for anyone looking to purchase/install them:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Make sure you have some paint to touch up areas that may have not been painted during vehicle assembly. Also make sure you have sandpaper or dremel with sanding bit (what I used).



2. Take off the door mounting brackets/hinges....you can do as we did with taking both off (I have an interior door strut kit) or would recommend taking one off at a time if not due to nothing holding the right side of the door.



3. This step is where you would paint the door hinge mounting point if needed. Recommend using a heat gun or blow dryer to help the paint dry quicker! I used a heat gun and helped speed up the process quite a bit!



4. The instructions call for using a center punch to tap out the hole which you will see a center "pin" hole on one end of the bolt where you are to tap it out. In my case, the bolt was not very cooperative. I used a dremel with a cutting blade to cut off the end of the hinge bolts in order to mount the new hinges on.





5. Install the new hinges as shown using the GenRight Off-Road supplied hinge bolts. Be sure to mount the hinge with the slotted hole on the upper hinge as this is the hinge that is used to adjust the tire carrier in a later step with the tire mounted in order to adjust for tire weight drop! That's right....a tire carrier that allows for the tire drop adjustment which also allows for a 2 finger opening and one finger closing swing arm!!! Very Happy




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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sat 17 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

6. Re-mount the hinges/door mounting brackets back on the door and to the hinge mounting points using the factory door and hinge bolts. If you have light guards like I have, you will need to notch out the inner side of the light guard due to limited space between the tire carrier and the tail light on both sides....for the right side clearance, you will see in a later picture that there is a "stop" built into the swing arm to prevent the tire carrier from swinging all the way around and is why you will need to trim the light guards if you have them. If you don't, you are good to go as there is ample space between the light and swing arm/hinges.





7. this step begins the assembly of the tire carrier. Ensure you use the GenRight Off-Road supplied bolts to mount the tire retaining arm/bracket as shown in the picture. There are 4 bolts that mount underneath and 2 on the top center/inside of the tire carrier using brackets and nut clips that will be placed inside the tire mount cavity (big hole in the top centered between the loop). You can also mount the arm on the other side of the mounting location in order to raise the spare tire an additional 2" for departure angle! Very Happy



8. Next, install the tire carrier bushings into the tire carrier (you will find them pre-connected to the hinges). Disassemble the bushings from the hinges and then assemble them into the tire carrier as shown in the pictures:





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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sat 17 Mar 2012, 10:57 pm

9. Time to install the tire carrier. use the GenRight Off-Road supplied mounting bolts. If you have the light guards (as pictured), you will need to take them off and notch them due to the GenRight Off-Road tire carrier stops that are extended from the swing arm in picture numbers 4 and 5 below. The black vertical post inside the GenRight Off-Road hinges works with the extended swing arm stop (pictured in pictures 4 and 5 below) to prevent the tire carrier from swinging all the way around past the side of the Jeep and also to keep from breaking the tail lamp!

NOTE: ensure you have the hinges somewhat loose during the left side latch bar install to allow for proper placement and room next to the driver side tail light.










10. Time to line up the driver side tire carrier latching bracket. Here are the steps you will need to follow for this procedure:
a. Locate your mounting bolts, washers and lock nuts, along with your polyurethane "bumpstops" for the tire carrier swing arm. The "bumpstops" ensure that your swing arm stops exactly where it needs to be once installed to insert the locking pins.
b. Ensure that you have the latching bar/plate connected to the swing arm.
c. Ensure you have the driver's side tail lamp installed or you may end up to far to the left with tire carrier alignment and will require some trimming of the tail lamp to reinstall the lamp. Having the tail lamp in will ensure that you install the tire carrier with proper alignment on both the left and right sides to clear the tail lamps.





d. Use a level on the center of the tire carrier (tire mounting bar location) to ensure that you have the tire carrier system level with the Jeep.


e. Using the tire carrier swing arm, place the left side latching bracket against the tub to the right of the drivers side tail lamp. Ensure you have the tire carrier level with the bracket clear of the left side tail lamp then mark your holes to drill. The mounting hardware will go through the latching bracket and tub with the lock nuts and washers installed on the inside of the tub through the drivers side tail lamp.

Note, after everything is lined up, install and tighten all mounting hardware on both the drivers side bracket and passenger side hinges.






f. Install your license plate!



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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sat 17 Mar 2012, 10:57 pm

11. Install your tire using the large polyurethane bushing, large steel washer, and locking arm.


Note: Not pictured is the tire carrier swing arm adjustment (pictures will be added). This adjustment relieves the "tire drop" associated with most tire carriers and allows the GenRight Tire Carrier to open and close by pulling open with a couple fingers and closing with just one finger!! Very Happy [You will need someone to help you with this procedure.]
a. Pull the tire carrier out of the drivers side latching bracket. You will notice the "normal" tire drop from the tire weight.
b. Have one person hold onto the tire carrier swing arm. Have the second person loosen the bolt to the tire carrier swing arm on the top passenger side hinge. This will allow the tire carrier to be moved up and down to properly align the tire carrier with the spare tire weight.
c. Look at the upper swing arm "finger" that goes into the latching bracket "sockets". You are going to lift the tire carrier up just enough for 1/2 of the top "finger" to sit above the latching bracket.
d. Tighten the passenger side top hinge bracket bolt for the tire carrier...ensure that it is VERY tight so that the tire carrier does not "re-adjust" on you. This will lock the tire carrier into the proper position so that when you release the tire carrier it will "drop" down just enough to sit exactly where it needs to be with the tire carrier "fingers" centered into the locking bracket "socket"/positions.
e. Now open and close the tire carrier....it should open with one hand with no effort required.
f. Another step you can take is to use a file on the latching bracket "sockets" to bevel the sockets (just like the bevel/angles on the swing arm "fingers" polyurethane bushings). This will allow for a much easier "glide" in and out of the latching bracket "sockets".
g. Once you complete these steps, you should be able to open and close your tire carrier with proper alignment and absolute ease!

(NOTE: Be sure to use grease on the tire carrier mounting "bolt" to ensure rust prevention and easy removal of the tire locking arm. )
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sun 18 Mar 2012, 8:14 pm

Looks great, Gen Right makes some quality stuff.
Great write up.
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Tue 20 Mar 2012, 9:11 pm

Damn Great write up!
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Wed 21 Mar 2012, 2:20 am

Dutchboy101 wrote:
Looks great, Gen Right makes some quality stuff.
Great write up.

Chris wrote:
Damn Great write up!


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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Wed 21 Mar 2012, 12:41 pm

Well done. Looks awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Wed 21 Mar 2012, 2:28 pm

looks great!


Quick question, does genright include any internal bracing for the carrier? on the driver's side do they at least include large washers? If not, I would be nervous when wheeling b/c eventually the weight of the tire will fatigue the thin sheet metal enought for those bolts to pull out.

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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Wed 21 Mar 2012, 5:30 pm

jkx0778 wrote:
looks great!


Quick question, does genright include any internal bracing for the carrier? on the driver's side do they at least include large washers? If not, I would be nervous when wheeling b/c eventually the weight of the tire will fatigue the thin sheet metal enought for those bolts to pull out.



GenRight does include the mounting hardware with bolts, washers and locking nuts to secure it.
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Sat 24 Mar 2012, 9:52 am

That is one very detailed write up. I really like this set up, will have to put it on the list
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Mon 30 Apr 2012, 1:01 pm

Here are some good photos of the tire carrier with 42s! Very Happy





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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Mon 30 Apr 2012, 1:34 pm

Man, that tire is friggin' ridonculous!
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Tue 01 May 2012, 8:59 pm

I really like that setup but really, really need to stop looking at it.

Well done dude.
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Tue 01 May 2012, 9:48 pm

Sexy, and again, great write up.
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Tue 01 May 2012, 11:49 pm

haha...Ron and Dutch, just make the jump to the dark side...you know you want to! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Wed 02 May 2012, 9:28 pm

You know... I would however it would be a royal PITA with my bedlined corner armor.... I wouldn't want to hang it off them either - the corner armor is fastened by well nuts and I wouldn't put a 37 - 40" tire on there.

I would have gone that way from the start if it was available back then.

Other than weight I have zero issues with my current setup... I do need to change out the reverse lights with some LEDs though.
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Thu 03 May 2012, 10:20 am

TXROCK wrote:
haha...Ron and Dutch, just make the jump to the dark side...you know you want to! Wink

Really like the tire carrier, but I have the Red Rock Fab one and will be very difficult to part with it.
I am interested in your suspension set up from Genright.
May I ask how much that cost? I couldn't find it on their website. How much lift did you get out of it?
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PostSubject: Re: GenRight Aluminum tire carrier installation   Thu 03 May 2012, 11:51 am

Dutchboy101 wrote:
TXROCK wrote:
haha...Ron and Dutch, just make the jump to the dark side...you know you want to! Wink

Really like the tire carrier, but I have the Red Rock Fab one and will be very difficult to part with it.
I am interested in your suspension set up from Genright.
May I ask how much that cost? I couldn't find it on their website. How much lift did you get out of it?

Right now I am running the Rock Krawler 3.5" X Factor Mid-Arm kit...between the lift (was on a Teraflex 3" kit) and when I dropped the smittybuilt steel armor to went with the GenRight steel rock guards and aluminum fenders/bumpers/tire carrier, I gained 2.5" of lift due to no more spring compression. Keep in mind the factory fenders are about .5" thicker than the aluminum fenders. I was sitting at 41 3/4" (ground to bottom of outside stock fender edge) and after the swap out I went up to 44 3/4" (ground to bottom of the outside fender edge)
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