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Has anyone removed the entire spare tire pulley thing? I want to remove the entire thing (it's directly under where I want to mount my spare tire in the bed). It looks like it's held onto the frame on each side by 4 bolts. But there really isn't any room in there for a socket wrench. How did you guys do it?


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Speaking of the spare tire pullley thing, man that thing is a bitch to couple up to with the key on the extension rod, especially in 10 degree weather on a major highway..
 

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You have to remove the 4 bolts, but once you do, there's no way to slide it out. You have to cut it in the middle (torch is best) and remove it 1 piece at a time. As for the socket, use either 2 wrenches, (slow process) or the "fire wrench"..
 

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ha ha.. like everything else that's a bitch to get to, i guess they start there & build the rest of the truck around it...
 

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That would be great if it were mounted on top of the frame.. Unfortunately it fits inside the frame rails, top & bottom, side to side.
 

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not sure if the 1st gens are the same as the 3rd on this point. but I was able to remove mine, i have a bodly lift.. loosen the bed bolts and then remove the spare tire winch.
 

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Maybe i don't have the patience..but i torched mine when i bobbed the bed..And it was still tough to get out.
 

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seth_js said:
Has anyone removed the entire spare tire pulley thing? I want to remove the entire thing (it's directly under where I want to mount my spare tire in the bed). It looks like it's held onto the frame on each side by 4 bolts. But there really isn't any room in there for a socket wrench. How did you guys do it?


-Seth

i had to replace mine..the only way i could get to it was to raise the bed up a little.. remove 2 nuts at the very back of the bed,and 2 bolts behind each of the rear tires,and raise the bed a little,once i did that i slid a 2x4 under the bed and frame rail(made it so much easier to get the tire hanger out..
 

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seth_js said:
I don't have the patience either. I'll prolly just take it down to a fab shop and have them cut the bastard out.
I just got back from a fab shop. The guy told me that I probably shouldn't cut/remove that bar because it also acts as a cross-member for support. What do you guys think?

Also, has anyone with a fabtech spare tire mount had any issues with it ripping the bed from bouncing around? I don't see it being a huge problem, but it's something he also mentioned. The plate that goes on the bottom side of the bed is pretty thick and about 4 or 5 inches long, so it's got a good base.
 

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seth_js said:
has anyone with a fabtech spare tire mount had any issues with it ripping the bed from bouncing around? I don't see it being a huge problem, but it's something he also mentioned. The plate that goes on the bottom side of the bed is pretty thick and about 4 or 5 inches long, so it's got a good base.
I've seen 2 Fabtech tire mounts rip out of the bed. The solution is to weld on larger feet to the mount on the bed and spread out the stress area.

Tim
 
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