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I finally got tired of my spare tire just sitting in the bed of my truck. So I decided it was time to build a tire carrier. I did not like the idea of any of the ones I have seen online, so I decided to create something a little different. All of the weight rests on top of the bed rails. And there are 4 bolts that hold it into place using the trucks factory rail system. I didn't take many pictures of the build process. But here they are anyways.

This is the main portion of the tire carrier. This rotates around the rest of the carrier allowing the tire to be locked in the down position, up position, or at a 90 from the bed:



Here is a picture of it completed and in the down position:



In the up position:



And one with paint just because:




Let me know yalls opinions.
 

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I like it. You you start making them for other people let me know. Have you checked out the Tacomaworld.com forums? Those guys are always looking for fabricators, since nothing is made for our trucks.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/south-west/131441-colorado-b-s-thread-338.html
I will always entertain the idea of making things like this for people here in CO. I wont engage in shipping them though.

Ive been on Tacomaworld once or twice while researching things but I'm already a member of too many forums, I don't need anymore of them.
 

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1. in the up position it looks like it really limits visibility

2. in the down position it doesn't look like you really got much bed space back
 

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1. in the up position it looks like it really limits visibility

2. in the down position it doesn't look like you really got much bed space back
1. Yes it does, it blocks everything out the back window. However it open up every bit of space below the bed rails when it is needed.

2. no, only a little bit of space, but it also isn't sliding around back there and it cant be easily stolen

3. I never made any mention in the OP about trying to get bed space back.

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Pretty cool idea. How hard is it to get the spare out with it mounted in the down position?
In the down position it cant be taken out. But its as easy as removing the pad lock and pin and rotating the tire up to 90 degrees and unbolting it.
 

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Nice! I like it!
 

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Will the mount move along the rails? i have a tool box up front but that design is perfect further back. I am in Colorado and interested. Would like to see it live.

Nice job!
 

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Will the mount move along the rails? i have a tool box up front but that design is perfect further back. I am in Colorado and interested. Would like to see it live.

Nice job!
The bed rails are not the same size all the way back, so it could be forced down into position but I would not recommend doing that with the composite bed. So it would be better to just build it a little shorter.
 
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