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    Question spare tire placement questions 1997 Cherokee

    Hey guys, i'm new to jeeps and this forum.

    I've seen pictures of Cherokees with roof racks holding a full size spare. My Cherokee has a full size spare and I was wondering if any of you have experience with roof mounted spares. I know it gives more room inside, but would be harder to get down if needed. Also, I am moving to Dallas Tx after I sell my house so it seems the roof mounting may not be good for the rubber.

    Do any of of you prefer roof mounting spares and what benefits did you get from it? I have a lab who will ride in the back and he would like the extra room, but it isn't critical for that.

    What about mounting it on the rear hatch? Have any of you done this? I imagine the Jeep hatch would need beefier telescoping arms to hold it open if it is possible.

    I'd love to carry two full size spares. Anybody mount a second spare tire carrier on the other side of the cargo area?

    Thanks for your help!

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    http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoSpareWheel32inch.htm

    I don't think many people mount it on the roof for the look, I could be wrong. You can use a wrangle carrier (someone else will have to chime in on this) and mount it to the stock roof rack rails.

    As far as mounting it directly to the lift gate, I've never seen it. Assuming your's is the steel gate, I guess it could be done. If you have the cash you can always invest in a tire carrier for the rear.

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    I know this is an old post, but I wanted to see what the possibilities are for mounting the spare outside of the vehicle. Perhaps like on a hitch or something. Can that be done? Would it be practical?

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    I've seen spare tire carriers that go into the hitch, forget where I've seen it at but it is possible and out there. I personally have my tire strapped to my roof rack rails since I don't have the cash for fabbing the offroad roof rack or rear tire carrier yet.
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    so it is possible to put the spare tire outside of the JGC... How would I search for such an accessory?
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    Garvin, you have a 36" Irok Strapped to your roof rack ?? Who gets it down from there ??

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    Rear swing out tire carrier was a factory option I beleive. Also there are plenty of aftermarket ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marksy View Post
    Garvin, you have a 36" Irok Strapped to your roof rack ?? Who gets it down from there ??
    I'll find out when I get my first flat!
    1986 Jeep Comanche ~120000 miles
    Long Bed, 5.7L V8, AX15, NP231, Dana 30HP/Chrysler 8.25 27 Spline
    Custom 8" lift (homemade 3-link front, Rusty's 8.5" coils, SOA rear with adjustable IronMan4x4 shackles), 33x12.5R15 MTR's, Roll Bar, Recessed Winch...Much more on the ironing board

    1992 Jeep Comanche 171369 miles
    Short Bed, 4.0L I6 HO, AX15, NP231, Dana 30HP/Dana 35

    ...RIP...
    1990 Jeep Cherokee XJ 207774 miles
    4.0L L6, AW4, NP231. Dana 30HP/Dana 44
    Tom Woods SYE and Drive Shaft, Rusty's 8.0" Long Arm Suspension Lift, 36/13.5R15 Super Swamper IROK's, Dana 30HP Front: 3.55 gears, Dana 30 Diff Guard, 5x4.5" with adapters to 5x5.5", Dana 44 Rear: 4.56 gears, Ox Locker, disc brake conversion, 5x5.5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan2l View Post
    Rear swing out tire carrier was a factory option I beleive. Also there are plenty of aftermarket ones.

    That option is a very rare one and only seen on like the park service Cherokees. There are tons of aftermarket options for a rear tire carrier for the Cherokee (Warn, ARB, Nates4x4, ect...).
    1986 Jeep Comanche ~120000 miles
    Long Bed, 5.7L V8, AX15, NP231, Dana 30HP/Chrysler 8.25 27 Spline
    Custom 8" lift (homemade 3-link front, Rusty's 8.5" coils, SOA rear with adjustable IronMan4x4 shackles), 33x12.5R15 MTR's, Roll Bar, Recessed Winch...Much more on the ironing board

    1992 Jeep Comanche 171369 miles
    Short Bed, 4.0L I6 HO, AX15, NP231, Dana 30HP/Dana 35

    ...RIP...
    1990 Jeep Cherokee XJ 207774 miles
    4.0L L6, AW4, NP231. Dana 30HP/Dana 44
    Tom Woods SYE and Drive Shaft, Rusty's 8.0" Long Arm Suspension Lift, 36/13.5R15 Super Swamper IROK's, Dana 30HP Front: 3.55 gears, Dana 30 Diff Guard, 5x4.5" with adapters to 5x5.5", Dana 44 Rear: 4.56 gears, Ox Locker, disc brake conversion, 5x5.5"

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