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Old 01-31-2011
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Fabricated Ranger Tire gate

Just fabricated a tire-gate for my Ranger. Looking for any comments the forum might have. Its my first large scale welding project. Will most likely make atleast one more to workout some of the lessons learned.

Are there any others out there that would be interested? I'm an engineer and was just curious if others were interested as I could probably make fixtures to ensure tolerances.

Made it out of DOM 1.75" tubing
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looks pretty good, but i prefer when they are in the box of the truck, not hanging out over the back
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welcome to the club of home made tire gates!
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That looks good, how much does it obstruct the view from the rearview mirror?
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Obstructs some, but an acceptable amount. I currently have an old 31" mounted, I'm waiting on Tire rack to send me the new 33" spare and then will try to move down if room permits.

darkstar - it can be mounted inboard as well, I use my bed substantially (Home depot and lowes trips) so I mounted outboard.
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I like it, especially that you can mount inboard or outboard.
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is it easily removeable if you need to put the regular gate back on? and do you have something to easily lock the tire to prevent theft? Looks really good.
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Uses exact same bolts and locations as the regular tailgate. To revert back I'd re-install all hardware, align and then install tail gate.

Theft prevention = locking lug nut. I welded 3 studs to the tire mount, 2 have lug nuts, 1has a locking lug nut. I say theft prevention because someone with enough time and cojones will get the tire no matter what I use.....however its locked now which is more than i can say if I had it mounted under the truck.

Reason why I decided to move to a tire gate style mount is because I could not fit the 33" below the truck without hitting the exhaust and other components. Did not want to have the tire taking up bed space laying flat either.
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I like it, especially that you can mount inboard or outboard.
Yeah that is AWESOME. Looks great! You should perfect it and sell the plans to it to an off road company. Or start fabbing them up and selling them. That thing is awesome.
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great fabrication skills, but that thing looks fugly!!
so what was wrong with the spare where it was originally?
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great fabrication skills, but that thing looks fugly!!
so what was wrong with the spare where it was originally?
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Reason why I decided to move to a tire gate style mount is because I could not fit the 33" below the truck without hitting the exhaust and other components. Did not want to have the tire taking up bed space laying flat either.
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thats sweet looking! really cool that it can be either way in the bed!
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looks good to me. i wouldn't use one but i would be interested in some rock rails...
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Thanks everyone. Tirerack just sent message that 33" has shipped so i'll know soon how it looks on the gate, plus if i can move down at all.
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After I make some custom bumpers, rock rails will be the next project.
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hey bumpers are cool too....
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looks alot like this one.

http://www.tiregate.com/prerunner_0.shtml
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I really like the look of this gate! Do you have any plans for it you would want to share? I'm kind of looking for a baseline for making my own but can't find details on anything anywhere. Great work!
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