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    Hi
    Has anyone relocated there spare wheel on a Jeep Grand Cherokee 1997. I'm interested in making a rear swing tire carrier, any advise will be appreciated pros and cons.
    I see some off the Americans put the spare tire on the roof, I don't know what effect this has on the fuel consumption. Please post photo's if you have done this project.
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    No Fear. Your best bet would be to do a complete replacement rear bumper that incorporates a swing out tyre carrier. With such a setup there's only pro's. The only con I can think if is the additional weight towards the rear, but if your bumper and spare isn't too heavy it shouldn't be a problem. If it is, just fit rear springs with a higher spring rate.

    Have a look at what Changa did on his XJ: http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ad.php?t=21500 - you can do the same on yours.


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    Thanks Gorman

    It seems like you are right. I went on Google and that is exactly what everyone is doing, changing the complete bumper.

    Thanks for your input.

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    I went the way of a Nomad intergrated rear bumper. Definitely a fuel and noise saving from having it on the roof. It also removed the weight from uptop. Had the towhitch integrated into the new rear bumper aswell... Have not noticed sag at the back... maybe it was countered by the new bumper upfront.

    Very happy with it and its quite practicle... only problem is I keep trying to drive off with it in the open position...

    Some advise: If you go for the swing type carrier, have it swing to the right if your looking to the front. Mine is to the left and if you are parallel parked and want to load shopping from the pavement you have a problem.
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    Thanks Biggles, It makes sense for it to swing to the right. One question, when you are parked in a parallel parking and you swing it open, does it not touch the vehicle behind you.

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    The whole swing arm is quite compact, I am very far from my jeep so cannot check but I would hazard a guess that the swing arm arc doesn't exceed the arc of the rear door. I have never had the problem where I couldn't open the rear door because the swing arm wouldn't open... even with a trailer on or the caravan.

    It really only occupies the width of the wheel.

    will post pics of mine later
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    Here we go... you can see when open its not too far back from the rear of the vehicle...
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