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Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by stevie, Feb 28, 2003.
Any ideas on finding a swing away tire rack for the back of my 1970 Blazer?
KMA in GA makes a real nice aftermarket bumper w/swing away tire carrier option for 1st gen K5's. Very heavy duty - can easily accomodate 36"+ spare tires. Lots of folks have this product. Plan on waiting a bit and dropping a good $, but the quality and strength of the product is great. I love mine.
I believe I have a stock one laying around. I'll have to go check. I think I might be missing one peice though. It should be easy to make.
I got one that I just took off my 71 blazer, its the stock style one. its in pretty good shape and I have all the parts and brackets for it. PM me if interested also will get rid of cheap. cause its just aking up space at the moment
TheBlazerKid - I sent you a PM.
Any chance of buying that tire rack from you?\
Before you buy a stock swing away tire carrier, make sure that your Blazer has the proper body reinforcement plates and welded in nuts inside the passenger rear quarter panel. Blazers that came with the carrier have this already. Blazers which came with the interior tire mount do not have any body reinforcement or welded in nuts. The carrier will damage the body if some sort of reinforcement at the attachment points is not added. Just my $.02.
So the rack I took off my blazer, theres threaded holes in the body for the top and the bottom theres a plate that goes on the inside of the bodu panel, this means that it is a stock tire rack? Oh by the way, I have mine if anyone wants it.
I'm interested. I did not have a stock tire carrier on mine. I could see where you'd need the reinforcements. I could make them if I had to.
do we need to go to the "parts" part of the site to talk more about your tire carrier?
How big are the brackets? Pictures?
thats good infor cleszkie. I did not know there were re-inforcement bolts inside the panels. Does anyone have a photo of these plates? I wouldn't think they would be too hard to fab up.
I can snap a shot of mine when I get home if someone doesn't post one before then.
Here's the reinforcement plate that goes at the rear pass. quarter.The rod angles down to the side marker light enableing you to hold it in place while you thread the bolts into it.The piece is approx 1/4" thick.
Was that rod added later?? My bracket looks like that, but no rod.
Possibly the installer attached that rod for his/her convenience.I have no way of knowing what it looked like originally.
I never even looked at the nut plate on mine. Thanks for the pic.
Be careful drilling. Whoever the idiot was who installed my carrier punched a hole through not only the fender, but drilled through the inner panel as well. Dufus!
This one has a rod too. It probably factory.
Just bought a 72 Blazer, has stock swing away carrier in almost mint condition; however, it does not include hardware for mounting tire. Do you just use a U bolt? Can anyone post a photo of hardware? Thanks.
The stock carrier has a sort of wide U shaped channel about 6" long or so that the tire "hangs" on and then a bolt and nut below that to snug it up tight. Also, just a tip, when I was running a 33" spare while wheeling, the top bracket bolt started to pull through. To remedy this, I drilled the hole out a little larger and clear through the stake pocket and installed a grade 8 bolt with a fender washer on the back side. Absolutely no probems after that. I wouldn't recomend hanging anything over a 33 on a stock carrier, it wasn't designed for it. Best bet for 34" and above is an aftermarket carrier that bolts or welds to the frame. Just an opinion though.
With the pic you see above, it had an L-bracket that hung upside down that the tire rest on and was held on with a long bolt and nut.
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