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OEM spare tire carrier weight capacity (want to lift something useful)

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Uhhhh...., Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Nov 20, 2020 at 7:06 PM
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    I’ve been thinking off and on for a while about what I can do with the spare tire area. I have 37s, so I’ll never use the OEM spare. I’d love to fit my full size spare there, but 35s are the max that’ll fit. (I actually tried deflating my 37 spare & throwing a ratchet strap around it to squeeze it even smaller to see if it’ll fit. No go. It’s all over the shackles.)

    Up until now I’ve left the OEM spare there for the little bit of extra weight it provides (for traction in snow/rain).

    I’m considering making some sort of metal box that the stock tire carrier will lift up & hold just like a spare. To free up bed toolbox space, I’d throw stuff in there that I hardly ever use but def want in case of emergency - like tire chains. I have no idea what else. But extra storage + useful weight is much more appealing to me than just useless weight.

    I searched around but can’t find how much weight the OEM spare carrier can safely handle. My 37 spare weighs about 120 lbs. Figure a 35 spare weighs within 10 lbs or so of that, so I know it can safely handle at least a hundred pounds or so.

    Anyone?
     
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  2. Nov 20, 2020 at 7:34 PM
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    Ive always wanted to see someone build a box, cut the bed into a hinged lid and turn that space into a tool box
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2020 at 7:37 PM
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    Cut a lid into the bed. I didn’t think of that...
    Not sure I want to go that far but that’s interesting - it’d be much easier than lowering that dumb thing every time you wanted to get in it.
     
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  4. Nov 20, 2020 at 8:01 PM
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    Only thing I have ever seen put down there was some train horns. Hornblasters makes a kit that is meant to be put in that location
     
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  5. Nov 21, 2020 at 10:40 PM
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  8. Nov 22, 2020 at 5:06 AM
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    Oh I’d be all over that my friend! They only make them for diesel though. Even called them about it earlier this year. A lot less safety concerns with diesel & a lot less gov regulations too.
     
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  9. Nov 22, 2020 at 5:18 AM
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    Yeah I guess you wouldn’t want to get rear ended and explode.

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    What about a water tank and small pump in the bed for off road drinking or cleaning?
     
  10. Nov 22, 2020 at 6:54 AM
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    I do prefer to avoid that yeah. Water tank isn’t a bad idea. I already have a WaterPort. Not sure I’d need more but it’s an option. Gonna call a local fab shop on Monday to see the ridiculous price they quote me for making a metal box for under there & cut a hinged lid into the bed like @Hbjeff mentioned above. If they can do it for a decent price & not compromise weight capacity for that portion of the bed I’d go for it.
     

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