Spare tire and brake light options

I dumped my 3rd brake light and my spare. We'll see how long til I am mad at myself needing a spare on the trail. Are 3rd brake lights mandatory where you live? I didn't think they were here... but we don't have "inspections"

Fuck Colorado. Them fuckers would want to level 1 inspect me at every state scale.
 
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I dumped my 3rd brake light and my spare. We'll see how long til I am mad at myself needing a spare on the trail. Are 3rd brake lights mandatory where you live? I didn't think they were here... but we don't have "inspections"

Federal mandate since.......1986, I think.
Guys, Virginia sucked to haul permit loads though.

81 and 95 through VA suck.
 
Thanks guys. Not a fan of the Ring of Fire, but that's not a bad option.

I'm really leaning towards the 33s, but will the stock carrier and hinges support it? That's got to be 80 pounds of tire and wheel.

This is what happened to mine with a 33 inch tire hanging on the OEM carrier

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Us? But... we're a Commonwealth. How can we be bad?

During the buildup to Afghanistan, we were hauling anythang and everythang out of Ft Dix and Aberdean. Legal and extra-legal loads. Down to Blount Island Marine docks in Jacksonville, FL. Back and forth as fast as we could. We were told we had federal permission to not run log books. We were hauling everythang you can imagine. M1 Abrams to LMTV's. We did not wait to get permits. Virginia State scales gave us grief. That lasted only a couple hours.
 
Big bois. What is in those tanks? I've never seen one like those before

The 2nd pic is a Guppy. Size is larger and longer than a train car. Used on site as a storage tank for either Cement powder of Flyash powder at concrete batch plants. I had hauled 9 of them between 3 plants for the computer chip plant being built in north Phoenix. Basically, they are larger versions of the trailers we pulled.
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The 2nd pic is a Guppy. Size is larger and longer than a train car. Used on site as a storage tank for either Cement powder of Flyash powder at concrete batch plants. I had hauled 9 of them between 3 plants for the computer chip plant being built in north Phoenix. Basically, they are larger versions of the trailers we pulled.
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Cool!! So this was like a "day job", home every night?
 
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Morryde for sure to save your tailgate. I run it with the stock carrier for my 33" spare.

I also wasn't a fan of extending the stock 3rd brake light up and taking up more of the already obstructed view thru my rear window. Picked up this $23 KC Cyclone and wired directly to the stock 3rd brake light wiring. Little less flashy than the Ring of Fire and does a great job.
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I'm doing my budget lift this weekend, and I'm going to do tires and wheels as well. I have 31s now. Doing BDS 2" springs with 3/4" spacers. I'm stuck between 32s and 33s.

I'm going to do a rear bumper eventually. Am I better off:

- Spacing up the third brake light and running the new spare on the stock mount and tailgate?

- Adding the Rugged Ridge Spartacus hinge and carrier (which I believe spaces up the third brake light)?

- Springing for a bumper with a carrier? And then figuring out what to do for the brake light?

I do not, nor will I ever rock crawl. Jeep gets used on fire trails and the beach. I can't foresee ever going larger than 33s. I prefer to keep the stock third brake light, but am not opposed to using something - preferably plug-and-play for a light.

Thoughts?

2 3/4” spring lift isn’t enough for 33’s. Add a 1 1/4” body lift and you’ll be golden.

As for spare tire, the stock hinges will not support a 32-33” tire. Morryde hinges for a 32” and the hinges and triangular brace for 33’s.
 
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exogate is a great option if you're running a heavy 33.

one safety note to removing the 3rd brake light. if you have your hazards on, the tail lights flash and the 3rd brake light is the one that indicates braking. no 3rd brake light means no brake lights at all when hazards are on.
 
I've got a 32" spare on my factory hinges. No issues for more than 2 years now. I did have to add spacers behind the rubber stops; failing to do that would have probably already caused an issue due to the spare flopping around.
 
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