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Old 09-11-2006, 04:52 PM
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Ford F-150 spare tire under bed carrier

The under bed spare tire carrier on my '93 truck has just about rusted away. I want to buy a replacement (threaded rods and metal bar) but I'd rather not go to a dealer or a junk yard. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:04 PM
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I hate those things!!! I have removed them from every truck I have owned because they rust out, seize up, and won't hold a tire larger than the factory size. My spare has been riding in the bed since day 1, where it stays clean!!!
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go to left column and find national parts depot. they have them.
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Conanski...

you're right, they do suck, but if you use your truck as a truck, taking the tire out of the bed every time is also a PITA.

BTW, you can extend the depth of the tire carrier by cutting off the old pieces, and welding in 5/8" round stock to extend the length for wider tires.

Considering how mine (doesn't) fits, I imagine larger diameter tire within reason would fit also.

I still say the best tire carrier for the F-series is the full size bronco carrier. That reminds me, I need to install mine one of these days.
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National Parts Depot will send you a free catalog with those parts and a lot of other good stuff. I just ripped all of that stuff off my 96 after I had to change a tire one morning before work. Someday if I ever decide to put it back I'll probably fabricate my own threaded rods that are about 2-in shorter, replace the seized/cross-threaded U-nuts and tack weld the center tire keeper bolt to keep it from spinning. Also some never-seize and a plastic grease-loaded cap on top of the threaded ends might be a good idea to help keep out all the crud and rust. They do keep the tire out of the way, but aren't very handy unless you have a flat/blowout in your driveway. In the mud/snow they would be a PITA. My 2 cents.
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you can download a pdf version of the npd catalog from thier site.
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I've got one on a parts truck. $20 plus shipping, rust free from Texas truck.
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