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?
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!!!
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.