MIG Welding Project: Building
a Spare Tire Carrier with the 'Pivot King' Square Tube
When the XJ Cherokee's six-year-old tire carrier began to
sag, the time was right for a MIG welding project. (Any excuse will do!) Rather than scrap an
otherwise perfectly good spare rack, I opted to install the versatile Pivot King square tubing axle
Designed as a platform for the do-it-yourself tire carrier
builder, the Pivot King axle fits thick walled, 2" square rectangular mild steel tubing, the most common
tubing used in better tire carriers. While it took more time to retrofit the Pivot
King than I spent installing the manufactured carrier, I'm now
thoroughly convinced that the task was worthwhile. For quality engineering, the Pivot
King square tube axle has no rival.
Whether you want to construct a tire carrier from scratch or
restore your existing assembly, this slideshow is the place to start. You will see my retrofit
of the Pivot King and the necessary fabrication work. There's plenty of MIG welding along the
way. Enjoy the video slideshow!
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For a direct link to the Pivot King
website, click here!