Modding the tire carrier!
This is actually a piece of scrap steel i found in the yard, and its the perfect size! I simply laid out the bolt pattern and drilled 4 21/32" holes in it. Pressed in 3 studs that are used for the Sterling 10.25.
On the stock carrier i cut off the two stock lower studs, and removed the top one, then drilled that hole to 21/32" as well. Pressed the 4th stud thru that hole, and then thru the 4th hole in my new plate.
After squaring up the plate to the carrier, i welded it across the top and bottm, and, well, thats pretty much it!
After dail driving with a 35" tire hanging off the tire carrier, the tailgate has begun to tear, so ive swapped to an interior carrier i got out of a 87-91 bronco in the junkyard. The tire touches the back seat, so the seat must be moved slightly forward to clear it. Currently working on a solution to this.