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My 1984 didn't come with the exterior tire carrier. I bought one form 1985 Bronco but I can't figure out where to holes should be drilled? I mounted inner tailgate support bracket, drilled holes for the tire carrier latch and mounted it. Hung the tire carrier on it to mark the cab corners and drill holes, but if I level the carrier with my tailgate body lines the bottom bracket sits to low, and it also hits the bumper? Is there a template for marking these holes somewhere?

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I would loosen the bolts on the bumper and see what you can gain. Looks like you don't need a whole lot clearing and you might be able to gain 1/16. You could also play with the brackets on the bumper, might gain a little there.

Another option - use a dremel tool and notch out the plastic.
 

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Its not that simple... There is a structural bracket built into the body to support the wieght of the tire and rim that, if the Bronco didnt come with an exterior spare tire carrier, that support bracket is not in the truck, so you can't just mount it to the sheet metal, because it will buckle your quarter immediately.

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Its not that simple... There is a structural bracket built into the body to support the wieght of the tire and rim that, if the Bronco didnt come with an exterior spare tire carrier, that support bracket is not in the truck, so you can't just mount it to the sheet metal, because it will buckle your quarter immediately.

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I have a bracket to put in the cab corner just need to bolt hole locations
 

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I have a bracket to put in the cab corner just need to bolt hole locations
Looking at his picture, measure the bolt hole recessed spot then use that as a reference to “measure” the photo to the body line for the top bracket use the actual measurement of your bolt hole as the size conversion measurement. I usually don’t make sense so if you don’t get it let me know.

edit : looks to be a little more then 2 bolt holes diameter down to that body line.
 

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I have a bracket to put in the cab corner just need to bolt hole locations
No problem,
Here are some pics I just took for ya from the bodylines, let me know if you need any more measurements.

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1-3/8" from the rear view lwr brkt to the body line
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2" from upper brkt bottom hole to the body line
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No problem, I edited to include measurements in text because the pics skew a bit, but my measurements should get ya pretty close.

Thats the beauty of the bullnose sharp edges!
Wow that was a super helpful answer!
 

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I thought it was near impossible to install the bracket if it wasn't there from the factory.

Did you have to cut it up and piece it into place?
 

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Its not that simple... There is a structural bracket built into the body to support the wieght of the tire and rim that, if the Bronco didnt come with an exterior spare tire carrier, that support bracket is not in the truck, so you can't just mount it to the sheet metal, because it will buckle your quarter immediately.

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you can put a plate of steel in there and make the bracing. theres a write up on here.
 

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you can put a plate of steel in there and make the bracing. theres a write up on here.
Yes am aware of the need for a support bracket either fabricated or factory. My bronco has the factory bracket & holes, & I just had my rear quarters off and had some pics I could share, so it sounds like everyone that has posted in this thread is aware of the need for this support bracket as well.
 

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Yes am aware of the need for a support bracket either fabricated or factory. My bronco has the factory bracket & holes, & I just had my rear quarters off and had some pics I could share, so it sounds like everyone that has posted in this thread is aware of the need for this support bracket as well.
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