Originally Posted by Fishingman
Hey guys I have a full rear Aluminess bumper and I get quite a bit a noise rattling from the tire carrier. From the top hinge spot (see pic) any fix for this? Iíve tried to adjust the latch point to move the weight around a bit but doesnít seem to help. There seems to be some slop in between the two discs. All bolts have been checked and are tight. I have video I can message someone to show noise and play in the hinge.
Sigh... I've experienced many years of frustration with Aluminess rear tire carrier shaking and rattling that I've never completely been able to solve. I have the standalone Aluminess rear tire carrier (without their custom bumper), but I think my situation is similar.
I don't know if I drive more washboard roads than most people, but what I find is that: the steel bolts rub against the soft aluminum bolt-holes. With this wear, the holes get larger, and more shaking happens, and then accelerated wear.
If I understand what boywonder suggests, ensuring vertical tightness with properly sized washers could slow this process, but I think the fundamental problem is the softness of the aluminum. Any movement of the bolts will eventually will eat away at the aluminum.
I've tried various things over the years to slow this down.
First I changed the two-point connection to the rear door hing to a 3-point bar. The original two-point bar could rotate easily, allowing the rear tire carrier to easily lean out from the rear of the van:
original 2-point connection from carrier to door hinge
my custom 3-point connection from carrier to door hinge
This helped with the carrier itself, but eventually the two (upper and lower) swing-arm bolts started to wear.
At one point I removed the carrier and shipped it back to Aluminess for repair. I don't remember exactly what they did, my rattles came back in a few years.
Most recently I wrapped my swing-arm bolts with wire to widen them to get them to fit snugly in the wear-expanded holes. This, of course, is only a temporary hack-fix.