Originally Posted by VanDickin
I'll be looking to see if my newly installed tire carrier rattles. Aluminess sells a spacer kit that I saw on a van in the PNW that may help:
Scroll down the page to "SWING ARM REST". Not sure that it will work with a stock bumper.
Thanks. I’ve got this on my van. It works great for giving support to the arm:
But this inspired me to finally give a closer look to what’s causing the rattling. Turns out it’s not any up/down movement of the arm as one might expect. It’s actually a front-to-back movement of the mechanism that holds the open end of the arm to the bumper.
You can see the wear on this part from the latch moving back and forth. I don’t open it often enough to cause that kind of wear.
I tightened up all the bolts to see if it would minimize the movement. And just to check the theory, I’ll drive it tonight with a zip tie preventing any movement there. We’ll see what happens.