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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey View Post
    With my new 35's and 4.50" backspaced wheels, I need to either fab or buy some larger spare tire isolators to keep my rear gate and its spot welds happy.

    I've read some pretty mixed reviews on the inexpensive Daystar isolators:

    Plus it sounds like there are two different versions, one of which is so soft it can tear with little use.

    Looking around the interweaving today, I found some heavier duty polyurethane bumpers from energy suspensions:

    They are more expensive, but I suspect more sturdy. Anybody on here given them a try? Thoughts?

    For the DYI crowd, I've seen the hose trick and think it looks a bit silly. I have considered trying to pull a bolt through the hole in tailgate, putting a spacer on, then remounting the OEM bumper. Anyone done anything similar?
    As Adam mentioned, the Daystar isolators used to be awesome but for some reason, they changed the rubber compound and now they suck. The Energy Suspension isolators look nice and had they been available back when I needed them, I probably would have gone with them.

    Regarding DYI solutions, I've used a control arm bushing in the past but had since modified my design and now use a hockey puck.



    To me, it looks factory and functions well like factory. I've been meaning to do a write-up for this for a while now and I'll try to get one done now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    As Adam mentioned, the Daystar isolators used to be awesome but for some reason, they changed the rubber compound and now they suck. The Energy Suspension isolators look nice and had they been available back when I needed them, I probably would have gone with them.

    Regarding DYI solutions, I've used a control arm bushing in the past but had since modified my design and now use a hockey puck.



    To me, it looks factory and functions well like factory. I've been meaning to do a write-up for this for a while now and I'll try to get one done now.
    Interesting. Looking forward to the write-up. I went with the Daystars and right now have to use a relocation bracket with the factory spare tire carrier so the Daystar ones are useless. I'm running the EVO rear fascia and I believe with it and cutting the factory 3rd brake light off the factory carrier I could eliminate the relocation bracket which would move the tire closer in and hopefully make the daystars useful. If not, I'll change it.


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    Let me preface this by saying that had I not already spent the money, I would have followed Eddie's write-up for using a hockey puck to extend the factory tire isolator. That said, my first impressions are that these Energy Suspensions isolators should get the job done.

    Compared to stock so you can get a feel for the size:

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    They were very easy to trim and install. If anything, perhaps they were too easy to install. I actually knocked one off with my spare when I was lifting it back up onto the carrier (my fault, I kinda let the wheel hook it and I dropped the tire a bit). Nothing broke and it was easy enough to reinsert.

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    I cut the first ring off, probably about half an inch. The contact seems good and the tire doesn't wiggle at all. I will report back if I have any issues long term.

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    Not a bad use of $30, but you could certainly save the money and follow Eddie's hockey puck write-up.

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