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    New question here. Swagman Spare Tire Racks Help

    Hello,
    I recently bought a used Swagman spare tire rack for my Toyota RAV4. My problem is that the backing plate hole pattern doesn't seem to "fit" the bolt pattern on the spare tire mounts (3 bolts at 3, 6, 9 o'clock). I've rotated the backing plate and came up with only one way where the receiver is centered in the wheel and is level, BUT, only one lug nut will be effective, i.e. at the 6 o'clock hole of the backing plate. The 3 and 9 o'clock bolts are pretty much useless as far as holding the backing plate in place since they end up within the open space of the backing plate.
    Is it safe to use if the backing plate is merely "sandwiched between the spare tire mount and the spare tire itself? I'm planning on having the plate modified but I would appreciate any comments before I do the mods. Thanks!!!!
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    Maybe check with Swagman to see if they have see this problem before.

    I'd imagine that using this rack with a RAV4 is relatively common. We have the same rack on my wife's YJ.

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    Thanks CraigH,
    I just had a new back plate machined - relatively inexpensive.

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