Someone commented on one of our promotional Facebook posts the other day, and it made me giggle… but also think… more than I normally do… which kinda hurts.
Storing tires in the garage can be a challenge. They’re big, bulky and roll. So, just for Joseph, we’ve got a few seemingly safe ways to store tires in a garage. Note that we’re not including the obvious: stacking them in a corner. Our goal is to get the tires out of the way when stored.
This first hanging tire rack is our second favorite because we just prefer to build things ourselves. This HyLoft hangs like a shelf and folds up when not in use. It has telescoping steel tubes that adjust to accommodate between 32″ and 48″ tires. The somewhat downside is that this rack has a weight limit of 300lbs. For off-roaders with tire/wheel combos in the 100lb each range, that’d be an issue.
An older 2011 post from the MR2 forums, user sbarc shows off his simple, yet very practical hanging tire rack. As simple as it is, this is probably our favorite because it’s built not bought, made from scrap wood, functional, and out of the way.
This DIY tire rack/shelf was built by a user on Instructables to accommodate three sets of 15″ tires but of course, you can easily modify the plans to suit bigger wheels. To allow the tires to sit naturally, the horizontal boards are angled slightly.
If you’re not up for building your own tire rack (above), the other option is to buy one. The Tennsco metal tire rack measures 60″x 84″x 12″ and can accommodate up to 24 7.5″ wide tires. This rack anchors to the wall for added stability and utilizes a snap-in rivet and keyhole design for easy installation.
There are several options from different brands for tire racks, but we liked these the most when it came down to pros and cons. For example, some of the hanging tire racks appeared to have very sharp or pointy ends—an eyeball incident just waiting to happen given the height most will mount such racks. You could also consider storing your wheels and tires overhead, using something like the myLifter we wrote about not too long ago, but that just makes me nervous.
Whether you build or buy, make sure you end up with a tire rack that will accommodate the size tires you need to store, and that they are secure.