Last year I purchased a new tongue box to hold my Solar Controller. The size was extremely close to the tongue box size I already had so I didn't expect any problems. After mounting the box to the little guy frame I discovered that the tire was unremovable due to clearance issues with the tire between the tongue box and tire mount. Thinking that it would give me the needed clearance I removed the 2 bolts that protruded from the tire mount leaving 2 holes that I could bolt the tire on after it was slid into place. I was astounded when I discovered I still couldn't get the tire on the tire mount! It is close but not enough. Out of frustration I just let it be.
Now that I have a little time on my hands I'd like to fix the problem so I could properly store my tire.
I've thought of 2 possible fixes that have their pro's and con's.
1) Replace the tire mount with some combination of a taller vertical stem or a shorter horizontal stem on a different mount. (It might be a chore to remove the tire mount but I discovered that there are 2 large bolts holding the tire mount in place). Perhaps with something like this. https://www.amazon.com/Tow-Tuff-TTF-08HD-Heavy-Duty-Universal/dp/B01FEITZNA/ref=psdc_15706921_t1_B078WJJ91Z
2) Cut the battery box plate (which is in front of the tongue box) shorter by a half inch and detach and move the tongue box forwards that corresponding amount.
I'd be out less money with option 2 but it would be a little more obstructive with needing to move my solar controller wiring forwards (which I will be moving some regardless). I will also need to angle grind out the battery box plate and likely re-attach the end that gets removed. I would also need to drill new holes for mounting the tongue box in a slightly changed location.
On the other hand if I were to go with a tire mount replacement similar to my linked example I would need to angle grind out some of the wire mesh that attaches to the 2 inch square tubing. But ouch I just noticed that there also is some metal plate between the mesh and 2 inch tubing.
The other option would be possibly to mount the tire up front more, but I believe the spacing would be quite tight. This was discussed somewhat in a thread I started last year. http://https//littleguy.vanillacommunities.com/discussion/6091/looking-for-narrow-but-tall-tongue-box#latest
I'm curious what your thoughts might be.