Ok, so I've run into the Tire Hoist hell. It is junk now. The cost of a replacement is ridiculous.

Has anyone made a tire carrier out of threaded rod, double nuts, washers and the tire holder from the OEM carrier?

I'd make two, one through the center of the spare and a second one that runs through one of the stud holes. Possibly a strap of some sort as well.

Any ideas on this?