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How to Make Matt’s “Tire Fighter” Tire Swing

Matt's Tire Fighter

How to Make a Tire Swing: Matt’s “Tire Fighter”

Ready for battle, Matt’s “Tire Fighter” aims to shoot down Don’s “Tire Sling” and Travis’s “Comfort Lounger”.  Matt’s appropriately named Tire Fighter design was inspired by Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter Advanced X1.   Hang one of these in your front yard and all other tire swings may run for cover.

What you will need: Materials: (2) Large diameter tires  (1 for main body, 1 to cut for wings), (4) Eye bolts, (6) lock washers, (4) Threaded chain connectors (optional), (18) Large washers, (4) 10″ threaded bolts, (12) Nuts,  (1) 4′ PVC pipe, (1) Lug cover or hub cap, (4) Zip ties. Tools: Safety glasses, Gloves, Utility knife, Electric drill, 3/8″ drill bit, Jig Saw with appropriate cutting blade, Impact drill, and 3/8″ socket.

Matt selected (2) used 305/75R16 tires.  The large diameter would create a spacious base and the wide tread would provide plenty of mounting surface for the Tire Fighter’s custom wings.

Steps to Make Matt’s “Tire Fighter” Tire Swing

  • Matt started by gathering all the necessary hardware needed to hang his swing.

Tire Fighter Hardware

  • The first step before any construction could begin was to clean the tire thoroughly.  Michelin Man approves!


  • He then drilled large holes along the base of the tire to allow water to drain.  No mosquito breeding going on in this swing!

Water drain holes in Tire Fighter

  • Next he measured, drilled and installed the (4) 3/8″ eye hooks. Matt used large washers above and below the eye hooks and secured them in place.  He also added the threaded chain connectors.

IMAG0899Tire Fighter tether hardware mounted

  • Now it was time to build the wings!  Matt took a second used tire and cut out both sidewalls using a Jig Saw.

Tire Fighter Wings

  • He then measured the tire into quarters and cut two 1/4 diameter tread sections to be used as wings.


  • Next Matt drilled two holes at the center of each wing about 2″ apart. He also marked and drilled holes in his base tire so he could mount the wings.


  • He then installed the 10″ threaded bolts and used 8.5″ of 3/8″ PVC to space the wings out, away from the base.  While flat on the ground, Matt was able to align the wings and bolt them to the base. He then tested the durability of the hardware by lifting the tire by its tether.

20130716_200150_HDRUnpainted Tire Fighter

  • Next, Matt’s swing was ready for paint.

Painting the Tire SwingPainting the Tire swing

  • For finishing touches Matt drilled some small holes in the front of the base and then secured a nose cone (lug cap) with (4) zip ties.  Last, he attached 4 chains to the eye bolts (heavy duty rope or cable could also be used) and Matt’s Tire Fighter was ready for flight.

Completed Tire FighterMatt's Tire Fighter - Tire Swing



Completed Tire Fighter Tire Swing


FJ Summit 2013 Photo Contest

FJ Summit

“I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit Photo Contest 2013

About the Contest

Are you attending the 2013 FJ Summit National Meet in Ouray, CO next week?  We are, and our bags are already packed!  During the event we are running an “I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit photo contest.  To enter all you need to do it snap a picture of one of our Discount Tire branded vehicles and submit it as an entry.  1 Lucky winner will be sent a Discount Tire backpack full of surprise goodies.

How Do I Enter

It’s easy! From Monday July 17th-Sunday July 21st we’ll have 2 late model FJ Cruisers , 1 Toyota Tacoma, and an FJ-40 attending the 2013 FJ Summit event and each vehicle will have large Discount Tire stickers on them.  If you see them on the road, trail, at our booth or anywhere else during the 2013 FJ Summit snap a picture.  Then share your picture on Instagram with hashtag #discounttireFJ or email your entry to  If you choose to enter your photo via email please title the subject of your email “I Spy”and include your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email. 

When Does The Contest Start and End

Photos must be taken between July 17th and July 21st, 2013.  Deadline for entries is midnight Friday July 26th, 2013. Winner will be selected by Tuesday July 30th, 2013.

What Will the Winner Win

One lucky winner will be randomly selected Friday August 2nd, 2013 to win a really cool Discount Tire backpack full of awesome surprise goodies (and a koozie).  The winner will be contacted directly through Instagram or by email, see official rules*** below.

How Will The Winner Be Selected

The winner will be selected at random.  You can enter as many times as you would like but multiple entries will not increase your chances of winning.

Entries! The latest “I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit Entries Submitted Via Instagram:


UPDATE:  Congratulations to James B of Westminster, CO.  By Random selection you are our winner!


Additional Entries

FJ Summit 2013 Photo

Entry From Jeanne H. of Divide, CO

Entry From Chuck G of Broken Arrow, OK

Entry From Chuck G of Broken Arrow, OK

Email entry from Kevin S. of NM

Email entry from Kevin S. of NM

Email Entry From Chris V. of Wolfe City, TX

Email Entry From Chris V. of Wolfe City, TX






Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO

Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO

Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO

Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO


Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO

Email Entry from James B of Westminster, CO





Email Entry From Keith J. of Spicewood, TX

Email Entry From Keith J. of Spicewood, TX

Email Entry from Judy D. of Texarkana, AR

Email Entry from Judy D. of Texarkana, AR












For more information about the FJ Summit National Meet please visit:

***Official Sweepstakes Rules: 0Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. One entry per person. Grand prize winner will be contacted directly.  Only 1 person will win.  Winner will receive a Discount Tire backpack full of giveaway items, not to exceed $50.00 in value.  All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm Pacific time July 26th, 2013.   All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Discount Tire is not responsible for any inappropriate content posted on Instagram.  Instagram is not affiliated with Discount Tire.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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Discount Tire Goes to Ouray – FJ Summit 2011 (Part 1)

Part 1 of experiencing the 2011 FJ Summit Event. Ride along with Discount Tire as they experience one of the most scenic off road events of the year, the FJ Summit. “What an unbelievable event this year turned out to be. There were over 250 FJ Cruisers that filled the little town of Ouray also known as the Switzerland of the United States. Everywhere you looked there were decked out FJ’s with every imaginable gadget available and then some. I was absolutely amazed at the wide array of parts on all the vehicles. Everyone was excited and willing to share their knowledge on how their rigs worked and what they did to make them even better.”

Discount Tire Goes to Ouray – FJ Summit 2011 (Part 2)

Part 2 of Experiencing the FJ Summit 2011. Follow Discount Tire as they explore Black Bear Pass in the scenic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. “Today is the first official day of the FJ Summit Event so we needed to be up early and get to the staging area over by the Natural Spring swimming pool. We are sponsoring a trail ride each day and today’s trail is Black Bear. Unfortunately the trail is still snowed in at the summit.”

Discount Tire Goes to Ouray – FJ Summit 2011 (Part 3)

Part 3 of Experiencing the 2011 FJ Summit. Follow along as Discount Tire explores Colorado’s Alpine loop. “We were up early again to meet everyone taking the trail we sponsored today called Alpine loop. This is one of the longer trails at about 65 miles. It seemed everyone at the event was up early and eager for another adventurous day on the old mining roads in the San Juan Mountains.”

Bias Ply Tires and Radial Tires… What’s what? What’s right for me?

ATV/UTV Bias Ply Tires VS. Radial ATV/UTV Tires. What is what and what is right for me? Here we explain the ins and outs of both Radial Tires and Bias Ply tires, including construction, Pros and Cons, and a summary that helps make it all easy to understand. “If you are shopping for a new ATV/UTV tire you’ve probably found that there are many, many options to choose from. Some are Bias ply, some are radial. We’ll do our best to explain what’s what here so you can decide what will be best for you.”

Bias and Radial ATV/UTV Tire Test

Testing the DWT Moapa Bias Ply Tire and the Maxxis Bighorn Radial Ply tire. Discount Tire and TomCar hit the Arizona Desert to experience what each tire can do. “We had a unique opportunity to test the DWT Moapa Bias ply tire and the Maxxis Bighorn Radial ply tire in the smoldering heat of the Arizona desert. Here’s how it went.”

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