Think Im gunna pull the trigger on the whole set up next paycheck. Gunna go with the rugged ridge HD mount. After researching and measuring and re-measuring, in theory it should work. Going to mount it right where the rear plate is. The mounts footprint is 8''x10'' so I should have plenty of room to mount securely. Also the mount put the spare lugs 10'' away from the hatch witch should be enough to have the tire clear the rear bumper,because it will hang a bit lower than the bumper its self.
A back plate on the inside of the hatch along with a silicon caulking or bushing of sorts in the both holes (to reduce vibrations and movement if there is any) should create a secure mounting area. The mount its self is made for a 35'' tire on a jeep so I have no doubt in the strenghth in the product.
Also going to try this http://landroverforums.com/forum/discov ... 8-a-36063/
to mount a hi lift.
Ill be sure to post pictures of the process and final product. I figure worst case I would have to get stronger door shocks
2001 Ford Escape budget adventure rig
Roof basket w/ diy bike racks and shovel mount
Aftermarket hitch and trailer lights
Blacked out grille,Headlight eyelids