Thanks if it were that easy I would have already done it. Removing the tire doesn't give me much added room as the tire carrier has a built in hub that is almost the width of the tire when the tire is removed. I will try and remove the pins....
What year FJ40? Believe the tube style does not have a nut instead the end of the pin is mushroomed. Plate style plate could remove the six bold remove the piece rim bolts and reduce to just a couple of inches. Either
one a cordless impact gun would remove the whole carrie in a few seconds. What year is your FJ40 and does it have a stock tire carrier on the back would be useful information.
Maybe you can tell by the one I have disassembled that the splines help in keeping the tire carrier rattle free. The shaft is a pressed fit. I think to loosen everything in order to be able to remove it would only make the noise level worse than the current problem.