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Old 01-13-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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35" spare tire mount

I'd like to ask another newb question, please bare with me.

My 2008 JKU came with 35's on ProComp wheels. The spare, however, is a factory wheel/tire. I'm assuming that's useless to me now, so I'd like to replace it with a full-size MT Baja and Procomp wheel. From what I've been reading, the stock spare tire mount won't hold up well to the extra weight?

If that's true, what are you folks with 35" spares doing to mount it?

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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I'm using the smittybilt xrc rear bumper which came with a tire carrier. You can but the tire carrier separately

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Thanks Antonio. What happens with the third brake light? Does it get removed?
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Check out TeraFlex's rear hinge spare tire carrier. Cheap. Simple. Extremely effective. And if you don't like it, someone else WILL buy it off of you.
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Thanks Antonio. What happens with the third brake light? Does it get removed?
Unfortunately yes but you can get a longer 3rd brake light, I like the carrier because it's pretty beefy.
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I just have the Teraflex adjustable tire mount at the moment, with stock hinge carrier. However, I will be getting the TF hinge carrier at the same time I order my rear bumper next month. This is the full kit:

TeraFlex JK Hinged Carrier and Adjustable Spare Tire Mounting Kit

But you can also order them separately at some places. Only reason I didn't is because I was unsure of which rear bumper I wanted (with or w/o a tire carrier), and I needed something quick to mount the spare.
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I just have the Teraflex adjustable tire mount at the moment, with stock hinge carrier. However, I will be getting the TF hinge carrier at the same time I order my rear bumper next month. This is the full kit:

TeraFlex JK Hinged Carrier and Adjustable Spare Tire Mounting Kit

But you can also order them separately at some places. Only reason I didn't is because I was unsure of which rear bumper I wanted (with or w/o a tire carrier), and I needed something quick to mount the spare.
That is nice. Expensive, but nice.
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I'd like to ask another newb question, please bare with me.

My 2008 JKU came with 35's on ProComp wheels. The spare, however, is a factory wheel/tire. I'm assuming that's useless to me now, so I'd like to replace it with a full-size MT Baja and Procomp wheel. From what I've been reading, the stock spare tire mount won't hold up well to the extra weight?

If that's true, what are you folks with 35" spares doing to mount it?

Thanks!
There is lots of good info in this thread. As others have said, the Teraflex Tire Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount is very popular if you don't want to switch to a bumper mounted tire carrier. You will want to make sure that you adjust the bumpers on the tailgate to make solid contact with the your spare to keep the tire from moving around and fatiguing the metal of the carrier. But if you do that you'll be very happy with that carrier.

If you do decide to go with a bumper and a bumper mounted tire carrier, check out the Barricade Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier. It's a really stout bumper and is reasonably priced.

Let me know if you have further questions or if you'd like a quote on anything!

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There is lots of good info in this thread. As others have said, the Teraflex Tire Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount is very popular if you don't want to switch to a bumper mounted tire carrier. You will want to make sure that you adjust the bumpers on the tailgate to make solid contact with the your spare to keep the tire from moving around and fatiguing the metal of the carrier. But if you do that you'll be very happy with that carrier.

If you do decide to go with a bumper and a bumper mounted tire carrier, check out the Barricade Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier. It's a really stout bumper and is reasonably priced.

Let me know if you have further questions or if you'd like a quote on anything!

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Ohhhhhhhh yeah, that bumper/mount is straight up sexy...that's definitely the way I'm going!!!
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I had a 35" on my 2007 and just bolted it to the factory mount. No issues. And quite a few do it with no issues. I also did the same with my 2014.

Now, is it better to go with an aftermarket setup to hold it better? I'm sure it is...
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At the very least you will need extended bump stops. This will help prevent movement that may cause damage to your gate.
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At the very least you will need extended bump stops. This will help prevent movement that may cause damage to your gate.

And that would depend on your offset. Mine is a -12 (sticks the rim and tire out farther away) and the tire measures just under 35" (34.6") which allows it to sit, just barely touching, on the curved part of the bumper which would give it a bit of support. Much over 35 actual inches may not give the ability to close the gate with a -12 offset. But that would be tire/tread dependent too most likely within fractions of an inch.
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That's why we went with the Tera Flex tire carrier when we put 35's on my wife's Jeep. It is completely adjustable.
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Ohhhhhhhh yeah, that bumper/mount is straight up sexy...that's definitely the way I'm going!!!
They have been really popular. So much so that they're currently out of stock. We're expecting a huge shipment in the next 2 weeks so we'll have them in stock from that point on.

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im thinkin for 700 bucks, get a roof rack an throw the spare up there as well as some other stuff...
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im thinkin for 700 bucks, get a roof rack an throw the spare up there as well as some other stuff...
That's not a bad idea. The only downside I have found with that strategy is weight. We all know how heavy a big spare wheel/tire combo can be and putting that on top of a heavy rack, on top of a vehicle with a high center of gravity can be a little tippy. If you're rig is more of an overland style and/or you're keeping it relatively flat you should be ok. But if you get into a lot of off camber situations you might run into an issue. Just something to consider!

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They have been really popular. So much so that they're currently out of stock. We're expecting a huge shipment in the next 2 weeks so we'll have them in stock from that point on.

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That's not a bad idea. The only downside I have found with that strategy is weight. We all know how heavy a big spare wheel/tire combo can be and putting that on top of a heavy rack, on top of a vehicle with a high center of gravity can be a little tippy. If you're rig is more of an overland style and/or you're keeping it relatively flat you should be ok. But if you get into a lot of off camber situations you might run into an issue. Just something to consider!

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im thinkin for 700 bucks, get a roof rack an throw the spare up there as well as some other stuff...
Just getting a 100lb tire/wheel onto the carrier is tough and you want to put it on the roof?
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Just getting a 100lb tire/wheel onto the carrier is tough and you want to put it on the roof?
hehe well maybe i better think this through a little more...
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I had a 35" on my 2007 and just bolted it to the factory mount. No issues. And quite a few do it with no issues. I also did the same with my 2014.

Now, is it better to go with an aftermarket setup to hold it better? I'm sure it is...
Did you get anything else? Bumpstops? It looks great by the way
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I had a 35" on my 2007 and just bolted it to the factory mount. No issues. And quite a few do it with no issues. I also did the same with my 2014.

Now, is it better to go with an aftermarket setup to hold it better? I'm sure it is...
I see it where I live all the time and a lot of jeeps in my area are running 35s on the stock tire carrier.
I like the Teraflex set up but I gotta say that I'd rather spend $600 bucks on other modifications. I'm going to try to stay with the stock carrier when I change to 35" soon.
I don't think a 35 Duratrac would stress the hinges and welds like a heavy 35" MTR or Mud Grappler would. Just gotta be careful not letting the gate swing and as stated above, get it tight on the bump stops.
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Did you get anything else? Bumpstops? It looks great by the way
I didn't do the bumpstops on my '07 or the '14. I suppose it's a good idea as it should cause less movement (not that it moves at all, but in theory). Right now the tire sits just in the curved section of the bumper. Nearly but not quite touching. I assume the bumpstop would be VERY dependent on your tire size and rim offset as they'll all sit differently on the back.
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Maximus-3 tire carrier looks pretty good.

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I have mine mounted to my stock carrier, 17" fuel rim and 315/70/17 Duratrac tire. There is only a 13 lb difference between these and the stock Rubi combo so I am thinking it should be fine for the time being until I get the Ace pro series rear bumper

Bumpstop extentions though were needed!!
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+1 for Terraflex. The updated version is sweet!

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