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Old 06-25-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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Advice on carrier

Looking for advice on a new carrier go my jk narrowed it down to two. I am looking at the terraflex and the ace bumper/carrier. Any experiences with these would be appreciated.

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Looking for advice on a new carrier go my jk narrowed it down to two. I am looking at the terraflex and the ace bumper/carrier. Any experiences with these would be appreciated.
Are you talking about the Teraflex Hinged Tire Carrier? That is one of the most popular body mounted tire carriers out there. It's quality and works well.

Ace is also a great company that has a good reputation. The two products you listed are very different though. You need to decide if you want a bumper with a tire carrier mounted on it or a body mounted carrier with the factory or a separate carrier. Once you decide that the rest becomes easier. Let me know if you'd like a quote on the Teraflex carrier!

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We went with the Teraflex because the wife opens the back door 5+ times a day and didn't want to undo a tire carrier every time.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:41 AM   #4
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I love my ACE rear bumper/carrier. It ties into the tailgate, so you don't have to "undo" a tire carrier every time you open it.
I bought cheaper lights though, because I was not about to spend $400 on reverse lights. I got Hellas and welded mounting tabs into the bumper to they would look just like the Rigid ones.

EDIT: aside from tying into the tailgate, the advantage to the ACE over a body mounted carrier is that it doesn't put any extra stress on the tailgate. This bumper is the best one I've seen, and at a heck of a price.
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Another + for the TF carrier is that it's aluminum rather than steel. So it only adds about 20 lbs rather than well over 120 lbs of the steel bumper carrier combo.

We add all this weight to our jeeps and neglect to upgrade brakes. My stopping distance has certainly increased.
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^ +1 We went with the Teraflex because the wife opens the back door 5+ times a day and didn't want to undo a tire carrier every time.
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Another + for the TF carrier is that it's aluminum rather than steel. So it only adds about 20 lbs rather than well over 120 lbs of the steel bumper carrier combo. We add all this weight to our jeeps and neglect to upgrade brakes. My stopping distance has certainly increased.
Another + for TF. Easy install and not need to swap bumpers. I've got a Rubi X which could have accepted a swing out carrier but like BBS said, I liked not having to open a separate carrier to get into the back of my Jeep.

Currently running the TF hinged carrier with their adjustable spare tire mount and 3rd brake light extension.
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Another + for the TF carrier is that it's aluminum rather than steel. So it only adds about 20 lbs rather than well over 120 lbs of the steel bumper carrier combo.

We add all this weight to our jeeps and neglect to upgrade brakes. My stopping distance has certainly increased.
You're right. It's easy to add a considerable amount of weight to our Jeeps with all these bolt-on additions:

Front & rear bumpers
Rock sliders
skid plates
winch
bigger wheels/tires
rear cargo rack
roof rack
hi-lift jack

etc.... It goes on and on. Really easy to add a thousand pounds to the base vehicle... Which is not good for performance.

Good point, and I agree. I like the mods I've made to my Jeep, but I dislike adding all that weight to what was a reasonably light, nimble machine from the factory...

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Old 06-25-2014, 02:06 PM   #8
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Ultimately I am looking for one handed operation into the gate. Looking at the tf cost is what made me look into the carrier bumper combo. I already have the ace sliders and like them.

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