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Old 04-03-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Budget Upgraded Tire Carrier

So I'm getting some 34's for my JKU and I know it will add to some unnecessary wear and tear on my tailgate and tire carrier. I found a combination of parts on another forum and they are on their way. I was just wondering if anyone has an opinion by experience or have these items to let me know if I should go ahead with it or not. So I purchased:

o DAYSTAR TAILGATE BUMP STOPS JK
o MBRP SPARE TIRE RELOCATE JK BLACK
o MBRP SPARE TIRE REINFORCING KIT

I will be running a 295/70/18 Terra Grappler on my stock "Altitude" wheels with the stock carrier. I know many people will recommend the TF tire carrier or a bumper with tire carrier. I am just looking to buy some time so I can afford something more long term after ~$1500 worth of tires. I don't do anything crazy with my JKU since it's my daily driver but make sure to take it out an treat it like a Jeep once and a while.

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My personal advice would be to take that money and put to towards the TF adjustable carrier for $180 and call it a day. You can adjust it nice and tight against the bumpstops and it will hole you over just fine until you upgrade later. Then later on get the hinge and you'll be set. The problem with the brackets is you're putting an extra load on the factory carrier that it's not designed for by moving the tire further out on it. In addition, not sure how heavy those are, but you may be pushing the weight limit on the factory carrier as well.

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The weight limit on the OEM carrier, according to the owner's manual, is 50 pounds. Even the stock tires and wheels push, or exceed, the weight limit. Your budget upgrade will just make things worse by moving the tire farther from the tailgate. It looks like the reinforcing kit merely reinforces the connection with the tailgate. The carriers often break near the lug bolts. The OEM carrier is very thin cast metal. The whole thing, including the third brake light, weighs less than 5 pounds. Your money would be better spent by upgrading to a beefier, adjustable carrier like the Teraflex.
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I hung my big steel double bead locks with 37" tires on the OEM....!!! It actually survived just fine until I took it on a trail, and even then it hung together 'till I got home. I hate the idea of swinging the tire seperate from the gate so went with the BestTop version; $250ish . I also added a support under the tire so the wt isn't on the gate hinges when shut.

Personally, with the tire size you're talking about I'd just hang it on the OEM unless you plan to beat some rocks in the near future.
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So I'm getting some 34's for my JKU and I know it will add to some unnecessary wear and tear on my tailgate and tire carrier. I found a combination of parts on another forum and they are on their way. I was just wondering if anyone has an opinion by experience or have these items to let me know if I should go ahead with it or not. So I purchased:

o DAYSTAR TAILGATE BUMP STOPS JK
o MBRP SPARE TIRE RELOCATE JK BLACK
o MBRP SPARE TIRE REINFORCING KIT

I will be running a 295/70/18 Terra Grappler on my stock "Altitude" wheels with the stock carrier. I know many people will recommend the TF tire carrier or a bumper with tire carrier. I am just looking to buy some time so I can afford something more long term after ~$1500 worth of tires. I don't do anything crazy with my JKU since it's my daily driver but make sure to take it out an treat it like a Jeep once and a while.

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Jed,

The Teralfex Tire Carrier is a great piece. I don't think anyone else will argue against that. But they are expensive. I have been recommending the RedRock 4x4 Tire Carrier as well. It's not adjustable and it's steel instead of aluminum, but it's a little less expensive than the Teraflex.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like a quote!

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Just noticed the link to the Red Rock carrier takes me to the Terraflex product.

RedRock 4x4 Rear Hinged Wrangler Tire Carrier w/Tire Mount J100139 (07-14 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping | Free Shipping
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Jed,

The Teralfex Tire Carrier is a great piece. I don't think anyone else will argue against that. But they are expensive. I have been recommending the RedRock 4x4 Tire Carrier as well. It's not adjustable and it's steel instead of aluminum, but it's a little less expensive than the Teraflex.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like a quote!

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Warning- the RedRock carrier is $100 cheaper on Amazon. XTRyan, you might want to talk to your own customer service. They told me the RedRock was garbage and I should get Teraflex.
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Just got back from a local 4x4 shop and ended up buying the TF Adjustable Tire Carrier by itself. Maybe I'll pick up the hinge portion somewhere down the road. Thanks for all the advise. Pics will be posted sometime today or tomorrow.
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Just got back from a local 4x4 shop and ended up buying the TF Adjustable Tire Carrier by itself. Maybe I'll pick up the hinge portion somewhere down the road. Thanks for all the advise. Pics will be posted sometime today or tomorrow.
Good choice, give you room to grow down the road.
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Most of the install was easy but the not having a press was a PITA when installing the lugs. I might have to go back and trim the tire bump stops because it's pretty tight fit even pushed as far out as possible. However the only time I ever access the spare is rotating the tires. Also the TF CB mount that I have makes the antenna flexed against it, luckily I bought the Wilson flex.
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As an FYI for those who were probably wondering why I decided to go from a ~$75 fix to a $230 is:

o DAYSTAR TAILGATE BUMP STOPS JK (didn't need them because of the TF spare kit)
o MBRP SPARE TIRE RELOCATE JK BLACK (pushed the tire too far out away from carrier, would most likely cause stock carrier to break and/or cause extreme damage to tailgate when off-roading)
o MBRP SPARE TIRE REINFORCING KIT (will not work/fit on 12+ JK's, verified by MBRP company rep)

Also a props to jwilson2598 for his words of wisdom.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:33 PM   #12
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No problem, glad I could help. jeep looks great BTW!

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