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Old 05-22-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Aev tire carrier

Just ordered the AEV TIRE CARRIER from Dave @ Northridge4x4. Will have it friday I'm going to do the install this weekend along with the CHMSL kit on my stock bumper. Any install tips out there? Thanks.

Will also be putting on my aev 2.5 dualsport kit and aev savegre's with 35's. Will post up after its complete.

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Old 05-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Bumper is heavy. Make sure you have help.

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We just installed one, along with the AEV bumper on a 2012, like the last poster said, have help when your actually putting it on. Awkward
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:16 AM   #4
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Bumper is heavy. Make sure you have help.

ummm...i'm using the stock jk bumper and I pretty sure it doesn't way much at all
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:00 AM   #5
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I finally got my AEV tire carrier installed. Here are a few pics.

The last pic shows the CHMSL led kit.
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I finally got my AEV tire carrier installed. Here are a few pics.

The last pic shows the CHMSL led kit.
Did you have a hard time sliding the tire carrier onto the spindle housing? Also the bronze bushings do they both go on from the top???
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I finally got my AEV tire carrier installed. Here are a few pics.

The last pic shows the CHMSL led kit.
I figured out those questions I asked you but What did you do with the four bolt holes that were left?? Install the remaining bolts for looks?
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Fuel caddy next ?

Now you have the option for an extra 10 gal of gas, without sacrificing any inside space.
Congrats on the new carrier.
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Like this a lot. I didn't know that AEV made something like this that attached to the stock bumper. Gonna have to research this a bit more.
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How much was it? Like the look along with the stock rear bumper.
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Esp, it actually doesn't attatch to the bumper. That is one of the nice things about it, it merely goes through the stock bumper, and attatches to the frame
via a bracket. So none of the weight of the carrier or tire/wheel sits on the door or bumper. It is not inexpensive, but I feel I got my money's worth with it.
Well worth a look , especially if you plan to go to a bigger or heavier tire and wheel combo.
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Nice!! I checked their site but couldnt find just the carrier, Im gonna look at Northridge site next. Looks good, will it fit a 37?
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definitely would like to know how much this was. Was thinking about getting a tire carrier but didn't want to have to buy a whole bumper/tire carrier.
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The AEV tire carrier is $699
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I figured out those questions I asked you but What did you do with the four bolt holes that were left?? Install the remaining bolts for looks?
i'm assuming u are talking about the bolt holes on the reight side of the gate from removal of the stock carrier....the instructions just have you reinstall the four bolts back in the right side holes.
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Like this a lot. I didn't know that AEV made something like this that attached to the stock bumper. Gonna have to research this a bit more.
i don't have a need for a new bumper...this worked great...it mounts directly to the frame of the jeep so all you do is use a 2 3/4" hole saw on the bumper with the template provided. there is also some trimming to do on the underside of the bumper to make room for the spindle housing (the piece that attaches to the frame) and to access the grease zerk.
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I figured out those questions I asked you but What did you do with the four bolt holes that were left?? Install the remaining bolts for looks?
a little grease makes it easier to slide onto the housing. one bushing installs from the top and the other from the bottom....there are machined rings that the bushings will seat up against.
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Nice!! I checked their site but couldnt find just the carrier, Im gonna look at Northridge site next. Looks good, will it fit a 37?

they claim this will hold up to a 40" it is def. well built and solid. I'm VERY happy with it. i was looking into the TF carrier that is coming out but it is the same $ and I think this is much better and PROVEN. i got mine from northridge...it is definately available without the bumper.
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definitely would like to know how much this was. Was thinking about getting a tire carrier but didn't want to have to buy a whole bumper/tire carrier.

the carrier cost $849 delivered from Northridge 4x4. The CHMSL from AEV is another $39-49...can't remember but its alittle pricey but i love the damn thing...wired up easily and mounts right up with the carrier. Qtec has it for $699 plus a very high freight charge so its basically the same price. I like N4x4 myself, and Dave had it in stock and shipped the same day I ordered. it arrived nicely packed and totally undamaged just a couple days later.

I want to add that i am a firm believer in the saying "you get what you pay for"....there are some cheaper options out there for sure, but this thing is very nice, well designed and thought out, and high quality. even the hardware is all grade 8. it takes the weight off the gate and does not make a single sound. it is totally silent and my spare 35" does not move at all. its a savagre wheel at around 32lbs plus a 64lb tire..so im pushing 96lbs and it is solid as hell. the carrier allows you to snug the tire up against the horizontal tube and vertical tube so there is absolutely NO movement.
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Rtguy, Do you have tension on it when you open it and close it?? I'm trying to get it adjusted properly and the only issue I have is there is tension when you open and close it. According to the directions this is normal but was curious if you too have this tension? I do not have any "droop" so I think it is good.
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Looks great! Didn't know they made those! Unfortunately I'm also going to want a trailer hitch soon (mine didn't come with one stock) so I'll need the rear bumper as well probably.

How long did install take? Not too hard to do with one person?
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Do you have any photos of the bracket that attaches to the frame, and how it attaches? Did you have to drill the frame or are there holes there that you use?
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Rtguy, Do you have tension on it when you open it and close it?? I'm trying to get it adjusted properly and the only issue I have is there is tension when you open and close it. According to the directions this is normal but was curious if you too have this tension? I do not have any "droop" so I think it is good.
there is slight tension throughout the entire motion...but there should be more tension in the last 1- 1 1/2" of closing the gate once the tube meets the saddle block. this helps to really lock the carrier into the saddle block to prevent any up/down movement. u can check if the carrier is causing excessive tension itself (not the turnbuckle adjustment but the spindle) by disconnecting the turnbuckle and swinging the carrier without the gate. if there is excessive tension at the spindle they mention in the instructions adding a washer at the bottom or removing the o-ring on the bottom.

also, i have read that the bolt on the bottom of the spindle has fallen loose with some guys guys after a while and they have added a lock washer at the bolt head..i am going to do this as well as a preventative measure as mine has not fallen loose so far. just thought i'd give u a heads up on that.

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Looks great! Didn't know they made those! Unfortunately I'm also going to want a trailer hitch soon (mine didn't come with one stock) so I'll need the rear bumper as well probably.

How long did install take? Not too hard to do with one person?
its not very difficult to install. overall its pretty easy...just takes a while to get it adjusted and dialed in perfectly. I spent about four or five hours on mine but u have to take it apart everytime you make adjustments then reinstall and test.
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Do you have any photos of the bracket that attaches to the frame, and how it attaches? Did you have to drill the frame or are there holes there that you use?
no i didn't take photos of the bracket...go to the AEV site and go to products..then click rear bumper/tire carrier...click installation..click to download. they have pics there and a full cad drawing and schematic.
there are existing holes in the frame that you mount it to on the left and right. once you have it totally adjusted and how u want it then u need to drill 2 holes in the frame on the top and the bottom...i think they were 3/8"...two additional bolts will mount in these holes at final assembly...very simple though. there are existing holes in the bracket and u just put the drill in the hole using it as a guide and drill....cannot go wrong here as long as you ensure that the carrier is adjusted and u are happy with its operation before u drill the holes
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there is slight tension throughout the entire motion...but there should be more tension in the last 1- 1 1/2" of closing the gate once the tube meets the saddle block. this helps to really lock the carrier into the saddle block to prevent any up/down movement. u can check if the carrier is causing excessive tension itself (not the turnbuckle adjustment but the spindle) by disconnecting the turnbuckle and swinging the carrier without the gate. if there is excessive tension at the spindle they mention in the instructions adding a washer at the bottom or removing the o-ring on the bottom.

also, i have read that the bolt on the bottom of the spindle has fallen loose with some guys guys after a while and they have added a lock washer at the bolt head..i am going to do this as well as a preventative measure as mine has not fallen loose so far. just thought i'd give u a heads up on that.

hope this helps
Thanks for the info it was exactly what I was looking to hear. Everthing appears fine no problems so now to pull it off and attach the bumper and re-install tire carrier.
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Thanks for the info it was exactly what I was looking to hear. Everthing appears fine no problems so now to pull it off and attach the bumper and re-install tire carrier.
no problem...post some pics when u r done.
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Looks good! Re-enforces the believe that I made the right choice when I bought mine... I have mine, still haven't installed it. Debating on getting it professionally installed or just to do it myself... What did you use to trim the underside of the bumper to make room for the bracket? Do I need a sawzall?
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I just used a Dremel with a cut-off disc on it to cut the stock bumper.(plastic!)
Iwas able to do mine in a few hours on Boxing Day at -30.
I don't think anyone would have much trouble installing it themselves. The instructions are pretty clear. I just did the fuel caddy last month, and it was even easier.
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Looks good! Re-enforces the believe that I made the right choice when I bought mine... I have mine, still haven't installed it. Debating on getting it professionally installed or just to do it myself... What did you use to trim the underside of the bumper to make room for the bracket? Do I need a sawzall?

i used a really strange oscillating cutoff tool my dad had...couldn't find the damn dremel. its pretty easy though to cut as it is just plastic. be careful though u don't cut all the way through on the top side. the thickness really changes..in some spots it was over 1/2" thick.

i recommend installing this yourself...it will be very beneficial to you. you will really understand how it works and u will know how to make adjustments in the future. just plan extra time and use it...it will go smoothly if u follow the instructions and take your time.

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