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Old 07-05-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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This isn't a write up as I forgot to take some pictures during the install. The instructions as well as the install itself is simple enough that a write up isn't really needed anyway. I purchased the carrier on Amzaon part# 2743 for $90 shipped. I still plan on getting a swing out tire carrier and bumper in the future, but it probably won't be till next summer.

Since I didn't trust the weight of my full size spare on the tailgate, I've always carried it in the cargo area. The one time I did mount my MTZ on the stock carrier, the bump stops on the tailgate were too short, and the tire was about .5" above the rear bumper.

New carrier installed....






There is a spot where you can install a pad lock to help prevent theft of the spare....



Bump stops touch the tire now...



Support bars press tight against the tire...



There are 3 different mounting holes for each bolt, depending on if you have a 33, 35, or 37 inch tire. I used the setup for the 33, so that I could rest the bottom of the tire on the rear bumper...



It is a little snug closing the tailgate, but I prefer it this way so some of the weight is taken off.

I'm very happy with this item. The fit is great considering the reputation of Smittybilt products. Installation took me about 20 minutes. I think the carrier will hold up just fine for at least the next year. I know that the weight is still on the hinges, but it's better than it was. I'll update this post in the future if I have any problems.

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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Looks great man! Sweet looking jeep too

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:14 PM   #3
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:40 PM   #4
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I don't know the product but,is that designed for that size tire? I see different ones with like the style you want attached to a heavier bumper instead of the gate.Or even drilled to the area around tail lites,to take the weight off gate.Just looking out for ya? Looks good though.
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Yes they designed it for a tire up to 37" or 190 lbs. No, I would never put a tire that size on. Like I said, I plan on getting a bumper mounted tire carrier, but not until next summer. This should last me just fine till then.

The tailgate is rated to hold an additional 50lbs to the stock tire. The weight of my tire combo is much less than that.

Or-Fab makes the carrier that attaches to the tub. Bestop makes a similar mounting tire carrier to the Smittybilt at a higher price.
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COOL,I would defiantly lock it.That's a easy steal.ENJOY!!
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Zombie, looks good! You have had this on now for a week or two, how is the rattling? Has the tire rattle gone away? Final thoughts?

I was thinking this or the Bestop one...

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This isn't a write up as I forgot to take some pictures during the install. The instructions as well as the install itself is simple enough that a write up isn't really needed anyway. I purchased the carrier on Amzaon part# 2743 for $90 shipped. I still plan on getting a swing out tire carrier and bumper in the future, but it probably won't be till next summer.

Since I didn't trust the weight of my full size spare on the tailgate, I've always carried it in the cargo area. The one time I did mount my MTZ on the stock carrier, the bump stops on the tailgate were too short, and the tire was about .5" above the rear bumper.

New carrier installed....






There is a spot where you can install a pad lock to help prevent theft of the spare....



Bump stops touch the tire now...



Support bars press tight against the tire...



There are 3 different mounting holes for each bolt, depending on if you have a 33, 35, or 37 inch tire. I used the setup for the 33, so that I could rest the bottom of the tire on the rear bumper...



It is a little snug closing the tailgate, but I prefer it this way so some of the weight is taken off.

I'm very happy with this item. The fit is great considering the reputation of Smittybilt products. Installation took me about 20 minutes. I think the carrier will hold up just fine for at least the next year. I know that the weight is still on the hinges, but it's better than it was. I'll update this post in the future if I have any problems.

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Zombie - I had installed the Smittybilt a couple weeks ago. I have 35 " Nitto Grapplers and it reduced the rattle over bumps, but did not eliminate them. I re-read your post and caught the line about installing using the 33" holes instead of the 35". BRILLIANT! I took 20 minutes to move the mounting to the 33" holes and use the bumper to remove some of the weight. It made all the difference. No more rattles from the tailgate. It is snug when closing, but I am very happy. A great $90 solution. I do have one question. I have about a 1/4-3/8 inch gap between the rim and the Smittybilt post that it should rest on (due to the bumper supporting the 35" tire on the 33" setting). The tire is pretty much locked into place being supported by the 2 bars on the back side and the handle tightened down on the other. It hasn't moved so far, but I was curious if you put any kind of "shim" between the rim and post?

Thanks for a great suggestion.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:34 AM   #9
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Zombie, looks good! You have had this on now for a week or two, how is the rattling? Has the tire rattle gone away? Final thoughts?

I was thinking this or the Bestop one...

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Sorry I missed your post up till now. It's been over a month and the carrier is holding up great! I thought I had a slight rattle, but it turned out to be the padlock I added to the carrier. I'm still very happy with this purchase.


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Zombie - I had installed the Smittybilt a couple weeks ago. I have 35 " Nitto Grapplers and it reduced the rattle over bumps, but did not eliminate them. I re-read your post and caught the line about installing using the 33" holes instead of the 35". BRILLIANT! I took 20 minutes to move the mounting to the 33" holes and use the bumper to remove some of the weight. It made all the difference. No more rattles from the tailgate. It is snug when closing, but I am very happy. A great $90 solution. I do have one question. I have about a 1/4-3/8 inch gap between the rim and the Smittybilt post that it should rest on (due to the bumper supporting the 35" tire on the 33" setting). The tire is pretty much locked into place being supported by the 2 bars on the back side and the handle tightened down on the other. It hasn't moved so far, but I was curious if you put any kind of "shim" between the rim and post?

Thanks for a great suggestion.
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I'm glad to hear this solution is working out for you. With the 33" mounting holes I do have to give the handle a little lift with my left hand, and with my right I put some force on the bottom of the tire when closing. It's a little tight, but not hard by any means. I know a good deal of the weight is being taken off by the bumper.

As far as the center post on the carrier, I also have a 1/4" gap between that and the wheel. I don't think it will make any difference as long as the handle is nice and snug. I also don't think it would hurt to add a shim either.
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Bruce - check the pics of the Smittybilt and Bestop units, they look exactly the same to me, but a big difference in price. My guess is they are from the same factory, just branded under different names.

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Excellent, Thanks! I will check it out today on my lunch break! Need to order something soon...

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Old 08-15-2011, 10:30 AM   #12
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I installed one about a month ago...50K on the stocker with a 35 with no probs...more or less bought this for the look..it DID eliminate a rattle..pretty pleased with the installation and and its extra capacity over the stock carrier
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Looked at the Bestop rear bumper w/tire carrier, P/N 42934-01 for the 07-11 Wranglers...not bad. What I did like was the fact you didn't have to release the tire carrier first to open the tailgate, it opens with it. I will read more about it, Thanks Kirk.

Anyone have any thoughts on this tire carrier??
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:34 AM   #15
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Clear Lake Jeepn, that looks great, especially with the red accents on the crank down handle! Is that a Smittybilt bumper too? Is that the factory hitch or do you loose that too?
Looks nice!
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OR Fab rear bumper....the tow hook fits in the OEM receiver..painted it and the shackles on bumpers red...Daystar isolators on the shackles...red handled hardened steel pin in the receiver
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Just wondering how your Smittybilt is holding up? I also looked at the Bestop/HighRock and it looks the same as the Smittybilt.

I might just pull the trigger on the AEV, but still not sure yet.
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Looked at the Bestop rear bumper w/tire carrier, P/N 42934-01 for the 07-11 Wranglers...not bad. What I did like was the fact you didn't have to release the tire carrier first to open the tailgate, it opens with it. I will read more about it, Thanks Kirk.

Anyone have any thoughts on this tire carrier??
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I wonder if that works like the AEV bumper and carrier which open as one.
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Looked at the Bestop rear bumper w/tire carrier, P/N 42934-01 for the 07-11 Wranglers...not bad. What I did like was the fact you didn't have to release the tire carrier first to open the tailgate, it opens with it. I will read more about it, Thanks Kirk.

Anyone have any thoughts on this tire carrier??
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I can't find this one on their website. Is it for the JK?
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Just wondering how your Smittybilt is holding up? I also looked at the Bestop/HighRock and it looks the same as the Smittybilt.

I might just pull the trigger on the AEV, but still not sure yet.
Almost 3 months now since the install, carrier is still solid and no noise from the tailgate.
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I wonder if that works like the AEV bumper and carrier which open as one.
Found my own answer. Looked at Smittybilt site and not Bestop. Bestop shows the item and it does appear to work as one with the door similar to AEV.
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I can't find this one on their website. Is it for the JK?

Vyper340, it is for the 2 or 4 dr JK.

Here is the link I used to buy it from Quadratec. (PM Joe from Quadratec for club prices).

Bestop 42934-01 - HighRock 4x4™ Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited - Quadratec

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Club prices? Excellent! Didn't know about that one. Thanks!
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RE "Bestop makes a similar mounting tire carrier to the Smittybilt at a higher price."

I am just now putting 33s on my Rubi and have been debating doing nothing, just bump stops, offset spacer, or a Bestop or Smittybilt tire carrier. My tire/wheel combo will weigh 90#, so I am really interested in some updates to this thread. Anyone have some tips?
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I'd love to see some "tire off" photos.
I know it's an old thread revived, but it's a curiosity of mine because I'm interested in relocating my third brake light away from that location and want to put a CB antenna back there too.
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I'd love to see some "tire off" photos.
I know it's an old thread revived, but it's a curiosity of mine because I'm interested in relocating my third brake light away from that location and want to put a CB antenna back there too.
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