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Old 04-09-2013, 09:19 AM   #331
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15X8 American Racing Outlaw I wheels on 35X15X12.50 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's

Tha Choppa after The Predator. "Get to tha Choppa!"
That's exactly how I got my nickname! I'd yell that across the open mall areas in high school. Enough that I got other friends yelling it out and they dubbed me CHOPPA or Chopper! Too funny

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #332
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Here is one I just took. 15 inch American Racing One's everyone including American Racing said wouldn't fit.
Hopefully your never have to put on bigger brakes rotors or calipers like the Tera flex big brake kit

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Hopefully your never have to put on bigger brakes rotors or calipers like the Tera flex big brake kit
That would be another concern of those wheels. However, I tow, live in the mountain region, have a lift, 35's and feel the brakes are very sufficient as is.
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Good point. However, I live on the flat on the Gulf coast of Texas and am not a fast driver, or a heavy brake user.

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:44 PM   #335
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So, has anyone had any problems installing the hinge? I've watched the Teraflex video numerous times and read all of this thread. I'm about ready to order the complete setup, but still apprehensive removing the torx bolts holding the factory hinge on. Someone talk me down from the ledge.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:54 PM   #336
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So, has anyone had any problems installing the hinge? I've watched the Teraflex video numerous times and read all of this thread. I'm about ready to order the complete setup, but still apprehensive removing the torx bolts holding the factory hinge on. Someone talk me down from the ledge.
Just follow the video and you'll be fine. I wedged wood under mine before removing the bolts and it didn't budge during the installation.
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It's pretty easy. I used the video and no issues.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:22 AM   #338
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Come down off the ledge. The video explains it very well and they provide a tool to bust those nuts, er, uh, I mean they .. oh well.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:31 PM   #339
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I took the plunge and ordered one today. Just need to determine what paint to use on the bare metal on the tailgate. Road salt corrosion is definitely an issue in Ohio.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #340
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I've installed 4 TeraFlex carriers at my shop now and it's pretty simple to do. I'd gladly help walk ya through it .
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:52 PM   #341
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I'm about to jump on this as well. Goodbye crappy Smittybilt tire carrier!!
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:02 PM   #342
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Looks like for the most part everyone here's had a good experience with this carrier, anyone have any significant negatives? Looks to be an awesome solution for a buiky and heavy bumper & tire carrier combo.
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been living with mine for several months now- has exceeded my expectations thus far!!

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been living with mine for several months now- has exceeded my expectations thus far!!
How difficult is it to remove the hilift? Meaning wouldn't want it to be easily stolen. Any locking mechanism, even if its DIY?
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:27 AM   #345
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How difficult is it to remove the hilift? Meaning wouldn't want it to be easily stolen. Any locking mechanism, even if its DIY?
I have a 3/8 inch drive ratchet i keep in the glove, can pop the hilift off in a few seconds. As far as security, I dont keep the hi-lift on unless im wheeling, but you could easily secure it with a cable lock, there are plenty of mounting points on the mount itself.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #346
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How many people are running both the jack and the CB antenna. I've got my hi-lift on already and am thinking of picking up a shorter cb antenna to run on the mount, but I'm worried about interference. One person on another form complained about a much higher SWR reading. Anyone else have experience running both?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #347
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I have a 3/8 inch drive ratchet i keep in the glove, can pop the hilift off in a few seconds. As far as security, I dont keep the hi-lift on unless im wheeling, but you could easily secure it with a cable lock, there are plenty of mounting points on the mount itself.
I leave mine on all the time. While it could be stolen by a patient and prepared thief, I'm thinking about adding a bolt lock like you see on winches. Factor 55 makes a nice bolt lock that should work in the foot of the jack.

But then all it'd take is a thief with a 3/16" hex key to steal the whole accessory mount.

It's all a gamble i guess.
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Have any of used the teraflex hinge with the stock tire carrier? My wheels have enough offset to use the stock tire carrier and I'm curious if I could just use it on the hinge.
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Have any of used the teraflex hinge with the stock tire carrier? My wheels have enough offset to use the stock tire carrier and I'm curious if I could just use it on the hinge.
I use the stock carrier with the TF hinge currently. I replaced the tailgate bumpstop with one of the Daystar bumpstops since the backspacing of my Level 8 Trackers is less than the stock wheel. It seems pretty secure but my plan is to eventually add the TF carrier so that the wheel will be a little tighter to the tailgate.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:49 AM   #350
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Thanks. Right now my 35's clear the bumper by a hair and eventually I will add the carrier also but I'm wondering if there is more to the tire carrier than just the ability to move the tire up and away for clearance? I imagine its sturdier than the stock tire carrier, but will anything bad happen if I ran the stock one for a while?
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I'm sure the TF carrier is probably sturdier, but another difference is not only the ability to move the tire up if you have a clearance issue with the bumper, but also to adjust it closer to the hinge for support on two sides rather than one. Since you lose the second bumpstop with the TF hinge, the tire rests against only one bumpstop. With the ability to adjust the TF carrier closer to the tailgate, the other side of the tire (where the bumpstop is removed) can also rest against the hinge. Being closer to the tailgate will also help with clearance. That's probably more important when your wheel has less backspacing and sticks out further.

I've had the TF hinge and stock carrier for about 6 months without issue. My tire actually just touches my stock bumper. For me, I'd have to move the tire up to get it closer to the hinge with the stock bumper, but I intend to replace the bumper some day too.

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Very good, thanks man.
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Looking into this myself. I was wanting a tire carrier that works w/ the gate, but am having problems finding the carrier/bumper combo I want. This may solve that problem.

question. I have 33s now but will be going to 35s at some point. Is it possible to take the carrier to a shop to have the lugs unpressed/repressed when I need to move them to handle the new tire size? Or maybe I just install the lugs in the 35 spot from the start?
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Brian,
The wheel studs can be removed and reinstalled any time you want. I used the 35 inch mounting holes for my smaller tire for the same reason you mentioned. It works just fine.
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I'm sure the TF carrier is probably sturdier, but another difference is not only the ability to move the tire up if you have a clearance issue with the bumper, but also to adjust it closer to the hinge for support on two sides rather than one. Since you lose the second bumpstop with the TF hinge, the tire rests against only one bumpstop. With the ability to adjust the TF carrier closer to the tailgate, the other side of the tire (where the bumpstop is removed) can also rest against the hinge. Being closer to the tailgate will also help with clearance. That's probably more important when your wheel has less backspacing and sticks out further.

I've had the TF hinge and stock carrier for about 6 months without issue. My tire actually just touches my stock bumper. For me, I'd have to move the tire up to get it closer to the hinge with the stock bumper, but I intend to replace the bumper some day too.

Did you used two bolts or just one to tighten the collar? I could only fit one?
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The wheel studs can be removed and reinstalled any time you want. I used the 35 inch mounting holes for my smaller tire for the same reason you mentioned. It works just fine.
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Groovy.

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Looking into this myself. I was wanting a tire carrier that works w/ the gate, but am having problems finding the carrier/bumper combo I want. This may solve that problem.

question. I have 33s now but will be going to 35s at some point. Is it possible to take the carrier to a shop to have the lugs unpressed/repressed when I need to move them to handle the new tire size? Or maybe I just install the lugs in the 35 spot from the start?

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The wheel studs can be removed and reinstalled any time you want. I used the 35 inch mounting holes for my smaller tire for the same reason you mentioned. It works just fine.
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The bolts are pressed in, you can give them a good whack with a mini sledge to back them out, but if you manage to mess them up Teraflex might be able to help you out... Check out post #49 of this same thread.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ter...-180648-2.html

I would suggest just putting them on the 35" position anyway.
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I would suggest just putting them on the 35" position anyway.
That's likely what ill do if I go with this product. TF 2.5 coil lift is on order. At this rate I'm gonna have to paint TERAFLEX across my hood. LOL
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Did you used two bolts or just one to tighten the collar? I could only fit one?
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I'm not sure what you mean by the collar?
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Finally got my hinge and carrier setup installed. The install was straight forward. It took me longer to paint the bare metal underneath the stock hinge than it did to install the new one. I also painted the steel hinge mounts on the Teraflex one to help prevent corrosion from winter time road salt. I've seen a few pics of the Teraflex hinge mounts rusting already.
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