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Old 08-08-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Teraflex vs AEV tire carrier

I already have the AEV front and rear bumper, but debating the tire carrier, Both are approx the same price, here is what I know good or not good about them

AEV :
- takes the load from the door hinges to the body, and looks more sturdy.
- can add other things later on
- is further away from the body, back clearance issue ??
- not centered, don't know if this has any effect.
- takes away the rear mirror function

Teraflex :
- uses the body hinges, kinds of extends the weight distribution.
- sits closer to body, any advantages ??
- easier install
- cannot add anything much to it
- still can use rear mirror

Right now I am only running 305/70/16, but may want to go bigger, so trying to decide between the two, any pictures would be appreciated.

Teraflex looks cooler, but AEV looks sturdy, that's just my opinion.

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Old 08-08-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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The AEV holds the tire off-center and looks stupid.

Edit: Just realized you had already noted it, but it does bare repeating.

The OCD in me is really offended by it.


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I have the TF hinge and don't have any complaints. With that said, I am thinking of selling it and going with an integrated tailgate swing bumper (likely LOD). Really the only reason is that I can get both set ups for the same price and I don't know if the TF hinge will have the tire too low to work with some of the bumper options.

If I was you I'd go with AEV if you already have the bumper. Their bumpers are awesome! The carrier is integrated into the tailgate and gives you tons of add on capabilities. If you didn't already have the bumper, I'd say TF just because cost is way high on the AEV. The TF is a good option and is still very sturdy. I've read some places that they crack, but I think that issue has been resolved and may be partly install error. I definitely like having the rear vision open too!

Oh, the TF looks almost stock to most people. So you are paying $700 for a sturdy hinge. Where the AEV, definitely adds some cool non-stock appearance to your rig!

If you decide to go TF, hit me up and maybe I'll sell you mine.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #5
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TF if you are leaning toward more a rock crawling Jeep, AEV if you are leaning toward more of a expedition style Jeep.

TF has much better spare tire departure angle as the tire sits very tight to the Jeep. A good thing the bigger the rocks and ledges are.

TF keeps a very clean factory look if that your thing (for me it is).

AEV does have some cool ad ons for there carrier that is for sure! But be ready to caugh up a lung to pay for them.

I, as you most likely can guess went with the full TF tire carrier system. I run 305/70/17s similar to what you stated you are running. To see what it looks like with 305s see my images.

Either way you go TF or AEV you are buying quality.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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I have the AEV rear bumper and tire carrier and the mount for the high-lift jack and pull pal (which I also have). I don't mind that the tire is not centered. AEV has a 10 gallon gas tank that fits between the tire and tailgate if you use their carrier. I have a plate to mount two 3 gallon gas cans to the pack of the spare tire and might get the 10 gallon tank later down the road if I need the extra extended range. I don't think TF has this.
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I rather like that my AEV carrier is offset. Makes it easy for opening the gate, gives a bit more visibility out the back window, and allows for a full size shovel to insert into the carrier as well. It is rock solid, so when you factor in the optional available accessories, it is a pretty good design, at a premium price.
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Does the back break light goes away with AEV bumper even though the tire is 305/70/16 ?
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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I have the AEV bumpers and the TF hinge. My lady was not a big fan of my swing away tire carrier on one of my earlier Jeeps so that pushed me in this direction. I am very happy with it. I think the TF hinge should be stock. I also didn't want the water tanks in the rear bump so I ended up getting non water tank corners for the rear bumper so I wouldn't have the whole where the AEV tire carrier would go. Pics in my build thread below.
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I have the water tank corners, any benefit of the non water tank ones, are they still plastic
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same exact plastic except no threaded cap on the driver side or the hole on the other for the swing arm. I just didn't see myself putting water in my bumper and like the cleaner look.
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:23 AM   #12
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You do not need the AEV rear bumper at all to run the AEV tire carrier, it can bolt right to the frame with the factory plastic or 10A bumper.
It is also connected to the tailgate so it is a one hand open deal unlike many rear carriers that must be opened separate. The AEV carrier will also carry the weight of a 40" tire.
Whether AEV or TF you have a big tire back there. Your rearview visibility is directly related to the height at which you adjustment your spare. For the most part your rearview is useless with a 35 on the rear no matter how it's mounted.
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How big of a tire can you go to without overloading the stock carrier?
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Does the back break light goes away with AEV bumper even though the tire is 305/70/16 ?
I don't know if the center brake light goes away with the rear bumper only. It does go away with the tire carrier and I still have the sock Rubicon wheels. I have a little AEV LCD center brake light that sits inside one opening in the wheel. It is bright.
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How big of a tire can you go to without overloading the stock carrier?
I've got a 33 on my stock one with no problems I know a guy who had a 35 on his for like two years and it worked fine but eventually started to go you could see it starting to creep. I wouldn't put anything more then a 33 on there but you can run a 35 for a while with np
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Got an aev bumper.... Duh had to get the aev tire carrier. Just waiting for it to ship. I did a lot of research on the teraflex and was about to get one because it was more stock like but I had to go with my gut feeling. I have the teraflex lift and I love it. There products are really good and tf has great customer support. Either way you can't go wrong.
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I agree you can't go wrong with either one. I got the Teraflex and love it, but I do miss all the AEV options for extra water, extra gas, and provision for the Pull Pal land anchor.

Here is the Teraflex tire carrier my LOD bumper. Even on the high 37” tire setting required by the small cutout of an LOD bumper, my 35 (34.4 inch) spare sits lower in the window view than the AEV would. Having the third taillight moved down helps makes the visibility out the back window cleaner. With all the Rotopax you see, I still have capacity of nine gallons, one less than AEV.
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I like your setup jk coaster. I have that rack in storage from my 2010 but need to replace the rails I sold on that Jeep.
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I like your setup jk coaster. I have that rack in storage from my 2010 but need to replace the rails I sold on that Jeep.
Thanks! We do a lot expedition/overlanding trips with a two door so a rack comes in handy. After two years of trying different storage options we have moved the Pull Pal, extra water and heavy stuff but gas inside to lower the center of gravity.

One issue with all this gear is weight. After all my mods I found my rig really getting heavy (4,700 lbs street - 5,250 lbs full kit - a lot for a two door). My Pull Pal alone is 36 pounds. You can see, I already see about as much sag as I want to deal with.

This is an issue if you go for all of the AEV options and add all the gas and water they provide. It's less of an issue if you go with their 3.5 inch and higher lifts.
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Here is the Teraflex tire carrier my LOD bumper. Even on the high 37” tire setting required by the small cutout of an LOD bumper, my 35 (34.4 inch) spare sits lower in the window view than the AEV would.
JK Coaster, that's the bumper I was looking at (already have the TF carrier) but wasnt sure I could get the tire high enough. Glad to see you can do it on the 37" holes! Did you start there or bump up from 35" location? I would have to move my studs and wonder if I'd have any issues. Any reason you didn't just go with full LoD carrier and bumper?
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JK Coaster, that's the bumper I was looking at (already have the TF carrier) but wasnt sure I could get the tire high enough. Glad to see you can do it on the 37" holes! Did you start there or bump up from 35" location? I would have to move my studs and wonder if I'd have any issues. Any reason you didn't just go with full LoD carrier and bumper?
I would be careful of the Teraflex HD Carrier/LOD combination because the LOD bumper has a shallow cutout for the spare. It worked for me at the highest 37 inch setting but only because I have BFG AT 35's that are LT31570R17 and this is at the smaller range for 35's. I also have a spare that has 20,000 miles of wear. When I first got the bumper I had a new spare and I could not get it to fit. So I called Teraflex and bought an adaptor but it needed a press so I took it all to my local shop. They said forget the adaptor, switch the new tire with one on the pavement and their skill set got everything on and adjusted (with 1/16 inch clearance). I have seen other comments on the Forum that spacers/adaptors are needed with LOD bumpers with the Teraflex carrier, and I can see that it really may depend on what tire you are running. Obviously, I may be limited on my future tire options without the adaptor, at least for the spare.

No reason not to buy the LOD full carrier and bumper. Bottom line, as mentioned in a post above, the Teraflex is a great and popular product if you are not needing and paying for all the expedition/overlanding features that come with the better systems. Otherwise, AEV, LOD and others offer a great solution.
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Have you looked at the Maximum 3 tire carrier? Seem to be the best of both worlds.





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