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Old 03-07-2011, 04:19 PM   #31
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I'm going to second the recommendation for LoD. I have both the front and rear signature series bumpers from them. They've been on for over a year with absolutely no complaints or issues from me. Customer service was outstanding and the items were shipped in highly impressive fashion. Admittedly, they're going to require a paint touch up once the weather clears around here. But that's my fault for for riding them across some rocks and by no means reflective of poor quality craftsmanship.

Good luck with the decision! I know how much time, work and effort I went through before I settled on the LoD's...

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:08 PM   #32
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Anybody wanna sell me an or-fab swing away tire/can carrier.

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Be sure to check Amazon for whatever you choose to save some cash!
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I second Jerry's recommendation for the OR-Fab carrier. I have the same one (the no gas can version) and am very happy with it. Solid and not rattles.
I'm with Jerry and Emills......OR-FAB. Been running one with the cans and high lift for 3 years now without a problem. Heck even was rear-ended once and the other car lost with no damage to the Jeep.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:46 PM   #35
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Anybody wanna sell me an or-fab swing away tire/can carrier.
Gerald at Savvy Offroad just gave a 20% off price on an ORF carrier to WF member Village Idiot 2 days ago after he gave Gerald my name as a referral. And no, I am not making any commissions on them.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:44 PM   #36
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For the public record, I did talk to Gerald again today and he had to back up just a little bit on the amount of the discount he gave me, after he had taken my order to OR Fab. I don't fault him, he's still giving a good deal and it looks like the product is going to be great. I can't wait to get it installed and then get rear-ended and see what happens.
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I've been looking for a good tire carrier as well. I was doing some searching on ebay and ran across these by Rob with TheDirtWorx. TheDirtworx items - Get great deals on Category 1, Category 2 items on eBay Stores!

His quote to me for a bumper with a Hi-Lift carrier and CB antenna tab was $380 plus $59 shipping. Awesome price. I've heard nothing but good comments about his work. The only potential hangup is he ships the product bare metal. Meaning you will have to apply the finish of your choice.
X2 !! Do a quick search on here for thedirtworx and you will come up with numerous threads about his bumpers. IMO best bumper for the price and not a squeak outta it!
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:15 PM   #38
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Once I finally am finished with college in May the first new purchase for the summer will be the OR FAB carrier; I've been debating which tire carrier to get for a while now, and everything Jerry has pointed out is exactly why I'll be getting the OR FAB carrier. I can't wait to finally get my 33 off the factory spare tire mount and have a proper place to put my jerry cans.
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I got the Tuff Designs bumper/carrier with optional trail rack. Very sturdy. Happy with carrier and rack but would not recommend the company. Customer service is non-existent. They don't like to return phone calls or emails.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:32 PM   #40
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Anyone running the best top carrier? It's set up just like the OrFab. I like how the best top carrier opens with the tailgate but can it be disconnected to open separately? Really debating on picking up an orfab vs best top
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Anyone running the best top carrier? It's set up just like the OrFab. I like how the best top carrier opens with the tailgate but can it be disconnected to open separately? Really debating on picking up an orfab vs best top
The only similarities are that they both open left to right and that neither bolts to the bumper. They aren't comparable, at least not in my opinion having seen the Bestop and owning two OR-Fabs. The Bestop is not built nearly as strongly and absolutely will not hold up like the OR-Fab does. Apples and oranges so far as their robustness and strengths are concerned.
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The only similarities are that they both open left to right and that neither bolts to the bumper. They aren't comparable, at least not in my opinion having seen the Bestop and owning two OR-Fabs. The Bestop is not built nearly as strongly and absolutely will not hold up like the OR-Fab does. Apples and oranges so far as their robustness and strengths are concerned.
I've heard very similar, the thought of the tire carrier acting as one with the tailgate was intriguing nonetheless haha, either way my motto is do it right the first time so I'll probably be going OrFab!

In fact a week or two ago I got a fortune cookie that said...."any job big or small, do it right or not at all" haha that's my jeep right there
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Gerald at Savvy Offroad just gave a 20% off price on an ORF carrier to WF member Village Idiot 2 days ago after he gave Gerald my name as a referral. And no, I am not making any commissions on them.
Keep on pimping savvy stuff. You gotta make it worth that "super deal" they gave you on their bad ass shop jeep.
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Dude your attitude really sucks. Get the **** over it. I'm recommending Offroad-Fabricators and I've been using and recommending OR-Fab's carrier since before Savvy was a dream in Blaine and Gerald's minds. And I didn't buy either of my ORF carriers from Savvy. Savvy just happens to sell them for less than I paid for mine when I bought them directly from OR-Fab.
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Deal or no deal. I can't afford a 600 dollar carrier right now. Wish I could find a used one...
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:24 PM   #46
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Deal or no deal. I can't afford a 600 dollar carrier right now. Wish I could find a used one...
Do a search here for TheDirtWorx. It's what I'm going with.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:39 PM   #47
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I ordered a body armor bumper last weekend. Should be here Saturday. Anyone have one of these?
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I use the BestTop. Strength? I've been carrying a 12.5x35 MTR on it for 80000+ miles. No cracks, no bending, no problems at all. Very happy with it.

Just unlatch the tailgate, they both swing out together - one handed, no fussing around. The tailgate does NOT support any weight, it's all supported by the roll cage, top and bottom.

The only thing I don't like is it's not made to carry any cans. But a little welding and ---.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:00 AM   #49
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Rrich, can you swing out the carrier without the tailgate?
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:38 AM   #50
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I have a question on the OR-FAB carrier. Do you think it is strong enough to modify and put an ice chest carrier on the back. Might have to buy the one without the jerry can option so everything is not hanging off four feet.
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That depends on the size of the ice chest since they can vary widely in size and weight. But I don't see any easy way to make it carry an ice chest externally without welding up some external brackets that would not likely look all that good. No matter what size it is though, I'd want an ice chest inside no matter what.
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No, the Bestop swings out with the tailgate. The tire carrier and the tailgate open as one piece - even though there is no weight on the tailgate. You cannot swing the tire carrier without the tailgate.

Opening is a breeze - same as opening it stock - you just pull the stock handle on the tailgate and swing it open - one handed 2 finger operation. It all swings together.

Closing is the same - just swing it closed like you do a stock tailgate.
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Dude your attitude really sucks. Get the **** over it. I'm recommending Offroad-Fabricators and I've been using and recommending OR-Fab's carrier since before Savvy was a dream in Blaine and Gerald's minds. And I didn't buy either of my ORF carriers from Savvy. Savvy just happens to sell them for less than I paid for mine when I bought them directly from OR-Fab.
Stop pretending like you have no affiliation with these people, and I won't need to point it out At least you can't ban me on here (like you did on JF) for speaking the truth.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:30 PM   #56
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I have had excellent luck with my ARB tire carrier.
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I just ordered the dirtworxx carrier and holders for cans. It will cost about $200 to get it powder coated. Hope it's good as it looks. I had seen the or fab but didn't realize it was fastened to the cage. Too late now. Will let you all know how it goes. jj
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I'm having a custom spare tire carrier/bumper custom fabricated, and it should be done today. I'll post some pictures of it when it's done. A couple of buddies that I wheel with own a custom fabrication business.

That's one nice thing about wheelin' with the same group all the time. A lot of them are very willing to help. Usually there is at least one fabricator in a club.
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I have yet to see a bumper mounted spare tire carrier that I would mount on my TJ. The swing-out spare tire carrier that I have installed on both of my two jeeps was made by Offroad-Fabricators located in Arizona.

Their design puts the entire load onto the roll bar mount bases via heavy duty hidden mounts that bolt to the rollbar bases. Which also means that you can use any rear bumper you like. Or stay with the factory rear bumper.

After 10 years of use on my first jeep, carrying two 5 gallon jerry cans too, it never sagged, squeaked, or rattled.

It is such a good design, that Savvy Offoad is now carrying it at a discounted price. Savvy Offroad
It is available in two styles, one that carries two 5 gallon jerry cans, the other that does not. Both are set up to carry a Hi-lift jack.
I like the design of this tire carrier for a lot of reasons but how difficult is it to install? The pdf install instructions show some dis-assembly of the Jeep and drilling holes in the outside of the tub. If I sell this Jeep later on I might want to keep the carrier without having a big job bringing it back to stock.
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