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Old 07-05-2011, 12:15 PM   #31
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I've just recently installed one of these and I'd give it a 9/10. Seems to function perfect, just as advertised. I'd read a previous installation review on one of the forums, and that gave the necessary heads up regarding fitment, hardware, and installation. DFry and TJDave, and LJ04, your comments are exactly right. If you know this stuff going into the installation, then no problems. I'm carrying a 33" spare on an '06 TJ and it's real solid. This weekend I was in Moab again and ran Moab Rim, Pritchett Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Behind the Rocks, among other trails, no issues, it held up really solid, didn't loosen or fall off or anything. I think it's a really good product once you get it fitted and installed. I recommend it.

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Installed my 33" spare tire on my carrier today...I'll upgrade my score to an 8/10. Powder coating as mentioned before had a few chips here and there. Measurements may have been fine...or off slightly, but I won't hold it against them because I installed the backing plate wrong the first time and won't ever know if the holes would have matched up right or not before bending it.

Seems to be rattle free, but I still wish I could close the carrier by pushing on the tire...not a huge deal though. I'll get used to it. The 33" tire on a Cragar Soft 8 wheel DOES fit much better than a 31" tire on a stock wheel as well. I think the stock wheel almost has too much backspacing so it's just a pain in the butt to make it fit good. It can be done...but takes a bit more effort.

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:57 PM   #33
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Was wondering if someone could chime in,

Could you possibly bolt the bracket onto the factory roll bar and then drill through those holes to the outside of the jeeps tub? Thus you don't have to worry about the holes being off when you try to put the bolts through the holes drilled on the outside of the tub into the bracket? I could be wrong but maybe there is some flex in the exterior bracket that makes it easier to line up with the holes drilled from the inside of the jeep..
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Might have missed this in the thread. What size tire can this handle?
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Was wondering if someone could chime in,

Could you possibly bolt the bracket onto the factory roll bar and then drill through those holes to the outside of the jeeps tub? Thus you don't have to worry about the holes being off when you try to put the bolts through the holes drilled on the outside of the tub into the bracket? I could be wrong but maybe there is some flex in the exterior bracket that makes it easier to line up with the holes drilled from the inside of the jeep..
There is perhaps 4" clearance between roll cage and back of tub. With proper tools I don't see why you couldn't do it this way. You do want to make sure the upper outer bracket is not mounted to high, or it could interfere with the soft top. If you go this route, measure and measure again, maybe drill a pilot hole to verify bracket placement.

Also the tire carrier is rated for up to a 37" tire.
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There is perhaps 4" clearance between roll cage and back of tub. With proper tools I don't see why you couldn't do it this way. You do want to make sure the upper outer bracket is not mounted to high, or it could interfere with the soft top. If you go this route, measure and measure again, maybe drill a pilot hole to verify bracket placement.

Also the tire carrier is rated for up to a 37" tire.
Yeah I was figuring since you have to mount the backing bracket anyways to the roll bar inside the jeep that if you just sit in the back and look directly through those holes that you could drill a pilot hole like you said, right through the middle and that give you a good hole for the outer piece.

Also anyone who has one of the bestop carriers can chime in and give the measurements of the holes on the upper outer bracket since the ones bestop has are off. That would be from the edge of the tailgate opening to where they drilled or put the bolt? That would probably help with future peoples install maybe? Could be wrong if each jeep tj is different
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I followed Bestops directions to the letter and while my holes were slightly high, according to the inner support bracket, I didn't have to re-drill or elongate them. The inner support bracket conformed to the measured holes. Something else to thing about if you decide to use the support bracket as a hole template is that the support bracket mounting holes, to the roll cage support, are slotted to allow for variances in Jeep build.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd follow the instructions provided for determining where to drill the holes, drill a small pilot hole using the outside upper bracket and align that to the inside support bracket, them make minor adjustments based on the fit. Perhaps using the inner support bracket as a guide once aligned with pilot hole. Again, you want to make sure the upper bracket is not so high as to interfere with the top. Just my thoughts...
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I followed Bestops directions to the letter and while my holes were slightly high, according to the inner support bracket, I didn't have to re-drill or elongate them. The inner support bracket conformed to the measured holes. Something else to thing about if you decide to use the support bracket as a hole template is that the support bracket mounting holes, to the roll cage support, are slotted to allow for variances in Jeep build.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd follow the instructions provided for determining where to drill the holes, drill a small pilot hole using the outside upper bracket and align that to the inside support bracket, them make minor adjustments based on the fit. Perhaps using the inner support bracket as a guide once aligned with pilot hole. Again, you want to make sure the upper bracket is not so high as to interfere with the top. Just my thoughts...
Yeah that makes alot of since just doing a pilot hole and eyeing it to see if you can see the other bracket behind the tub. I'll do that for sure
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:11 PM   #39
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I followed Bestops directions to the letter and while my holes were slightly high...
Sorry, need to correct this (getting late I guess). Meant to say, "...my holes were slightly LOW...". Meaning the holes I drilled were lower than the support bracket holes by maybe 1/16" only. Not much and apparently not enough to matter. I did align them from the outside looking in toward the support bracket, but didn't notice the very slight offset. Apologies for any confusion.
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Might have missed this in the thread. What size tire can this handle?
I believe it's advertised to handle up to a 37" tire...although i think I recall some people saying that they personally wouldn't put anything over a 35" on it due to the 35" feeling like a pretty hefty load on it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:04 PM   #41
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Been doing a lot of research on this setup and everyone's comments and reviews in this thread have been extremely helpful. However, I was in touch with the manager of a local 4x4 shop today and he claims that they refuse to sell these carriers because of how many TJ's an YJ's they've removed this setup from because of major rust issues and tubs cracking around the hinges. Anyone noticing symptoms like these? We are in the northeast and rust is a major concern.
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When ever you drill threw a body your obviously adding more of a chance of a rust area.I bought a 06 with this carrier already installed.Jeep has 25k on it.I don't know if they came with a rubber gasket between the paint and brackets were drilled,but this one did.I would suggest replacing all mounting hardware with stainless. All nuts stainless and locking.I repainted and noticed nuts rusty and bolt broke in wheel well area.This is from the northeast.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:23 PM   #43
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So does the upper inside bracket go under the bar or on top like the instructions show it? Going to install mine in a few days
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So does the upper inside bracket go under the bar or on top like the instructions show it? Going to install mine in a few days
The upper backing plate goes on top of the sport bar plate.
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The upper backing plate goes on top of the sport bar plate.
Yep...don't listen to me mentioning it in the original post...I goofed...
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #46
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Just ordered mine and one for my GFs jeep as well, thanks for all the install tips guys.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #47
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Just installed one on my '99 TJ today. Got it for $297 on Amazon...free shipping...arrived in 1 day....easy install...no issues with holes not lining up at all....no rattling etc....great oversized tire carrier....I run 33's......
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How do you guys think this would do with a 110 lb tire?
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^Looks great!

Good to see this old thread again. Here is an update on my Bestop Oversize Tire Carrier.

Approaching my 3rd wheeling season with this carrier, and have been carrying a 35" spare the whole time. No problems to date. I've only had to re-adjust/tighten the large nut that snugs the tire tight against rubber bumpstops a couple times.
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