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Old 03-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Bestop rear bumper with tire rack - anyone have one?

Hey everyone, I'm just wondering if anyone has used this product yet:

Bestop 42931-01 - HighRock 4x4™ Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited - Quadratec

I believe that it is a fairly new part - quadratec only recently put actual pictures up on their website, and Bestop doesn't even have pictures yet.

Anyways, I'm in the market for a new tire carrier and would like to get this one - it matches my front bumper. I am just hoping to get some firsthand opinions on it.

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:43 AM   #2
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Hmmm... I guess thats a no?

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Someone help him! Lol
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I've just seen quite a few different posts dated mid -2011 about people waiting long and patiently for this product. I'm trying to figure out if they are actually available , but moreso if people are happy with the ones made so far.
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I have it and love it!

The instructions are straight forward but be prepared to think outside the box on a few things like tweaking the rubber stoppers with some washers so it isn't so close to the gate and rear window.

Plus if you have a 1.25" BL it will still work cause of the helm joint. Again, you'll have to do some adjusting with washers but it not a big deal. I hear nothing from the back as far as rattle. It's quite solid and easy to operate. Selling point was the fact that it opens with gate. A must for me with kids.
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Someone with firsthand experience, woohoo! Thanks for posting those pictures. I want it for quite a few reasons - first off I have the high access front bumper and love it, also I need something to hold a 35" spare.

And another reason: I currently have a regular tow hitch that I put a cargo rack on when I go camping, usually put the cooler on it and such. The problem with this is once its on, I can't open the rear hatch more than a few inches. Very annoying

After looking at that rear bumper for a while, I think what I want to do is construct some sort of detachable cooler rack that attaches to the bottom of the piece of square tubing that runs vertically down the middle of the spare tire. I'm sure the tire carrier would be beefy enough to handle it, and then my cooler would swing out of the way when I open the rear gate! It would be glorious.

A few questions for you: Is that bottom piece of square tubing open, or is it capped off? Also where did you get it from? It seems as though Quadratec has it for significantly cheaper than everywhere else I've looked. And finally, does any of the documentation that comes with it state weather or not it is rated for towing? I haven't found anything confirming that. Thanks again for the pictures!
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For extremely heavy duty rear bumper / tire / can carrier at an amazing price look at www.thedirtworx.com Robert builds all his bumpers as ordered so you can tell him what you want and get what your looking for.
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A few questions for you: Is that bottom piece of square tubing open, or is it capped off? Also where did you get it from? It seems as though Quadratec has it for significantly cheaper than everywhere else I've looked. And finally, does any of the documentation that comes with it state weather or not it is rated for towing? I haven't found anything confirming that. Thanks again for the pictures!
I believe that tubing is capped off but will check to verify after work. I would go through Quadratec. I got mine through 4wd.com. Get with Joe, I think that's his name. Send him a PM and he'll get you set. His handle is Quadratec. He could have saved me like $75 but I got too impatient. :-( it may take him a few days to get back with you.

As far as the towing rating, I think the booklet that came with it said to follow recommended towing guidelines for vehicle. So yeah, I would say its tow rated or I'm sure they would put in some kind of disclaimer. It sure is beefy enough. I can verify tonight once I get home.

I would be careful with how much weight you plan on adding to that vertical bar though. While the whole thing is attached to the door via helm joint, that plate is on by using factory mount holes for the rubber stoppers and screws as well. The primary point of where the weight lies is on the spindle deal ( at a loss of word all of a sudden ) on the right. It has 2 heavy duty bearing rings and a big ass 35mm nut to cap it all off. It's pretty stout but I'm not sure how much extra weight it could handle besides the tire.

It's definitely a solid piece. I'm kind of disappointed in accessories but oh well. I can fabricate something for jerry cans to be used. There are plenty of holes you can utilize with home made mods for it. Especially the holes on the top horizontal plate for factory 3rd brake light.
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Oh yeah, forgot to reply back. The vertical bar that holds the tire and connects to the gate via helm joint is not capped at the bottom. FWIW

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