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Old 01-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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My Christmas gifts to me and my Jeep installed

I did not like how my spare tire (32 inch) sat on the factory tire carrier and I was afraid over time it was going to destroy it and my tailgate so I opted to go with the Besttop tire carrier. It was super easy to install, I did put marks at their reference points for drill holes, but once I had the bracket bolted on to the tail gate I used the actual tire carrier frame mark the holes to drill in the tub. One set of holes on the lower mounting bracket were right on while the top was off a little. It opens up nice and easy and I like the way it looks. From start to finish it did take the 2 hours as pointed out in their instructions, a little time could have been saved with power tools but I was working early in the morning and did not want to wake the family up. I changed a few of the bolts out as I wanted to install flat washers on both the bolt and nut end which required longer bolts. most of the bolts in their kit did not use washers at all which I did not agree with. I had lots of bolts in my garage to it was no big deal to swap them out.

I also installed my winch, I went with the Quadretec Q11000 as I only see myself having enough time to go wheeling a few times a year plus I will be taking my 2 year old daughter with me and wont be doing anything crazy, I just wanted something in case something happens. I had to use some spacers to get the winch mounting plate high enough to clear the bumper. This is temporary as I don't plan to keep the bumpers that were installed, but it is not in the budget or plan right now to change them out. Maybe next Christmas I can do that and get a front bumper that will work with a winch. I could have changed the front out now but in my opinion it would have looked stupid having miss matched front and rear bumpers. I installed a new battery with top and side post, top post used for the Jeep and side post used for the winch. I do not like bolting wires on to the top post bolt as I think it looks stupid and not as clean of an install. Plus the wires included in the winch are not long enough to do that. If you install the solenoid in the middle, you will have to make your own wires to get them to reach the battery, there is no extra room how I have them installed to my side post. All and all I am pretty happy with the setup.

Here are some pictures of the install.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Looks great.
Now just remove the rear tire cover and show off your work!

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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Nice job! Looks great!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Looks awesome. That's definitely on my list of things to do.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
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Looks great. Nice job.

After two years, I am still happy with my Bestop Tub mounted carrier. It's been holding a 35" tire with no problems. A couple times a year, I have to tighten the big nut adjuster on the back to snug up the tire to my rubber bump stops, but no big deal.

I also did not install their 3rd brakelight mount and used the stock wiring to a led light in the center cap of the spare.
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Word of caution...I have heard that winches hooked up to side mounts on batteries can cause them to melt the mounts right out due to their high amp draw, ruining the battery and more. I've ready that there are certain batteries out there that have same amp rating on side post as top post, there are others that are not set up for that, like optima.

Do some research and see what you think about your battery, or some one with real life knowledge might pipe up about it, but I have heard its a no-no in certain situations
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^That is correct. The OP should move his winch leads to the main posts on top.
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^That is correct. The OP should move his winch leads to the main posts on top.
Don't they sell adapters that attach to your top posts and give you a second set of posts on top?
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there are top post connectors with a lug on top for attaching a high draw wire. I don't think anything "audio" related would work, but something as simple as this would. Make all of your ends lugs, and put this on the top post.
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