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Old 01-25-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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OR-Fab tire can carrier with Scepter MCF

I'd like to see pictures of the OR-Fab tire carrier with the plastic Scepter MCF Military Fuel Cans. Close up's, open, closed and as much detail as you care to share regarding satisfaction with this particular configuration. I'd also like to see close up's of the adapter needed for the non-lip j-cans.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:59 AM   #2
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Looks like this is not a common config, so what brand cans are people using with OR-Fab?

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:06 AM   #3
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How about pictures of the OR-Fab with the adapter for non-lip style metal cans.
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I'd like to see pictures of the OR-Fab tire carrier with the plastic Scepter MCF Military Fuel Cans. Close up's, open, closed and as much detail as you care to share regarding satisfaction with this particular configuration. I'd also like to see close up's of the adapter needed for the non-lip j-cans.
I carried conventional 5-gallon Blitz jerry cans with mine which had the required lip. But when I bought a lipless plastic water can, I had to come up with a way to carry it. It turned out to be much easier than expected I just used a 5 gallon jerry can holder, below, to which I added the required lip to its bottom.

Like this one that is sold in most 4x4 stores. That black strap you see is used to hold the non-lipped an in the holder. I bolted a short length 1" x 1/8" steel to the back of the holder at the very bottom to serve as the lip. Worked great.
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Thanks Jerry - was it easy to bolt up to the OR-Fab carrier and do you happen to have close up pictures that you can share?
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Thanks Jerry - was it easy to bolt up to the OR-Fab carrier and do you happen to have close up pictures that you can share?
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The # 2 photo shows one of the two hidden brackets that support most of the weight, they bolt to the rollbar bases. The tub doesn't support the weight, the rollbar bases do via two hidden brackets. The next one shows the oiled bronze bushings (washers) on the two main supports that make it so it doesn't really need much added lubrication.

The 4th photo shows the passenger-side latch. I welded that top CB antenna mounting tab on so yours will only have the OR-Fab provided tab which is on the passenger side. I needed a second antenna tab for my ham radio antenna so I added that one. The last shows it from the inside. The antenna is bent down & held by a small tab I welded onto the mount so it can make it into the garage.

It's a good all-morning or all-afternoon job but it's a very straight forward installation. Good luck with it.
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Ahh, you are not using the can carrier. Yes, the standard tire carrier is tight and looks good. Do you feel the extra weight? I called ORF and their carrier is in the 75 lb range compared to 17 lbs for the aluminum Genright.
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The first OR-Fab carrier I installed onto my previous TJ was the jerry can version. It stuck out more than I was comfortable with so I switched to the non-jerry can style for my replacement TJ. Do I feel the extra weight? Nope, there's not enough weight there to notice. I have enough aluminum elsewhere on my Jeep that the steel ORF carrier weight is a non-issue.
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I may try to find an ORF can carrier for when I overland, because I need at least 10 gallons of gas for when I travel. Carrying a tire off the tailgate is an option for where I crawl, but I can strap it down in the bed.
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Out with the old Rancho tire carrier and in with the new, or at least new to me OR-Fab tire can carrier. I couldn't find any pictures of this carrier with the Scepter military MFC fuel carriers, so I took a chance and it paid off. To start off with, this carrier is stout - I mean heavy duty and very heavy. I only plan on using it when I overland and will most certainly remove it otherwise. Too bad they don't have any plans for an aluminum model, because it is IHO the best tire can carrier on the market.

Did I say it was heavy? I didn't weigh it, but figure it has to be in the 40lb range for the swing out and another 8-10lbs for the brackets. Having dealt with weight sag during my travels, I decided to put my new Metalcloak suspension to the test to see if it is up to the task. Keep in mind my Jeep is very light. I have replaced everything except my rock rails for aluminum and do not have anything in the back. I have an oversize Tuffy drawer that I use when I travel, so I took the time to install it as well.

For a baseline, I have 6.5" of rear up travel travel in rock crawling attire (no doors, no top, no fender flares and no rear seat. Putting my full steel doors on, fenders and the empty the tire carrier sagged the rear suspension by 1/2". Next I installed my spare tire and the Tuffy box with recovery gear and tools, which dropped the rear another full inch! I was now looking at 5" of rear up travel. Last was to install the Scepter tanks. I travel with two (5) gallon tanks and another 5 gallons of water, which lowered the rear up travel to another 1/2" or 4.5" of up travel. So in summary, my 3.5" Metalcloak (realistically 4" for me) rear springs were sagging by (2) inches and I hadn't even packed the Jeep with camping gear. Luckily I kept a set of OME HD 996 rear springs, which are rated at 250 lbs/inch in anticipation of this problem. My rear shocks are out boarded, which makes swapping springs a breeze. Less than an hour later start to finish, I had my rear shocks swapped out. Just a note, but I did need to add a 1.75" coil spacer to make up for the difference in ride height. I may add another 1/2" depending on how much gear, which is not optimal for rock crawling, but acceptable for the type of overlanding I do. After my trip is over, I will remove the carrier and swap out the springs again. All in all, it's about a three hour preparation, including my safari racks, Tuffy box, springs and the carrier install, which I can live with.

Overall, the designers did a very good job with the packaging, fitment and the quality is great. Good welds, excellent backing plates and the latch closes very securely. I did change out the hardware for stainless, but only because I hate dealing with rusty bolts on aftermarket parts. Form and function is well thought out and it is stacked with additional features, e.g., a flange for a CB antennae, provisions for mounting a high lift jack and another tab for mounting a flag for areas that require one.

I plan on taking an overlanding trip to Ouachita National Forest over Memorial Day putting the carrier to its first test.
























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