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Old 09-29-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Rear Bumper Advice

Looking to get a rear bumper with swing out tire carrier. Recently installed 33" tires on my 2003 TJ and I am worried about the spare being mounted on the tailgate. I was looking at the Rock Hard bumper
Rock Hard 4X4 RH2001-C - Rock Hard 4x4 Parts Rear Bumper/Tire-Carrier for 76-06 Jeep® CJ, Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Any thoughts? I am open to other suggestions as well.
Budget up to $1000

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With that budget, I wouldn't consider any bumper-mounted spare tire carrier, I'd instead go for the spare tire carrier from Offroad Fabricators at http://www.orfab.com/applications.ph...ers&Active=Yes which supports the entire weight of the spare tire via hidden brackets that bolt to the rear rollbar bases. It doesn't get any stronger than that.

I've run that particular carrier on two different TJs with no squeaks, rattles, or even the tiniest amount of sag. Its mounting strength coupled with it being supported by three support points, two when open, compares favorably when compared to a bumper mounted carrier that has only two support points, with only one support point when open and the second point being more to simply hold it latched shut and less a support.

Also, my first ORF was also holding two always full heavy jerry cans in addition to its 35" spare tire and not even with that much weight did it ever sag over its ten year life before that Jeep was stolen. On my second ORF carrier, I went with the model that doesn't carry the jerry cans since it doesn't stick out as far. It is so strong than when you swing it shut, it consistently swings directly into its driver's side latch with no need to lift it so it seats. Thats with many years of use on two different ORFs.

Not to mention with the ORF carrier you can run any bumper you want since it doesn't even touch the bumper. The ORF together with an aftermarket bumper of your choosing will easily be under your budget price.

A good discounted source for the ORF bumper is Savvy Offroad

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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I have a 33 inch spare on the stock carrier and there are no signs of wear or sag at all
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With that budget, I wouldn't consider any bumper-mounted spare tire carrier, I'd instead go for the spare tire carrier from Offroad Fabricators at http://www.orfab.com/applications.ph...ers&Active=Yes which supports the entire weight of the spare tire via hidden brackets that bolt to the rear rollbar bases. It doesn't get any stronger than that.

I've run that particular carrier on two different TJs with no squeaks, rattles, or even the tiniest amount of sag. Its mounting strength coupled with it being supported by three support points, two when open, compares favorably when compared to a bumper mounted carrier that has only two support points, with only one support point when open and the second point being more to simply hold it latched shut and less a support.

Also, my first ORF was also holding two always full heavy jerry cans in addition to its 35" spare tire and not even with that much weight did it ever sag over its ten year life before that Jeep was stolen. On my second ORF carrier, I went with the model that doesn't carry the jerry cans since it doesn't stick out as far. It is so strong than when you swing it shut, it consistently swings directly into its driver's side latch with no need to lift it so it seats. Thats with many years of use on two different ORFs.

Not to mention with the ORF carrier you can run any bumper you want since it doesn't even touch the bumper. The ORF together with an aftermarket bumper of your choosing will easily be under your budget price.

A good discounted source for the ORF bumper is Savvy Offroad
Jerry how would you compare the bestop rear carrier that isn't a bumper either? Also I emailed Gerald a few weeks ago about the ORF carriers and he said they werent carrying them anymore because they were having trouble ordering them. Do you know if they started up again. Also for bestop vs orf I'm just carrying a 33" er. Thanks!
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I have a 33 inch spare on the stock carrier and there are no signs of wear or sag at all
It will eventually if kept stock with no added support for that heavy of a tire. My stock carrier cracked and failed while carrying a 33x12.50 tire on an aluminum wheel. What some do with larger spare tires is to support it via a platform attached to the bumper for the tire to rest on.

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Jerry how would you compare the bestop rear carrier that isn't a bumper either? Also I emailed Gerald a few weeks ago about the ORF carriers and he said they werent carrying them anymore because they were having trouble ordering them. Do you know if they started up again. Also for bestop vs orf I'm just carrying a 33" er. Thanks!
Bestop's is a step in the right direction and would be fine for a 33" tire. I hadn't heard of Gerald's problems getting ORF carriers, I guess I can only suggest those interested in ORF's carrier call ORF directly and see what's up.
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Im running a 35" on my Gr8Tops Exogate and I am very happy with it.
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JC Whitney has the Orfab tire carriers. You can use the JCWSEP coupon code and save $100.
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I just received my JCR Offroad bumper with tire carrier.

JcrOffroad, Inc. Wrangler Rear Deluxe Tire Carrier Bumper (CJ YJ TJ)

It has all the options that you might want. I liked it because of the additional lighting, the way it stores the rotopax, and hitch. the guarantee is great (for at least as long as they stay in business). Mine will be installed on Tuesday, so if you arent in a hurry, I can post up a pick of my 05 LJ with this bumper on it. The total price is about where your max is.. I did have mine powdercoated so that pushed the price up a bit more. The spindle on it is HUGE and I am guessing I wont have a problem with my 33 on it.. the rim is aluminum alloy and not steel too.

Good Luck on your decision making. I had to make a spreadsheet with prices and options to be able to finally make a decision.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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No hurry. Let me know how you make out with install
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About 3 weeks ago I ordered the OR-Fab tire carrier and the DritWorx rear bumper. I spent many hours reading/researching and this is the direction I decided to go.
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About 3 weeks ago I ordered the OR-Fab tire carrier and the DritWorx rear bumper. I spent many hours reading/researching and this is the direction I decided to go.
I just posted on another thread that it looks hard to install. I like everything I read about it.
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I'll post with feedback after install

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