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Old 11-24-2008, 12:58 AM   #1
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Rear Tire Carrier

Hey y'all, gonna be in the market for a rear bumper in the real near future - just wondering what the difference is between the regular bumper and the ones that hold the rear tire also (besides the obvious), from the searching I've done here it seems to be a weight capacity issue, mostly due to bigger sized wheels and accessories. Probably for the next few years I won't be increasing tire size or have massive amounts of accessories hanging off the back, but I don't mind spending a bit more money if it's something I'm going to eventually need. Will there be a point when I'm going to absolutely need to have a rear bumper with the tire carrier? Or is that just a case of personal preference? Thanks in advance for any replies.

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Old 11-24-2008, 07:30 AM   #2
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I would think it all depends on what you plan on doing with your jeep.
And if you think you will ever need a spare while on the road.

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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Until you get to 33" tires you won't NEED to get an aftermarket rear tire carrier, your stock one will work just fine. Some of them have good tow points though, and that could be a selling point for you if you don't have a rear tow hook. Kind of killing two birds with one stone.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:44 PM   #4
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X2 on what Jeeperman said. You can find all kinds of mid range tire carriers that'll do the job. Something like the ones from Trail-gear or from Gen-right (roughly $30) might be what you're looking for
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:00 PM   #5
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check gound pounder fab on ebay (he comes up with a google search) i got a rear bumper non tire carrier for around 300 shipped. his tire carrier adds about 200 more bucks. great strong bumpers at a great price. Also it helps out the little guy vs funding a larger company like rugged ridge or something.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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I'm replacing the rear bumper because I need one that has an integrated tow hitch. Originally I was just going to get a standard one without the tire carrier because I don't really plan on getting bigger tires for quite a while. Now I think I may go ahead and get one with the tire carrier just so I'm already set up for if and when the day comes when I do really need one. It'll cost me a bit more initially but I'd be kicking myself if 2 years down the road I need to replace the bumper again because I just didn't plan ahead. It may be overkill for now but that's better to me than having something inadequate in the future.

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