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Old 05-14-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Rear tire carrier under $300??

I have an 05 TJ that I want a rear tire carrier for to hold my spare 33" and looking for a good carrier and under $300 they are out there. I am currently looking at the Bestop HighRock 4x4 spare tire carrier and the cheapest I have seen it is $297. Anyone know of any cheaper/better for under $300? Unfortunately the wife says my Jeep budget is low so have to keep her happy but myself happy at the same time. Little help please

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Just a note, the stock carrier can hold a 33. I've had my 33x12.5 for over 5 years and so have a lot of others. Do a search on 33 spare and you can see how it should be mounted.
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I have an 05 TJ that I want a rear tire carrier for to hold my spare 33" and looking for a good carrier and under $300 they are out there. I am currently looking at the Bestop HighRock 4x4 spare tire carrier and the cheapest I have seen it is $297. Anyone know of any cheaper/better for under $300? Unfortunately the wife says my Jeep budget is low so have to keep her happy but myself happy at the same time. Little help please
Check out the Smittybilt Rock Crawler Classic Bumper w/ Tire Carrier. It can hold up to a 35" tire and gives you a much stronger rear bumper. Also, it's class III tow rated, so if you have a trailer you can tow it safely. Msot aftermarket bumpers don't have a tow rating and that can cause a lot of trouble if you try to tow with them.

There's also an option to get this bumper with d-ring mounts for recovery points. We can get you the bumper for a great price with free shipping. Shoot me a PM and I can hook you up.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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Jeep CJ YJ TJ Rock Crawler Bumper Spare Tire Carrier
http://bit.ly/15JyDA3

Dirtworx-guy has a ton of great reviews from jeep owners about his handcrafted bumpers. $299 + shipping
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Just a note, the stock carrier can hold a 33. I've had my 33x12.5 for over 5 years and so have a lot of others. Do a search on 33 spare and you can see how it should be mounted.

The P.O. took the spare tire carrier off with the 3rd brakelight so that is not an option. Since I have to replace might as well replace with a step up you know
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Jeep CJ YJ TJ Rock Crawler Bumper Spare Tire Carrier
http://bit.ly/15JyDA3

Dirtworx-guy has a ton of great reviews from jeep owners about his handcrafted bumpers. $299 + shipping
There really aren't that many tire carriers in the $300 range that are actually well made. This one on the other hand looks really well built. I have a Smittybilt that was put on by the PO. Its not god-awful like everyone makes them out to be but they really aren't the best. They are more of a stepping stone to buying a nice tire carrier in the future (which is what I'm using it as). If you have the choice to buy American made, do it. You'll get better craftsmanship and a longer lasting product.
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Going with the Smittybilt. In my opinion it is better than the Bestop carrier and a great price. Thanks XTZACH!!
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Going with the Smittybilt. In my opinion it is better than the Bestop carrier and a great price. Thanks XTZACH!!
You're welcome! Thanks for choosing us, if you have any questions let me know.

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Check out the Smittybilt Rock Crawler Classic Bumper w/ Tire Carrier. It can hold up to a 35" tire and gives you a much stronger rear bumper. Also, it's class III tow rated, so if you have a trailer you can tow it safely. Msot aftermarket bumpers don't have a tow rating and that can cause a lot of trouble if you try to tow with them.

There's also an option to get this bumper with d-ring mounts for recovery points. We can get you the bumper for a great price with free shipping. Shoot me a PM and I can hook you up.

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I have this bumper and am totally happy with it. I read all the negative reviews (mostly holes lining up) and rolled the dice. The bumper matched all my factory holes and I did not have to redrill or anything.

OP the only advice is to have jack stands and jack if you do it yourself. and to take your time on assembling the tire carrier.

Lastly, (most important) take the zerk fitting to Lowes and match it with a flat head bolt so it will clear your brake light w/o shearing off the zerk. Grease it up, remove the zerk and screw in the bolt. Done.... (I used a screw driver head, painted it black and it matches right up. (6-32 seems to stick in my head for the thread count but don't quote me on that)
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Going with the Smittybilt. In my opinion it is better than the Bestop carrier and a great price.
Sounds like you already ordered the Smitty.

But, your statement has me curious how you came to this conclusion?

Have you seen either carrier up close in person?
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Jeep CJ YJ TJ Rock Crawler Bumper Spare Tire Carrier
http://bit.ly/15JyDA3

Dirtworx-guy has a ton of great reviews from jeep owners about his handcrafted bumpers. $299 + shipping
Anyone have a ballpark number on what it would cost to powder coat this setup?
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Anyone have a ballpark number on what it would cost to powder coat this setup?
My guess is $50-75
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I'll give a x2 on The Dirtworx carrier. Just installed mine and it's solid as can be.


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