After much research for a rear bumper with tire carrier I chose the Rock Hard. It has all kinds of features for a relatively good price. Let's face it, bumper/tire carrier combos aren't cheap.
Here are the features I took notice of:
- Can be mounted at 2 different heights. You can use the second set of holes to mount it an inch higher to compensate for a body lift. What a great idea!
- 2 x D-Ring shackle mounts welding in front and rear of the bumper.
- A tow rated receiver!
- Tire carrier lockable in open position
- CB antenna mount
- Hi-Lift jack mount
- Optional Jerry Can mounts
- Optional 3rd Brake Light
It came packaged really well.
Here's all the small pieces.
I cannot believe how much goes into how it mounts to the Jeep. It attaches with 8 bolts so I had to drill 4 holes into the frame crossmember. That’s welcomed for the added support. I also used frame tie-ins, which is recommended. My tie-ins are a different manufacturer than Rock Hard. The only reason is I was undecided on the rear bumper when I purchased them. I got them off eBay.
It also uses additional 3/16" plates to sandwich the bumper mounting surface, as you can see in the picture.
The powder coating finish seems really good. This bumper is high quality all the way!
I was only interested in purchasing a bumper/tire carrier that wouldn't rattle. It shuts tight! The latch assembly was important. I didn't want to unscrew a bolt to open it. I wanted a high quality latch. This one has a two-stage latch, like a car door.
To be continued in next post in a moment....