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Old 09-01-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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spare tire rack / opinions

OK,, it has boiled down to either the or-fab spare tire rack and jerry can holder, or one of the many bumper mounted racks. I like the or-fab and the way it works keeping the jerry cans between the tail gate and the spare. It look like you can lock everything up, so no worries when sleeping at hotels. On the other hand, old school tells me I should get all that weight on the frame, and not the body.... Any thoughts? thanks..

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Go with the ORF carrier. I've had two of their racks on two different TJs and it's a superb design. Before my '97 TJ was stolen, its ORF rack held a 35" tire and two always full jerry cans without sag or rattle for 8 years and well over 100K miles. Even just before that TJ was stolen, it still swung shut directly into its driver's side latch without having to lift it even 1/4". As old as it was, it was still totally sag-free.

Also, the ORF rack is not supported by the tub (body), it is supported via two hidden large heavy steel brackets that bolt to the rear rollbar bases. It doesn't get much stronger than that.

Not to mention the ORF 50% more support points than a bumper mounted spare tire carrier has. ORF's has three solid support points (two of which are primary supports) vs. the two support points and only one primary support point of a bumper mounted carrier.

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I haven't heard anybody complain about the bestop spare tire mount. It mounts to the base of the roll bar and the tail gate. I think that's what I'm going with when I buy one. Plus it's only $300.
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Thanks Jerry,,, I thought I had read somewhere that you sported the OR-F .. I like how the jerry cans mount on it in front of the spare instead of dangling off the back as I am currently running..
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When looking at the net for ORF racks, it appears there are many model numbers; and I'm seeing prices from 200 to well over 600 dollars. All I'm looking for is a dependable rack, not a bumper mount, which will hold a 33 plus two cans on a TJ. Someone mentioned 300, which model is this?
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I haven't heard anybody complain about the bestop spare tire mount. It mounts to the base of the roll bar and the tail gate. I think that's what I'm going with when I buy one. Plus it's only $300.

check out how much the tire moves when she "gently" closes the tailgate.....

it's right around the 1:25 mark.....

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When looking at the net for ORF racks, it appears there are many model numbers; and I'm seeing prices from 200 to well over 600 dollars. All I'm looking for is a dependable rack, not a bumper mount, which will hold a 33 plus two cans on a TJ. Someone mentioned 300, which model is this?
Unless ORF added a new line of spare tire carriers, they don't make any bumper mounted spare tire carriers and nothing even close to $300.
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Unless ORF added a new line of spare tire carriers, they don't make any bumper mounted spare tire carriers and nothing even close to $300.
Agreed,, all I have found for TJs is either with or without Gerry can racks.. Two models. If it is nearly as good as my Warrior Safari rack then they are worth every penny.. The old back rack will be used on the tongue of the trailer to haul firewood... Say Jerry,,, I have figured the total length I'll add to my jeep is about 20" past the rear door , running 33x10.5s Sound good? Any more ideas? I don't want to have to lengthen the tongue on my trailer.. Thanks !!
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check out how much the tire moves when she "gently" closes the tailgate.....

it's right around the 1:25 mark.....

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That video alone swayed me from thinking of that carrier. That is too much movement for my offroading.
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That video alone swayed me from thinking of that carrier. That is too much movement for my offroading.

i thinks that's too much for even highway riding....lol
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