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Old 05-01-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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tire carriers

yes i did a lengthy search before posting this, and found alot of good info.

i have it down to 2 makes, bestop, or smittybuilt. it comes down to these 2 becuase they have a good name which usuelly indicates good products, and they fit my price range. i use my tialgate a good amount, which makes you think, just get the bestop since it comes out with the tialgate, but im worried about sagging.
smittybuilt is nothing intresting when it comes to tire carriars, they just fit my price range for the "standerd" style of tire carriers.

im torn, who has these? how long have you had them, is there rattling, or sagging, or anything like that? is the latch system good, or a pian to use?
easy install?

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bestop oversize tire carrier.
no sagging, no rattling,no other problems.

with my heavy 35x12.5x15 cooper STT spare tire it opens as easy as the stock tailgate with the small 215/75r15 tire.

installing the tire carrier took about 2 hours (i installed it alone with a huge amount of beer)...

install pics:

with a 35x12.5x15 spare on it:

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Just ordered an LOD, should be here in a week. price was right and i haven't heard anything bad, suppose to be rattle free?

99 Sport 4.0 5spd, Full Traction 3" economy lift, JKS 1.25" BL, MML, 33" Extreme M/T's on soft 8's,
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i have the smittybilt. looks good, is beefy, rattle free, and no problems with the latch even when bouncing around on the trail climbing stuff.
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Originally Posted by mrbigjeep View Post
i have the smittybilt. looks good, is beefy, rattle free, and no problems with the latch even when bouncing around on the trail climbing stuff.

pic of the smittybuilt on my heep....i did change all the bolts to grade 8 bolt though.

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