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Old 08-25-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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What kind of rear bumper/ tire carrier do you have?

Looking for a good rear bumper and tire carrier for my jeep, i was looking at the smittybilt xrc but ive decided the price is to much for a chinese bumper, is there anything a little cheaper(say in the $500 range) that works good and looks alright? Pics would be appreciated of what you have

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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I dont know what engine/tranny setup youre running but I bought a tire relocation bracket from my local 4wheelparts for I think it was $80 (I know its expensive but it can adjust to fit any tire up to a 35") and it works great. I was trying to keep all the weight off that I could and that just added the weight of the tire. Kept the stock look and it works. But its up to you, thats just what i did

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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There's one on eBay by rampage I believe for only 340 with shipping included. I saw it at the jeep festival and was close to buying it but it wasn't a high priority. It feels like its decent quality and a more realistic price then most others
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:51 AM   #4
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i've got all WARN bumpers/tire carriers. i like the feel and look of this heavy, well made here, in Clackamas, OR bumpers, especially, ELITE series. Pix are better than words, so here we go...
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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One i put on mine recently. Keep in mind i havent gotten around to buying another rim to put my full spare on yet. Was just testing to see how it looked. Can move the tire up or down on the carrier or in and out depending on rim offset. Even though the bumper has a 10 bolt mounting points, i still put the frame tie-ins to make it stronger. Pretty solid and is exactly the beef i was lookin for.







Also thought it was nice it completely conceals the body lift gap as well.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #6
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What will work for you Bamafan4life depends on your spare tire size and if you plan to go with an even bigger tire. Lower cost tire carriers work well for smaller spare tires like 33" and smaller but larger spare tires require some serious strength to hold up for the long term.

Personally, for big tires at least, I'm no fan of bumper mounted spare tire carriers which only have one primary support point and one much smaller secondary support point. A big heavy spare tire puts a lot of leverage onto the single pivot type bumper carriers.

For larger spares like 35" and larger, I'm a big fan of the 3-support point carriers lke from Off-Road Fabricators that while they look to only be bolted to the tub are actually supported by the roll bar mounts. Another benefit to that style carrier is you can run any type bumper you want, they don't attach to the bumper in any way. I've had that style carrier on two different TJs (the first one was stolen) and even after 8 years of carrying a 35" spare and two full jerry cans on it, it still was as tight and sag-free as it was the day I installed it. The first ORF spare tire carrier I had was set up to carry two jerry cans between the tire and tail gate, the one in the below pic I installed onto my current TJ is not. ORF still makes both designs.

Sorry the pics are so crappy but they're all I have. The last pic shows one of the two hidden brackets that actually support the weight, they bolt to the rollbar bases which provide the support.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:57 PM   #7
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I'm still rockin' the Dirtworx bumper. Made in Cali, and solid.
One of the big selling points for me was that it also fits gas cans!
I got both for less than $900, including s/h. I had him make a few minor alterations to his original design. His front bumper usually has a hoop, and (iirc) both bumpers that he makes are normally slightly narrower than what I had him build for me.

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Old 08-25-2012, 05:07 PM   #8
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I'm going with Jerry 100% on this one, I went ORFab and won't ever look back. I have the one without the gerry can supports, but either way works.

The thing is as stout as can be, and while it's kind of pricey, you can run the stock bumper (which I still am) or pick up a relatively cheap bumper with some D ring mounts or hitch receiver.





Installation is kind of a pain because it's a lot of drilling. Probably took me a solid 8 hours of slow work (ie lots of beer breaks and stuff, not in a rush)

The second pic I posted has it with my 33" spare and the cargo bag loaded down with probably 40 - 50 lbs of firewood and it still wasn't sagging even a bit when I had it open.
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One i put on mine recently. Keep in mind i havent gotten around to buying another rim to put my full spare on yet. Was just testing to see how it looked. Can move the tire up or down on the carrier or in and out depending on rim offset. Even though the bumper has a 10 bolt mounting points, i still put the frame tie-ins to make it stronger. Pretty solid and is exactly the beef i was lookin for.

Also thought it was nice it completely conceals the body lift gap as well.
What bumper is that??
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #10
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One E-autogrills or whatever on ebay sells. was 440 shipped. Cant beat the price for the stoutness. Sticker on the carrier says Paramount Styling.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:41 PM   #11
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I went with JCR Offroad, it is under construction.. it has all the options, lights, ability to carry a hi lift jack, gas etc.. also, make sure you have the pin that allows your tire carrier to stay open and not be constantly swinging back on you. I looked at the SB and didnt care for the locking mechanism, it looked like it would rattle me to much.

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Old 08-26-2012, 02:59 AM   #12
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I like that e auto mud weiser has pretty good

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