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12-16-2013 05:01 PM
barefootcowboy
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Originally Posted by Munson821 View Post
Warn it's that simple
I agree front and rear bumpers, stinger on the front, with winch mount, tire carrier on the rear with receiver hitch no rattles or squeaks. Top quality.
12-16-2013 04:04 PM
Carlos98TJ Does anyone know if someone sells just the body mount hinges? I would like to fab my own bumper but if there are pre-made body mount hinges I would start with those, depending on price and workmanship of course.

Terry
04-06-2013 07:05 PM
PaulisTJ If they don't, it wouldn't be that hard to fab one up.
04-06-2013 12:01 PM
jmcc75 Call them up and ask you might be able to sweet talk them into something special for ya
04-06-2013 10:58 AM
Bigman610
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Originally Posted by midnight_f150 View Post
Has anyone seen the new OR-FAB SWING-A-WAY ROTOPAX™ TIRE/CAN CARRIER in person? Here is a Youtube video of it.
‪OR-Fab Tire / Can Carriers - Now with Rotopax Containers‬‏ - YouTube
Does anyone know if OR-FAB is offering the Rotopax version for the TJ's? I only see the JK version on their website.
04-06-2013 09:38 AM
DetroitRodeo No experience with it, but I have been thinking about the exogate by gr8top. Get to use any bumper you want, and it's swing away with your tail gate.
04-06-2013 09:16 AM
PaulisTJ
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Originally Posted by callbob View Post
The best swing out tire carrier is the one you can afford and like, not what the "experts" tell you their opinion is. Everyone has their favorite, but the funny thing is, it's always the one they have. Nothing is perfect and a little tweaking will do wonders for even the "best" one out there. Personal preference is still alive and well as is the SEARCH FEATURE.
Idk if you were referring to me but I had decided on an OR Fab long before I read this thread. Its one of the few options I have since I have a rokmen drop down tailgate. Bestop requires the ome swing out. And I have a rear bumper that I'd rather keep. So that leaves OR fab or a stinger type carriers which defeats the purpose of having a drop down tailgate. I thought about buying the AEV carrier assembly so I can keep my current bumper but that is 800 not including the custom work to make it work.
04-05-2013 09:17 PM
callbob The best swing out tire carrier is the one you can afford and like, not what the "experts" tell you their opinion is. Everyone has their favorite, but the funny thing is, it's always the one they have. Nothing is perfect and a little tweaking will do wonders for even the "best" one out there. Personal preference is still alive and well as is the SEARCH FEATURE.
04-05-2013 08:42 PM
PaulisTJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mudd_Dancer View Post
I was checking out OR-FAB's Swing-Away tire/can carriers including a Hi-Lift jack mount location and a CB antenna mount. Roughly around 500.
After reading the posts I like it even more and the fact to bolts to the body as well as their heavy-duty hinge and internal mount brackets with 500 lb. lockable draw latches.

I will spend the money for this it will be well worth it in the long run.
Thanks to all who posted
Can I ask where you found such a great deal? The lowest I could find was just shy of 600, and I assume those are with out all the extras.
04-05-2013 11:45 AM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Mudd_Dancer View Post
I was checking out OR-FAB's Swing-Away tire/can carriers including a Hi-Lift jack mount location and a CB antenna mount. Roughly around 500.
After reading the posts I like it even more and the fact to bolts to the body as well as their heavy-duty hinge and internal mount brackets with 500 lb. lockable draw latches.

I will spend the money for this it will be well worth it in the long run.
Thanks to all who posted
Good decision, you will really like it.
04-05-2013 01:22 AM
Mudd_Dancer
Thanks

I was checking out OR-FAB's Swing-Away tire/can carriers including a Hi-Lift jack mount location and a CB antenna mount. Roughly around 500.
After reading the posts I like it even more and the fact to bolts to the body as well as their heavy-duty hinge and internal mount brackets with 500 lb. lockable draw latches.

I will spend the money for this it will be well worth it in the long run.
Thanks to all who posted
02-14-2012 03:01 PM
Tommy2Times
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Originally Posted by jmcc75

What about the Treks offroad and the new Genright swing out carriers? The Genright carriers come in steel or aluminum so if you want somethin lighter, you have the option.
Wow. At $900 that's a bit steep. I get it, lightweight aluminum and nice styling, but too much for me. Ouch.
02-14-2012 02:55 PM
Tommy2Times Thanks for the links. I think that'll work.
02-14-2012 06:05 AM
JcrOffroad Don't forget about us! We recently redesigned our bumpers. Our new carrier holds 2 two Gallon Rotopax containers, has a CB and Hi-lift mount. The tire mount is adjustable up and down for tire height as well as in and out for back spacing. Also included is our Bomb-proof spindle and a plunger latch to lock the carrier open.

JcrOffroad, Inc. Wrangler Rear Deluxe Tire Carrier Bumper (CJ YJ TJ)



02-14-2012 02:56 AM
jmcc75
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Originally Posted by dfry View Post
Check out the Bestop Oversized Tire Carrier or the Or-Fab Tire Carrier. People who have each really like them.
What about the Treks offroad and the new Genright swing out carriers? The Genright carriers come in steel or aluminum so if you want somethin lighter, you have the option.
02-13-2012 03:44 PM
dfry
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Originally Posted by Tommy2Times
Is there a swing out carrier that mounts to the body, not the bumper? I had custom bumpers made and they won't accept a swing out. My 33s are starting to weigh on the stock carrier, so I just removed my spare for now. Love the way it looks without anything on the back, but I hate not having a spare.
Check out the Bestop Oversized Tire Carrier or the Or-Fab Tire Carrier. People who have each really like them.
02-13-2012 03:18 PM
shipjim Attachment 97043
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Originally Posted by TroutBumTJ View Post
I've been looking for a good tire carrier as well. I was doing some searching on ebay and ran across these by Rob with TheDirtWorx. TheDirtworx items - Get great deals on Category 1, Category 2 items on eBay Stores!

His quote to me for a bumper with a Hi-Lift carrier and CB antenna tab was $380 plus $59 shipping. Awesome price. I've heard nothing but good comments about his work. The only potential hangup is he ships the product bare metal. Meaning you will have to apply the finish of your choice.
I too have this one, had it powder coated when it was all installed was about $500. No problems I hear Robert has added a clip type hitch instead of the screw type I have but not a big deal.
02-13-2012 02:56 PM
denisbaldwin I really like the Smittybilt bumper/tire carrier. Holds up to a 35 inch tire. Of the 3 jeeps I've seen them on up close, no one has any rattle complaints. When I get my taxes back, I'm ordering one.
02-13-2012 02:18 PM
xndrxw I just installed this over the weekend and I am very happy with it. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
02-13-2012 01:56 PM
TheDesertOutlaw I traded my poor-quality Tomken carrier for this over-the-top Garvin Wilderness Carrier and 7 years later (and several trips to BAJA), it is holding the ice chest, 2 Gerry Cans, Spare full-size tire, and HiLift.






As for the SRC bumper, as long as the Wife doesn't put on any weight...



The mounts had to be boxed, due to the poor original design, and because trips to Baja tend to break things. Just like on the Baja 1000.

After 7 years and many Baja backcountry treks, this combination works well for me, and I would easily recommend the Garvin Wilderness Rack (only with rebuilt frame mounts) to anyone.

02-13-2012 01:31 PM
Tommy2Times Is there a swing out carrier that mounts to the body, not the bumper? I had custom bumpers made and they won't accept a swing out. My 33s are starting to weigh on the stock carrier, so I just removed my spare for now. Love the way it looks without anything on the back, but I hate not having a spare.
02-13-2012 01:27 PM
ipleadda2nd Here's my write-up. I did a lot of research and found this to be the best choice for me and the money.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/rock...ew-134509.html
02-13-2012 01:18 AM
matrix311
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Originally Posted by TroutBumTJ View Post
I've been looking for a good tire carrier as well. I was doing some searching on ebay and ran across these by Rob with TheDirtWorx. TheDirtworx items - Get great deals on Category 1, Category 2 items on eBay Stores!

His quote to me for a bumper with a Hi-Lift carrier and CB antenna tab was $380 plus $59 shipping. Awesome price. I've heard nothing but good comments about his work. The only potential hangup is he ships the product bare metal. Meaning you will have to apply the finish of your choice.
Did you buy one of his bumpers? His work does look very nice and i'm in the market for a front/rear bumper for my yj. Just curious if you did buy one and how the quality really is? The price almost can't be beat for what he offers.
08-13-2011 12:38 PM
tj00wrangler Hey lynn can you take a picture the latch system. It looks like the one I installed on mine.
08-12-2011 04:16 PM
necromancer_tat I ended up buying the OR-Fab tire carrier on Jerrys recomendations about them, he didn't steer me wrong. I love it!
08-12-2011 12:43 PM
lynn Back in '07 I searched for a carrier that would be rattle free for my 33s. Fortunately, I live in the hometown of the PA Jeeps show... and I had the opportunity to go to the show, talk to vendors, and walk through the show field. I touched about 150 different swings that weekend. All but one had some rattle or vibration I didn't like. I finally settled on a design by Cassidy's Customs. It was holding a 35 incher, and was solid as a rock.
He had the basic design, I added features I wanted like corner extensions, center brake light, CB mount, stainless spring-loaded hold-open. The latch mechanism is hidden, and is tied to the tailgate not the bumper.
4 years and 25000 miles later, my swing is as solid as the day it was installed. Not a rattle or squeak anywhere.
One word of caution... this is not a low-budget item. OTOH, you get what you pay for...

I highly recommend this design from Cassidy... if you inquire, tell him it's the one on Lynn's LJ.









Cassidy's website:
Cassidy's Custom Creations - Custom Jeep Bumpers and Jeep Accessories

This design is not part of his standard offerings on his website, you'll have to call for more info.
08-12-2011 12:06 PM
GRock I've noticed that when ever tire size is mentioned in this post, it starts with 33. I have 31 BFG's with after market rims on the stock mount and it has started rattleing. Do I need to go with the $500.00 plus swing out mounts or can I do the HD Rugged Ridge one for under $100.00 that just bolts where the factory mount bolts to. I know I'll need to figure out how to extend the rubber mounts. I really don't want to spend all that money on a spare tire mount but I don't want to tear up the tailgate and then spend the money on a mount PLUS a new tailgate.
08-02-2011 03:54 PM
erickpl I debated tub vs bumper for some time.

For bumper mounted, Jeeperman was really my primary choice, followed closely by Toys By Troy.

For tub mounted, I considered Bestop and ORFab. Bestop's assembly looks decent enough, but I didn't want weight on the tub to bend it. So that left ORFab. It looks solidly built and testaments by those that like it says it's a good product, but I still had concerns about it, especially if I were to get any trail damage and mess up the tub before attaching any body armor. So that led me to the bumper mount. I liked how I didn't have to drill additional holes or hang things on the tub or cage mounts. Yeah I know, seems petty given the holes I've drilled elsewhere on it...

When I ordered, I got a better deal for the Jeeperman than I did for the ORFab (surprising), so that sealed the deal for me.

With all of that said, I STILL debated between Jeeperman and ORFab for a while before deciding on the Jeeperman. As noted above, attaching to the crossmember and using frame tie-ins, the bumper is solid. I have towed a trailer around town (old flooring we removed that went to the landfill). I wouldn't tow with a TJ (or really even an LJ) on the highway since the towing capacity is so low and wheelbase fairly short.

I know Jeeperman now has options for additional corner protection from underneath, but I wouldn't run that (looks odd to me for some readon). But the flexibility of the Jeeperman/Rockhard setup is nice. CO2? Water? Gas, Coolers? All can be run on the Jeeperman.

I can say that in the 7 years I've had mine on, it hasn't rattled at all. Alabama roads are not the smoothest but it has held up well for daily driving and gotten mashed on several times offroad. Having said THAT, I have never had to make an adjustment to the latch - just grease the spindle on occasion during maintenance.
08-02-2011 02:23 PM
TXST8tj I vote bumper mounted carrier. I specifically like the Jeeperman and subsiquently the Rockhard 4x4. Everything I have seen of the LOD bumpers appears to be top notch as well.

The Jeeperman I installed:


The fit and finish is fantastic. The hinge/spindle is huge, greasable, and rebuildable. Opens and closes like a car door and does NOT rattle. You can add Jerry-can brackets and an overhead cargo basket. It comes with a CB antenna mount and hi-lift mount on the carrier. The tow hitch on the bumper is flush mounted, and the safety chain loops are on the backside. Like the hitch, the shackles are welded all the way through the bumper. The setup ships with frame tie-in brackets.
I have not personally seen anything nicer.


The Or-Fab obviously has a good following and even more obvious...works. $600+ sale price is laughable though. At some point the R&D portion of your build cost pays for itself and any patents/design copyrights and you can charge a fair price for the actual goods you're getting. (going off the SALE price of $600, not the MSRP of $800) WORST case is there is 1/3 of the cost of the product in materials. $400 for someone's design is kinda crazy for a $600 product.
That is how I break down that product. Of course I support a bumper mounted design, so I can justify these things how I choose.


I see that I can tow a trailer or hang a rack from a frame mounted tow hitch, and that design theory comes from the fact that the frame is about the strongest/most rigid part of the vehicle; i.e., it can support the load and weight.
That leads me to think that the weight of a bumper mounted carrier is essentially relying on that same theory of frame strength. The bumper is bolted to the rear crossmember and directly into the frame.

A PROPERLY constructed bumper mounted tire carrier is is going to operate on a single hinge that is often the same or higher strength as a trailer spindle....such as Jeeperman, Rockhard 4x4, and LOD.
One hinge point or not, between the weight of the system tied into the frame, proper welds, and strong enough steel attached to a trailer spindle on steroids, there is not going to be a stronger system.

I definitely see the strength in the Or-Fab system. It is well designed and if I was going to run a body/roll cage mounted tire carrier (which I wouldn't), that would be it. I just personally prefer a properly designed/equipped bumper mounted system.
08-01-2011 11:56 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by xiaoyan848 View Post
If I sell this Jeep later on I might want to keep the carrier without having a big job bringing it back to stock.
By the time you sell your TJ, I doubt you'll want to remove the tire carrier. Especially since anyone wanting to buy it will want it with the tire carrier. Buy what works best for your long-term use, not something less worthy simply because it is easily removed.
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