Jeep Wrangler Forum - Reply to Topic
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum > bestop vs smittybilt tire carrier

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Thread: bestop vs smittybilt tire carrier Reply to Thread
Title:
  
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
01-28-2012 12:12 AM
Strongarm It's my understanding that shittybuilt just copies other compinies designs and has them built in china. If thats the case then they are relying on the other compinies to do all the design/engineering work. That's why other compinies are charging more. Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but that is my understanding.
01-28-2012 12:10 AM
kbwwolf
Quote:
Originally Posted by burton861 View Post
Does any one know the difference between these two tire carriers that makes the bestop one almost $200 more? they seem to be almost exactly the same to me. And why is one of these even necessary? whats the point of a different tire carrier that doesn't even move the weight to the bumper/frame?

thanks!
You're right, they look suspiciously alike. But a lot of companies sell items made by others, and re-branded with the vendor's name. Quadratec does this with it's floor liners and grab handles, both of which are made by Rugged Ridge.

As for the $200 price difference...wow, talk about getting fleeced.

Anyway, tire carriers like that just fill a niche. There's a lot of folks out there who do tires/lift and then have to wait awhile before they can afford a bumper with a tire carrier, which is pretty serious $$. So, in the meantime, they get the Smittybilt, which is far sturdier than the stock carrier.

Some people may get the Smitty and decide to leave it, complete with a 35" tire hanging off the back. Problem is, that kinda weight COULD break the welds in your tailgate, especially if you wheel with it. Operative word being could. I've read posts where people said they'd had one for years, with no problems. And others where someone went on a fairly light trail and busted up their tailgate.

To each his own.

In the interest of full disclosure, I've got one of the Smitty's on the back of my rig at the moment, holding my 35" DuraTrac spare. I've got it snugged up against the bumpstops (Daystar aftermarket) so tight an atom couldn't squeeze through.

But in the spring I'm gonna replace it with the OR-FAB tire carrier, which mounts to the hinges on the Jeep's tailgate. Now that puppy will hold a tire...and puts no strain on the tailgate welds.

But, it also costs around $500, and is kind've a pain to install.

Make sense?

Attachment 93277
01-27-2012 11:37 PM
burton861 sorry forgot to show y'all which ones im talking about here are the links.

Bestop 61961-01 - HighRock 4x4™ Oversize Tire Carrier for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

SRC Oversize Tire Carrier - Smittybilt
01-27-2012 11:33 PM
burton861
bestop vs smittybilt tire carrier

Does any one know the difference between these two tire carriers that makes the bestop one almost $200 more? they seem to be almost exactly the same to me. And why is one of these even necessary? whats the point of a different tire carrier that doesn't even move the weight to the bumper/frame?

thanks!

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:25 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC