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Today 11:00 AM
happyfirst I've googled and I can't find a picture of a cracked oem spare tire carrier. All I can find is talk about them. Now, I'm not saying it's not possible, I'm sure it is, I just find it odd that there's all this talk, but no pics. Feel free to find them for me.

Is there a warning from Jeep anywhere not to put a larger tire on it? If it's really not designed for it, I'd think something really bad would have happened by now, and even a warning sticker would be on the carrier itself. Lawyers love that kind of thing.

Of course, we also have to keep things in perspective. I did find somebody that said their oem tire carrier cracked (but didn't fall off) but they were using a spare tire bike carrier and putting lots of extra swinging weight even further off the back.

The irony, mopar actually sells a spare tire bike carrier. My Duratrac 315/70/17s add less weight and less further out than if I added that bike carrier and carried just one bike.

There is a pic of a cracked teraflex tire carrier so without a doubt we know that can happen and that's the whole thing people were trying to avoid. So to say it can happen with the oem and not teraflex doesn't seem right or fair. There's probably more metal between the tailgate, the oem carrier and the tire then at the teraflex's smallest point, seems ironic, all so that teraflex could offer an adjustable design.

If anything, what I read more of is not people with cracking oem tire carriers but that the tailgate itself is having issues, since the oem design transfers the spare weight to the hinge through the tailgate. That's what I read way more of. Teraflex is two parts, the hinge, helping to transfer some of the weight from the carrier over to the hinge, and a whole new carrier. Seems they may help in the one area, but not the other? I don't recall reading anybody having their spare fall off completely.

I look and I see the majority of jeeps with larger tires are running their larger spares on the stock tire carrier with a bracket. That's what 4wheelparts was going to do in their quote. Statistically there are probably way more 35s on stock carriers than on terafex and aftermarket ones. And yet, when I google search, it's the teraflex cracked one that shows up on the first page of results.

In the end, I want something safe and without needing to buy new bumpers. For now, I've installed a spare tire spacer on my oem mount and raised the light but I am still looking into and thinking about either just the teraflex hinge or a maximus-3 carrier. I don't see the point in the teraflex tire carrier since I know that can crack.

In this area, with everything I've searched, for those of us that want to keep our stock bumpers, I just don't know what's really right. Hard to tell.

Sometimes I think we over think things and one wanting to come up with 'reasons' to mod a jeep sure helps a lot. Everyone's free to do what they want. Many times though I think people come up with creative reasons to help justify a 'mod' and to convince themselves something is necessary.

I'm not trying to say or even imply that one way or the other is safer or right. Still a big question mark. I wish better evidence existed that the oem carrier isn't really good enough and/or that the teraflex partial or complete setup is actually really better.
Today 10:40 AM
GabrlJeep
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker View Post
I've been researching this for awhile now, as well as the whole "what tires to get when replacing my stock KMs when they're worn down" question. It all fits together as a piece. And I've decided (pretty much for certain, but you know how that goes) to go with the Teraflex HD. In fact, I think my whole setup will be much like JADMT's: BFG KM2s in 285/75-17 on stock WW wheels, with the 5th one hanging off of this HD hinge on a stock carrier. Obviously, if the tire doesn't fit well, or snug up well against the TF hinge, I would add the TF carrier. But I hope that wouldn't be necessary with the 33.8" nominal diameter of the 285/75. Why I like this solution: I'm very weight conscious, especially at the polar ends of the vehicle. Hanging a 120# bumper and 60# carrier off the rear of the Jeep isn't ideal for me. I've avoided doing so on the front, using a Maximus 3 winch plate on the stock bumper. Total weight adder was still 87 pounds for the plate, a 9500 synthetic winch, and a set of 6" KC Apollos, but that's half the weight of just the front bumper in a lot of cases. I did like the aluminum options for much lighter front bumpers, but they're very spendy and I just can't see what I'm getting for my $1200 or so, as far as making my life better in some way. Also, I gotta admit, I like the OEM WW bumpers with the shiny black bits in the middle. Yeah, I'm vain. So out back, if I can hang the new tire off of a beefed up tailgate hinge, keep the stock bumper and 3rd brake lite, I'm hoping my life will be simpler, my rear-end will be lighter, and all will be well in the world. And since the cheapest bumper/carrier combo I found was the Olympic Boa (tube) or Rock (welded steel) bumpers at $529 (4 Wheel Parts), this option is even a tad cheaper. [To be clear on that part of the equation: "cheapest option" is not part of my equation, at all. But since the option I've landed on from a weight perspective is also pretty much the cheapest out there, I'm just reporting this happily serendipitous concurrence. But I can certainly see someone else, who actually wants to replace his bumper for whatever reason, thinking, "Man, for that kind of money I could get a carrier AND a bumper!" and skipping the TF HD.]
Awesome input.
I also thought about changing the whole bumper carrier as opposed to getting the TF combo. The one thing that was a deal breaker for me was th fact that with the new bumper and carrier I would have to swing out the carrier unit first and then open my gate. I wanted something all in one and a bit more streamline. I guess I'm just lazy. Lol.
Today 10:16 AM
NoGaBiker I've been researching this for awhile now, as well as the whole "what tires to get when replacing my stock KMs when they're worn down" question. It all fits together as a piece.

And I've decided (pretty much for certain, but you know how that goes) to go with the Teraflex HD. In fact, I think my whole setup will be much like JADMT's: BFG KM2s in 285/75-17 on stock WW wheels, with the 5th one hanging off of this HD hinge on a stock carrier. Obviously, if the tire doesn't fit well, or snug up well against the TF hinge, I would add the TF carrier. But I hope that wouldn't be necessary with the 33.8" nominal diameter of the 285/75.

Why I like this solution:

I'm very weight conscious, especially at the polar ends of the vehicle. Hanging a 120# bumper and 60# carrier off the rear of the Jeep isn't ideal for me. I've avoided doing so on the front, using a Maximus 3 winch plate on the stock bumper. Total weight adder was still 87 pounds for the plate, a 9500 synthetic winch, and a set of 6" KC Apollos, but that's half the weight of just the front bumper in a lot of cases. I did like the aluminum options for much lighter front bumpers, but they're very spendy and I just can't see what I'm getting for my $1200 or so, as far as making my life better in some way.

Also, I gotta admit, I like the OEM WW bumpers with the shiny black bits in the middle. Yeah, I'm vain.

So out back, if I can hang the new tire off of a beefed up tailgate hinge, keep the stock bumper and 3rd brake lite, I'm hoping my life will be simpler, my rear-end will be lighter, and all will be well in the world. And since the cheapest bumper/carrier combo I found was the Olympic Boa (tube) or Rock (welded steel) bumpers at $529 (4 Wheel Parts), this option is even a tad cheaper.

[To be clear on that part of the equation: "cheapest option" is not part of my equation, at all. But since the option I've landed on from a weight perspective is also pretty much the cheapest out there, I'm just reporting this happily serendipitous concurrence. But I can certainly see someone else, who actually wants to replace his bumper for whatever reason, thinking, "Man, for that kind of money I could get a carrier AND a bumper!" and skipping the TF HD.]
Today 10:13 AM
GabrlJeep
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Originally Posted by happyfirst View Post
Are there any actual pictures of a broken stock spare tire carrier? I do remember seeing a picture of a broken teraflex, but I've yet to see a picture of a broken stock one. I've read of people having issues with their tailgate, but have yet to see or find pictures of that either. All I could find through google image search was a picture of a tailgate crack on a 2012.
I have heard and seen some cracked ones in a few forums. Remember it's not designed to carry that kind of extra weight.
In the end it's your choice if you want to take the chance. I didn't but that doesn't mean you shouldn't.
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Today 09:34 AM
happyfirst
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Originally Posted by GabrlJeep View Post
If you're running a 35 I would get the carrier.
Should the stock carrier crack or break you can kiss your spare goodbye. And if that were to happen on a highway .... Well you can imagine the rest.
I was hesitant also because of the price but after considering the consequences, it was a done deal for me to get both.
Are there any actual pictures of a broken stock spare tire carrier? I do remember seeing a picture of a broken teraflex, but I've yet to see a picture of a broken stock one. I've read of people having issues with their tailgate, but have yet to see or find pictures of that either. All I could find through google image search was a picture of a tailgate crack on a 2012.
Today 09:33 AM
tae73 The install is very easy, just watch the teraflex video and follow the instructions.
Today 09:23 AM
rockoo I got mine installed when I put my lift kit on. Had a good deal on it for black Friday.

as stated above, I did not want problems with my spare effecting the swing away door.

I looked at the reviews also and they were all positive.

yes it takes a little more to open the gate. but will loosen over time.
Today 09:17 AM
weaponx24 I'm thinking about adding this to my JK. Every review I've read on it is positive. How was the install?
Today 08:25 AM
GabrlJeep
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Originally Posted by JK Rock View Post
But the TF carrier is another $200. I'm running a 35" spare and it fits fine on the stock carrier barely resting on my bumper. I think even Teraflex says you don't need the carrier for running 35" or less as long as it fits with your bumper. With how quickly the cash spent on mods can add up, I think it makes sense to spend on mods that provide more value.
If you're running a 35 I would get the carrier.
Should the stock carrier crack or break you can kiss your spare goodbye. And if that were to happen on a highway .... Well you can imagine the rest.
I was hesitant also because of the price but after considering the consequences, it was a done deal for me to get both.
Today 01:17 AM
JK Rock
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Originally Posted by NoMoreYotas View Post
It might seem a little overpriced but I have no regrets. You get what you pay for. I went with just the hinge at first and got the carrier later. Don't bother going this route, just buy them at the same time. It's much better with the whole setup. My 35" spare is now much closer to the tailgate and it's not going anywhere.
But the TF carrier is another $200. I'm running a 35" spare and it fits fine on the stock carrier barely resting on my bumper. I think even Teraflex says you don't need the carrier for running 35" or less as long as it fits with your bumper.

With how quickly the cash spent on mods can add up, I think it makes sense to spend on mods that provide more value.
12-16-2014 01:45 PM
NoMoreYotas It might seem a little overpriced but I have no regrets. You get what you pay for. I went with just the hinge at first and got the carrier later. Don't bother going this route, just buy them at the same time. It's much better with the whole setup. My 35" spare is now much closer to the tailgate and it's not going anywhere.
12-15-2014 09:41 AM
brighton
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Originally Posted by JK Rock View Post
I just installed the TF hinged carrier with the stock tire mount. I'm surprised at how much pressure it takes to open and close the tailgate now. Is it supposed to be that much different than when it was stock? I'm thinking of putting some WD-40 on the teraflex joints or something to make it easier to open and close.
Yes, it will be harder to open and close. I think mine has loosened a bit over the years, but it's still not like stock. I actually think it's a good thing, it won't swing open quite as easily on it's own if you're on a slight incline.

The strength of the hinge became apparent to me when I was out wheeling and I stopped to get something out of the cargo area. I accidentally left the tailgate slightly ajar and then started up a steep hill and the gate violently swung open. I'm pretty sure with the stock hinges there would have been major damage. With the TF hinge, no problem.
12-15-2014 12:50 AM
JK Rock I just installed the TF hinged carrier with the stock tire mount. I'm surprised at how much pressure it takes to open and close the tailgate now. Is it supposed to be that much different than when it was stock? I'm thinking of putting some WD-40 on the teraflex joints or something to make it easier to open and close.
03-31-2014 10:14 AM
tae73 That Vector rack is pretty nice would be better than having to add the rotopax to the hi-lift jack. I wonder how much weight the TF carrier can hold?
03-30-2014 05:37 PM
DallasJKU
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Originally Posted by TRAUMAhead View Post
Yep, they make locking handles. https://rotopax.com/LOX-T-Handle.html
Thanks for the link.
03-30-2014 03:03 PM
TRAUMAhead Yep, they make locking handles. https://rotopax.com/LOX-T-Handle.html
03-30-2014 12:52 PM
DallasJKU
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Originally Posted by TRAUMAhead View Post
I'm probably going to run Vector's Exo Rack for my Rotopax setup.

This looks like a great solution for the TF carrier. I need to research a little more, but would love to see even more that have use this option. Also, I would like to lock my Rotopax. With the Vector is that still possible??
02-25-2014 10:05 PM
WranglerJA
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Originally Posted by Darin View Post
Here is an picture before I installed it with the plastic pins
Those look better than mine but I had them already.
02-25-2014 05:49 PM
Darin
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Originally Posted by Darin View Post
Push fastener variable depth GM #881199
That is what the little baggie says
Here is an picture before I installed it with the plastic pins
02-25-2014 05:47 PM
Darin
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Originally Posted by GabrlJeep View Post
Do you have a Lowes pn for the ones you used?
Push fastener variable depth GM #881199
That is what the little baggie says
02-25-2014 10:15 AM
GabrlJeep
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Originally Posted by Darin View Post
No problem. When I posted that I hadn't actually done it yet but I have since. I didn't use GM part number ones. I actually just went down to Lowes and bought some there. They come in two packs so I bought two bags. Were only a few bucks per bag. The ones I bought look like this. I dont have the size off the top of my head but whatever fits.
Do you have a Lowes pn for the ones you used?
02-25-2014 09:40 AM
RubiNooby
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Originally Posted by Doctorsti View Post
I had a similar question of Teraflex so I called them and essentially the answer was crank down on the two bolts that allow the telescoping of the tire carrier portion until it bends the metal in enough to clamp down on the inner tube of metal. You will be tightening the bolts and bending metal a bit to get is tight. I made it really snug at first not wanting to deform anything and it was no where near tight enough. You really have to get on it. I think Dennis in the video even says to get all over it with the impact gun or something. Give them a call to confirm.
Thanks Doc, I'll give them a call to confirm and then crank those bolts right into submission.
02-25-2014 01:43 AM
Darin
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Originally Posted by WranglerJA View Post
Thanks
No problem. When I posted that I hadn't actually done it yet but I have since. I didn't use GM part number ones. I actually just went down to Lowes and bought some there. They come in two packs so I bought two bags. Were only a few bucks per bag. The ones I bought look like this. I dont have the size off the top of my head but whatever fits.
02-25-2014 01:29 AM
WranglerJA
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Originally Posted by Darin View Post
I saw someone else on another forum who did this with GM door panel clips. Thought it was a great idea
Thanks
02-24-2014 11:03 PM
Doctorsti
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Originally Posted by RubiNooby View Post
So I'm struggling with getting the spare snugged up against the hinge. I removed the left rubber bump stop and was able to get the tire within a quarter inch from the hinge. Unfortunately the tire/carrier still rotates left and right and isn't "snugged" up like I expected.

Should there be zero movement from the tire and carrier after final install? Makes me nervous as hell that the tire can roll an inch or so to each side. Do I need to have the factory rubber bump stops installed (I removed the left one because it was causing the tire to be cockeyed and unable to push against the hinge).

Any tips would be a great help.
I had a similar question of Teraflex so I called them and essentially the answer was crank down on the two bolts that allow the telescoping of the tire carrier portion until it bends the metal in enough to clamp down on the inner tube of metal. You will be tightening the bolts and bending metal a bit to get is tight. I made it really snug at first not wanting to deform anything and it was no where near tight enough. You really have to get on it. I think Dennis in the video even says to get all over it with the impact gun or something. Give them a call to confirm.
02-24-2014 10:58 PM
tlminh You need to tighten the 2 bolts on the bottom of the carrier. If you do that correctly, it should not rotate.

I wouldn't drive with the spare on if it's rotating. If it's loose enough to be rotating, it's loose enough to fall off
02-24-2014 07:31 PM
sideburn
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Originally Posted by RubiNooby View Post
So I'm struggling with getting the spare snugged up against the hinge. I removed the left rubber bump stop and was able to get the tire within a quarter inch from the hinge. Unfortunately the tire/carrier still rotates left and right and isn't "snugged" up like I expected. Should there be zero movement from the tire and carrier after final install? Makes me nervous as hell that the tire can roll an inch or so to each side. Do I need to have the factory rubber bump stops installed (I removed the left one because it was causing the tire to be cockeyed and unable to push against the hinge). Any tips would be a great help.
It should not rotate side to side at all. My Nittos hit the gate the rubber bump stop is squished but still connected. You could trim that if needed. Watch the TF video on YouTube closely to see how the install it. I followed their directions and it worked great.
02-24-2014 06:38 PM
RubiNooby So I'm struggling with getting the spare snugged up against the hinge. I removed the left rubber bump stop and was able to get the tire within a quarter inch from the hinge. Unfortunately the tire/carrier still rotates left and right and isn't "snugged" up like I expected.

Should there be zero movement from the tire and carrier after final install? Makes me nervous as hell that the tire can roll an inch or so to each side. Do I need to have the factory rubber bump stops installed (I removed the left one because it was causing the tire to be cockeyed and unable to push against the hinge).

Any tips would be a great help.
02-13-2014 02:31 AM
Darin I saw someone else on another forum who did this with GM door panel clips. Thought it was a great idea
02-13-2014 12:54 AM
NYEDC108 No I don't but by those suckers rusted fast so I took them off
Was wondering what I should do to stop rust if I went with another set
Powder coating?
Any suggestion from jk world?

If you need info on bolts pm me.

Ed
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