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PStov98TJ 05-15-2013 07:03 PM

Dirtworx Tire Carrier Review
 
Thought I'd do a quick write up on my Dirtworx rear tire carrier, how I painted it, and my results so far with his work.

I got this bumper back in March for about $400 shipped to my front door and it sat at my house for a while until I finished finals last week. His typical carrier with hi-lift mount has the hi-lift mounted at an angle and I wanted something a little different and thought mounting it horizontally looked a little cleaner. So I emailed him and he said it wasn't a problem at all :punk: . It comes with everything you'll need including grade 8 hardware and a hold down. The only other thing I would have liked is some frame tie-ins but I'm working on those now. This is how it started out.

Bumper:
Front (side you see):
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8bdb37e7.jpg

Rear (side attached to frame):
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...psed15485a.jpg

Side View:
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...psfda1ed6c.jpg

Carrier:
Front:
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...pscfaa763b.jpg

Hi-Lift Mount:
http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8a355ddf.jpg


After some sanding, Rustoleum self-etching primer, and then flat black Rustoleum, here's the final product. Came out pretty well for $30 worth of paint and primer. I can fully open the swing out portion even with the hi-lift attached without hitting the body and no interference at all with the hold down's movement. I did have to flip the top "hook" part of the jack over but that's not a big deal at all (picture of that down below). The hinge is very easy to move and the hold down that he provides is very sturdy and does a good job. There are no rattles coming from the carrier at all and I've driven about 100 miles with it on with the top down. I plan on getting a thick wire of some sort and running it through the spare, the jack, and the little spots for chains by the hitch to at least slow down a theft attempt and also as a back up for the hold down (just in case something jars it open, although I doubt it will). This is a solid carrier and I'd definitely buy it again if I had to do it all over again with zero hesitation. If you have any questions about it let me know. Here are some pictures of it:

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps61b0c1d3.jpg

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...psc78536f1.jpg

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...psce3c71fc.jpg

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1a388be3.jpg

Thanks for reading!

Huelsmma 05-15-2013 07:56 PM

Im about to pull the plug on one myself along with his front bumper. Do you know if he can do frame tie ins as well?

MIZFAN 05-15-2013 08:06 PM

Sorry to be stupid, but what are the frame tie-ins?

Moabrubi 05-15-2013 08:09 PM

Looks like he does some clean work. Looks a lot like my Garvin.

Why is the Hi-Lift so exposed and down low though? That thing is going to get rocked pretty good.

Cons_Table 05-15-2013 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MIZFAN (Post 3759544)
Sorry to be stupid, but what are the frame tie-ins?

Frame tie ins will tie your bumper to the frame. Without them, you will only be bolting the bumper to the flimsy factory brackets. Frame tie ins are highly recommended if you bumper has a hitch or recovery points. Even with the extra weight of an oversized tire, gas tanks, etc tie ins are not a bad idea. Overall, they just increase the strength of the mounting.

Cons_Table 05-15-2013 08:19 PM

Where do you order dirtworx from? Is he a ebay vendor? Ive heard of him before, but never actually looked into him.

Huelsmma 05-15-2013 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 3759598)
Where do you order dirtworx from? Is he a ebay vendor? Ive heard of him before, but never actually looked into him.

He has a site dirtworx.com and hes an ebay vendor. Has got back to me quite quickly with my questions

viperx6x9x 05-15-2013 08:42 PM

just tried the link and no worky. Found it though, it's actually thedirtworx.com . :)

Huelsmma 05-15-2013 08:46 PM

Haha woops. Quality product from all my research

MIZFAN 05-15-2013 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 3759582)
Frame tie ins will tie your bumper to the frame. Without them, you will only be bolting the bumper to the flimsy factory brackets. Frame tie ins are highly recommended if you bumper has a hitch or recovery points. Even with the extra weight of an oversized tire, gas tanks, etc tie ins are not a bad idea. Overall, they just increase the strength of the mounting.


Thanks! Sounds like if I order one, I want the frame tie-ins.

PStov98TJ 05-15-2013 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huelsmma (Post 3759510)
Im about to pull the plug on one myself along with his front bumper. Do you know if he can do frame tie ins as well?

I'm sure he can build some if you ask him. Or you can get the from ground pounder I believe (guy on jeepforum).

PStov98TJ 05-15-2013 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3759553)
Looks like he does some clean work. Looks a lot like my Garvin.

Why is the Hi-Lift so exposed and down low though? That thing is going to get rocked pretty good.

Well normally I would agree with you except I don't play in rocks at all. Just mud and I'm not sure if I'll even keep it there. I might turn that into an aux. reverse light mount, not sure yet. But it doesn't actually stick out much further than the receiver though. So either way not much to worry about.

PStov98TJ 05-15-2013 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 3759598)
Where do you order dirtworx from? Is he a ebay vendor? Ive heard of him before, but never actually looked into him.

He's an eBay vendor. His eBay prices are better than his online store prices though if I remember correctly.

Huelsmma 05-15-2013 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3759810)

I'm sure he can build some if you ask him. Or you can get the from ground pounder I believe (guy on jeepforum).

Gotcha...i'll ask him and Im aware of groundpounder too because it was either his setup or dirtworx I was going with.

PStov98TJ 05-15-2013 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huelsmma (Post 3759630)

He has a site dirtworx.com and hes an ebay vendor. Has got back to me quite quickly with my questions

And he is crazy quick with responses. He usually responded to me within 2-3 hours.

PStov98TJ 05-16-2013 10:47 AM

Just for anyone else reading this I forgot to add one pointer.

When you install it, put the carrier in the bumper with some grease already applied before you install it and install it all in one piece. I didn't and had to bend my taillight pretty good. Didn't break it because I took the lens off but the carrier just barely didn't fit over the spindle well. And this is in no way a design flaw or reflection on the fitment of Robert's work. The bumper lined up flawlessly. It was really just a "I got too excited and didn't use my brain" moment.

PStov98TJ 05-16-2013 12:16 PM

Sorry, these pictures didn't attach correctly.

Backside view:

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...psce3c71fc.jpg

And this is with the carrier fully open showing the hi-lift not touching the body:

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1a388be3.jpg

Jerry Bransford 05-16-2013 12:20 PM

Very nice review with great photos. Dirtworx is somewhat local to me (in Corona Calif.) so I stopped by his home to pick up a rear bumper a couple years ago. He makes them in his home garage where he has a pretty cool manufacturing process. His quality is very good, I'd use his stuff anytime.

Greenliftedtj97 05-16-2013 12:30 PM

Dirtworx & GroundPounder do stand up work, quick! They produce some quality work :)

PStov98TJ 05-16-2013 01:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3762054)
Very nice review with great photos. Dirtworx is somewhat local to me (in Corona Calif.) so I stopped by his home to pick up a rear bumper a couple years ago. He makes them in his home garage where he has a pretty cool manufacturing process. His quality is very good, I'd use his stuff anytime.

Thanks! And I can't say enough about how pleased I was throughout the entire process. Great customer service and a great product.

gp90 05-16-2013 01:55 PM

I got mine last June and put it on my '90. Bought a tj and it bolted right up without any issues and still no rattles. What is even better is when you call you talk to Robert, not a Daggum computer and it's made right here in the good ol' USA

PStov98TJ 05-16-2013 02:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gp90 (Post 3762348)
What is even better is when you call you talk to Robert, not a Daggum computer and it's made right here in the good ol' USA

Yep. That is one of the many reasons why I spent my money with Robert at TheDirtworx and also with Dirk at DPG Offroad. You don't talk to some sales rep. You call and the owner of the company talks with you personally and sets you up with exactly what you need and want. I mean, customer service doesn't get much better than that if you ask me. And there's lots of other guys just like this on these forums such as Blaine with black magic brakes. I'd order from these guys any day of the week over some big company without a doubt. Are they here to make some money? Yeah, sure, who isn't. But would they rather you be happy with their products than worry about the almighty dollar? I sure think so.

oaky1717 10-03-2013 01:21 AM

Could you please post a picture of how close the tire is to the tailgate???

Thank youuuu

gp90 10-03-2013 12:55 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Mine is on a 97 tj. It's 4" from tailgate to tire. 2" from tailgate to carrier. Tire is 35x12.50 rim has 4" b/s. Hope this helps.

Attachment 400569

cbking 10-03-2013 01:02 PM

I have one. It is a great quality product.

DarthLEGO 10-31-2013 10:08 AM

Really nice right up. I like what you did with the lift mount. And it is good to see that he does custom work. His website has like 2 options...

And can you vouch for the no rattle? That is one thing that really annoys be about my current carrier.

PStov98TJ 11-04-2013 11:45 AM

Sorry it took so long but here's the thread. Lots of pictures in there. And I can vouch that I hear no rattles when going down the road. And, if anyone is worries, that the latch system is very strong. I can't even pull the swing out away from the tailgate when the latch is engaged. And it hasn't come lose on the trail.

Z0827 11-04-2013 05:02 PM

I also have one of these and there are 0 rattles.

The fit was perfect as well. He really does a great job with these.

elite56 03-10-2014 02:12 PM

How many cans of primer and paint did you end up using on the whole bumper?

BlueSheepDog 03-12-2014 03:56 PM

I've been waiting on mine since the end of Jan... glad im not in a rush or anything :banghead:


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