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amy 12-19-2006 05:25 PM

Another tire carrier question.
 
I saw a tire carrier/rack on a jeep the other day. Came home and looked it up. It's an OR-FAB SWING-AWAY TIRE/CAN CARRIER. Looks like this.
http://home.comcast.net/~sahobbs/images/2431.jpg

Does anyone have any experience with them? Can anyone recommend something better?

Scout 12-19-2006 05:45 PM

I don't know much about the OR-FAB but I can say that my Garvin has been rock solid and rattle free. It's kinda $$$ but it was worth it IMO.

Old pic:

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...t/DSC00955.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...t/DSC00954.jpg

03Leo 12-19-2006 06:29 PM

I got the bestop tire carrier and I wouldn't recommend it. I'll probably replace it next year with maybe a warn, garvin or Lod. :D I should have listened and spent more $$ on this mod.

amy 12-19-2006 06:29 PM

That looks good, Scout.
May I ask how much $$$? Are those spots for jerry cans on the sides of the spare? Did you need a stronger bumper to support it?

Scout 12-19-2006 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amy (Post 39381)
That looks good, Scout.
May I ask how much $$$? Are those spots for jerry cans on the sides of the spare? Did you need a stronger bumper to support it?

Oh I think it was arourd $ 1,100.00 with everything. It's a rear bumper, Hi Lift jack holder, trail rack (on top) and two jerry can holders. It takes a little time and patience to install but it's worth it in the end. :) I'll PM you the place where I bought it.

amy 12-19-2006 06:36 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the bestop, Leo. Since their prices aren't too bad, I might have ended up going that route, and regretting it.

amy 12-19-2006 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Simple Scout (Post 39385)
Oh I think it was arourd $ 1,100.00 with everything. It's a rear bumper, Hi Lift jack holder, trail rack (on top) and two jerry can holders. It takes a little time and patience to install but it's worth it in the end. :) I'll PM you the place where I bought it.

Thank you, Scout.

Scout 12-19-2006 06:39 PM

Do you need the jerry can, hi lift and trail rack? If not, I've never heard anything bad about the Warn.

03Leo 12-19-2006 06:42 PM

Yeah...I went for price. I ended up having to take it to a place to re-install it correctly (I spent 6 hrs trying). It still rattles and I have to keep adjusting nuts every couple of weeks. I think it has too many little parts to it. I heard great things about the warn one. I'm saving for it :D

tiny terror 12-19-2006 06:42 PM

Tell us all where you got it scout, it looks really nice.

amy 12-19-2006 06:44 PM

The jerry can, yes. The hi lift, I will shortly (hi lift jack is on my short list). The trail rack... how high does it sit off the ground? I'm on the short side.

tiny terror 12-19-2006 06:45 PM

You could always strap a ladder to it. :D

amy 12-19-2006 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by tiny terror (Post 39394)
You could always strap a ladder to it. :D

(:p)

Scout 12-19-2006 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amy (Post 39393)
The jerry can, yes. The hi lift, I will shortly (hi lift jack is on my short list). The trail rack... how high does it sit off the ground? I'm on the short side.

It's pretty high. (on my Jeep at least) I usually stand on the bumper when I'm loading it. ---> And that's not very often. ;)

amy 12-19-2006 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Simple Scout (Post 39397)
It's pretty high. (on my Jeep at least) I usually stand on the bumper when I'm loading it. ---> And that's not very often. ;)

Hmmm, think I'll skip the trail rack for now, then.

Thanks for the info, guys.:)

MouthfulOfGrass 12-20-2006 10:56 AM

http://www.off-road.com/jeep/reviews/swbjeep/cc4x4/

I saw this and it looked like the one in the original post. I liked the write-up, made me want to get this style.

I like the idea of having the jerry can in between the spare and the vehicle. No scientific reason, I just like it.

amy 12-20-2006 12:23 PM

Cool, thanks for the link, MOG.

1BLKJP 12-20-2006 03:51 PM

I personally don't like that OR-Fab style carrier. There's a fairly good debate that goes on about what it does to the tub of your jeep. Since that carrier mounts to the sheet metal of your tub instead of on a bumper like most of them. I've seen jeeps where it has cracked the steel and I have seen them where it hasn't. But for my money I wouldn't put one on my jeep.

amy 12-20-2006 04:50 PM

Thank you, 1BLKJP. It's good to know that there have been problems with it. It looked really handy but not if it could do damage.

whiteyj 12-20-2006 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1BLKJP (Post 39567)
I personally don't like that OR-Fab style carrier. There's a fairly good debate that goes on about what it does to the tub of your jeep. Since that carrier mounts to the sheet metal of your tub instead of on a bumper like most of them. I've seen jeeps where it has cracked the steel and I have seen them where it hasn't. But for my money I wouldn't put one on my jeep.

Not completely true. I have the OR Fab carrier on my YJ. It mounts to the right rear body mount (Frame to tub), the sport cage on both sides, tub on both sides, and you end up rehanging the tailgate. Anywhere you penetrate the tub there is a plate on the other side to sandwich everything together.

The thing is rock solid. Been bouncing a 31x10.50 around back there for a year with 10 gals anytime I go out without a hitch. Really like the fact that there's an extra 10 gals on board when I go play.

It was a pian to install, but well worth the effort. Highly recommended.

The only downside I can see is the lack of a trail rack.

amy 12-20-2006 11:09 PM

This is good to know too. The more info I get, the better!
I don't mind not having a trail rack, I probably couldn't reach it anyway.

MR.CLIFFORD 12-20-2006 11:43 PM

I put the Garvin on Anya's jeep. Rattle free and holds the beefy 35" toyo MT. I have really enjoyed this tire carrier. Garvin redesigned the carrier part for better ease of install with the hi lift.

http://www.thedoubleduke.com/pics/an...anyagarvin.jpg
http://www.thedoubleduke.com/pics/an...ep/garvin2.jpg

amy 12-20-2006 11:50 PM

MR.CLIFFORD, did you need to put on a beefier bumper or would a stock bumper work?

MR.CLIFFORD 12-20-2006 11:54 PM

the carrier only works with their bumper system. The pivot is welded to their tubular design bumper. I would not trust something this large to a stock bumper. If you look closely in the picture you can see there are 4 bolts that hold the bumper to the cross member. They even have extra plates behind the cross member for extra support.

amy 12-21-2006 12:07 AM

Oh, ok, thanks. I'll add that to my list of options. Sounds good though.

1BLKJP 12-21-2006 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by whiteyj (Post 39713)
Not completely true. I have the OR Fab carrier on my YJ. It mounts to the right rear body mount (Frame to tub), the sport cage on both sides, tub on both sides, and you end up rehanging the tailgate. Anywhere you penetrate the tub there is a plate on the other side to sandwich everything together.

The thing is rock solid. Been bouncing a 31x10.50 around back there for a year with 10 gals anytime I go out without a hitch. Really like the fact that there's an extra 10 gals on board when I go play.

It was a pian to install, but well worth the effort. Highly recommended.

The only downside I can see is the lack of a trail rack.

With only a 31" tire on and probably a stock rim I'm not surprised it's held up fine. But if you put a 35 or 37" tire on it with an aftermarket rim or a beadlock then you start seeing the issues that I have described. Sorry I should've mentioned that.

whiteyj 12-21-2006 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1BLKJP (Post 39908)
With only a 31" tire on and probably a stock rim I'm not surprised it's held up fine. But if you put a 35 or 37" tire on it with an aftermarket rim or a beadlock then you start seeing the issues that I have described. Sorry I should've mentioned that.

Actually not stock wheels. The carrier ties to the frame, sport bar mounts, tailgate hinge mounts, and the sandwiches the tub. Pretty solid compared to some of the bumper mounts.http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r...ideCarrier.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r...Carrier001.jpghttp://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r...jim/TireOn.jpg


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