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Old 03-11-2016, 09:17 AM
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Barricade HD Trail Force Spare Tire Carrier Problems

Hi All,

About 3 months ago I had the Barricade HD Trail Force Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier installed. At the time of installation and up to about a month ago, the spare tire carrier opened and closed with ease.

Now, it is almost impossible for me to open the spare tire carrier, which means I cannot even get into the trunk. It's only been 3 months so I don't understand how rust could be an issue, already.

Please let me know if anyone else has had this issue or if there is anything that can help solve this problem.

Thanks!

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I have this same bumper and tire carrier. No problems so far. When you say it won't open, do you mean latch or won't rotate on the post? Just want to know what to be looking for on mine. In my opinion with the amount of leverage you have when opening it would have to be a lot of rust to prevent it opening. Any trail rides lately? Any chance it got a small bump somewhere and possibly bent the post or sleeve just a lil bit? Just asking.
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I have this same bumper and tire carrier. No problems so far. When you say it won't open, do you mean latch or won't rotate on the post? Just want to know what to be looking for on mine. In my opinion with the amount of leverage you have when opening it would have to be a lot of rust to prevent it opening. Any trail rides lately? Any chance it got a small bump somewhere and possibly bent the post or sleeve just a lil bit? Just asking.

Thanks for the reply. I've done no trail rides...I don't believe it is rust.. The latch opens fine but it won't rotate on the post. I use to be able to get it about halfway now I can't move it at all. Something must be bent, I guess. I'm bringing it to where i got installed this week to see if they can tell what the issue is.
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Did you grease the post during installation? If not, this is the cause. Metal contracts and expands plus gets dirt, gristle, and rust accumulated. Without grease this will cause no movement.
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Did you grease the post during installation? If not, this is the cause. Metal contracts and expands plus gets dirt, gristle, and rust accumulated. Without grease this will cause no movement.
So if we remove the tire carrier then grease the post now, do you think that will solve the problem? Or is it too late? Thanks!
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You may have difficulty getting the carrier off the post. I saw a video where a guy had to use a hydraulic jack to get it off. His carrier got stuck when he first installed. There was an issue with his, even with grease. I don't this this is the same for you since it initially worked. If you can get it off, just clean off the post and inside of carrier, grease it, and you should be good to go.

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Pro tip:

You know the little cap with the small screw that goes on the top of the post? Ditch it. Now, while the carrier is off use a 3/16" drill bit and drill random holes in the post spaced about 1" apart all the way around, top to bottom. Go back over the holes with a counter-sink bit to chamfer the holes. Put a zerk fitting in the threaded hole on top. Put your carrier back on and fill the post with grease. BOOM, quick and easy way to keep it greased.

Also, the finish on the handle is crap. It'll start to corrode and look like crap in short order. Took mine off, sanded and powder coated black. Much better.

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