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Old 11-27-2015, 11:14 AM
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Swing gate question.

So like most people I put larger tires on the JK. I have some 33x12.5 Mickey Thompsons mounted on Pro-Comp 17x9s. They are a LOT heavier than stock.

After completion I was backing out of the garage and adjusting the mirror from my wife's position and forgot my truck was behind me and smacked it pretty good. I still had the stock spare on. Bent the upper part of the bumper and the hood on my truck and broke the JK spare carrier.

Now for the actual question since my stupidity is out of the way. lol

While searching for a better spare carrier I bought an Olympic 4x4 Products spare carrier based on the strength and the fact that it eliminates the 3rd brake light because I want to run some leds that fit in the spare's unused lug nut holes.

Now I am wondering if I should have bought something else based on the swing gate sagging and weld popping stories I am hearing? If I had searched a little more I would have probably spent the $$ on the Teraflex or Rugged Ridge HD hinge deal. However I would still need a spare mount since I cracked the stocker. Since I already have the HD Olympic mount, would a set of Barricade HD hinges and maybe a set of those tailgate reinforcement brackets that install inside the gate be a good idea? Well not so much a good idea more of a "will this work and be good enoguh?" thing.

I know I should have done some more research and bought the right setup in the first place but that $700 or so price tag is a little steep. If I buy the brackets and HD hinges I would only have around $250 invested including the Olympic carrier.

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Old 11-27-2015, 01:29 PM
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I should have posted links to what I have and what I am looking at.

Here is the spare carrier I bought.Olympic 4x4 Wrangler Extended Heavy Duty Tire Mount 708-174 (07-16 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping

Here are the HD hinges I am considering: Barricade Wrangler Heavy Duty Tailgate Hinges JP54-003 (07-16 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping

And here are the reinforcing brackets I am considering. MBRP Wrangler Spare Tire Bracket Reinforcing Kit, Black Coated 130903 (07-11 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping
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