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Old 06-21-2019, 11:05 AM
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Tire carrier on 75th anniversary bumper

Somewhat new the Jeep game here, it appears the rear bumper on my 75th anny JKU (same as the Rubicons I believe) allows for a heavy duty tire carrier. There's a circular insert on the right side, looks like the location for a hinge.

Anyone putting a HD tire carrier on these bumpers? Curious what will fit on them or if basically anything will. Everything I can find either comes with a bumper, or is specific to a certain aftermarket bumper.

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Somewhat new the Jeep game here, it appears the rear bumper on my 75th anny JKU (same as the Rubicons I believe) allows for a heavy duty tire carrier. There's a circular insert on the right side, looks like the location for a hinge.

Anyone putting a HD tire carrier on these bumpers? Curious what will fit on them or if basically anything will. Everything I can find either comes with a bumper, or is specific to a certain aftermarket bumper.
There are only 2 I have seen, I have this one https://www.extremeterrain.com/smitt...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

The other is https://www.quadratec.com/p/jcr-offr...d-rock-edition

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AEV carrier fits as well.

That said... I'd just go with a hinged carrier. I got a Teraflex and can't think of why I'd want to deal with a bumper mounted one instead. Just seems less convenient.
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what's the weight limit on the stock tire carrier?
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what's the weight limit on the stock tire carrier?
Not very much. If you're going with anything bigger than a 33 you really want a better carrier. Think of it as insurance. If your tire is too big for the stock one you could bend your tailgate all out of shape over time.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:45 AM
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Not very much. If you're going with anything bigger than a 33 you really want a better carrier. Think of it as insurance. If your tire is too big for the stock one you could bend your tailgate all out of shape over time.
Thanks. Planning to go up to 35s. Didn't realize how expensive these carriers can be, woof
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Just for the record, I had a 37” Toyo MT mounted to a 17” AEV Pintler wheel on my stock carrier for a while. Obviously I had the stock bumper removed for clearance at the time. But the point is the stock carrier still handled it. Opening and closing the tailgate was a bit slower obviously due to the additional weight on the hinges. But did it work, yes. People are really opposed to doing things like this because in the “long haul” it will take a toll on your parts. Well everything we do with Jeeps takes a toll on something. I like to go against the grain and try different things though. Just don’t let the “this is the way it should be done” or “you shouldn’t do it this way because four hundred people said so” get in your way. It’ll work, it’ll handle the weight, and yes over time it probably will warp. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get by for a bit while instead of chunking out a huge amount of money for a new carrier that’s not immediately necessary. 😌 - Sam
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People are really opposed to doing things like this because in the “long haul” it will take a toll on your parts. Well everything we do with Jeeps takes a toll on something. I like to go against the grain and try different things though.
Not properly setting up your rig isn't "trying something different".

Just because you didn't end up driving down a bumpy dirt road and shaking the welds out of your tailgate doesn't mean that the stock carrier can handle it just fine.

It just means you got lucky and managed to not wreck yours.

People can read that and make their own choices based on how they want to drive their Jeeps. If you slow to a crawl over bumps and gingerly dodge potholes... in a Jeep... then by all means save your money. You'll probably be fine.

If you want to drive it normally and not worry about when your carrier tears itself apart or bends your tailgate out of shape... well... there are options for that too.
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If I'm not mistaken (and I wouldn't being saying it if I were), the AEV tire carrier is the only one that fits that bumper well enough not to have rattle.. There are a few threads here that comment on "swing arm tire carrier rattle and loose fit". I've considered the AEV myself, because I have the Rubicon Hard Rock. Everyone that has both, has been 100% happy with quality.
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My post was directed as a solution, not long term, but an interim. I’ve had a $700 TF tire carrier carrying a 40” Toyo and yes it was great having the extra peace of mind. Driving safely during the interim isn’t lucky either, it’s simply driving within the conditions you’re allowing yourself. 👍🏼
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AEV carrier fits as well.

That said... I'd just go with a hinged carrier. I got a Teraflex and can't think of why I'd want to deal with a bumper mounted one instead. Just seems less convenient.
Also with the AEV you lose the right tow hook, main reason I went with a hinged carrier as well.
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Also with the AEV you lose the right tow hook, main reason I went with a hinged carrier as well.
Does the anniversary addition have a right tow hook? I'm fairly certain is does not...
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Does the anniversary addition have a right tow hook? I'm fairly certain is does not...


The tow hooks aren’t attached to the bumper.
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The tow hooks aren’t attached to the bumper.

Of coarse not.. It goes under the bumper and attaches to the frame (inside to be precise). What I said was, "Does the anniversary addition have a right tow hook? I'm fairly certain is does not..."

Doesn't really matter what it could be attached to if it's not installed.

The reason I decided not to go with the AEV arm myself.. Had nothing to do with anything, but when you put a tire on it's not centered.
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The AEV swing away tire carrier goes through the hole in the bumper and attaches to the frame where that extra tow hook would be bolted on.


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I've got the Smittybilt carrier (new light textured finish), rock solid and no noises. Tire is in the center, you can keep the tow hook with modifications, (2) Rotopax cans, modified rear brake light bracket for a reverse light and hold your jack for around $400. Almost forgot, an antenna mount also.

As long as you take your time installing and buy the additional hardware for the frame mount, there is nothing wrong with this setup.
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thanks for all the responses Jeep fam!
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I have the shittybuilt bumper carrier and would not do it again.
They shipped it missing the hardware to mount the jack and gas cans.
I contacted shittybuilt and about the jack mount and they couldn't tell me what works with this carrier. Someone at 4 wheel parts where it was installed said that I should have come with it... now waiting on the rest of the parts.



It is hard as hell to open and close.
on a scale of 1-10 this one deserves a 4
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Isn't there one from Maximus that swings on the bumper also?

I kind of want the hinged carrier so I can retain my tow hook. Theres a lot more options for those too.
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I have the shittybuilt bumper carrier and would not do it again.
They shipped it missing the hardware to mount the jack and gas cans.
I contacted shittybuilt and about the jack mount and they couldn't tell me what works with this carrier. Someone at 4 wheel parts where it was installed said that I should have come with it... now waiting on the rest of the parts.



It is hard as hell to open and close.
on a scale of 1-10 this one deserves a 4
Did you order from Smittybuilt or a vendor?
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I ordered mine through Northridge 4x4, everything and more was there and Smittybilt was very helpful.
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Been running the Maximus-3 tire carrier on mine for a couple years, no issues so far.
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I've had AEV tire carriers on my last two JKs. Solid as a rock. Plus the fact that the Hard Rock bumper has a pre-drilled hole, custom made for them, is a big endorsement.

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