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Old 07-21-2017, 06:16 AM   #451
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Anyone else buy a RR hinge lately without issues? Has their QC on the hinge gotten better?

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:06 AM   #452
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Anyone else buy a RR hinge lately without issues? Has their QC on the hinge gotten better?
I just installed the Tactik carrier here. As we know it's just the Quadratec rebadge. All was expected with no issues.

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:39 AM   #453
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Gotcha.
I misread and thought you meant the teraflex antenna bracket. I was thinking of doing something similar as far as drill and tap. But was looking for an easier way since I don't currently own a tap. May just have to pick one up today and give it a shot. I assume you only went into the hinge itself and not through it right? Then everything just runs as normal with the antenna? any extra ground straps?
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The tapped holes are only into the hinge and not through it. I did anticipate that I might have to run a ground strap but the antenna's SWR matched up perfectly on channel 20 with a little adjustment of the tuning screw. The SWR on 1 and 40 was only like a .2 - .3 on so I didn't see the need to add it. I did powdercoat the bracket so I spent a minute and scraped a little PC off to allow the antenna ground to the hinge.
I realized that I used 1/4-20 bolts and not 5/16 bolts to attach it so I wanted to correct that. Not a big deal but I wanted to be accurate.

So here is that close up. When I originally mounted it I was running 35s but you can see from the picture I got real lucky with my 37s cause the edge of the tire just barely contacts the bracket.
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The tapped holes are only into the hinge and not through it. I did anticipate that I might have to run a ground strap but the antenna's SWR matched up perfectly on channel 20 with a little adjustment of the tuning screw. The SWR on 1 and 40 was only like a .2 - .3 on so I didn't see the need to add it. I did powdercoat the bracket so I spent a minute and scraped a little PC off to allow the antenna ground to the hinge.
I realized that I used 1/4-20 bolts and not 5/16 bolts to attach it so I wanted to correct that. Not a big deal but I wanted to be accurate.

So here is that close up. When I originally mounted it I was running 35s but you can see from the picture I got real lucky with my 37s cause the edge of the tire just barely contacts the bracket.
Excellent
I'm on my way to the store now for the tap/die set. Been on my to get list for a while anyway.

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When you buy taps you have to make sure you buy good quality High Speed Steel taps from companies like Greenfield, Kennametal, Hertel, Cleveland, Precision Twist... Go to plaxes that sell machine shop tooling or Industrial supply houses like MSC, Grainger, Fasteneal, etc... Do not expect Craftsman taps or something you get at True Value to work like a industrial quality taps work. You know what I call a Craftsman or TV tap? A hole plug. That's what it becomes once it snaps off in the hole.
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When you buy taps you have to make sure you buy good quality High Speed Steel taps from companies like Greenfield, Kennametal, Hertel, Cleveland, Precision Twist... Go to plaxes that sell machine shop tooling or Industrial supply houses like MSC, Grainger, Fasteneal, etc... Do not expect Craftsman taps or something you get at True Value to work like a industrial quality taps work. You know what I call a Craftsman or TV tap? A hole plug. That's what it becomes once it snaps off in the hole.
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Old 10-04-2017, 08:42 AM   #457
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So just a little update on the use of the Tactik(Rugged Ridge) hinge and carrier. I installed this just about 3 months ago and until 5 days ago, I was using it to run the stock Sport wheel/tire combo with no issue whatsoever. No knocking, no creaking, nothing adverse to report.

Last Friday I finally got my tires and got them mounted and ready to roll. Mounted on the carrier and immediately I started to hear some knocking when I hit various bumps in the road. I figured the tire might be a little loose from the installer so I headed home to check things out. Upon inspection I noticed the carrier itself had to be adjusted to the tire would sit back against the bump stop. So I made my adjustments and I had to extend the stop to reach the tire....DONE. Knocking was still there so I drilled and tapped to allow for the addition of a bump stop on the other side of the tire to replace the one that was removed during install....DONE. Knock still there. This was all done of the weekend. On Monday I heading out to work wondering how bad it was going to be during my commute. I work in the Elizabeth, NJ seaport, and the roads there are not quite what most are used to travelling. The knocking was driving me insane going through there. So I set upon trying to narrow down the knocking. When I try to shake the tire there is some movement, but its not "loose" movement. When I give the tire a good whack I can clearly hear something. It really does sound like its something from the hinge pins or close to that area. This seems to be something that was common with the Spartacus carrier, and either never resolved or has carried over to the Tactik carrier. A call to Quadratec was brief and resulted in a replacement being shipped today. Great customer service there and even after telling him I drilled and tapped for a antenna and the bumpstop, they were happy to replace.

Hopefully the new one will resolve my issue, though I'm not optimistic. I am debating just selling it and getting a different hinge/reinforcement. I hate to put out the money for the Tereflex, but its between that and the MorRyde setup.
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I've had mine for more than a year w zero issues. I did extend the bumper on the driver side , although I did not initially and had no problems.
I also made sure the passenger side of the hinge was slightly touching the tire. I know this is not the way the directions state to do it, but Tera Flex does its adjustments this way so I could not see the harm in it.
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What's the best OTD price for the Teraflex setup that people have seen recently?

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Old 10-05-2017, 06:16 AM   #460
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Had mine for 2 years now zero issues.
It have a 37 on it BTW.
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Well a little update. I also decided to get on the horn with Rugged Ridge. After a brief conversation and a few e-mailed pics I have the "clips" that were previously mentioned in this thread. Apparently they are meant to take up the play that is still in the hinge. They should all be coming out of the factory with these clips in place however it still seems like there is old stock still out there, specifically with the less seen Tactik branded carrier. So we will see how this handles the knocking.
After talking with Rugged Ridge, It really seems this is a problem that only come up with the excessively heavy combos out there. The heavy 35's and up seems to bring this out. Like I had mentioned, the stock combos had shown no issues.
I'll be honest, I really want this fix to work. I have no desire whatsoever to get another carrier, and even less desire of dumping money into the Teraflex carrier. If I have to move on, I'll be doing so with the MorRyde set up.

One upside I have to admit, is that Quadratec did not seem to mind when I mentioned that I had tapped the carrier for my CB antenna mount. They stated they are just going to dump the faulty carrier anyway. While I did like the location I used, I also would interfere with the future addition of the jack mount. So prior to the switch I'm going to experiment with a few other locations to mount the antenna on the carrier that will keep it farter away from the jack when installed.

Anyway I'll update here with pics of the fix from Rugged Ridge.
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Hopefully the new one will resolve my issue, though I'm not optimistic. I am debating just selling it and getting a different hinge/reinforcement. I hate to put out the money for the Tereflex, but its between that and the MorRyde setup.
Thoughts?
I don't mean to sound snarky, but you get what you pay for.

Good luck with the new one. I hope it works out. That knocking noise would drive me insane, too.
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After talking with Rugged Ridge, It really seems this is a problem that only come up with the excessively heavy combos out there. The heavy 35's and up seems to bring this out. Like I had mentioned, the stock combos had shown no issues.
What's the point in upgrading if it makes noise with anything heavier than stock? I too made the mistake of purchasing the RR carrier, however I quickly realized it was junk. I have nothing but great things to say about the Teraflex carrier. It is rock solid, has held up perfectly with a heavier 35 and is dead silent at all times.
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What's the point in upgrading if it makes noise with anything heavier than stock? I too made the mistake of purchasing the RR carrier, however I quickly realized it was junk. I have nothing but great things to say about the Teraflex carrier. It is rock solid, has held up perfectly with a heavier 35 and is dead silent at all times.
I have no doubt the replacement is also going to have the same issue. Quadratec's is sending a new one so I'll try it. I'm going to set it up today probably. If I get lucky and it works I'll be more then happy. If not, hopefully Quadratec will either return and refund or allow me to pay the difference and go with the Teraflex. If I can get the refund I'll end up going with the MorRyde.
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I have no doubt the replacement is also going to have the same issue. Quadratec's is sending a new one so I'll try it. I'm going to set it up today probably. If I get lucky and it works I'll be more then happy. If not, hopefully Quadratec will either return and refund or allow me to pay the difference and go with the Teraflex. If I can get the refund I'll end up going with the MorRyde.
I would just go with the Teraflex. The MORryde has reports of sagging, plus it looks like someone made it in their basement with shit from Home Depot. Morris4x4 has a promo code (OCT30) that will get you the whole TF setup for $634 shipped (no tax). Just my opinion of course.
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I would just go with the Teraflex. The MORryde has reports of sagging, plus it looks like someone made it in their basement with shit from Home Depot. Morris4x4 has a promo code (OCT30) that will get you the whole TF setup for $634 shipped (no tax). Just my opinion of course.
Everyone is entitled to there opinion. Though a little research will show that all of the carriers on the market have their fair share of issues specifically the hinge carriers like Teraflex, RR, and Smitty.
I've done plenty of looking and knew of the issues prior to my buying the RR/Tactik. Unfortunately I struck out on the first one. The second one was installed tonight and so far no issue. I'm giving it a good ride this weekend so we will see. Out of the box this one clearly felt tighter then the other. Either way, I'll be happy. One thing I can say both Quadratec and and RR(Omix-ADA) were a pleasure to deal with and both have gone above ad beyond to resolve an issue that is 3 months past the purchase date and used and modified as well. I've had to deal with the mighty Teraflex in the past, It was not a good experience.

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Everyone is entitled to there opinion. Though a little research will show that all of the carriers on the market have their fair share of issues specifically the hinge carriers like Teraflex, RR, and Smitty.
I've done plenty of looking and knew of the issues prior to my buying the RR/Tactik. Unfortunately I struck out on the first one. The second one was installed tonight and so far no issue. I'm giving it a good ride this weekend so we will see. Out of the box this one clearly felt tighter then the other. Either way, I'll be happy. One thing I can say both Quadratec and and RR(Omix-ADA) were a pleasure to deal with and both have gone above ad beyond to resolve an issue that is 3 months past the purchase date and used and modified as well. I've had to deal with the mighty Teraflex in the past, It was not a good experience.

I'll report back soon with my results
Did the replacement resolve the issue? I have the RR Spartacus and I have not been able to resolve the clunk noise as well.
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Did the replacement resolve the issue? I have the RR Spartacus and I have not been able to resolve the clunk noise as well.
I've had the replacement mounted now for about a week and there is no noise whatsoever. There was a clear difference in the feel of the hinge between the 2 of them. When they were both off the jeep the new hinge had a more solid feel. The damaged one had definite play in the hinge. I had also contacted Rugged Ridge and they were sending me some clips that appear to be intended to fill in the space in the hinge that is causing the noise. I understand where they go and how they would work but there seems no way in hell they are getting in there. My guess is that the damaged one I had was just a slight bit off while others may be more so.

Anyway, for now, I am satisfied. I will be heading out to Rausch Creek at the end of the month. At that time I will make my final decision. If it comes out OK I'll be happy and consider this resolved. If not, I'll move on. I really feel it will be OK as I have been through some minefield roadways the last few days and all was just fine.
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I guess I was just lucky. No issues with mine at all.
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how much weight can the rugged ridge carrier support?

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