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Old 04-19-2019, 03:29 PM
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Spare tire carrier recommendations

I’m looking into some after market spare tire carriers. I have 33 inch tires (not even big) but it is enough to make the stock spare tire carrier rattle over even title bumps often enough and it’s starting to drive me nuts. I’m not looking to spend a ton on one. Somewhere around $300 or less if possible. What are we good ones out there for that price that aren’t to difficult to install? Thanks!!

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Im looking into some after market spare tire carriers. I have 33 inch tires (not even big) but it is enough to make the stock spare tire carrier rattle over even title bumps often enough and its starting to drive me nuts. Im not looking to spend a ton on one. Somewhere around $300 or less if possible. What are we good ones out there for that price that arent to difficult to install? Thanks!!
See if you can find a used Teraflex carrier or save the extra for it. It is worth the cost and will cover you if you ever decide to go bigger.

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Barricade HD Tire Carrier with mount. It adjusts both vertically and in/out for snug tire fit.
I installed one a few months ago and it does the job well at a decent price
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Is it the spare carrier or your tailgate rattling? Is your spare up against the rubber stops? if not, get some radiator hose and cut off pieces about 1/2" longer. Slide the hose over the rubber stops. Now when the spare is mounted, it will compress the hose a bit and be firmly mounted. I ran that way for over 3 years with 35s and no issues.
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I've been looking myself - found a good video on it.

There is a video from one of the forum vendors I found online that lists some interesting options here:

I like the idea of the aluminium ones, but they are pretty spendy. I like the features of the cheaper steel one best actually, but am not sure if the trade-ff in weight is worth it.

I saw another interesting looking budget one here (https://www.autotrucktoys.com/p/arie...-tire-carrier/), that looks like it might not be heavy, but no idea on how good/bad it is quality-wise.
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Thanks for the suggestions! Right now I guess I’m not completely positive if it’s the tailgate or the tire and tire carrier rattling. I feel like it’s the tire and the carrier but I’ll have to mess around with it this weekend and try and find out for sure.
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I believe the spec for the stock carrier is 85 lbs max and you are almost certainly below that with 33's. As suggested above I'd look for the reason for the rattling before going to an aftermarket tire carrier (if the rattling is the only reason you are doing so.) Note that it can be tough to get things entirely quiet back there so you need to have reasonable expectations.
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I believe the spec for the stock carrier is 85 lbs max and you are almost certainly below that with 33's. As suggested above I'd look for the reason for the rattling before going to an aftermarket tire carrier (if the rattling is the only reason you are doing so.) Note that it can be tough to get things entirely quiet back there so you need to have reasonable expectations.
While Im unsure about the 85# limit you referenced, Id recommend verifying the weight of the wheel/tire as the 33/12.50x15 mud tire setup on my TJ weighed in at ~95# when fully treaded.
I moved to a properly offset 7 wheel and 33/9.50x15 (sadly, no longer available though 33/10.50 is) and that cut a significant amount of weight and had the added bonus of shortening the overall length of by Jeep allowing a bit more room in the garage.
Looking to follow a similar route on the JK.
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While you can spend a little now and then toss it later on when you want to put larger tires on might sound like a great idea, I have never been a fan of wasting money.
If you're looking for advice on what to get my suggestion would simply save your money now and get what you ultimately want.

So if that means that you have to wait a little longer and deal with the raddling, in my book it's worth the wait. You will see a lot of cheap stuff out there that will save you a lot of money but in the long run, they won't. and talk about raddle now on the street, wait till you hit a trail with that cheap stuff.

Not only will the cheap ones come up short on the raddle, but it will also fail on the trail leaving your spear on the trail, I see the parts all the time out there because I have picked them up, they make good scrap.)

Do your own research, go to the shows, find something that you like, read the good and the bad on the forums, but don't let anyone here tell you how to spend your hard-earned cash.

That's my advice
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While I’m unsure about the 85# limit you referenced, I’d recommend verifying the weight of the wheel/tire as the 33/12.50x15 mud tire setup on my TJ weighed in at ~95# when fully treaded.
The 85 lb figure comes from the owner's manual. But yes, a heavy mudder on an aftermarket wheel could exceed this. I have 34" tires on aftermarket wheels and the combination is 84 lbs. so I would expect that an all-terrain 33 would be somewhat less, but yes, possible that it's not so... weigh it.

FWIW I have been carrying that weight on my tailgate for many hard off-road miles and have had no problems, latch works smoothly and no evidence of any problems at the spot welds on the inside of the door. But for sure if I add an spare-mounted accessories I'm going to have to go to an aftermarket carrier.
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I highly recommend the Teraflex carriers:



https://www.quadratec.com/products/12226_2021_07.htm



https://www.quadratec.com/products/12226_2022_07.htm

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So I found the source of the noise. The bottom hinge on the tailgate rattles with the weight of the tire. There’s enough play in it to make it rattle. Not exactly what I was hoping for really.
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So I found the source of the noise. The bottom hinge on the tailgate rattles with the weight of the tire. There’s enough play in it to make it rattle. Not exactly what I was hoping for really.
Are the bolts torqued correctly?


Tailgate Hinge To Body Bolts
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Tailgate Hinge To Tailgate Bolts
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I went with this one. Price was very affordable, and reviews of the company are pretty good as well. Some reviews say needs some finagling to make adjustments but thats fine for 1/2 the cost. It comes in the next few days so I can't comment on it personally yet.
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I have had the Tactik carrier for three years, no issues at all.
Tactik, Rugged Ridge, Smittybilt are all just as good as the TF.
Probably all come from the same factory in China

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