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Old 02-25-2018, 03:33 PM
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Will stock tailgate hold a 35” ?

I’ve seen lotsa folks ask this question, and it always helps if you’ve got pics or experiences to qualify your opinion. Not my Jeep,but I talked to the new owner of this Jeep and he told me his tire just fell off.


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He definitely knows the answer to this question.

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Old 02-25-2018, 03:43 PM   #3
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Short term it will. But the stock carrier is very thin metal where as a aftermarket carrier is considerably thicker and stronger. I wouldn't and didn't risk it when i upgraded to 35'ss. The tailgate hinges themself suck. Over time you will crack your tailgate or worse. IMO its not worth it to replace a whole tailgate when you can get a reinforced tailgate carrier for 399 (rugged ridge) or the tera flex for alittle more. here is my set up
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Short term it will. But the stock carrier is very thin metal where as a aftermarket carrier is considerably thicker and stronger. I wouldn't and didn't risk it when i upgraded to 35'ss. The tailgate hinges themself suck. Over time you will crack your tailgate or worse. IMO its not worth it to replace a whole tailgate when you can get a reinforced tailgate carrier for 399 (rugged ridge) or the tera flex for alittle more. here is my set up
I agree with this. Had a 35 on the factory carrier for less than 4000 miles before the odd noises started coming from the rear gate. Upgraded to the teraflex hinge and carrier setup and all is well.

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I just upgraded mine as well I would hear it rattle all the time.

I actually saw a post here where the OP said he never even went off road but when rotating the tire you can see all the stress cracks in the carrier.

That’s when I upgraded




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I ran a 35 on a stock carrier for about 10K miles on a 17 JKU. After switching to aftermarket carrier that attaches to the bumper, I now see that the gaps between the gate and the Jeep don’t align anymore. You can tell the added weight from the tire bent the gate downward.


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Sorry to thread jack but I want to add a springtail solutions mpac to my tailgate that currently weighs in at ~30lbs. Do you think this warrants an upgrade to the Terraflex HD hinge?


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Check out the following pic. From @joemd60 jeep. He runs a 265/70/17 and the carrier is going south on him. A 35" tire will most definitely damage the tailgate and stock tire carrier.
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I upgraded my tire carrier from stock to a TF Hinge Carrier when I added a cargo shelf to the inside of my tailgate. I'm still running my stock 32s but will move up an inch when they wear out.

Absolutely necessary? Not sure, I didn't want to find out the hard way. Besides, the TF Hinge Carrier is a relatively inexpensive and easy one-person mod that can be diy in an afternoon. What's not to like?
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I installed my 35’s at the same time as my Teraflex carrier. I also have a heavy 20” wheel and I can say that I have had zero issues and no vibrations whatsoever. You would think the wheel and tire were welded on the tailgate.

If you run stock, I would think driving conditions (nice smooth roads vs off-road fun) could play a big role in how long the stock setup can be used with no issues.


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Sorry to thread jack but I want to add a springtail solutions mpac to my tailgate that currently weighs in at ~30lbs. Do you think this warrants an upgrade to the Terraflex HD hinge?


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The tailgate is only designed for the stock tire. I cringe when I see Jeeps with bike racks etc hanging off the stock tire.
When I installed my hinge carrier, you had to see the play that was in my tailgate.
And all I had back there was the tire, nothing more.
It was scary to think those welds could have easily snapped on the highway.
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I am in the group of people that isn't made of $$$. Like I ran my stock tires until it was time for new ones before I put 35's on. I bought a cheapHarbor Freight adjustable receiver hitch and the spare rests on it with the factory spare mount. I also added two additional bump stops. This will work until a good sale comes along. I don't get any rattle from it.

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