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View Poll Results: What type of of rear do you prefer?
Large tire carrier, usually wraps around the tire 1 6.25%
standard swing arm 13 81.25%
just a base bumper, the rest is just noise! 2 12.50%
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:44 PM
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Talking Rear Carrier Preference

Hello TJ people! We talk a lot at the shop. A. LOT. We've been arguing back and forth quite a bit (nothing new) but this week's topic has been TJ rear set ups.....what can I say, it's been on our mind as of late.

We have a clear winner here at the shop, we all seem to like a beefy well built all encompassing tire carrier. But I know there are different opinions out there. What say you TJ folk! Is a beefy carrier too much? Prefer the standard swing arm? Or maybe the clean look of a stand alone bumper with the tire mounted elsewhere or just on the tailgate. I'm curious!

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Old 02-28-2017, 07:07 AM   #2
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I ran a rattle ased Smittybilt bumper with carrier and it drove me crazier than an out house rat. Switched to the TNT Customs tire carrier with a Poison Spyder Rockbrawler and I love the combo.

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Ooo very nice! I too have been on the cheaper route and it has not been very fun. End up spending more money in the long run!
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I have Dirtworx. It's a good bumper carrier that's affordable. I will caution away from having it Line-X'd like I did. When coated, the carrier arm will not close and the bolt holes had to be re-drilled. Also, when muddy the mud never comes out due to the coarse texture of the liner. Also, I greased the fitting (appx 10 pumps) of the swing arm hinge but it requires A LOT of force to open and close it, if anyone can lend me some advise. The arm lock is just a cheap Harbor Freight job that will rust out fast in the rust belt. Also, my bumper did not come with a cap for the top of the swing arm which would allow water to enter inside bare steel. I had to purchase an end cap from a weight rack. All in all its an affordable bumper but you get what you pay for.

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^^ Love the plate!!
I bought the Teraflex extender for a my stock carrier - Liked the look but adding 2" to the bumper stop rubbers looked really weird. So I removed it and shaved the bumper stops down to fit the tire on the stock carrier. Some day when the tires get big enough I'd like the above Dirtworx carrier
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:13 AM   #6
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not sure what category the exogate would fall in, but i like the weight of the tire on the tub, not the bumper
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:33 PM
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interesting thoughts, most people thus far have voted for the standard swing arm. It is a nice clean look.

Danbizzle, TPT has already worked out some of the kinks you've hit (sealed bearings, and it will come coated). As for it being hard to close you may have thrown something out of tolerance when you coated it, or the bearings aren't riding correctly. Make sure the bearings are seated correctly within the housing and don't over grease them. A little grease every 6 months should be fine since you capped it off.

Ironhead Jed, I'm actually running the exogate too as I bought one a long time ago for the 33. TPT is gearing up for some TJ stuff I'm going to be moving the tire off the tail gate soon.

I thought people would be more interested in the big beefy cage type set up. Looks like the cleaner traditional look wins out thus far.
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Running the Rock Hard 4x4 rear bumper/swing arm carrier. It's fairly solid, but I also run a Mangaflow cat-back system and the deep tone caused the tire carrier release handle to rattle.... nothing a little well placed rubber couldn't fix.
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wow, that magnaflow cat-back must be no joke! waiting for mine to fully rust out before I upgrade haha
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We have a HD, swing arm type carrier. I like the simplicity of it. Some of the wrap-around ones just seem overly complicated to me.
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That is a slick set up! Love the orange TJ man, nice jeep!!
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Thanks Mike. It was built by MCE.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:22 AM   #13
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I'm running the JCR off-road bumper and swing away carrier option. Great stuff and a good price too.
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I seem to be in the minority,
my dad has made a custom rear bumper that includes a enclosed tire carrier and stinger loop that has kept his CJ from going end over end, he got the idea from his 72 rover where it was an option along with an outboard motor (he is still trying to figure out outboard on the CJ) but the rear tire carrier works, it is a pain to swing down to get to the tires
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Where did you purchase this?
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Where did you purchase this?
It was custom built by MCE Fenders. It attaches to the body armor. Zero rattles and my heavy a** can stand on it.

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