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I’d like to either run 33x12.5 or 285/70/17 tires. And I have read that my factory tire carrier, and tailgate, won’t be strong enough.

I’m tempted to get the one from Teraflex, but it’s so much money. Plus I doubt I’ll ever run 35’s.

What’s the next best budget tire carrier I should look at?
 

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Do you need one to run 285/70/17?
I plan on getting the same tires, and I have hi-lift attached to the tailgate.
 

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Factory carrier is rated to 85 pounds, many 33" (and 35") tires will weigh in at or under that. If you haven't bought tires then order some light ones (like Duratrac or STT Pro) then you won't have to worry about it :)

Good luck! :thumb:
 

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Or a KO2! <img src="http://www.wranglerforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />


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Not to hijack the thread, but will a 33” KO2 and a hi-lift attached to the stock tailgate hinge work?
 

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Factory carrier is rated to 85 pounds, many 33" (and 35") tires will weigh in at or under that. If you haven't bought tires then order some light ones (like Duratrac or STT Pro) then you won't have to worry about it :)

Good luck! :thumb:
Mine is a 2015. And I thought only the 2016+ was rated for 85lbs?
 

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Not to hijack the thread, but will a 33” KO2 and a hi-lift attached to the stock tailgate hinge work?
You'll just need to add up the weight and see where you're at.

Personally I'm not a fan of hi-lifts, it's rarely the right tool for the job. You may be better served with a bottle jack.
 

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You're correct, early year JKs were rated lower, but your '15 is the higher rating.
From the 2015 User's manual LINK- page 119


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Huh. Well that’s great news. Thanks so much for the info!

I’m unable to open the link though?


So I do have another question. I installed a new rear bumper, Rock Hard 4x4 aluminum bumper, and installed their spare tire relocation bracket. The tire now covers the 3rd brake light a little. And I know that a larger 285/70/17 would cover it even more.

What are my options to extend the 3rd brake light?

Oh, and FYI. The reason I doubt I’ll ever go larger than 33’s or 285/70/17 is because my Rubicon is geared at 3.73. And I really don’t want to have to regear.
 

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I was running 285/70 and all I did was add in some washers on the 3 studs until the hub was solid. I think it was about .5" of washers IIRC.
 

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I went ahead and replaced my tire carrier with a Teraflex HD (just the carrier, not the tire mount) in anticipation of running 33s when my stock 32s wear out. Did it for a couple of reasons: looks better than stock, didn't want to worry about pushing the weight limit and finally, it was a mod that was easy to do myself. I thought it was a pretty budget friendly mod, at least compared to a lot of my other ones.

My Willys is also geared at 3.73, which is the same reason I won't go higher on tire size. I overland a lot but avoid the crazy stuff. I just like to go camping.
 

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I went ahead and replaced my tire carrier with a Teraflex HD (just the carrier, not the tire mount) in anticipation of running 33s when my stock 32s wear out. Did it for a couple of reasons: looks better than stock, didn't want to worry about pushing the weight limit and finally, it was a mod that was easy to do myself. I thought it was a pretty budget friendly mod, at least compared to a lot of my other ones.

My Willys is also geared at 3.73, which is the same reason I won't go higher on tire size. I overland a lot but avoid the crazy stuff. I just like to go camping.
Is this what you have?

https://www.quadratec.com/products/12226_2020_07.htm
 

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Huh. Well that’s great news. Thanks so much for the info!

I’m unable to open the link though?


So I do have another question. I installed a new rear bumper, Rock Hard 4x4 aluminum bumper, and installed their spare tire relocation bracket. The tire now covers the 3rd brake light a little. And I know that a larger 285/70/17 would cover it even more.

What are my options to extend the 3rd brake light?

Oh, and FYI. The reason I doubt I’ll ever go larger than 33’s or 285/70/17 is because my Rubicon is geared at 3.73. And I really don’t want to have to regear.
Sorry about the bad link, I updated it. The PDF will download if you click on it.
 

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You should be able to get the TeraFlex HD hinged carrier/Mopar tailgate reinforcement and reuse the factory spare tire carrier.

Rugged Ridge Spartacus and Quadratec Tactik offer their version of the TeraFlex HD at various prices. You don't need the oversized spare tire adapter that they want you to buy in addition to the tailgate reinforcement. The factory carrier is surprisingly strong and will clear anything short of a 35" tire.

TeraFlex came up with the original tailgate reinforcement setup
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12226_2021_07.htm

Mopar wants to sell you a rebranded TeraFlex carrier and adapter together, so their price is steep.
https://www.mopar.com/en-us/store/accessories/product/82214770AB/Tailgate+Hinge+Reinforcement+system.html

Rugged Ridge Spartacus
https://www.quadratec.com/p/rugged-ridge/spartacus-hd-tire-carrier-hinge-casting-97-06-jeep-wrangler-tj?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3ebdBRC1ARIsAD8U0V67C9XDrgdaNCHSK0Ncqp4x-TyTwZ2SpvBZQZIIhBYMfn38AYhNanEaAuLkEALw_wcB

Quadratec Tactik looks like a rebranded Rugged Ridge Spartacus
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12052_0010_07.htm
 

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You should be able to get the TeraFlex HD hinged carrier/Mopar tailgate reinforcement and reuse the factory spare tire carrier.

Rugged Ridge Spartacus and Quadratec Tactik offer their version of the TeraFlex HD at various prices. You don't need the oversized spare tire adapter that they want you to buy in addition to the tailgate reinforcement. The factory carrier is surprisingly strong and will clear anything short of a 35" tire.

TeraFlex came up with the original tailgate reinforcement setup
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12226_2021_07.htm

Mopar wants to sell you a rebranded TeraFlex carrier and adapter together, so their price is steep.
https://www.mopar.com/en-us/store/accessories/product/82214770AB/Tailgate+Hinge+Reinforcement+system.html

Rugged Ridge Spartacus
https://www.quadratec.com/p/rugged-ridge/spartacus-hd-tire-carrier-hinge-casting-97-06-jeep-wrangler-tj?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3ebdBRC1ARIsAD8U0V67C9XDrgdaNCHSK0Ncqp4x-TyTwZ2SpvBZQZIIhBYMfn38AYhNanEaAuLkEALw_wcB

Quadratec Tactik looks like a rebranded Rugged Ridge Spartacus
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12052_0010_07.htm
Thanks. I’ll check those out.
 

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econo tire holder?

my buddy suffered with one of those, he saved so much $ he was finally able to afford a better one that did not make noise on every bump. Sorry, don't know the bad/good ones he used.
 
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