(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Tire Carrier, fitting all 2018 and up JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owner looking to switch up the look of the rear end of their Wrangler while also adding a very functional tire carrier to their already existing ADD rear bumper. Now, when you're upgrading to larger wheels and tires, you do need to accommodate for all of that extra weight on your tailgate. So this is a great option if you already have an ADD rear bumper already installed, and you're looking to give it a little upgrade with some extra durability and strength. So, like I just mentioned, this is gonna be very durable. It's gonna be able to hold up to a 40-inch tire, which says a lot considering a lot of other options that we offer will only be able to hold up to usually a 37. So because this is made of quality materials and a very in-depth design, this is gonna be at a higher price point at roughly $1,300 for just the spare tire carrier. So compared to a lot of lesser expensive options, this is gonna be a very in-depth design. You do get the easy open access feature, so you just have to open your tailgate to access your cargo area, instead of having to open up your spare tire carrier, and then your tailgate. This also has a very beefy setup with two heim joints that are gonna connect these spare tire carrier to the bumper. And you also get a heim joint for that easy open access from connecting your tailgate to the spare tire carrier, which is a very nice feature. So the price point is pretty steep, however, you are getting quality materials and a quality build, and you can definitely tell that there is a lot of thought put behind this rear bumper. So if you are looking for that investment, this is gonna be right up your alley. So this is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's probably gonna take you about two hours to get done in your driveway with a couple of basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install were a quarter-inch drive ratchet, a three-eighths-inch drive ratchet, a flathead screwdriver, a seven-eighths inch, 19 millimeter, 15 millimeter, and half inch wrench, a 5-inch and 3-inch extension, a trim removal tool, a three-sixteenth-inch, 21 millimeter, 19 millimeter, 15 millimeter, and 13-millimeter socket. I also used a seven-thirty-second and three-sixteenth-inch Allen key, and then impact wrench. So your first step is obviously gonna be to take off your tire. Now, before we can go ahead and disconnect anything from our stock spare tire carrier, we do have to open up our tailgate and disconnect some wires. So in order to access the wires inside of our tailgate for our third brake light, we do need to take off this trim piece, and you are gonna need a trim removal tool. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to get that off. However, I would be careful of your pane if you are using a flathead screwdriver. But otherwise, you are just going to pop this forward. So there will be a little access point here, so we can just put our trim removal tool in and just pop forward. And it should pop out. Now, you're gonna have three wires inside of your tailgate. We are just gonna disconnect the top two wires. Now that we have our wires unplugged, we can go ahead and remove this grommet. So now, you're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket. I'm also gonna use an extension with my impact wrench to access all of our tailgate bolts. And once that last bolt is out, we can fully remove our spare tire carrier. So before we put our plate on to connect our spare tire carrier to our tailgate, we do have to pop out these vents. So what we're just going to do is pry down on the clip and push it forward. It should be able to release it just like that. Same thing for the other side, just using my trim removal tool in order to do this. And then as soon as those are off, we can install our new plate. So now that we have our stock spare tire carrier off of our JL, I wanted to sit this side by side with your new spare tire carrier to show you some differences and compare the two. Now, this is obviously gonna be a lot more durable than your plastic spare tire carrier made of one-eighth-inch and three-sixteenth-inch plated steel. And it's gonna be able to hold up to a 40-inch tire, which is substantially larger than what your spare tire carrier out of the factory is able to do. Now, you're also getting a hammer black powder coat finish on it. It's gonna give you an off-road appeal, and it's also gonna protect that steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. Now, I did say that this is going to be pretty heavy duty. You do have some big spherical joints that are going to connect to the ADD rear bumper that's already on your JL. And what I do really like about this is that this is an easy open tire carrier. So this is gonna connect to your tailgate with a spherical joint, and it's gonna pivot as soon as you open up your tailgate. So instead of other designs where you have to open up your spare tire carrier first to have access to your tailgate to the inside of your cargo area, it's just all one action. You're also gonna get some adjustability features. You will be able to adjust your spare tire carrier mount up and down to whatever spare tire size that you do have on your JL, and you are also able to swap over your third brake light. Now, one thing you are sacrificing out of your spare tire carrier is your backup camera if your JL is equipped. However, I'm sure you can swap that over with a little bit of DIY. However, there is no actual mount to mount that up. So enough of these two side by side, let's go install our new one. So now, with our factory hardware, we are able to mount up our new filler plate. This is gonna cover up our vent, and we're also gonna have a mounting location for our spherical joint to attach to our spare tire carrier. So now, that's in place, we can go ahead and take our 13-millimeter socket, as well as our small extension, and line that up and tighten that down. I'm not gonna tighten down everything all the way. I wanna make sure that this is centered and adjusted. So now, in order to install your spare tire carrier onto your bumper, you will need to remove your bump unfortunately, however, it is a pretty easy process, but we will have to remove this filler plate up here in order to mount our spare tire carrier on to the bolt holes where this filler place is. So you're gonna need a three-sixteenth-inch Allen key and a half-inch socket in order to get these bolts off. So on your filler plate, you will have three bolts. We're gonna use our half-inch socket to capture the nut down there underneath, and then our three-sixteenth-inch Allen key to loosen our bolt up top. So now our bumper is ready for our spare tire carrier. Now, I would not recommend to install the full tire carrier together. Now, ADD has been nice enough to install everything with these spherical joints, as well as the mount to the actual carrier. But what I would recommend to do, because this is very heavy, is to take off the mount, which is one bolt on either spherical joint. We're gonna do that in just a second, bolt up our mount, and then once our bumper is reinstalled, we can then attach our spare tire carrier. It's gonna make it a lot easier, plus this is not gonna pivot on you when you install it. So you are gonna need a seven-eightsh-inch wrench, as well as a thirteen-sixteenths-inch socket, and we're gonna go ahead and remove the nut and bolt that's holding on our spherical joints. I would like to mention that these are very big and beefy. These are definitely gonna hold up to a 40-inch tire, and I definitely would trust these. And I would recommend that down in the future, two greasies and maintenances over time because you definitely don't want those to seize up on you. So now I'm gonna take out to the top bolt. Now, I am using the thirteen-sixteenths-inch socket on the bolt head side and the seven-eighths-inch wrench on the nut side. So once that is disconnected, we can put our spare tire carrier aside and go ahead and install our mount. So now, we can attach our mount to our bumper. You will be provided with similar hardware that was holding on our filler plate. However, it is gonna be a little bit bigger, so you will need a seven-thirty-second-inch Allen key, as well as a 15-millimeter socket or a 15-millimeter wrench for the bolts underneath. So we are going to line this up with the solid part, with this little window facing inside of the bumper. The part where you will see the spherical joints, that will be on the outside. We are gonna line that up with the five holes on our bumper and go ahead and install our hardware. So now, with a 15-millimeter wrench and a seven-thirty-second-inch Allen Key, I'm just gonna tighten down our mounting bolts. So once our mount is tightened down on our bumper, we can go ahead and reinstall the bumper. So now, we can go ahead and mount up our spare tire carrier. So once the bolts are through, we can go ahead and tighten them down with a seven-eighths-inch wrench, as well as the thirteen-sixteenth-inch socket. I also use a small extension here, a five-inch extension, just because there isn't access port down here in order to put the bolt through, so we do need a little bit of room to access that bottom bolt head. But for the top, you won't need that. So once that's tightened down, this will swing on its own. So now, we can connect it to our filler plate. So now that we have our carrier on, we have a couple of more things left. We do need to install our bump stops. ADD does provide us with a small clip that we'll be able to thread the back of the bump stop into. This is just to make sure that our carrier does not hit our tailgate. So this clip is going to go around this top hole, as well as this hole in the bottom. I do have a flathead here, just in case you need to pry open a little bit. Now, you can thread on your bump stop and do the same thing for the bottom mount. So now, we're gonna attach our second bump stop once you have your clip lined up. Now, after that's attached, we can move to installing our spare tire carrier mount. So now, with your provided hardware, we can take our spare tire carrier mount and go ahead and align that up. Now, you are going to have six holes within the mount, as well on the carrier that we're going to attach it with. Now, we can tighten down all the bolts with a 19-millimeter wrench and a 19-millimeter socket. So now that our spare tire carrier mount is tightened down, what we can do is install our heim joint that's gonna connect our tailgate to our spare tire. Now, you will have to put this together. So you will get two jam nuts, and two ends, and a sleeve. Now, we're just going to thread those on. I did pre-measure, and it did end up being six and a quarter inches. So if you wanna go ahead and measure eye to eye, you can do that, or you can just fit it as I did. We're gonna go ahead, tighten down that jam nut. Now, I'm gonna tighten it down all the way because I did just mess with it and we wanna make sure that everything lines up. So what I'm gonna do is take our provided hardware, it's gonna be your longer bolts and two flat washers. We're gonna install our heim joint on our filler plate, our flat washer, and then our nylon lock nut, and then we can bring our tailgate in. You wanna make sure that it is tucked in pretty good. And then you'll be able to move it in enough where we can put our second bolt through. So this is gonna be our easy open feature. Once I thread this nut on, I'll show you guys before we tighten it down. But this is basically going to pivot out and pivot in with your tailgate. Now, we do need to tighten it down. As you could tell, there was a little bit of jiggle, but we can go ahead and do that now. So now, with our same 19-millimeter socket and same 19-millimeter wrench, we can go ahead and tighten that down. Same thing for the other side. And then you can tighten down your jam nut with that 19-millimeter wrench. It may have to move a little bit, tighten that down. And then now, we can put our spare tire on. So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Heavy-Duty Tire Carrying Capacity. This Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Tire Carrier is designed for a worry-free storage of oversized tires. It is specifically designed to carry spare tires for your Jeep Wrangler JL and this heavy-duty tire carrier can hold tire sizes of up to 40 inches. It works in conjunction with ADD’s Stealth Fighter rear bumper and offers a complete bolt-on design, plus a tire gate that swings open with the tailgate, without restrictions.
Premium Quality Aftermarket Accessory. Designed as an add-on to your rear bumper, this tire carrier is manufactured using heavy-duty materials. ADD wants to ensure that this tire carrier can keep up with the performance of the Stealth Fighter rear bumper. It is built with 1/8-inch and 3/16-inch steel for strength and durability. Hammer black powder-coat finish is applied to the assembly to keep it protected from the elements. Spherical bearings are also used as mounting points for added strength and smooth operation.
Straightforward Installation. This Stealth Fighter Tire Carrier is a bolt-on assembly and offers a straightforward installation process. Thus, you don’t have to worry about modifications. The assembly comes complete with all the mounting hardware and includes a manual to guide you through the installation process.
One-Year Manufacturer Warranty. This Stealth Fighter Tire Carrier comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. ADD reserves the right to inspect and check each submitted claim for eligibility. Products with signs of abuse, misuse, or wrong installation cannot be submitted for warranty claims.
Application. This Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Tire Carrier is designed to fit 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
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September 25, 2018
Received this part. Very sturdy and in love with the look and relief it gave my tailgate door. I have a 35x20x10 rim/tire attached and its great.Helpful (12)
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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