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Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out the Barricade Spare Tire Mount, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So if you're in the market to upgrade to larger wheels and tires or if you've already done so and you need a spare tire mount to accommodate that oversized tire, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now this is gonna be great if you don't want a bumper mounted tire carrier but you're still looking for something that's a little bit more durable than the factory carrier. Now this is going to be made of a carbon-plated steel material. So you can ensure that your spare is not going to go anywhere once it's mounted to this mount, it is going to be a lot stronger than the factory carrier and it's also going to come with some extra benefits.Now this is going to be adjustable as well because when you're upgrading to larger wheels and tires, the diameter does change so you can adjust this vertically as well as in and outward. So if your wheel has a specific offset and you need to adjust it to that you can customize the mount in order to fit your tire the best on the back end of your JK. Not to mention, this also reuses the factory third brake light which I personally really like, it just makes it a complete kit and a one-stop-shop.So I would like to mention that this kit is just going to come with the spare tire mount and is not going to reinforce the hinges. A lot of other kits will reinforce the hinges but what I do like about this kit is that you have the ability to upgrade in the future. If you do want to get some stronger hinges to pair it with this carrier, you can definitely do so if it comes to that point where you're concerned about the actual weight. Nonetheless, this is going to be a very complete and durable kit.Now, as far as price is concerned, this is gonna come in at roughly $200, making a very affordable option for a spare tire mount. Now in comparison to some other choices, like I mentioned, some other options may come with the mount as well as tailgate reinforcements and then you're gonna have the more expensive choices that are going to be the bumper-mounted tire carriers.Now, in my personal opinion, I think if you're just looking for the spare tire mount, you're not necessarily concerned about the weight or the extra reinforcement for the tailgate hinges and you're not necessarily concerned about a bumper either, you're just looking for an affordable option to mount up an oversized spare and have some adjustability for it with a complete kit, then this is going to be a great choice.Now install is gonna be pretty easy, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, probably gonna take you about an hour to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. So speaking of the install let's jump into that now. Tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a five-inch extension, a trim removal tool, a ratchet, a 17, 16, and 10-millimeter wrench, a 4-millimeter Allen key, a T20 torque socket, a 19, 18, 17, 16, and 13-millimeter socket.So our first step to changing our spare tire carrier is to take off our spare tire. So I have our lug nut key but if you are using your factory lug nuts you'll need a 19-millimeter socket. So our next step is to disconnect the wiring harness for our third brake light, so we do have to open up the tailgate. And there's gonna be a little trim piece here, that vent. I'm just gonna use a trim removal tool to pop that out. Take this wiring harness, pinch down, pull back and then we should be able to remove the grommet from the other side. Okay. Now we can disconnect the bolts to disconnect the carrier.So we're gonna have eight bolts around the carrier, I'm gonna use a 13-millimeter socket to remove them. So make sure for the last one that you just have a hand on the carrier because it will come off once the last bolt has been removed. And last but not least, what we're gonna do is just pop this vent out. I just like to use a trim removal tool and just pull on it, it should pop right out.So before we hop into the install, I wanted to step down and tell you guys a little bit more about this new carrier next to our factory one and what similarities and differences they have and why this is going to be a big upgrade for your JK instead of your factory carrier. Now to start off, this is going to be very durable in comparison to the factory spare tire carrier. The factory carrier is made of an aluminum material, it is a thinner metal than what you're getting here.Now, this new carrier is made of a 5-millimeter rolled steel so you can be sure that this is going to hold up very well especially for those oversized tires that you're probably taking a look into this for but this is also going to have a textured black powder coat finish on top that's gonna protect the steel underneath but also add a more aggressive look and match with any other heavy-duty accessories like a rear bumper that you may have on your Wrangler, or you may be looking to add.Now this is also going to offer a little bit more as far as adjustability is concerned, so not only will it be able to hold a heavier tire, but it will be able to hold a larger diameter tire. The mounts are going to have adjustability vertically as well as outward. So depending on the offset of your wheel or the backspacing of your wheel and the diameter of your tire, you will be able to adjust it to where it sits correctly on the back of your Jeep. As to where your factory one, it does not really have any of that, you just kind of mount it up and it is stationary.Now with this, you are getting those multiple mounts, you're getting new hardware, and you're also getting a lot of that strength that the factory carrier is not able to give you. Sometimes if you do put a heavier tire on there, these studs actually wear out or it will kind of just try to peel off the tailgate, with this you're not gonna have that issue because of the durability. Not to mention, you're also going to be able to reuse your third brake light which is a good option out of this kit. Not a lot of other kits have that choice. So with that being said, let's go ahead and swap over our third brake light and get this thing installed on our JK.So our first step to our tire carrier is just to take off the four bolts that are holding in our third brake light. I'm using a T20 torque socket. Now we will be reusing these bolts, so make sure that you keep those there. Also, make sure that this is out of the carrier itself, and we can put this to the side. So what we can do next is put together our third brake light brackets. Now you are gonna have two, one that's going to connect to the actual third brake light itself and then one that is going to connect to our carrier. Now this is going to be adjustable and you are gonna be provided with two-button head bolts, four flat washers, and two nylon locknuts. So what I'm gonna do is pop that into place using the two flat washers.So once those are in place, we can go ahead and snug them up. As you can see, we'll be able to adjust it, just gonna adjust it at tallest setting, I'm using a 4-millimeter Allen key and a 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench. Once that's installed and put together, we can take our third brake light, pop this down on top and use our factory screws to install the bracket. Then I'm gonna take that T20 Torx and tighten those up. What we can do now is attach our bracket, we want to make sure that the slot at the top is facing the top of our spare tire carrier, we can pop that right on top of the main portion of our carrier there, take our provided bolts and flat washers and spread those into the carrier.Now depending on your tire size, you may need to measure this out, it depends on the tire size as well as the bumper. You can measure from the center of the wheel outward and you can kind of figure out where you need to put this and where you need to adjust this. Now we can take an 18-millimeter socket and tighten that up. So we can take our main bracket and slide that over top. Again, this is going to depend on how far you want the tire to sit out but I'm just going to attach our hardware to start off. We're gonna take the provided larger hardware with the two flat washers and the nylon lock nut and secure that down.All right. So now that that is on there, what we can do is tighten it up, making sure that it's pulled out a little bit. So what I'm gonna do is actually snug it up, once it's snug, it should be a little bit tighter on there. So I'm gonna pull it outward after we snug up the bolts. Start to kind of tighten everything down, making sure that it's straight. So for this, I'm using a 16-millimeter socket and a 17-millimeter wrench. Now for this back one, since we can't reach it as well, I'm just gonna use a 17-millimeter socket and a five-inch extension as well as a 16-millimeter wrench.And then we can mount up our third brake light. Now this is gonna use the same style hardware that we just attached the mount with. Next, we can just tighten it up using the same 16-millimeter socket and 17-millimeter wrench. What we can do now is take our carrier as well as our factory hardware and mount it up to the Jeep. Now it is going to be decently heavy, so just be mindful of that. Once you have a couple of bolts threaded in you'll be able to get in the rest.What we can do at this point is take our 13-millimeter socket and lift up the carrier to make sure that this cutout is around this grommet here, that's going to be our reference point. We can tighten it up with that 13-millimeter socket. Now we can take our wiring harness and pop that back through the tailgate, reinstall our grommet there, open up our tailgate. Then we can plug in our wiring harness and pop our vent back on. We can close up our tailgate and install our spare tire. So that's gonna wrap it up from my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. 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