Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, today I'm here with the Barricade Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier fitting all 1987 to 2006 YJ and TJ Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the YJ or the TJ owner who's looking to add some functionality to the rear end of their Wrangler at a very affordable price point. So this rear bumper and tire carrier setup is gonna add a lot of utility to the rear end of your Jeep, including full rear-end protection. And you're also getting a couple of recovery points, including these D-ring mounts and even a standard hitch receiver. So this is perfect for somebody who's taking their Jeep out on the trail once that insurance that the rear end of their Wrangler is gonna be protected and they have a couple of recovery points in case they get into a sticky situation. So not only is this gonna add a lot of utility to the back end of your Wrangler, this is also gonna be for those YJ and TJ owners who are looking to upgrade in their tire size and they're looking for something a little bit stronger than the factory setup as far as a spare tire carrier mount goes. So this is going to take all of that extra weight that would be put on the tailgate and moving it to a bumper-mounted system that is gonna be a lot more solid and a lot more durable overall. So this option over the factory option is going to preserve the life of your tailgate, making this a great choice to take a look at. So not only is it just going to bring function to the table, this is also gonna give you a very off-road and aggressive look to the rear end of your Wrangler that you may be looking for.
Now, as far as price goes, this is gonna be pretty affordable. Like I mentioned before, roughly $400, making this one of your most affordable options for a rear tire carrier and a rear bumper combo. Now, in comparison to other choices on the page, this is gonna be a very simplistic option. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles to it and I really liked that because it keeps it simple, it's still user-friendly, and it still brings a lot of function to the table that you would want out of a rear bumper and tire carrier setup. Now, those other more expensive options that you may be taking a look at, those are usually gonna have a couple more bells and whistles to them, like accessory mounting points. They may include lights or they may be for single-action tire carriers. However, like I mentioned before, you're looking for something very affordable, if you're looking for a no-fuss tire carrier that's gonna get the job done all around, this is gonna be a really good option to take a look at. So install's gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools and probably a couple hours worth of your time. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.
Tools I used for this install were an impact wrench, a body saw, 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 19-millimeter, 18-millimeter, 17-millimeter open-ended or box wrench, pair of safety glasses, a 13/16th-inch deep socket, 19-millimeter, 18-millimeter, 17-millimeter, and 13-millimeter shallow socket, a 10-millimeter deep socket, and a 6-millimeter Allen socket. So our first step is to take off our spare tire. Now, the tool or the socket that you'll need is gonna depend on the lug nut size, but I'm gonna use a 13/16th-inch socket and my impact wrench to take off the three lug nuts that are holding on our spare.
So we're gonna start this off with our rear bumper and our first thing that we have to do is take off these plastic end caps so we can access the bolts behind our frame here. So there are gonna be two 10-millimeter bolts up top and then one on the bottom. I'm gonna go ahead and remove the top ones with a 10-millimeter socket and then we can take off the bottom one with the same 10-millimeter socket. And then after those three are removed, we can just slide the plastic end cap out. Then we can do the same thing on the other side.
So our next step is to remove the two nuts on the studs that are holding in our bumper to our frame here. I'm gonna use a 19-millimeter socket for the bottom one. However, you will have to use an open-ended 19-millimeter wrench for the top one because your body mount is right here. All right, so once that hardware is off of there, then we can move to the bottom bolt on the underside of our frame. So I'm gonna use the same 19-millimeter socket to remove the bolt down on the bottom and then we can repeat that process on the other side. So because our exhaust is so close here, we do not actually have a bolt down there, but after the bolt is removed on your Wrangler, what we can do is remove our rear bumper.
So our next step is to remove our spare tire carrier. So it's held in by five bolts, three on the top and two on the bottom. I'm gonna use a 13-millimeter socket and my impact as well as a 3/8-inch drive hand ratchet in order to remove those bolts. So with the last bolt, the whole spare tire carrier will come off, so make sure you have a good grip on it.
So before we go ahead and install our new Barricade rear bumper, I wanted to tell you guys a little bit more about it and how it's going to benefit your TJ or YJ in comparison to your factory setup. Now, as you can tell, your factory setup is very plain in comparison to the new Barricade rear bumper. Now, the new Barricade rear bumper is going to have a couple of D-ring mounts. Those are gonna be perfect as recovery points while you're out on the trail and you're also getting a standard 2-inch hitch receiver as well that is also perfect for recovery. Now, this is not going to be tow-rated but it is going to be perfect for recovery like I just mentioned and it's also gonna be perfect for any hitch-mounted accessories.
So this is also going to be a lot more durable than your factory rear bumper. The factory rear bumper is made of thinner steel material. However, this new one by Barricade is made of a 3/16-inch plated steel and it's going to protect the rear end of your Wrangler a little bit better than the factory one and it's also going to have a nice textured black powder coat finish on top of that steel and that's going to do a great job at protecting that seal underneath, but also it's gonna do a great job at creating an aggressive and off-road look to the rear end of your YJ or TJ. Now, this is also going to have a spare tire carrier that comes with it. However, I'm gonna talk a little bit more about that in comparison to the factory spare tire carrier once we get to it, so enough about these two sides by side. Let's go ahead and mount up our new rear bumper.
So for this next step, I would recommend to grab a friend because we are gonna be mounting up our rear bumper, and you also wanna make sure that you have your hardware staged, which is your bolts, two flat washers, and your nylon lock nut. And we're gonna secure the rear bumper up against the same factory mounting location.
So after you have one bolt in on either side, what we can do now is secure the rest of them down since this will be in place. And we're gonna do the same factory mounting locations. So the top bolt might be a little bit tricky because of that body mount. So after you have the two bolts in on the side of the frame, what we can do is head to the underside of the frame and we're gonna take the same bolt but with one flat washer and thread that into the Nutsert that is inside of our frame here. All right, so once that's in place, what we can do is thread in the other side then we can go back and tighten everything down.
So after we have everything threaded in, what we can do is tighten up all of the bolts. Now, they're all gonna be an 18-millimeter, the bolt head, and the nut. So I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter socket to tighten down the bottom bolt here first and then we can tighten up the top two. So with an 18-millimeter wrench holding the bolt head, we can tighten down the nut with that same 18-millimeter socket. So for the top bolt, we will have to switch just because there is that body mount in the way. So we can do the same thing for the other side.
So just like I did with the rear bumper, is I wanted to sit the new spare tire carrier on the table next to your factory one and tell you guys a little bit more about the benefits that you're getting with this new one over your factory setup. Now, right off the bat, this is going to be very durable over the factory setup, just like the rear bumper setup. So this is made of a 3/16-inch plated steel just like the rear bumper. It's also gonna have that texture black powder coat finish on top, which is going to provide more of an aggressive look to the rear end of your YJ or TJ, but it's also gonna protect that steel underneath. Now, with your factory spare tire carrier, it is very similar to your factory rear bumper, so it is a thinner metal and if you do put a larger spare tire on here, it can wear out over time.
Now, the other big thing that I like about this setup in comparison to the factory one is the fact that the mount that goes on to the spare tire carrier itself is fully adjustable, so you can adjust this in and out and they can hold up to a 37-inch tire which your spare tire carrier from the factory is just flat out unable to do. So you may get a little bit of adjustability out of this but you really aren't getting much and you aren't able to carry up to a 37-inch tire on your factory spare tire carrier.
So the big difference between these two and why this is really a big upgrade for your YJ or TJ is the fact that this is going to be a bumper-mounted tire carrier. So this is gonna add all of that weight that was on the tailgate onto a frame-mounted or bumper-mounted system, which is going to preserve the life of your tailgate over time. So if you put an oversized tire on your factory spare tire carrier, what it's gonna do is kind of sag your tailgate over time and damage and wear it out. As to where something like this, it's on a solid mounting point and it's not going to do that, so it is going to preserve the life of your tailgate and keep it functioning for a very long time. So enough about these two on the table, let's go ahead and mount up our new system.
So now we can go ahead and mount up our spare tire carrier. What I would recommend to do to preserve the life of this to prevent any rusting on the post here is just to add a little bit of grease and then we can just slide the tire carrier onto the post there. Then what we can do is put on the cap and tighten down our Allen bolt that's gonna keep that cap on there and protect the joint inside. I'm using a 6-millimeter Allen key to tighten down this Allen head bolt. All right, once that's on there, we can move to mount up our actual spare tire carrier mount.
So what we can do now is bolt up our spare tire carrier mount so we can add the four bolts that came pre-installed on the mount and secure them down with the flat washers and the nylon lock nut on the back. Once one is attached, it should stay in place for you, then you can secure down the other three. So now we can go ahead and tighten down all four bolts with an 18-millimeter wrench and 19-millimeter socket.
So like I mentioned before, this is going to be adjustable since this is two pieces. So you are gonna have four bolts, two on either side that will tighten down to make sure that this stays in place. So I would recommend you measure for your tire size from the back of the wheel where it's going to mount up to this mount to the end of the tire. So after you've measured, we can find a good place for this. We picked about seven inches and then we're gonna go ahead and tighten it down with an 18-millimeter socket.
So what we can do next is mount up our handle, making sure that this is facing the rear of the Wrangler. We can slide that into the tire carrier. We're gonna grab the provided bolts, stick those through. So on the other side, we can attach our flat washer, lock washer, and nut. Then you can go ahead and tighten them up with a 17-millimeter wrench and socket.
So in order to secure this down, the handle actually has to pass through this tab and you may encounter the same issue that we are, and that's that this handle is hitting up against our license plate mount. Now, this is made of plastic. What we can do is just trim this down or if you are looking to relocate your license plate, you can also do that as well. But all we have to do is shave off a little bit of this license plate mount in order for this to fit and turn correctly. So what I'm gonna do is actually take off our license plate and the license plate mount. So we can just trim the corner here. So I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket to take out the two bolts that are holding in your license plate. So after your license plate is off, what you can do is take that same 10-millimeter socket and remove the four bolts that are holding this to our Wrangler.
So as you can tell, I made a mark on where our handle is interfering with our license plate mount. So what you can do is either take a body saw or whatever tool that you wanna use in order to cut this plastic and we can cut out a notch in our license plate mount. So after we have a notch cut out in our license plate bracket, what we can do is mount that back up. Then we can mount back up our license plate. Then we can close up our tailgate So our last step is just to mount up our spare tire. And we can use that same 13/16th-inch socket to tighten these up.
So that's gonna wrap it up from my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.