Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com. This is my review of the Barricade classic rear bumper with tire carrier fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers. When you're putting large tires on your Jeep and have a matching large spare, the additional size and weight of the spare tire can cause some issues with your factory spare tire mount. You can end up breaking the spare tire mount, wearing out the hinges on your tailgate, and that's if you can even get the tailgate closed with the big spare tire on it because of the proximity of the tire to the rear bumper.
Now there are a couple of different ways that you can solve this problem. One is a tub mounted spare tire carrier that will redistribute the weight of your larger spare and give you plenty of clearance with your factory bumper. The other option is to go with a setup like this which is a bumper that's designed to be used in conjunction with a bumper mounted tire carrier. This setup in particular gives you a lot of features for a little bit of money, and in my opinion, it looks really good on the back of any YJ or TJ.
This bumper is built from three-sixteenths inch steel which means it's going to be really strong but also keep the weight down a little bit. The whole bumper and carrier is covered in a textured black powder coat finish that will resist rust and corrosion as well as match a lot of the other black plastic accents on your Jeep. In my opinion, it looks pretty good. The bumper has a built in 2 inch receiver that can be used as an additional recovery point. But the bumper also has two D-ring mounts that are welded all the way through and includes the D-rings right in the box. The handle for the tire carrier has a rubber isolator on it to keep the tire carrier from rattling.
The tire mount itself on the carrier is adjustable. Now unfortunately, this is only adjustable in and out which allows you to adjust for different tire widths and different back spacing on your spare tire. It's not adjustable up and down. So like I said before, this works with the 37 inch tire, but if you're only mounting a 33 on there it may look like it's mounted a little bit high. The other thing to consider when installing a product like this is that you will have to come up with another solution for your factory third brake light.
Getting this bumper and tire carrier installed on your Jeep is a pretty simple process. There's a little bit of assembly that you will have to do right out of the box. You're going to attach the tire mount itself onto the tire carrier and attach the handle onto the tire carrier. Once that's done, you can move on to removing your factory rear bumper. In order to do that, there are a couple of Torx bolts that you have to remove from the plastic bumper ends. That will gain you access to the four bolts holding your factory bumper onto the rear cross member. Once those four bolts are removed, there are just two additional bolts holding your factory bumper onto the frame rails. Once those are removed, the entire bumper will come right off. Your new bumper will mount in much the same way using the included hardware.
Once the bumper's in place then you can drop the tire carrier right onto the hinge. This is an area where you're going to want to pay careful attention. There is no grease fitting on this hinge, so you're going to want to apply a liberal amount of grease to the hinge before you put the tire carrier in its place. As a regular maintenance item, you'll want to remove the tire carrier and continue to grease the spindle. If not, you can get a build up of rust and the tire carrier can become very difficult to open and close.
After you get everything installed, you want to make the adjustment for your width of your spare tire and the back spacing of your tire. In order to do that, you'll loosen the two bolts that are holding the adjustment on the tire mount. You'll pull the tire mount out a good ways and then remove the lug nuts off of it. From there, you can install your spare tire and push it tight up against the tire carrier. You want to make sure that it's nice and tight to keep the tire from rattling. From there, you'll remove the spare tire, push this plate in just an eighth of an inch further and then tighten up the adjustment bolts. That way when you reinstall the spare tire for the final time and tighten down these three lug nuts the tire's going to be pressed really firmly up against the tire carrier.
All in all, the whole installation shouldn't take you more than about two hours. You won't need any specialty tools, but a good socket set and a good set of Torx bits will definitely come in handy.
I think you get a lot of bang for your buck with this product. You get a tire carrier that's going to move your big heavy spare off of your factory mount which will save your tailgate, and it includes a couple of recovery points as well. The bumper is well built and it looks good, and it's less expensive than a lot of other ones on the market. Now I would like if this had some additional adjustability built into it.so, again, if you're running a smaller spare, you can lower it down a little bit giving you more visibility out the back window. And I would like if there was a grease fitting built into the spindle.
So if you're putting large tires on your Jeep and you want a spare to match but you can't put that large heavy spare on the factory mount because, one, it won't fit or, two, you don't want to put all that weight on your tailgate, you have a couple of options to choose from. In my opinion, if you like having a bumper that has a tire carrier mounted right on it, this is a really nice way to go. It's a clean setup, it's built really well, and it'll save you some money over some of the other options on the market. So that's my review of the Barricade classic rear bumper with tire carrier fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.