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DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier (18-20 Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys. So, today, I'm here with DV8 Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, if you're looking to upgrade your wheels and tires, and you wanna make sure that your tailgate is gonna maintain all of that extra weight that you put on it, this option by DV8 is going to be a really good one to take a look at.So, what happens when you add a lot of weight or a larger tire to your factory spare tire carrier and your factory tailgate is that all of that extra weight tends to damage your tailgate over time, making it sag or wear out. And a heavy-duty carrier exactly like this one is going to be a really good solution to that. So, this is gonna be made of a heavy-duty construction, making sure that it's gonna be able to hold up to a 35-inch tire, while also giving some reinforcement to the tailgate to make sure that there is some extra rigidity in the whole system. Now, this is also gonna be adjustable to make sure that you have your spare tire exactly where you want it. And it's going to accommodate some factory features, including the third brake light as well as your factory backup camera. Now, if you're not equipped with a factory backup camera, this also comes with a block off plate to make sure that you're able to still use this system. So, not only is this going to be incredibly functional, but this is also gonna match with any other HD rear bumper or even the factory rear bumper that you pair with it and other HD and texture black accessories, giving you a very off-road and aggressive look.Now, this is going to be very affordable for a tailgate-mounted system like this, coming in at roughly $350. Now, there's a couple of different solutions when it comes to upgrading your tire carrier. You have bumper-mounted tire carriers, tailgate-mounted tire carriers like this, and then you're also gonna have some options that are mounted up to the tailgate but are only really gonna be there for adjustability and not necessarily reinforcement. Now, looking at the other solutions for a spare tire carrier, those bumper-mounted options are usually gonna be a bit more expensive just because you have to add the bumper that can accept the tire carrier as to where something like this you can keep that factory rear bumper if you're not looking to upgrade right away. Now, other more expensive options for tailgate-mounted tire carriers are usually going to exceed the 35-inch tire limit. So, if you are looking to get a massive tire and hold it on the back of your tailgate, that might be a good option for you. However, if you're not looking to exceed a 35 and you're looking for something that's very functional, it looks good mounted up to the back of the Wrangler and it's gonna be priced very affordably, then this is gonna be a really good option to take a look at.So, install is actually gonna be pretty easy, at a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about 30 minutes to get the job done with some very basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. Tools that I used for my install were 19-millimeter open-ended wrench, 3/8-inch drive ratchet, the ratchet from the Jeep JL tool kit, a dead blow, T40 Torx, a 3-inch extension, a socket set ranging from 18-millimeter down to 12-millimeter, a T55 and T25 Torx, a 5-millimeter Allen socket, couple of trim removal tools, and an impact wrench.So, the first step is to pull off our spare tire, but we have to get our camera cover out of the way first, so you're gonna need a T40 Torx bit and we can just turn this to the unlocked position and slide this off. Then we can remove our three lug nuts. I'm using a six [inaudible 00:03:18] key and a 21-millimeter socket. This is going to depend on which lug nuts that you have on your Wrangler. Once they're off, we can fully remove our tire.So, our next step is to take off this trim piece. On the inside, we do have to disconnect the wiring harness. So, I have a trim removal tool and we're just gonna pry on the end here. And once you kind of get it out a little bit, you can give it a good tug. Once that is off, we can disconnect these two wires, just depress the clip here and pull back. And this third wire, we can leave it alone. Then we can close up our tailgate and take off our spare tire carrier.So, what we can do now is remove this grommet and this is what our wiring harness is attached to. Can pull this out, make sure that those aren't damaged when we take off our carrier. Then, we can grab a 13-millimeter socket. I have a 13-millimeter deep socket and a 3-inch extension to give myself a little bit of room and also my impact wrench. After we take this last bolt out, the carrier will come away from the tailgate, so make sure you have a hand on it. So, after we have our spare tire carrier off, we do need to remove these vents. I'm just going to pry them off with a trim removal tool or the pry tool that I used before. All right, that's one. There we go.So, now that we have our factory spare tire carrier off, I wanted to sit it next to this new DV8 system and tell you guys a little bit more about what benefits that you're gonna receive out of this new system in comparison to your factory one. So, your factory system is made of a hard plastic material, which is perfect for stock applications. It's perfect for that stock spare tire. However, when you upgrade in tire size, it's simply just not built to handle that extra weight. So, you can end up damaging your carrier and even your tailgate over time when adding a larger tire. But when moving over to a new system like this, this is gonna be able to support it and support up to a 35-inch tire. So, this is gonna be a lot more durable, made up of 3/16th-inch cold rolled steel. It is gonna have a two stage texture black powder coat finish on top, which is gonna provide some protection to the steel underneath from any rust or corrosion, and it's also going to do a good job at creating a more aggressive look and match with any other texture black accessories that you already have on your Jeep. Now, this is going to be adjustable up and down. So, you will be able to adjust to where you want your tire to sit in the back. And you also are gonna have the option to swap over your third brake light and even your backup camera, so you are retaining some of those factory features.Now, what I really like about this system is the fact that this not only can handle a larger tire just because it is more durable in the materials, but this is going to also reinforce the tailgate hinges. So, a lot of the problem when adding a larger tire is the fact that all that extra weight can cause the tailgate to sag and wear out over time as to where this is going to be able to handle that extra weight because it's gonna add to the structural integrity of the whole unit itself. So enough from me, let's go ahead and swap over our components so we can install our new carrier.So, the first thing we have to do is take out our camera as well as our third brake light. So, you are gonna need a T25 Torx socket, as well as a dead blow or a hammer and a T9 or a T8 Torx bit. So, we're gonna take out these two Torx screws first with our T25 Torx socket. So, now that those are out, what we can do is take a dead blow, you could also use a hammer but I don't wanna mess these threads up because they are gonna be holding our spare tire. Just give them... There we go. And the studs will drop through to the back of the carrier. So, what we can do next is take out the two Torx screws on either side with our same T25 Torx. And we'll be able to pull this away from the main part of our carrier. Gonna flip this over, and we just have to unhook our wiring harness from there. And then this will come out as a whole unit.So, now that we have our third brake light and our camera out, what we're gonna do next is mount up our camera housing to our spare tire carrier mount. So, we're gonna place this right on top, making sure that this is facing down and that the two mounts for our third brake light are facing forward. And then we can take our provided hardware and thread that through the mount. You're gonna have three spots where we can add this provided hardware by DV8. So, now that everything's threaded in, we can tighten them up with a 12-millimeter socket, as well as a 5-millimeter Allen socket. I'm also gonna be using a 3-inch extension just to clear this back part of the bracket here. So, before we mount up our camera in our carrier, we do have to take off this clip here because it doesn't allow to let the mount sit flush. So, I'm just gonna take a trim removal tool and just pry on that there, and remove that clip.So, what we can do next is take our camera and carefully place that in the mount, sending the studs through. And while I'm doing that and holding on to those studs there, I'm just gonna lay down the mount on to our third brake light location, trying to line that up with the factory holes. Now, once this is in place, to keep it there, what we're gonna do is reinstall those factory torque bolts, then we can tighten those up with our T25 Torx socket. Now, we can reinstall the bolts to hold it in our third brake light, tightening those down with a T25 Torx. Same thing for the other side.So, now that we're finished up on the table, what we can do is move to the Jeep and start removing our tailgate bolts. Now, you wanna make sure that your tailgate is fully closed because we are going to be removing, basically the hinges from the actual tailgate itself. So I have a T55 Torx bit and we're gonna remove the hinge bolt on either hinge. So, if you are looking to reuse your vents, you will have to trim off the clips so they sit flush with our new tailgate mount here, but we are not going to be trimming those. So, our next step is to mount up our tailgate reinforcement. Now, it is a little bit easier if you have somebody to support this. We're gonna take our provided hardware, our provided spacer and thread that into the tailgate's welded nut plate. So, we do wanna leave this pretty loose because we do have to mount up the rest of our hardware. We wanna make sure that those spacers can get behind there. So, we're gonna be reusing our factory hardware. Now, that everything is most of the way threaded in, what we can do is start to tighten everything up. All right. So, for the tailgate bolts, I'm gonna use a 17-millimeter socket. Also gonna kind of hold this in place, make sure that it's where we want it for the rest of our hardware. And then we can reuse that same 13-millimeter socket for the rest of our tailgate bolts. So, after everything's tightened down, then we can mount up our actual mount.So, what we can do is sit this down on top here. We can grab our provided hardware, making sure that this is where we want it. And then we can attach our flat washer, lock washer, and nut on the other side. You can do the same thing for the other side of our carrier. So, after that's mounted up, what we can do is take a 19-millimeter wrench for the nut side and an 18-millimeter socket for the bolt head side and tighten that up. So, last but not least, we can send this wiring harness back through, put this grommet back into place, open up our tailgate so we can plug in our connectors. Make sure that those red clips are down and then reinstall our trim piece. And then close up our tailgate and put on our spare tire.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Tailgate-Mounted Off-Road Tire Carrier
      • Ideal for Spare Over-Sized Tires
      • Heavy-Duty 3/16-Inch Cold-Rolled Steel Plate Construction
      • Adjustable Mounting Depending on Tire Size
      • Black Powder Coat Finish
      • Accommodates Up to a 35-Inch Tire
      • Uses Stock Third Brake Light Assembly
      • Remount OEM Back-Up Camera in Beefy Steel Housing
      • Fits 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Models


      Convenient Spare Tire Mounting. Always have your backup tire whenever you need one with this DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier. You don’t have to worry about carrying a larger tire and wearing down your tailgate with this newly designed tire carrier from DV8. This carrier takes advantage of the Wrangler JL’s reinforced tailgate hinges allowing you to carry up to 35-Inch tires with no issues. In fact, you can remount your third brake light assembly as well as your back-up camera with beefed-up housing, all on this tire carrier.

      Superior Manufacturing. DV8 specializes in off-road accessories and the DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier is no exception. The assembly is made of 3/16-Inch cold-rolled steel plates for maximum durability and toughness. Surfaces are weather-resistant with a protective powder coated finish that prevents rust and corrosion from creeping in.

      Easy and Hassle-Free Installation. Installing the DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier is made easier with the carrier designed specifically for the Wrangler JL. It makes use of factory mounting holes already on the Jeep for a hassle-free install. For best results, follow the enclosed instructions carefully.

      Application. The DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier will fit all 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

      Fitment: 2018 2019 2020

      MPN# TCJL-01

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (8)

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      Ratings Summary

      2.6 out of 5 overall rating from 8 customers

      • January 27, 2020

        5 2018 Wrangler - AlmaA

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      • November 07, 2019

        1 2018 Wrangler - JLinDE

        I just don't get it

        I really wish I would have read the reviews prior to purchase. Like the others, the bolts are wrong. How can a company read reviews for over a year and STILL not provide the correct hardware? I called DV8 directly and the boys were at a convention or something, selling other cool stuff that undoubtedly won’t fit. I was asked to send them photos of my issue. Like photos of a bolt? A bolt that doesn’t fit? The same bolt you’ve heard about for over a year and keep sending to people that shell out their hard earned cash for a great looking product ... that bolt? So I sent the photo anyway and nothing. I followed up with another email and phone call. Crickets. I truly doubt I’d purchase anything from them again. They state they stand behind all of their products. Uh, no.

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      • June 25, 2019

        1 2018 Wrangler - MalloryO

        Just unhappy

        Like other reviews, I’ve waited to collect my thoughts on this one. I have 2018 JL. Recently got 17” wheels and 35” tires (BFG AT KO2). Reviews said they’d hold a 35, which it does. However, after about 2 months of being in place I’m noticing it’s not quite holding my tire/tailgate up appropriately. Already noticing a slight misalignment when closing the tailgate. The install was terrible to follow and required 3 trips to the hardware store when all was said and done. Also as others have brought up, your view of the back up cam is minimized. The jnstructions try and tell you how to fix this but I just could not follow it or figure it out. 1 star for the price... I guess. We know it’s true you get what you pay for. I also had a bad experience with ET ordering a different tailgate reinforcer that apparently was incorrect. My frustration with the exchange initially weighed heavy on me.

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      • January 25, 2019

        2 2018 Wrangler - Ryan

        Simply Unsatisfied..

        Took some time to collect my thoughts before writing this. Extra hardware needs to be purchased, no instructions, rear view camera is blocked on the sides, and most importantly; because I am using the stock wheels with 34” tires, there is not enough backspacing to mount the rear brake light properly. I have it lightly screwed in with enough slack to severely angle it backwards so that it “works.” With the product description stating a 35” tire will fit, I was disappointed. I assumed they would have spaced the light mount back far enough to clear the stock wheel back spacing. I gave it two stars because for the money it does it’s job, but I had basic expectations that weren’t met. With this being my first DV8 product, I am unlikely to buy from them again knowing this is a product they willingly sell without telling the consumer what they are buying.

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      • January 23, 2019

        3 2018 Wrangler - GilH


        Great once installed- but lack of hinge bolts - M10- and camera housing is too long creating a tunnel like view

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      • January 13, 2019

        1 2018 Wrangler - Boots

        All assembly required

        I have really enjoyed my Jeep so far simply because everyone that does their own mods doesn’t lie about what they have to do. The consistent thing about DV8 products so far is that ALL of them require you to purchase extra hardware that isn’t included in the purchase and you get to figure it out on your own because they also don’t include instructions. There is no excuse for either of these issues. You will be happy with the end result BUT you will need four 90 mm long M10 bolts, eight 80 mm long M8 bolts, 12 spacers, 12 flat washers and 12 rubber washers to protect the paint. I would have rather paid more up front rather than sort out the hardware I would need after the fact.

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      • January 07, 2019

        4 2018 Wrangler - RayB

        Holds 35 BFG's and keeps the camera

        Light and strong. Didn't want 1000 pound bumper. Keeps brake light but moves it up, keeps camera but wraps it up in steel, not plastic. Easy install but got no instructions and no video at " U-Tube U". 1 hour. With instructions would have been 5 stars

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      • December 30, 2018

        4 2018 Wrangler - Duamel

        Does the job

        Sturdy product and gets the job done. Expect to do some trimming on the factory tailgate exhausters and a trip to your local hardware store as the four bolts needed on the door hinges are not included. Had to tweek the design a little (extra trimming on the factory camera mount) to get the rear view camera to get deep enough on the new camera housing and avoid losing periferal visibility (you might still loose some to the tire, depending on your wheel offset).

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      Questions & Answers (8 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      How does this differ from the stock spare mount?

      • This spare tire carrier will offer improved quality over the factory one and will be able to hold larger, and heavier tires. It can accommodate up to a 35 inch tire without any issues..

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      what is the maximum weight this tire mount can hold?

      • The maximum weight the DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier can hold will be limited by your tailgates hinges. We do not typically recommend exceeding a 35x12.50 on an aluminum wheel.

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      Does this carrier actually extend the camera out? i have KMC XD127 wheels and LT285/75R-17 BFGOODRICH tires. they fit fine on the stock carrier, but the problem is that the bottom of the rear camera is cut off by the inside of the wheel.

      • Yes, the DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier will bush the camera out slightly to accommodate for wheels with a lower backspacing that causes them to stick out further.

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      Just to clarify, for a simple person, this DV8 Off-Road Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier is all that's needed to mount up to a normal 35" tire on a 2018 JLU Rubicon with Rubi 17"x7.5"Polished Wheels w/Black Pockets?

      • This will allow you to mount a 35" tire, however a small spacer may be required for a comfortable fit if you are using the stock wheels.

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      I just installed this tire carrier and could not get my factory spare tire back on. The mounted brake light stops it. How can that be when they are only 33s? I am getting 35s next week with new 18” wheels...I’f my stock tire doesn’t fit, how will I even get the new spare in? What am I doing wrong?

      • The offset of the wheel will affect the mounting of the wheel/tire.

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      3 More Questions
      Will the stock JL bumper cause an issue when mounting a 35x12.5r17 tire on this? 1 answer
      I have after market wheels with the 2-inch offset which is causing a problem with my backup camera being partially obstructed will your bracket allow me to make an adjustment to compensate for the 2-inch offset. I see this question has already been posted without an answer 1 answer
      Is this adjustable to compensate for tires with more offset? What is the maximum weight limit? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Tire Carrier Assembly
      • Mounting Hardware