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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 extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Convenient Spare Tire Mounting. Always have your backup tire whenever you need one with this DV8 Offroad 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 Offroad 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 Offroad 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 Offroad Tailgate-Mounted Tire Carrier will fit all 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
DV8 Offroad TCJL-01
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(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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