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MORryde Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review and installation of the MORryde Heavy-Duty Spare Tire Carrier fitting all 2007 to 2017 JKs. Today, we're gonna talk about some of the features of this tire carrier kit and talk you through the installation.There are a few different problems that come up when you try to run a large, heavy spare tire on the factory spare tire location.The first of these problems is that your tailgate hinges can start to wear out, causing the tailgate to sag. The second problem is that the tailgate itself can start to come apart at the welds, causing a lot of rattling and a lot of other noises. And finally, you can have issues with the spare tire mount on your factory tailgate starting to fatigue and break, especially if you don't keep that new, heavy, larger spare tire from moving around. So those are three issues that can occur. MORryde has three separate parts that will all fix one of those three different issues.This part that we have here is the tire carrier that can be used in conjunction with MORryde's tailgate reinforcement kit and heavy-duty tailgate hinges, or it can be used as a standalone product. If you're using this on its own, it'll mount on to the factory tailgate, so you'll still have the issues of a tailgate that can come apart at the welds and weak hinges. However, it will allow you to physically fit a larger spare tire in the factory location with this aftermarket mount without having an issue with the tire hitting the bumper. You can run up to a 40-inch tire on this spare tire mount in the factory location on the factory tailgate without having any clearance issues.But that's not to say that's a good idea, I would recommend if you're running a tire that large or really anything over the stock size and weight that you do either purchase the tailgate reinforcement kit and the heavy-duty hinges or go with a full tub mounted tire carrier or bumper mounted tire carrier to support the additional weight and size of a large spare. All of that being said, if you're just looking for a mount to be able to mount a larger tire on and be able to have it guaranteed to have that larger tire in the factory location, this is going to be an option.So, as far as construction goes, this is made of a mild steel material. It's covered in a textured black powder coat, and really it's a fairly simple design. As I mentioned, it works for up to a 37-inch tire on the first adjustment and a 40-inch tire on the second, and that adjustment is really two sets of holes, one that's slightly higher than the other. You're not going to have a lot of up and down adjustability like you would with a full tub mounted tire carrier or with a lot of the tub [SP] and bumper mounted tire carriers.If you're looking for additional adjustment up, down, and also in and out, I would recommend taking a look at the TeraFlex Tub Mounted Tire Carrier or the Barricade Extreme HD Bumper Mounted Tire Carrier. Both of those will have the in and out, and up and down adjustability.Now the in and out adjustability is nice because again you have a lot of weight hanging off the back of the Jeep in a large, heavy spare, and you want it to be tight up against whatever tire carrier you have. Otherwise, you're going to have that tire twerking around as you hit bumps on the road at low speed and at high speed, and that can eventually fatigue the metal and then cause some issues. So without adjustability, you get to keep everything nice and tight.The up and down adjustability is nice because if I'm running a larger 33 or 35-inch tire, I wanna be able to keep that as low as possible on my carrier and have maximum visibility of the back of the Jeep. This, however, doesn't give me enough adjustability to tuck say a 33-inch tire nice and low as tight up against the bumper as I can get it, giving me maximum visibility.This does have a lot of adjustability in the third brake light mount that comes with it. So, no matter what size tire you're running all the way up to the max on this carrier of a 40-inch, you are going to be able to adjust the third brake light mount so that you can see it over the top of that 40-inch tire. I do like this third brake light mount. It takes the factory a third brake light out of its housing allows you to put it on this adjustable mount, so you're not going out to purchase a separate third brake light. This will keep you legal and keep you safe without the need to purchase any additional components.Getting this mounted up on the Jeep is going to be a very simple process. The first step is to remove your factory tire carrier from the back of the Jeep by removing the eight bolts that hold it on to the tailgate. You also have to pop a trim piece loose on the inside of the tailgate to get to a plug to allow you to unplug your third brake light. From there, you can detach the third brake light from the factory spare tire mount and put it in your new adjustable mount. You'll then use the factory hardware to attach your new tire carrier on to the tailgate in those factory locations, so no drilling is necessary.Again, if you're running up a 37-inch tire, you can use these upper holes, and if you're running a 40-inch or larger, you'll use the bottom holes to move the tire carrier up as high as possible and give you a little bit of extra clearance. Once you have this bolted on, you can bolt your third brake light into its new adjustable mount on to your new carrier, plug it back in and replace that trim piece, and then it's just a matter of putting your new, larger spare tire on to your spare tire carrier. This whole installation shouldn't take you more than an hour, and you won't need any specialty tools to get the job done, just some hand tools.When you consider the price of this tire carrier at right around $150, it may not seem like a bad deal right off the bat. However, it's important to remember that this doesn't solve all the problems of having a big, heavy spare mounted in the factory location.As I mentioned before, if I was going to run this for any extended period of time with even a 33-inch tire, let alone a 35, 37 or bigger, I would be running this with MORryde's Heavy-Duty hinge kit and also tailgate reinforcement kit. And by the time you buy all three of those parts, you're going to be right around the same cost as a full tub mounted tire carrier. And as I mentioned before, the one from TeraFlex has some built-in adjustability that this doesn't have that I really like.So, if you wanna be able to piece something together, buy a couple of parts now, a couple down the line, spread out the cost, having this modular kit isn't a bad idea. However, I wouldn't look at this and say, "This is significantly cheaper than another model on the market, I'm just gonna buy this," because this is not going to be everything you need to support running a large, heavy spare.So, if you're looking for a modular kit to put together in order to run a large, heavy spare tire on your tailgate without causing damage to the tailgate, this is going to be part of that modular kit. However, if you're looking for a one-stop shop that's going to have everything you need from the hinges all the way through the carrier, then I would recommend looking at one of those other options on the market.So that's my review of the MORryde Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier fitting all 2007 to 2017 JKs. You can buy them right here at

      Product Information

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


      • Heavy Duty Carrier
      • Includes Adjustable Light Mount
      • Fits Most Tires Sized 37-40 Inches
      • Made in the USA
      • Mounts Directly To Tailgate or HD Reinforcement Kit
      • Weight: 16 lbs
      • For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Heavy Duty. MORryde's Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier is just what you'll need to mount an oversized spare tire. It features a unique design that can handle most 37-40 inch tires and comes with an adjustable third brake light mount. It features a heavy duty, yet lightweight design to maintain a secure mount, making it perfect for the off road enthusiast with beefy tires.

      Installation. This Spare Tire Mount is proudly made in the USA and designed to mount directly to MORryde's Tailgate Reinforcement kit for extreme strength on the trail. It can also be mounted directly to your factory tailgate without drilling or additional modification for a straightforward upgrade.

      Application. The MORryde Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier is designed for installation on all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, including Rubicon and Unlimited models.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

      MPN# JP54-017

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      Customer Reviews (72)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 72 customers

      • January 09, 2020

        5 2011 Wrangler - TerrenceC

        Perfect aftermarket replacement

        A perfect replacement for the OEM carrier. I still have the stock wheels on and at it's lowest setting, the carrier sits the spare a little higher than OEM. Not too much to complain on. Simple installation.

        Helpful (1)
      • September 25, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - WilliamM

        simple,sturdy, design

        Replaced factory mount. This was a very easy install and appears to be sturdy and very capable of handling the weight of large tires. My tires are 315/70/r17, can handle much larger.

        Helpful (2)
      • July 15, 2019

        5 2009 Wrangler - Mac

        Great item!

        This carrier was recieved just as described and was easy to install.

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      • February 09, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - NicoleD

        Great product

        Exactly what I was looking for and easy to install

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      • January 13, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - DanielL

        Great carrier

        Carrier is a lot heavier than stock and supercessy to install. You need to extend the cables if you are putting bigger than a 35" on it.

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      • January 01, 2019

        5 2011 Rubicon - Garett

        Great product!

        I've had the tire carrier installed along with MORryde's tailgate reinforcement and hinges for almost a year now. The whole setup is very sturdy and looks great. It's holding a 33" spare weighing around 84lbs. Highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to purchase again!

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      • December 27, 2018

        4 2017 Wrangler - J


        Works gr8 w Rugged 35s the stock one didnt work w the extension, tire still hit my dv8 bumper, this makes it high enough and is very stable.

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      • November 25, 2018

        4 2012 Wrangler - RickE

        Easy Install

        Exactly what I was looking for. Easy installation.

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      • November 22, 2018

        4 2016 Wrangler - BW


        Great replacement. Cable did not extend far enough

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      • November 17, 2018

        5 2016 Rubicon - RossB

        MORryde Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier

        Middle of the road tire carrier that serves the purpose of my 35" tire and wheel. Appeared sturdy enough. Not planning on taking vehicle offload or extreme terrain condition. Fit and finish is top quality.

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      Questions & Answers (18 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      I have 35x12.5R18 tires with a -12 offset, will this carrier make the space between the tailgate and the tire pretty close to stock? Or will it increase the gap? Thanks!

      • The MORryde Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier will retain the OEM tire mounting depth, unless installed with the tailgate reinforcement which will push this out further.

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      What is the load capacity of the mount?

      Will this tire carrier hold my 285/70R17 tires?

      My Jeep now has 315/70/17 tires, weight 60 lbs. Can I get by with just this tire carrier or do I also need to reinforce the tailgate? My Jeep is my DD, we live in the country so roads can get bumpy. Also light off roading, nothing extreme. Thank you in advance!

      How much higher than the OME tire carrier will this lift my spare tire?

      • This is adjustable, so you will have options during install to have it hold the tire in a few different heights.

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      10 More Questions
      Do I need to do any drilling to mount this? 1 answer
      Will this carry a 265 70R 17...the stock one cracked? Thx 1 answer
      If I get this, the heavy duty hinges and tailgate reinforcement, would that be sufficient to run a 40in tire?! 1 answer
      I have 18" wheels with -24 offset mounted to 34" tire. This much offset causes spare to stick out well past bump stops factory carrier. Will the Morryde carrier bring spare closer to tailgate? 1 answer
      Is there an option (or quick fix) to use with an 8 lug wheel with 40" tires? 1 answer
      Will the brake late still be visible with 35s? 1 answer
      Does the carrier have the three studs welded on or are the loose in the hardware kit. Thanks. Dan 1 answer
      Will this help with the tailgate rattle I am having and another thing is I am running 33s, does this stick out more than a stock tire carrier? Do I need the extra hinge support with this size tire? Will I be able to see the brake light above the 33" tire? 1 answer
      Will this mount work on a 35" tire on the stock rubicon wheel? 1 answer
      Will this carrier hold the weight of a 35in tire with the stock hinges? Or do you need to also buy the reinforced hinges for the tailgate? 1 answer

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