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MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      This is my review of the MORryde tailgate reinforcement kit, fitting all 2007 to 2017 JKs. This is designed to work with MORryde's heavy-duty tailgate hinge kit, so you will have to purchase that separately. But you can either use your factory spare tire mount, or MORryde's upgraded heavy-duty spare tire mount with this kit. There are three main problems that you can run into when running a much larger and heavier spare tire in the factory spare tire mount location. One of those problems is that the factory hinges can wear out, causing the tailgate to sag and every time you open and close the tailgate, you'll have to lift it up a little bit to get it to latch properly. Another problem is that the welds on the tailgate itself can fatigue and break, causing rattling. Finally, the factory spare tire mount does have a weight limit, and putting a heavier spare tire can cause the metal to fatigue and eventually wear out and break. Now, this setup in particular is a modular spare tire setup. What you're looking at here is the tailgate reinforcement kit that's designed to work with MORryde's heavy-duty hinges. Between those two parts, you fix two out of the three problems that you would run into from running a large, heavy spare in the factory location. The other issue that you still have to take care of is the tire mount and, as I mentioned, MORryde does have a heavy-duty tire mount that you can run with this setup. This tailgate reinforcement kit is made of laser-cut and welded steel that's covered in a textured black powder-coat finish, and it's designed to be completely bolt-on again with MORryde's heavy-duty hinge kit. So you won't have to drill into your tailgate. Everything will mount with all of the factory mounting locations. Because this is designs to be bolt-on, the installation is pretty easy. The first step is to remove your factory spare tire and spare tire mount. Then, remove the plastic covers over your factory tailgate hinges. Now, because you'll be removing those hinges, you'll want to prop up the tailgate by putting a block or a wedge of wood between your bumper and the bottom of the tailgate. That will keep everything in alignment, and make it much easier to bolt up your new hinges and eventually your tailgate reinforcement kit. After you have everything blocked up, you can remove those factory hinges one at a time, install the heavy-duty hinge kit, and then go to installing your reinforcement kit. Again, this is going to bolt right onto those heavy-duty hinges and right into your tailgate in all of the factory mounting locations. After that, it's just a matter of installing your factory spare tire mount or your MORryde heavy-duty spare tire mount, and putting your spare tire back into place. The whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour, and you won't need any specialty tools. Just some TORX bits and a good socket set. In my opinion, this piece is a little bit expensive, especially when you consider that you have to also purchase the heavy-duty hinges to use this. However, if you are on a little bit of a budget and you're not ready to spring the $700-plus for one of those kits that has everything all in one or two boxes, and you like the idea of being able to build your tire carrier, first the hinges, then the reinforcement kit, and then the tire mount, in that case, I do think that this is a nice setup. So that's my review of the MORryde tailgate reinforcement kit fitting all 2007 to 2017 JKs that you can find right here at

      Product Information

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


      • Ideal for Oversized Spare Tires
      • Reduces Weak Spots and Damage to Tailgate
      • Laser Cut and Welded
      • Compatible with Factory and Aftermarket
      • Made in the USA
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models 


      Prevent Damage. Hit the trail in confidence with MORryde's Tailgate Reinforcement Kit. Designed to work with MORryde's heavy duty hinges, this Reinforcement Kit will help prevent damages to your tailgate from trail bumps. Its ideal for those with oversized spare tires, standing up to the extra weight where your factory equipment will eventually warp and fail. This kit will work with factory spare tire carriers, as well as most aftermarket options, allowing you to keep your current tire mount for a practical upgrade.

      Durable Construction. This Reinforcement Kit is laser cut and welded to ensure reliable, rigid strength. It features a unique design that reinforces your JK's entire spare tire mount, absorbing hard hits to prevent your tailgate from breaking and warping. It is finished in a tough black powder coat for corrosion resistance and the tough styling you're used to.

      Installation. This Tire Carrier Reinforcement Kit is designed for installation with MORryde's Heavy Duty Tailgate Hinge Set (sold separately.) No drilling, modification or special tools is required. You'll have all the hardware you need for installation, allowing for a straight forward process to get you out of the garage and back on the trail faster.

      Application. The MORryde Tailgate Reinforcement Kit is designed for installation on all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models equipped with the MORryde Heavy Duty Tailgate Hinge Set (item J102515,) sold separately.

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

      MPN# JP54-016

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (54)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 54 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • December 21, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - KennethT


        This is a very solid product. Should provide excellent reinforcement of the tailgate. I bought new tire bumps and had to trim them considerably. Fits fine. Stock wheels and tires.

        Helpful (2)
      • December 11, 2019

        1 2008 Rubicon - PaulA

        Tailgate reinforcement

        Unfortunately every time I order something from this website it’s always wrong and it’s not what the video shows for that reason I’m not gonna order anything from Xtremeterrain anymore

        Helpful (4)
      • September 01, 2019

        5 2010 Wrangler - Craig Installation Time: Afternoon

        Helps a Ton

        I bought this along with the heavy hinges and it definitely helps with the scrawble noise from the tailgate. Seems very sturdy and think it’s worth getting with the hinges. I wanted to beef up the gate as I plan on eventually building a rack with jerry can holders and the stock setup seemed to be at its limits as it was.

        Helpful (1)
      • May 20, 2019

        4 2016 Rubicon - Justinv

        Morryde tailgate reinforcement

        This is a great product. Very sturdy and holds my 35" no worries. Prior to this kit I would have to lift the tailgate in order to close it. Not anymore. Knocking off 1 star because the kit was missing hardware and some vital parts. Morryde took care of me immediately and sent a new kit.

        Helpful (1)
      • April 04, 2019

        5 2007 Wrangler - RoldanL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        MORyder Tailgate

        I'm really happy with this product and it was easy to install.

        Helpful (1)
      • January 01, 2019

        5 2011 Rubicon - Garett Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        I have had the reinforcement kit installed along with MORryde's hinges and tire carrier 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!

        Helpful (6)
      • November 26, 2018

        5 2012 Wrangler - NicholasP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Joker Jeep

        Took about 15 minutes haha! Bought both hinges and mount. Super easy, great fit. Had to buy a couple extra longer bolts for my CB mount but I expected that. Great value.

        Helpful (6)
      • September 18, 2018

        5 2007 Wrangler - KimA Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product

        Very easy install. Stopped the tailgate rattle due to oversize spare! I am happy!

        Helpful (7)
      • August 11, 2018

        5 2016 Wrangler - Francisco

        Great Product

        Great product, heavy duty construction and easy installation.

        Helpful (8)
      • June 18, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - Don Installation Time: Afternoon


        High quality - solved tailgate rattle!!! Very easy install, uses existing holes and provides very stable base for tire carrier.

        Helpful (7)

      Questions & Answers (19 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Okay, I watched youtube video and the hinges look great. the tailgate reinforcment looks great as well. The tire carrier looks great. I dont run on more than 35" and the noise coming from stock hinges are driving me nuts. My question is, will this product work with stock JK tire carrier? Or do i need to buy EVERYTHING? If it does, what is the maximum tire size you would recommend. Finally, understand i am the average Jeep owner. I am not rich and i am looking to save money where I can so I can afford to run and build my Jeep. Thank you in advance for your response.

      • If you are experiencing the same tailgate rattle noise that I was experiencing, the noise is not coming from the hinges. It is coming from the broken welds from the factory tire carrier bracket inside the tailgate. I purchased the reinforcement kit without the hinges and it eliminated the rattle completely. I have a 33" spare tire and I am confident a 35" tire won't be a problem. The kit includes longer bolts that allow you to use the factory tire mount. I also used the factory hinges. I have uploaded a picture and wrote a review to describe the end result.

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      Will the Morryde reinforcement kit work with a Smittybilt spare tire carrier? It would be great to be able to reinforce my tailgate.

      • This reinforcement accepts the factory spare carrier and any other spare tire carrier that bolts to the factory bolt holes in the tailgate should work fine with this reinforcement, including the Smittybilt.

      Helpful (3)

      I'm getting a clunk when pushing a stock size carrier against the outer sheet metal. Causing a clunk from the flexing sheet metal. does this bracket along with the hinges alleviate the pressure or the flexing of the outer sheet metal? its still mounting on the skin but I'm hoping by connection with the hinge it would take care of it

      • The reinforcement kit will help with the weight of the spare tire and carrier by better distributing the support. This should help with any noise or flex of the sheet metal.  

      Helpful (2)

      What is the weight capacity of the hinges?

      Can I reuse my stock T-50 Torx bit bolts with the hinge support instead of the flat head Allen screws?

      Post Your Question
      10 More Questions
      Just to be clear, this kit does include the hinges and tailgate reinforcement correct? 1 answer
      I have the MORyde hinges and tire carrier that have been working great for my spare 35” tire, will adding this reinforcement kit make 37” tires possible or would I need to go with a beefier setup? 1 answer
      I have the MORryde hinges installed. I am going to run 35s on: Mammoth Boulder Matte Black Wheel - 17x9 will this reinforcement kit work with the stock carrier and stock bumper and 35s?? Or will i need to use some washers between the carrier and wheel to clear the bumper?? 1 answer
      Does this fit with the 2018 Jeep JL? 1 answer
      Will the MORryde hinge work with a bumper mounted tire carrier. 1 answer
      If I have the MORryde hinges and reinforcement kit, do I need to buy a new tire carrier/mount or can I run the factory tire carrier? 1 answer
      With this MORryde Reinforcement Kit improve the carrying capacity of a tail gate rack? What tailgate racks are compatible with the reinforcement kit? 1 answer
      After installing the reinforcement could you still install a trail basket, like a smittybilt or garvin trail basket to the tailgate? 1 answer
      Can I use this product with the stock hinges. 1 answer
      I only have a stock tire but my husband added a very large and heavy sub speaker and bolted it to the door. It is very heavy. Would this kit help with overall weight on the door or does it only reinforce the outside where the tire is? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Tailgate Support Frame
      • (4) Hinge Spacers
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

      Cannot be used with factory hinges

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