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Hey, guys. Today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Heavy Duty Tire Carrier for your OEM Tail Gate fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So, when you're looking to add larger wheels and tires you will need to accommodate for that extra weight by getting a heavy duty tire carrier and there are a lot of options on the site for bumper mounted options as well as tub mounted options. With a tub mounted tire carrier, you are alleviating all of the stress on your tailgate and also reinforcing your hinges at the same time to accommodate for all of that extra weight. I personally like how this is a single action tire carrier. You have full access to your tailgate at all times. So, when you open your tailgate, the tire carrier and the tailgate will open at the same time. This will avoid having to mess with any latches, handles, or any mechanisms to open up your carrier and then, have access to your tailgate. This will also match very well with a tubular rear bumper or really any other rear bumper that you will like since the options are endless. This will even have a mounting surface on the side where you can mount up any extra accessories which other more expensive options will not have. Like I mentioned, at the moment this will be one of your most affordable options at roughly $300. Other more expensive options on the site will be made by premium brands. They'll have extra functions and components and they will be a lot more compact than this one. However, I personally think this is a solid set up and it even comes with a three-year limited warranty to keep a peace of mind. Install is a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and like I mentioned there is no drilling required. All you need is a couple of hand tools and about an hour's worth of your time. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I use for my install were an impact wrench, a 19-millimeter, 18-millimeter, and 17-millimeter box wrench. A 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, a 19-millimeter deep socket, and 18-millimeter, 16-millimeter, and 13-millimeter shallow socket, a T50 Torx bit, and a dead blow hammer. So, the first step to our install is removing our spare tire. I am using a 19-millimeter deep socket and then, an extension to do that. So, your next step is gonna be to unplug your wiring harness from your tire carrier and get that out of way. We've already done that. And then, you're gonna remove the eight 13-millimeter bolts that are holding on your tire carrier. So, I'm gonna be using a 13-millimeter short socket and an extension to get these off. Putting too large of a spare tire on your stock carrier can affect the lifespan of your tailgate over time. It can wear out, bend, break, or even start sagging. With a tub mounted tire carrier like this one, this is gonna be mounted up to your OEM hinges and alleviating all of that weight on your tailgate. So, this heavy duty tire carrier will be able to hold an oversize spare tire very well compared to your stock carrier which can really only safely hold up to a 33-inch tire. Nonetheless, it's gonna be a lot stronger than the thin metal that you're getting on your stock carrier which can really only safely hold up to a 33-inch tire. Nonetheless, this is gonna be a lot stronger than the thin metal that you're getting on your stock carrier being made of heavy duty steel tubing with a two-stage black texture powdered coat finished on it. So, it's gonna resist any rust or corrosion on the actual metal and it's gonna give you a nice off-road touch. With this, you also have a bar here for some reinforcement and there's holes in it so you can mount up any accessories that will be able to fit there. So the only thing that you're not getting with this spare tire carrier is a third brake light. However, if you were looking you looking to keep that option, we do have a bunch of choices on our site right now. So, now we're ready to pieces together and bolt it up to our Wrangler. So, we're gonna start off this install by installing all of our brackets and then, assembling our tire carrier so we can put it on. But we do have to take off these plastic covers. They're just held in by a clip here, so you can just pull on the plastic and they will pop right off. So, we're gonna do that for the upper and the lower. And then, we also are gonna take this portion off as well. So, first, we're gonna start with our reinforcement bracket. We're gonna use the factory bolts that were holding on our spare tire carrier to bolt this on. Once those are threaded in, we can tighten those down with a 13-millimeter socket. So, with our tailgate shut we can remove these two bolts that are holding on our hinge so we can access the Torx bolts behind our actual hinge. So, I'm using a 13-millimeter socket. So, now I'm gonna use a T50 Torx bit to remove these three Torx bolts. So, now we can sandwich our bracket in between and then reinstall our hinge with the factory hardware. Take the T50 Torx bit and tighten those all down. So, now we can install our support bracket and reinstall our factory bolts. So the nut plate behind here is moving around and when you put the bolt in, it does kind of push back which makes it hard to grab. What I'm gonna do is take a flat-head screwdriver and just pull the nut plate forward so it's easier to grab. So, now we're ready to install our eyelet bolt and our eyelet nut. We are going to put the solid side to our support bracket with the number 11 bolt thread on our lock nut and then, tighten that down with a 16-millimeter socket and 17-millimeter wrench. And we want to make sure that this is still free-flowing and we'll be able to adjust this to attach to our tire carrier at the end. So that is still free-flowing. So, before we can install this on our Wrangler, we do need to install our rubber bushings. You're gonna have two per hinge here. So these will just pop into place. There's no need to press these in with a vice or anything. So, I just grab a rubber mallet and you can just beat that into place. As long as it seats properly, you can do the same thing for the top. So, depending on your tire size, you will need to measure out where you specifically want your tire to sit. We are going to mount our tire carrier mount up at the top couple of holes here. So, all you have to do is place that over. So, now you can take your provided bolt and flat washer and then, your flat washer, lock washer, and nut on the other side. So, we can do that for each of the four holes. So, after those are hand tight, we can tighten them down with an 18-millimeter socket on the bolt side and 18-millimeter wrench on the nut side. So, after our mounting bracket is tightened down, we can attach our actual mount. So, I'm just gonna let that sit there for right now and we can take our bolt, lock washer, and washer and thread that into the nut plate on the mount. So, we're just going to leave those loose for right now and then tighten those down once we have adjusted it to where we actually wanted to sit. So, this will also depend on the backspacing of your wheel. We are just going to push it out a little bit further since we have a shallow backspace and we're just gonna tighten those down with an 18-millimeter socket. Same hardware as the mounting bracket. So, before we attach our tire carrier, I did wanna put on the plastic covers right over the hinges. And those we'll just pop into place. So, now we can mount up our tire carrier, taking the provided washer and our longest bolts that they gave us, threading that through. You will have to mess with it and wiggle with it in order to get it...to go completely through because we'll have a threaded nut on the other side. Tapping it in with a rubber mallet will not mess up the thread. Making sure that's aligned with the other side, you can just tap it through. So now, you can take the provided washer and the nylon lock nut and thread that on to the bottom of the hinge. So now, you can tighten that down with a 19-millimeter wrench for the nut down here and 18-millimeter socket for the bolt portion. So, I switched over to the ratchet for this because my gun didn't fit in here. Now, we can connect our eyelet bolt to our tire carrier with the 11 bolts and the nylon lock nut. So, you're just gonna drop the bolt through with the tire carrier closed, making sure that the...everything lines up. Then, you can attach the nut down at the bottom. Switch over to a socket since I didn't have much. So, one thing that I really do like about this tire carrier compared to others is the fact that it's a one action operation. With a different style tire carrier you may have to unhook a latch or open the tire carrier first in order to get your tailgate, but with this, all you have to do is open your tailgate ones and you're done. So, our last and final step is to mount back up our spare tire. You can tighten those down with a 19-millimeter deep socket. So, that's gonna wrap up review and install. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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