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RedRock 4x4 HD Tire Carrier for OEM Tail Gate (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Swing Out Tire Carrier
    • Designed for use with OEM Tail Gate
    • Heavy Duty Tubular Steel Construction
    • Premium Two Stage Textured Black Powder Coat Finish
    • Direct Bolt-On Installation
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Hey, guys. It's Sara from extremeterrain.com. And today, we have a review and install of the RedRock HD Tire Carrier for your OEM Tail Gate, fitting your '07 through '18 Jeep Wrangler JKs. This tire carrier was designed to work with your OEM tailgate and changes the mounting point taking the stress off your OEM tailgate, so it can accommodate larger wheels and tires, and it does not affect the operation of your tailgate. Coming in at around $290, this is a budget-friendly way to upgrade your tire carrier. I'm giving this install one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It can be done in approximately one hour and features a direct bolt-up installation with no drilling required. All right, with that said, let's jump right into our install.For this install, we used 19, 18, 17, 16, and 10-millimeter wrenches, a small extension, 13, 18, 19, and 21-millimeter sockets, a T50 Torx, a 4-millimeter Allen key socket, ratchets, an impact gun, and a block of wood. With our tire removed, we can now open our tailgate and unplug our third brake light. Either by hand or the trim removal tool, grab this plastic vent and remove it. Press down on this clip and remove this connector. Close your tailgate. Grab this rubber grommet and remove your cable the rest of the way, and tuck it into your factory tire carrier. Now, remove the eight 13-millimeter bolts holding on your factory tire carrier. Next, we're gonna remove these hinge covers. You can just gently pry back on the top part, and then push forward, and it should slide right off. For these other hinge covers, you're gonna pull back on the front part here and then pull to your right, and pop this one off the same way you did the top one.All right, so next up, we're going to temporarily remove these hinges in order to install some spacers. But before we do that, we do wanna grab something like a plank of wood to support our tailgate in the center, so it does not shift around while we have these removed. Grab your 13-millimeter socket and remove these four bolts. Next up, swing your hinge away to expose the three Torx bolts and remove them with a T50 Torx. Repeat that for your bottom hinge. Next up, you wanna grab the hinge brackets in your kit and line them up with your factory brackets so the three holes align here, and the pins align at the top. Now, we can get it installed on our Jeep. Grabbing the factory bolts, reinstall these. Next up, grab the flat spacer in your kit and line it up with the two holes on the backside of your hinge. Close the hinge and line up your factory hardware and tighten it down. Grab your 13-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Repeat that process with your top bracket. Grab your T50 Torx bit and tighten these down. Line up your flat bracket and close your hinge. Grab your 13-millimeter socket and tighten these down. At this point, we can remove our block of wood and just check that our tailgate operates properly. If not, now would be the time to adjust our brackets.Next up, grab your backing plate and line it up with the factory holes, and install using the factory hardware. Once these are all hands tight, grab a 13-millimeter socket and tighten them down. Grab the two eyelets that come in your kit, and you're gonna thread these together. This is gonna attach this plate to the actual arm that holds your tire carrier. Once these are together, slide them into the bracket on your plate and grab the included hardware, and slide it through your eyelet, and use a nut on the other side. We're gonna tighten these down later once our arm is attached. Now, we can replace our larger hinge covers over the top of our hinges.Now we can prep our arm to go on our Jeep by installing the bushings. Flip it up to its top, grab these bushings and they should slide right in. With our bushings in place, let's get our arm installed on the Jeep. Before we can mount our arm onto our bracket, you do wanna place these smaller washers on either the top and the bottom. Now, we can install our hardware. Make sure that your bushings, as well as the washers inside of your bracket, are aligned. Once your hardware is installed, grab an 18-millimeter socket and a 19-millimeter wrench, and tighten these down.So, our new carrier does interfere with these rubber stoppers so we will need to remove those now, you can do that by just twisting and pulling out. At this point, you wanna swing your tire carrier shut so it comes in contact with the stopper here. This can be adjusted up and down. You wanna make sure that it's adjusted so it holds this piping in nice and tight. But once that is done, you can grab a 4-millimeter Allen and a 10-millimeter wrench, and tighten down both of these bolts. Using a 16-millimeter ratcheting wrench and a 17-millimeter wrench, tighten down the hardware that holds this eyelet to your backing plate. At this point, you want to align the threaded eyelets that lines up with the bracket on your tire carrier. And once that lines up, grab the included hardware, and your 16 and 17-millimeter wrenches, and tighten this down. At this point, grab the back portion of the bracket that holds your spare tire and line it up with your tire carrier. There is quite a bit of adjustability here and this is gonna depend on what size spare tire you are running. For now, we're gonna mount this right in the center. And if we need to adjust it up or down a hole, we can. Grab your hardware with a washer on either side as well as a lock washer. Grab an 18-millimeter socket and wrench, and tighten these down. Now we can grab the front part of our tire mounting bracket and slide it into the back part. This is slotted as well, so you do have quite a bit of adjustment either forward and back. And, again, this is gonna depend on the size of your spare tire. For now, we're gonna go right about to the middle, grab our hardware with our larger washers and thread them in. Grab your 18-millimeter socket and tighten these down.Now, that we have our tire carrier mounted to our jeep, we can put it side by side with our factory tire carrier, and really check out some of the similarities and differences. Now right off the bat, you may have noticed that our RedRock Tire Carrier is quite a bit beefier than our factory one. And this is, specifically, to hold a larger wheel and tire. There's a ton of adjustability in both directions. And this one has a different mounting point than our factory one does. Our factory mounts right to the center of your tailgate here, where this RedRock one mounts out to the side where your hinges are. This is really gonna take a lot of the stress off your tailgate and allow you to run that larger wheel and tire. So, one thing to note with this tire carrier is that it does not include a third brake light. So, if you do want to keep your Jeep street legal, I would suggest looking into an aftermarket option.Final step in our install is to replace our spare tire onto our tire carrier. Grab a 19-millimeter socket and tighten these down. All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install of our RedRock Tire Carrier. Remember, for all things Jeep, keep it at extremeterrain.com.

    Swing Out Tire Carrier. RedRock 4x4's HD Tire Carrier is designed for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler models still equipped with the OEM tail gate. Including a reinforcement plate, this swing out style Tire Carrier is engineered to distribute the weight of your spare tire across the entire tailgate to eliminate stress on the factory mounting points. This RedRock 4x4 HD Tire Carrier does not affect operation of tail gate.

    Heavy Duty Construction. RedRock 4x4 manufactures their Tire Carrier from heavy duty steel tubing for superior strength and rigidity. The Carrier is then completed in a 2 stage finish using epoxy pre-coating and high-grade textured black powder coating for long lasting durability and corrosion resistance.

    Easy, Bolt-On Installation. RedRock 4x4 engineered their HD Tire Carrier to be a direct bolt-on upgrade reusing the factory mounting points. There is no cutting or modifications required for a clean straight forward install. Installation can be completed in about an hour with just basic hand tools.

    Application. This RedRock 4x4 Swing Out HD Tire Carrier is designed for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models with the stock OEM tail gate, including the 2-door and 4-door models.

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    MPN# J116338

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        5 Top Rated Questions

        Once installed, does the tire carrier swing free of the gate or is it attached?

        • This tire carrier is installed onto the cargo door, and will swing along with the door.

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        will this carrier make it so i can run my 35 tire on a stock rim and make it fit with the stock bumper?

        • I would suggest going with an upgraded carrier that is meant to carry heavier tires, rather than an OEM replacement set up such as this one. With a 35" tire, you will also want to reinforce your tailgate hinges, as the weight of that tire will pull those down, and end up damaging them if they are not reinforced.

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        What is the weight if this tire carrier?

        • The RedRock 4x4 Tire Carrier is 81 lbs.

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        Will this tire rack carry 37 in tire with a 20 in rim?

        • We would not recommend using this product with a 37" tire. We would suggest looking into a bumper mounted tire carrier.

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        Is it possible to use either the Rugged Ridge or Teraflex third brake light extension to be bolted directly on to this system?

        • Both the Rugged Ridge (Item J108258) and Teraflex (item J12994) third brake lights would indeed work with this tail gate with little to no modification.

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        10 More Questions
        All but one of the customer pictures are not showing the 3rd brake light. Will the OEM brake light attach to this carrier? How would the wiring run? 1 answer
        Can I mount the tire at an angle or does this require extra hardware? 1 answer
        What jack mount fits on this carrier? 1 answer
        I have 32in LT tires on 18in alloy rims. The tire weighs 51lbs by itself, so it exceeds OEM limits just by itself (not counting the rim). Will this carrier do the job in supporting the additional weight and not damage my swing gate in the long run? 0 answer
        Can I use this with the Smittybilt XRC Slant Back Tire Mount Kit (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)? Item J116612 0 answer
        Would you list some Tail Light Guards that would fit with this carrier? 1 answer
        Where can the Hi-Lift jack mount? 1 answer
        What is the bolt pattern for the carrier. Mine is installed and my rim will not fit? 1 answer
        Conflicting information about 37in tires. I am running Cooper STT Pro's 37x13.5xR17 on stock wheel. Will it work? 1 answer
        Will this work with a 31in tire on a 15in wheel. I will have a -73 offset? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (40) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 3.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          • Fit 4.052631 4.1
          • Appearance 4.421052 4.4
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.263158 4.3



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 20, 2019

            Great upgrade

            This tire carrier is a great upgrade from the stock carrier. The only downside is you will need to find another product or creative way to reattach your 3rd brake light. Install didn't take too long after figuring out what to do. The manufacturer's instructions were absolutely useless.

            AnthonyF

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 06, 2019

            Nice carrier

            Very nice alternative to the OEM carrier. The instructions are useless but anyone with some mechanical ability can figure it out easily enough. The new carrier got rid of the annoying rattle on dirt roads and looks very rugged on my jeep.

            Buschman58

            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 26, 2019

            Pretty good carrier

            Overall pretty good, instructions are horrible, if you have some mechanical knowledge you can figure out how to assemble.

            GreenJKU

            Year: 2007Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 21, 2019

            Good carrier for the money

            It's a stout design, and overall the quality is good. The kit isn't quite complete, though, and the instructions are absolutely worthless. I'm glad XT did a video, or I would have been scratching my head for a while. I didn't like that you have to remove the tailgate vent, and that you'd have exposed holes for the tire bumpers when you're done. It also didn't come with new hinge covers as I think the video said it did (the old ones don't fit well anymore). A little more attention would have rated this 4 or 5 stars.

            WillieB

            Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 10, 2019

            Holds a big tire!

            Seems sturdy and well made. The redrock 4x4 hd tire carrier was easy to install. The only weird thing was that one of my stock hinge plate covers was deep enough to fit perfectly back on, even with the redrock steel plate under the hinge... but the other stock hinge cover is short! Anyway, can't complain about the tire carrier. I like that it keeps the weight of the tire closer to the jeep than several other options would. I like that I can still open my tailgate and tire together!

            SamH

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 02, 2019

            Tire Carrier

            Easy to install and looks great. Holds 35" spare great.

            JAXWolf76

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 25, 2019

            Jeep Wrangler Tire Carrier

            Love the product, matches the theme on the jeep and looks tough. The build quality was awesome and I love the finish. My only problem was the instructions left you scratching your head on some of the steps, I eventually just tossed them and installed by myself, was a lot easier for me, all in all took about 2.5 hours to install. I gave 5 stars on everything, but if they had one for instructions I would most likely give a 3 for that.

            GaryD

            Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 10, 2019

            It's got "possibilities"

            For one of the cheaper tire carriers out there, it doesn't seem too bad so far. Installation: The instructions suck; you have to use process of elimination for the bolts to the eye bolt. The hardware bags are all numbered, so that helps a lot. You need to connect the eye nut to the swing arm first, you can't get a wrench on the nut and bolt if you follow the instructions. I had some difficulty getting a bolt through one of the hinges, but was able to work it in. You can turn the eye nut an extra half turn than you think, and it should get rid of all play when the gate's closed. Opening the tailgate is ... different now, but it seems to have the same range of motion. There is definitely a lot more mass, and because of that it seems resistant to moving when the Jeep isn't on level ground. No undue noises while driving, and I deal with speed bumps daily. This carrier seems to be the most versatile, as some industrious gent illustrated in the pictures. I'm hoping to mount a jerry can and hi-lift, maybe even some lights in the future.

            Caulairdis

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 24, 2019

            Good for the price

            I was fairly impressed with the product and so far it looks sturdy. My only complaint so far is that the threads for the bolts on the adjustable tire bracket that is used to move the tire in and out from the tailgate were sprayed with the same coating as the rest of the carrier making it impossible to get the bolts started. No worries though I had a friend weld everything up so it won’t have any wobble at all, which I was contemplating anyways. I also did a small modification to the tailgate plate as I have an aftermarket backup camera that goes up by the spare tire that I needed to run a wire for. If the bolts would have gone in smoothly and I wouldn’t have needed to do my other mod for the camera it would have been done in a couple hours on my own.

            Troprice88

            Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 20, 2019

            hydrometallic2015

            I love the look and the quality of the product. But, like a lot of other reviews the assembly pictures, not instructions, are horrible. Had to look up several sites to find a good picture of how everything was supposed to be installed. Could not find a video on how to install the product either. But, now that it is on it looks good and definitely beefed up my tailgate. Put an afternoon to install just because of the amount of time I used to research the installation instructions.

            2015hydroblue

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 11, 2019

            RedRock HD Tire Carrier

            The product is good for the price. One of the welded nuts broke off, so I had to go to the hardware store to get a new one. Also, the directions for this are not very good/detailed at all, so hopefully you understand what you're doing.

            cpmaia

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 30, 2019

            Excellent product at a really good price

            I really like the look that adds to my wrangler. Very aggressive style. The construction is sturdy. The installation process is a Easy (once you figure how the parts go because the instruction are terrible but it is not rocket science). You just need to adjust the pivot between the tire carrier and the tailgate to prevent any rattle.

            PedroG

            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 24, 2019

            Just OK

            The overall product is fine after I figured out what went where it went together with no issues. The biggest problem with this is the complete lack of any instructions to install. You get a part list what it does not tell you is that save your old bolts your going to be reusing them. The fitment was fine I had to adjust nothing. All in all for the price I am happy

            Gary

            Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            February 28, 2019

            Redrock Tire Carrier

            Works great for my 35” tires!!! I definitely recommend upgrading to this for larger tires.

            VickyM

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 18, 2019

            RedRock Tire carrier

            Key take-away… Bad welds, Crooked Lug nuts, poor fit. Love the look. If you are not a fixit person then select something else. Remember you get what you pay for. That being said…. I modified this carrier to hold the tire far right like the original MB41. The mods did not affect the overall function. I had to grind the excess welds off the main brackets just so they would sit flat on the body. Then I had to grind the inner welds on the bracket to remove the excess so the hinges would fit flat too. The kicker was the lug nuts for the tire were crooked and hand to be cut loose and re-welded. I did contact Extream Terrain and they credited my account a little.

            ShawnT

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            January 20, 2019

            Pefect

            Works as it should. The instructions could have been a little better though.

            JefferyC

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 1/5

            January 04, 2019

            Horrible product

            I dont know who they contracted to make this product but the welds are horrible. The original hinge does not even sit correctly because of the welds. I have to grind it down so I haven't even installed it. Is this made in China?

            Robby

            Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (11)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 18, 2018

            Not good for 35" tire

            I bought this product it's not worth it for 35" tire, it just looks good in picture, need something more reliable, just think about it before buying.

            LJ

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (10)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 14, 2018

            Awesome product and service

            I originally bought a tire carrier from another vendor and it did not last a week. Luckily they did refund my money but had no other option to offer. Then I found this unit and I’m back in business. Very happy with purchase and service

            DannyC

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 12, 2018

            RedRock HD Tire Carrier

            Great product once I figured out how to install it. My 2 year old could make better instructions with finger paints.

            CaseyB

            Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (6)

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