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Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket (18-20 Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Review & Installation Video

      This Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket is for anyone with a 2018 and up JL, that's looking for a way to provide a little bit more space to mount a larger than factory spare tire on the factory spare tire carrier. This is gonna be a one out of three wrenches for the installation and we'll show you how to get it done in just a second. So, for a few generations now if you want to mount a larger than factory spare tire in the factory spare tire location, you're gonna run into a couple of different issues. The first one is going to be space, your spare tire can hit on your bumper when you're opening and closing the tailgate, and that's what a bracket like this is designed to help fix. This is going to move your factory spare tire mount up about four and three-quarter inches allowing you to fit a 35-inch spare tire on that factory spare tire mount without having any sort of space issues.Now, there are also going to be some additional issues that you can have when mounting a larger than factory spare tire on this factory spare tire mount. And this bracket is not going to help to remedy those, and most of those are around the weight. This spare tire carrier itself is only designed to carry this factory spare tire weight, so when you put a much larger and heavier spare tire on there, you can have issues with this actually flexing, breaking down and it could crack and come apart on you. You can also have issues with the tailgate itself being that all of this is still bolted to those factory spare tire mounts. Especially something like this that puts the spare tire away from the Jeep a little bit more, you're actually creating a little bit more torque on those factory spare tire mounts. And you can end up with the tailgate starting to come apart and creaking, making noises, all of those types of issues. And finally, you can have issues with the hinges themselves because again, all of this weight is still supported by the factory hinges. So, you can end up in a situation where you have to lift up on the end of the tailgate a little bit when you're opening it and closing it because those hinges have started to sag. So again, a bunch of different issues you can run into, this bracket is going to solve the space issue but isn't much going to help with the others. So, if you're looking for something that's going to create a solution for all of those problems, weight and size, you're gonna be wanting to take a look at a bumper mounted spare tire carrier or a tub mounted spare tire carrier that is going to replace the hinges and also beef up the tailgate mounting points. But this is going to be a nice solution if maybe you're just mounting a slightly larger than spare tire, maybe you want a stop gap to have your slightly larger than spare in the factory location until you're able to save up or find the exact other tire carrier that you want for the long term. Whatever your situation is, this is gonna be much less expensive than some of those other choices. So again, it's a pretty good stop gap. This is coming in right around $80 which I think is a pretty good deal for the quality of build that you're getting. And like we said this is gonna install very easily onto your Jeep at a one out of three wrenches for the install. So, let me show you how to get it done. For this install, you'll need a 13-millimeter socket as well as a T25 Torx socket and we also used the T40 Torx that came out of the Jeep toolkit. You'll also need a socket for your lug nuts, we needed 13/16 because we have aftermarket lug nuts on our Jeep, and we also use our trim removal tool. We drove all of those sockets with a small extension and our 3/8 electric impact. So, this is going to be a very easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. Of course, the first step is going to be taking our spare tire off the Jeep then getting that factory spare tire mount out of the way to get our adapter in place. Now, to get the spare tire off, first, you're gonna be using a T40 Torx, we're going to be using the one that comes in the Jeep tool kit that comes with your JL. We're gonna use that in order to unlock and then remove the camera cover, then we'll buzz the three lug nuts off to get our spare out of the way.Our next step is removing the factory tire carrier. Now, you can just unbolt this and support it somewhere here or have a friend hang on to it for you. And that would mean you wouldn't have to disconnect your wiring harness but we're gonna show you how to disconnect the wiring harness, get used to doing this by yourself, you wanna be able to completely remove this and set it aside while you're bolting your adapter in place. So what we're gonna do is pop the tailgate open, there's a little piece of plastic trim on the inside that we'll have to remove and that will let us unplug both our third brake light as well as our camera here. And then we can come back to the outside of the tailgate, unbolt the carrier and set it aside. So, we'll get the tailgate popped open and get that all unplugged. I'll just use my trim removal tool here to pop the plastic trim off the inside of the tailgate. I'll set this aside and then right here you'll see the plugs that we need to unplug. There are actually three plugs here, we don't have to do anything with the larger plug this one is for the locking mechanism for the tailgate, that one can stay intact. But this single one here, the white plug that's gonna be our camera, we'll get that unplugged and the smaller two wire here this is going to be for our third brake light. So we'll just pull the red safety clip there, press and pull and get that unplugged as well. So that's really all we're gonna have to do to the inside of the tailgate at this point, we're gonna leave the plastic off because we'll come back to replug these in in just a second. Now that we have the tailgate closed again, we'll grab a 13-millimeter socket and will remove all of the bolts that hold the factory tire carrier in place. That way we can get it set aside. As we're removing the carrier from the Jeep we'll also just pull the wiring harness right through the hole here by removing the grommet. As you can see our plugs come right through and we can set this aside. At this point, we're ready to install our relocation bracket onto the tailgate using all the factory hardware. Once everything's started by hand, you can tighten it down. There's just one last step before we can get our factory tire carrier bolted up to our relocation bracket and that has to do with the wiring. We're gonna do one more step a little bit later to extend the wiring even further, but right now what we need to do is just pull the cables out of this little cable keeper that's in the back of the factory tire carrier. So, this is just a press fit, just give them a little bit of pull, of course, you wanna be gentle because they are cables after all, but just pull them out of this little notch. Again, that's all you need to do at this point. Now we can get our tire carrier bolted up to the relocation bracket before moving on to the next step. So, as we're getting our tire carrier bolted up to our adapter, you can see that there's a slot right here for the cable to go in. And just make sure that lays nicely so that the carrier isn't pinching the cable between the relocation bracket and itself. And we have that in there, plenty of play, not pinching anything. We'll get the hardware that comes with the kit and get this bolted up. Now that all eight of the bolts are started by hand we can go back through and tighten them down. So, the last step before reinstalling our spare tire is just a little bit of additional wire rerouting to give us just a tiny bit of additional length. Now, we tried putting our rubber grommet back into the tailgate hole here just like from factory and we were able to make it but the wires were pulled a little bit taut, so we're gonna go ahead and do the next step. If by some chance your wiring is just a little bit more slack, you might be able to get away with skipping this step, but we're gonna show you how to get it done anyway. So, what we're gonna do is remove these Torx bolts that are right around here and separate the front half in the back half of the third brake light. And right now there's a wire that runs around the outside of this plastic bracket here. And all we're gonna do is move this section from the outside of these bolt holes to the inside of these bolt holes and it's just a very small amount, but it's just enough to give us a little bit of slack so these wires aren't taut. So, as you can see right here, this is how the wiring was from the factory it was tucked on the far side of these two bolt holes just like this. And all we're gonna do is pull it out from there and tuck it to the inside of these bolt holes and then put our third brake light back together. As you can see, this is that little bit of slack that we created by rerouting this wiring. We're just gonna pull that down to give us a little bit of additional length down here where we need it so we can very easily reach right inside here. This is the same wire as this, pull straight down, that'll take the slack out and then we'll make sure that all of our bolts are tight.Pass our connectors back through the tailgate again, as you can see we have plenty of slack here for the grommet to go in there, nothing's pulled taut, plenty of length. All we need to do now is get back inside the tailgate and plug everything back in. Two factory plugs, the two wire plug for the third brake light, plug that one in and then the single wire which is our camera, plug that in as well. Now, we can replace the plastic cover on the inside of the tailgate. Just get the tailgate closed and get our spare tire put back in place. Now, we just put our camera cover back in place and again using our T40 Torx, turn it into the lock position and that's it for the install. So, if you are looking for a spare tire relocation bracket, that's going to give you a little bit of additional clearance between the tire and the bumper I would recommend taking a look at this option from Rough Country and you can find it right here at

      Product Information

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


      • Steering Stabilizer
      • Allows 35-Inch Spare Tire without Contacting Rear Bumper
      • Moves Mounting Points Upward 4.75 Inches
      • Durable, Solid-Steel Construction
      • Simplified Bolt-On Installation
      • Comes with 3-Year Warranty
      • Fits 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Models


      Stable Steering for Your Wrangler. Thinking of where you can put that spare tire on your Jeep Wrangler? Work with the space you’re given by investing in a durable and reliable relocation bracket. The Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket was specially designed for your Jeep Wrangler JL, relocating the factory spare tire assembly upwards by 4.75 inches. This grants you enough clearance for a 35-inch aftermarket spare tire at the back of your vehicle.

      Reliable Construction. You can count on the Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket to be your most durable and longest-lasting option. This component is made out of high-quality solid steel, designed as a 1-piece plate. This enables it to hold the weight of your spare tire and wheel with ease for a long time.

      Easy Bolt-On Installation. The Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket is designed for a smooth and hassle-free installation. It fits directly into your Wrangler’s factory mounting points, removing the need for any drilling, welding, or other modifications. The necessary hardware for this installation is also included with the bracket.

      Three-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty Included. The Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket is bundled with Rough Country’s Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. For specific terms, conditions, and exceptions, you may reach out directly to the manufacturer.

      Application. The Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket was made for all 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

      Fitment: 2018 2019 2020

      MPN# 10526

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      Customer Reviews (20)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 20 customers

      • December 23, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Audra F

        My tire fits!

        I have 35” tires. It was too big, hitting my bumper and my break light. But we are all good now!

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      • December 12, 2019

        4 2018 Wrangler - Perm182kb

        Great product

        Easy install with good instructions included. Fixed my issue with bike rack not clearing when opening the rear door. Works great now clears by 1/8”. Only issue is getting used to camera up higher. Kind of strange view for parking, camera view a little wider.

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      • November 07, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Cindy

        Amazing fix

        I recently got brand new 35's and they wouldn't fit anymore, this perfectly fixed it and I'm so excited at how good it looks and how easy it was to install!

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      • October 24, 2019

        5 2019 Rubicon - MoRubJL

        Easy install/good quality

        Really simple install, I would have really liked to see a wiring extension included for the rear break / back up camera, it pulled the wiring really tight even with re-routing the wires as instructed. I have to extend the wire in order to put the rubber gromit back in the tailgate...... other then that, it made way more room then i thought and could fit a 40” tire easily......

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      • August 11, 2019

        3 2019 Wrangler - Cristian89

        Only a temporary fix

        The relocation kit does its job, but you can tell it’s only a temporary fix. This kit did allow me to fit my 35” tires, but you can feel the weight dragging down on the tailgate which I’m sure with all the vibration and over time will damage the tail gate. Also please note you will have to buy new spare tire bump stops as the stock ones will no longer make contact with the new larger tire that is now pushed further away from the tailgate after you install this relocation kit or else your big tire will be bouncing all over the place causing greater damage at a faster pace.

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      • July 31, 2019

        4 2019 Wrangler - TomU

        Solid, well-built kit – simple install

        For those making the leap to 35" tires, expect a significant decrease in visibility out of the back of your Jeep. I knew that would be the case but didn't realize the degree of difference between stock and 35s. Also, product description and instructions I received state intended for 35" tires. If I had one gripe about the kit is that if it was built specifically for 35" setups, then it mounts the wheel higher than it needs to and inches matter for visibility. Uploaded a pic of my sting gray with XL wheels to demonstrate gaps. Would easily mount 37s as far as I can see – so bonus!

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      • July 25, 2019

        5 2018 Rubicon - Buckskin529

        Easy Install for Larger tires

        Installation was easy. I mounted a 35" tire with no problem. Instructions say 37" will fit. The tire does ride higher and restricts a significant portion of rear view.

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      • July 16, 2019

        4 2018 Wrangler - Cheese

        Relocated into field of view.

        Very Easy to install, works perfectly. Only issue is tire sits to high and I can't see out the back window. It's a solid, well made bracket and does its job.

        Helpful (1)
      • July 02, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - JKC


        Easy to install, within an hour. Tire fits perfect.

        Helpful (1)
      • June 03, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Firetech

        New tires.

        This is a great product it only took about 20 mins. to install couldn't be happier.

        Helpful (1)

      Questions & Answers (6 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Will this work with the rough country tailgate reinforcement kit

      Can the stock rear view camera and 3rd brake light work with this without modification?

      • You may need to get a longer brake light harness for this and the factory camera will work with no modifications.

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      will this fit a 37in tire with the reinforcement kit on it

      • The maximum tire size this can accommodate is 35".

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      Will this product work without the Mopar reinforcement bracket, and only the factory tire carrier bracket?

      • This item is designed to be used with the factory spare tire mount to relocate the tire up several inches.

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      What's the weight on this bracket?

      • The Rough Country Spare Tire Relocation Bracket weights approximately 15lbs.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Spare Tire Relocation Plate
      • Installation Hardware