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Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier - Hinge (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Heavy Duty Hinge Tire Carrier
    • Cast Aluminum Construction
    • Reinforces & Protects Tailgate
    • No Drilling Required
    • Can Be Used with the Factory Tire Carrier
    • Compatible With Stock or Aftermarket Bumpers
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit, fitting all 2007 and 2016 JKs. This kit includes both the hinge tire carrier and the tire mount, which are also both available separately. You want to take a look at this kit if you have large tires on your Jeep and you want to get that big heavy spare tire off of the factory tire mount, tailgate, and hinges. All of those components can fatigue and be damaged with a large heavy spare which can actually put you in a dangerous situation. The hinges will eventually sag, which means you'll have to pick up on the tailgate every time you open it and close it, the welds on the tailgate itself can break causing vibration and noise, and the metal of the factory tire mount can actually fatigue causing the tire to sometimes completely fall off, especially if you bounce your Jeep around off-road a lot. To avoid that damage, there are a couple of things you need to do. One, you need to keep the tire tight up against the tailgate, so it's not vibrating and torquing around causing that fatigue we talked about when you go over bumps on the road; and two, you need to get that weight of the spare tire off of the tailgate hinges. You can do that in a few different ways. One is by installing a bumper with a tire carrier that's integrated into it or you can use a tub-mounted carrier like this one. There are a few benefits to a tub-mounted tire carrier like this over a bumper-mounted tire carrier. One of those is that you can still open and close the tailgate with one hand, in one motion, instead of having to first open the tire carrier and then open the tailgate. Another benefit to a system like this is that you're not limited to choosing a bumper that has a tire carrier option. So once you've decided that a tub-mounted tire carrier is the right system for you and for your build, there are really only a couple of options to take a look at. Like we said before, this kit includes both the hinge tire carrier and the spare tire mount. The tire carrier is made of a cast aluminum and the mount is made of steel. Both are finished off with a textured black powder coat to resist corrosion and rust. You'll be able to mount up to a 37-inch tire on the back of your Jeep with this kit. When comparing this system to other systems on the market there are some differences to note. Some of those other systems will allow you to cut up the third brake light and install it in the center of the spare tire. This system doesn't require any cutting and provides this adjustable third brake light mounting bracket which keeps the third brake light above the spare tire in more of a factory location. Another thing to note is that this spare tire mount allows you to adjust the tire in and out so you can keep it tight up against the tailgate, but it doesn't allow you to adjust the tire up and down. Getting this tire carrier installed on the Jeep was pretty straightforward, thanks to the detailed instructions that Rugged Ridge provides. I would definitely recommend reading through them before you get started and taking your time to avoid any snags. A couple of things you'll want to have on hand before you dig into the install are some wooden wedges - to support the tailgate from the bottom when you have the hinges removed - and a good set of torque spits. You'll have all the hardware you need to get this bolted up between the factory hardware that you'll reuse and the hardware that comes in the kit. We actually had a couple of spacers left over because we were installing both the hinge carrier and the spare tire mount, so if you have a few parts left over don't be alarmed. Rugged Ridge also includes a length of wire and some crimp-on connectors to extend the factory wire harness for the third brake light, if you need to. We were only installing a 33-inch tire on our Jeep so that wasn't necessary for us, but if you have a larger spare tire and you move the third brake light up, you may need to do some wiring. Once you get the carrier installed and the third brake light set up, then you can make the adjustments for the tire mount. Now unfortunately, even at its tightest, we weren't able to get our tire tight up against the tailgate and the carrier. I have used some other tub-mounted carriers that allow for that much adjustment, and I really prefer to have the tire tight up against the tailgate. Aside from the torque spits that I mentioned earlier, you should be able to get this installed with just a socket set and some open-ended wrenches. The whole install should take about one hour and it'll be helpful to have an extra set of hands around. Like I said before, there aren't a lot of options on the market if you're looking for a tub-mounted tire carrier, and while this one is a little less expensive than some of the most popular options, it's really well-built, even if it doesn't allow you to get the tire quite as tight up against the tailgate as I would've liked. That's my review of the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit, fitting all 2007 and 2016 JK's, you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

    Reinforced Performance. Ensure your Wrangler can support your oversized spare with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Hinge. Specifically engineered to take the stresses of off road travel under load, this hinge reinforces your tailgate's hinges to prevent costly damages that arise from navigating rough terrain with a heavy spare.

    Rugged Construction. Crafted from precision die cast aluminum, this tire carrier hinge boasts intense strength without weighing your JK down. Forged steel hinge brackets ensure superior load capacity and reduced wear to your tailgate for improved longevity. 

    Installation and Warranty. No drilling or modification to your Wrangler is required for installation of this heavy duty hinge. Rugged Ridge backs this system with a 5 year limited warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship.

    Application. The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Hinge is designed for installation on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited (4 door) models.

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

    MPN# 11546.51

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Hinge
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
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    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
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    5 Top Rated Questions

    Does this mount include the third brake light assembly?

    • This item does not come with the third brake light mount as you will reuse the factory tire mount and third brake light mount.

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    Will this work with a teraflex tire carrier ?

    • This item looks like it will work with this item.

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    Will this work with the smittybilt SRC oversize tire carrier mount?

    • This likely would not work, it is designed to install onto an otherwise stock application.

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    What is the max tire size you can run based upon research, 40?

    • The largest tire this can support is 37"

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    Is there a recommended CB Antenna Mount to be utilized with this tire carrier?

    • Rugged Ridge has a CB antenna mount that would work with the Spartacus HD tire carrier. It can be found at the link below. https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-cb-antenna-jk-1150389.html

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    Will the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier assist with additional weight support for a tailgate rack? 1 answer
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    Will the hinge upgrade allow me to run 35x12.5x17, 8.5 wheel with 4.75 backspace on the oem tire mount? 1 answer
    Does this work on a 2004 wrangler? 1 answer
    Will this hinge work on the stock carrier with a -6 offset 35x12.5x17 on a 9 inch wheel? Thanks, 1 answer
    Will this hinge handle a 35x12.50 on a factory tire mount, without having to purchase the entire kit? 1 answer
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    Customer Reviews (44) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.9

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Fit 4.977273 5.0
    • Appearance 4.977273 5.0
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.704545 4.7



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 21, 2019

      Rugged ridge tire carrier hinge

      Easy install, too about an hour, fits great on 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Completely got rid of rattle from tailgate over bumps from my Toyo Open Counrty Rt 35 12.5 tire. Feels sturdy over the 2 weeks I’ve had installed no complaints. You will require either the rugged ridge carrier replacement or a tire relocation accessory since this is just the hinge.

      AaronI

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 14, 2019

      Easy install

      Don't over torque the bolts. Great for 35s could have went 37s

      Easy

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 18, 2019

      Hinge Pin ???

      I inadvertently only ordered the hinge, but when it arrived I realized I also needed the tire mount as well, my bad. However the hinge box looked like it had been a retun. There were no instructions and seemed to be missing some hardware. I ordered the tire mount and the instructions did mention how to install the hinge part as well. Only thing I question is that the lower hinge pin is upside down compared to the upper pin. I didn't notice it until the install was done and makes me think that the hinge had been a return after someone changed the pin.

      Rustygold

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 03, 2019

      Excellent Product

      Very straight forward install with no problems. Looks great and does the job.

      JohnnyB

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      January 30, 2019

      Heavy Duty

      Easy installation, extremely heavy duty. Fit perfectly on my 2017 JKU Rubi. Recommend this product.

      MannyL

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 24, 2019

      Best add on I purchased

      This hinge is one of the best add on I purchased for my Jeep. As soon as I put it on I could feel the added strength it added to my tail gate; completely stopped the rattle I got when I driving rough roads and off road.

      Jerry

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 18, 2019

      Looks great

      I like everything about this except it would have been nice to get all replacement bolts because I have a red Sahara. I had to paint bolts so they wouldn’t stick out on the black carrier. Otherwise it’s great and people actually notice the stout carrier.

      MarkB

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 30, 2018

      Excellent product

      I install on my Jeep Wrangler and I love it. Easy to install and look great

      SyedS

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      October 23, 2018

      RR Tire Carrier Hinge

      Looks great and feels solid. Great product ... Very happy!

      LennyK

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 12, 2018

      Great addition

      Bought this Tire Carrier/Hinge because I didn't like the look of the stock hinges and their plastic covers. Super sturdy with the added benefit of a heavy duty tailgate hinge. Can't beat the price either as some of the other options are more expensive but perform equally.

      Joejeep14

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 10, 2018

      Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire carrier

      I had issues with my door due to the heavy wheel I had mounted. My problems were solved with this amazing product and I avoided having to purchase an expensive bumper with wheel mount. Easy to install.

      IgnacioS

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 05, 2018

      Immediately Cured the Noise

      Like most on here, with my 35 inch tires, my tailgate chattered relentlessly. I fought to solve this for over two years. I found this hinge on one of the jeep forums and was skeptical. It arrived very promptly and I was pleased with the quality. It is very heavy and the hinge is tight. It took me about an hour to deconstruct and place. I had no problems with fitment. Make sure to use a torque wrench and not over tighten (15ft/lbs is the magic number). I could tell immediately the first time I closed the tailgate that my problem was solved; it was a very tight, solid close with no rattle. I took down the road and sure enough, no tailgate chatter. Note: my tire carrier is a different brand HD carrier and it mated up nicely to this hinge with no issues. I am very pleased and this has to be in the top 5 best items I have purchased for my '15 jku.

      Johnny

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 21, 2018

      Just what I needed

      After upgrading tires and wheels, I could immediately tell my tailgate was going to suffer, thus the addition of this product. It’s heavy duty and looks awesome but the instructions were confusing. They would tell you to refer back to a step number, but that number was incorrect. The instructions do this twice. Now it says this product should take an hour to install, it took me two hours for a couple of reasons. 1. Because I spent time trying to figure out what the instructions wanted me to do and 2. Because I have an aftermarket backup camera, disassembling and reassembling that took a while.

      BernardM

      Year: 2011Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 19, 2018

      No More Noise

      I only purchased the HD hinge, but it's the best thing I've ever bought for my Jeep. I have 33" tires, and the factory hinges just weren't strong enough. This put alot stress on the rear door and there was an annoying rattling noise as I was driving. Put the HD hinge on, and no more noise. Looks great and love my quiet ride now.

      MichelleK

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 06, 2018

      No Problems at all

      Nice and solid. Easy install. Directions were clear and concise. Had a 35 inch tire on the factory hinge and had a horrible rattle from the tailgate. After we installed this, no sign of a rattle.

      MDod

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 07, 2018

      No more rattle!!

      Our Jeep had a terrible rattle in the tailgate until we put this on it. The tire was too heavy for the OE hinge. We needed a more HD hinge. This is perfect. Looks great and supports the tire! No more rattle!

      NicoleH

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 31, 2018

      Functions great!

      Looks and fits great. Installation was simple and straight forward. Takes a ton of weight off of the tailgate.

      RileyY

      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 26, 2018

      HD Carrier

      Easy install. perfect upgrade for my 35's. Very sturdy and good looking.

      Stevenl

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 17, 2018

      Amazing

      Finally no more rattling tire! Super simple install the included instructions are easy to follow and easy to understand! Works amazing would recommend buying this if you’re not loooking to spend $1000 On a tire carrier

      Patrick

      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 11, 2018

      jeepers

      Easy to install, 45 min.. Works great and looks good.

      Jeepers

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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