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

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  • MPN# 11546.51

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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

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    • (1) Hinge
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    Does this come with the hinges and tire mount?

    ZacheryE

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier - Hinge (Item J103912 MPN# 11546.51) would be just the hinge kit and can reuse the OE tire mount. If you want the tire mount and hinge kit from Rugged Ridge that can be found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/rr-spartacus-hd-kit-1154650.html (Item J103911 MPN# 11546.50).

      XTHelenW

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    What is the difference between item J103912 J103911?

    LisaC

    • Thank you for your question! J103911 is the entire kit with the Brake Light Extender, HD Wheel Mount Lug Plate, HD Wheel Mount Main Plate, and HD Hinge Casting. J103912 is just the HD Hinge.

      MeridethXT

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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?

    JuanV

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier - Hinge kit will work with 35x12.5x17 with the stock tire mount.

      XTJames

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    Does this work on a 2004 wrangler?

    RaymondG

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier only works on 2007-2017 Wranglers.

      Rob D

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    Will this hinge work on the stock carrier with a -6 offset 35x12.5x17 on a 9 inch wheel? Thanks,

    Anthony

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier will not cause interference with this setup.

      Rob D

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    Will this hinge handle a 35x12.50 on a factory tire mount, without having to purchase the entire kit?

    WesleyK

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier - Hinge will be able to support the weight of a 35x12.50 however depending on wheel offset, the stock carrier may not be able to fit such a large wheel and tire.

      Rob D

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    Overall Rating 5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Fit 5 5
    • Appearance 5 5
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.740741 4.7



    • 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

      Helpful (1)

    • 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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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 03, 2018

      Rugged ridge hd tire carrier

      I put 33x12.5020r on my jeep and my spare tire was making all kinds of noises . I ordered this new hinge and it's very nice and we'll made my jeep is nice and quiet does not make any more rattles when I drive even off road . Money well spent !!!

      Beth

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 23, 2018

      Better than expected

      Have 33's with the stock carrier and the 4" extension away from the back gate due to the wheels backspacing. That said, it would rattle and clunk over even minor bumps. Unacceptable and amazing that Jeep hasnt fixed this by now. Looked around at bumper carriers and just dont like the designs, weight or function. This was the answer to my want to not look so over done look. This carrier along with the 3 others out there that function like it, work flawlessly. No shake, no rattle, no issues. Looks factory and rides aftermarket. Plenty of videos on the install process on youtube, but the directions were sufficient with color pictures. Highly recommended to install before your gate gets messed up as mine now closes now like a Benz. Solid! Installs in an hour if you have it all ready to go tool wise and have read directions ahead of time.

      RobertS

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 19, 2018

      Great deal

      Quality and does what it says. Best value for your money.

      AmandaF

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 10, 2018

      No more rattle

      I was a little worried at first with the weight being just about 20 lb I thought do I need that much more weight. But what a great product tailgate closes no rattles life is good.give this product 5 stars and I'm running my stock tire carrier.due to I'm only running a 33inch tire on 18inch rim. So I have plenty of room..

      WilliamE

      Year: 2008Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 07, 2018

      The Rugged Ridge Spartacus is properly named

      This is an excellant product. It’s fit and finish on my 2017 Jeep Rubicon HardRock is perfect. The quality and design are perfect for the Jeep Wranglers. If you run into any issue with the bolt head rusting and that bothers you, then get them powder coated. It is a Jeep you know and things aren’t going to stay perfect without some level of maintenance. I would strongly, strongly suggest this product to anyone with a Wrangler.

      EdC

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 12, 2018

      No more rattling!

      The hinge carrier is nice and solid. The tailgate no longer rattles. It only took me about an hour to install. I am very happy with this hinge carrier.

      Joe

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      October 21, 2017

      Lose the rattle

      Product is very solid and cured my rattle noise do to larger size tire. It probably would have taken me less than an hour to install but I had to sand and paint where old hinges were. A little pricey but got the job done! Would highly recommend to everyone who increased tire size to save your back door.

      MarkR

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 02, 2017

      Worth it

      Install was extremely easy. Took the rattle out of the tail gate. Only a 31” tire but the steel wheel added weight. Still easy to open and feels a lot more sturdy.

      chrish

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 24, 2017

      Awesome

      I put 35's on my Jeep and didn't upgrade the tire carrier or hinges and was worried about both. Low and behold I began to loose the welds on my tailgate so I installed this hinge kit and tire carrier, rattles went away, easy install, video was spot on. Looks aggressive as heck and perfect fit

      JakeC

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 27, 2017

      What a difference!

      This was the perfect product to help get the weight of my oversized spare tire off the body and stock tailgate hinges. Went wheeling the next day after install and had 0 rattle from it either.

      MikeN

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 29, 2017

      A must have item

      I wanted to have matching spare tire and after all the research found that not having a HD mount would harm the factory mount as well as not fit my 35" tire. Looks great no rattling snug for took it to another level of look.

      ClarkH

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 18, 2017

      HD Tire carrier

      great tire carrier looks great and works great everything went together like it said great product i would recommend to buy this carrier

      AllenR

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 10, 2017

      Exceptional Quality

      Easy to install and a great product. Would highly recommend if adding a bigger rim/tire set up on your jeep.

      ZachS

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 07, 2017

      Perfect

      Fits and looks great. Stopped the vibration and rattle. Exactly what I was looking for.

      BrittS

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 04, 2017

      Answer to a Prayer!

      I had to remove my oversized spare (33") off the back of my jeep because of the damage to the gate and the awful obnoxious noise it was making every time I hit the least little bump. This carrier was the answer. Not a single sound now. It was delivered quickly and It was easy to install. It looks great. Thanks!

      NarronSaltLife

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 27, 2016

      Awesome Upgrade from Factory Hinge

      I bought this hinge to hold a heavier tire and it was well worth it. The hinge looks way better and is really sturdy. Looks great and was shipped really fast.

      Bean

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 06, 2016

      Well made product!!

      Very well made and heavy duty design that gives a great look to my Jeep. It stopped the rattling on the tailgate door. Not hard to install but make sure you have a set of extra hands to help you and definitely read the instructions before installing to make sure you have the appropriate tools (T-20 and T-50 torx bits) to remove tailgate hinges and re-install new ones.

      Sahara15

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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