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

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Heavy Duty Hinge Tire Carrier
    • Cast Aluminum Construction
    • Fits Up To 37 Inch Tire
    • No Drilling Required
    • Compatible With Stock or Aftermarket Wheels
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    I'm Ryan from, 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

    Superior Performance. Give your rig what it needs to support an oversized spare tire with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit. Specifically engineered to take the stresses of off road travel under load, this tire carrier system provides the extreme strength necessary to protect your tailgate from damage.  This system is able to manage up to, including, a 37 inch tire on aggressive and bumpy terrain and is compatible with factory as well as most aftermarket bumper options.

    Rugged Construction. Crafted from precision die cast aluminum, this tire carrier 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. The entire kit is tested to MIL-STD-810 to simulate the amplified stress and vibrations of off road travel for enhanced reliability.
    Installation and Warranty. This heavy duty tire carrier hinge system includes the tire mount, hinge system and an adjustable third brake light bracket. No drilling or modification is required for installation and additional wiring and connectors are included to extend factory brake light wires. Rugged Ridge backs this system with a 5 year limited warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship.

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

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

    MPN# 11546.50

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) HD Hinge Casting
    • (1) HD Wheel Mount Main Plate
    • (1) HD Wheel Mount Lug Plate
    • (1) Brake Light Extender
    • (4) Spacer Plates
    • Hardware
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        Questions & Answers (30)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        I've had this on my JK for 3.5 months now and all of the nuts and bolts are rusted out. Why is there not higher quality hardware? What is the warranty? In addition, the rear swinging door has started to have a terrible rattle about a month ago, and I'm going to now have to uninstall the kit and try to figure it out.

        • Rugged Ridge backs this system with a 5 year limited warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship. I would recommend calling in 1-844-887-6513 with your order number, to have this issue taken care of.

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        How much does this unit weigh?

        • The Spartacus HD tire carrier weighs approximately 56 lbs.

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        I'm confused. There are two questions regarding a mount for a hi-lift jack that would work on this carrier. There are also two opposing answers. Which is correct?

        • The Hijack mount you are referring to uses the factory hinge mounting bolts, which this Tire Carrier kit does as well. You would have to fabricate spacers and use other bolts which might compromise the strength of the Tire Carrier.

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        Can this product be used with bushwacker corner armor?

        • This Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit is indeed compatible with the Bushwacker Rear Trail Armor Corners (item J14012)

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        I understand that you repurpose the stock hinge bolts for the casting hinge, but I'm missing the 2 additional bolts. Can you advise what size bolt I need to purchase? (referring to the HD hinge casting, not the spare tire mount).

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          Ratings Summary

          4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          Installation Cost: $100-$250

          • December 27, 2019

            5 2016 Wrangler - BrianR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit

            This Tire Carrier met all my needs. Quick 1 hr install and great overall look. Rattling sound completely subsided after install as well.

            Helpful (1)
          • December 24, 2019

            5 2007 Wrangler - Labtech

            No more banging tailgate

            Took only about 2 hours to install . Use a couple door stoppers to keep your tailgate aligned before removing any bolts on the hinges . My tailgate used to make a banging clunking sound over a good bump. The whole set up is tight and sound

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          • November 09, 2019

            5 2015 Wrangler - Kyrujames Installation Time: Afternoon

            Awesome product

            Instructions suck but its not that hard to figure out. I had rust under my hinges on my 15' so i sanded down and primered beneath, cant even see it so win win.

            Helpful (1)
          • November 06, 2019

            5 2008 Wrangler - G Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            amazing piece of equipment

            Really easy to put up, did it alone, no problem at all.

            Helpful (1)
          • October 21, 2019

            4 2012 Wrangler - Recklesssurfer Installation Time: Afternoon

            Works as advertised

            Bought the product to accommodate 35x12.5 inch tires. Not my first choice but does the job well without any major complaints. Minor complaints are price was a bit steep and the directions have a lot of errors. But then again not my project so I may be a bit biased on price. As far as directions go, well it goes on exactly like you'd expect so I wasted more time deciphering the directions than actually installing it. So if neither of those thing's bother you then you can give it that last star. Also the tire carrier is fully recessed and with the spacer that was on the stock carrier I have plenty of clearance from tailgate and bumper. Spacer is needed for the longer wheel studs to fit my aftermarket rims.

            Helpful (1)
          • October 14, 2019

            4 2016 Wrangler - Creeksfarm

            High Quality

            This tire carrier is made of high quality and was easy to install. I would have given a 5 star rating if the tire could be moved closer to the carrier. I wanted the tire to touch the carrier but there is not enough adjustment.

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          • October 14, 2019

            4 2015 Wrangler - ChadW


            My tires are 285/75R16 (33") Toyo Open Country, All Terrains. In the Extreme Terrain video, they state that this does not hold the tire close enough to the Jeep for the reviewer's liking. I am posting pics of mine. My tires are held closely and they even touch the tire carrier mount on the bottom end. I don't know how you would get closer without adding bump stops to make positive contact in more places. I have not off-roaded this set up yet as I just installed it this weekend. I was surprised at how high I had to set the 3rd break light for my 33's. Any higher and I would have had to extend the cable. The 3rd break light mounts high enough for a 37" and without the break light you could probably get up to a 40" tire (if your bumper will allow it). I installed the kit according to the directions (with the tailgate latched closed). It opened and closed all right until I put the spare tire on - then it rubbed. With the tire off, I loosened all the bolts, put the wedges under the door with the door slightly ajar and another 1/2" height added to the wedge on the handle end of the door. I then tightened everything back up again. Install was easy and took about 2 hours to get it adjusted exactly to my tire dimensions. This is one of the easiest upgrades I've done to my Jeep.

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          • September 24, 2019

            4 2017 Wrangler - BryanS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Good quality

            Ok PROS: are heavy duty aluminum , bolt on is great can adjust to tilt top in and out away from gate for bigger tires AND Cons: the top hinge comes very close to light armor on pass rear light guard, has to be adjusted, hinges very tight swings hard(good bad you decide), most importantly the lug bolts are almost too short it took a lot of effort to start lugs as I have an additional 1/4" of thickness on the carrier with camera bracket and tail light ring as well so would love lugs 1/4" longer I have alloy Mahem tanks on it and they are not very thick at hub but anyone with beef at the hub may have issues with lug length

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          • September 03, 2019

            5 2014 Wrangler - ChrisW Installation Time: Afternoon

            Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier

            Went on very easy, no issues at all. Directions were very easy to follow and done this by myself. The video review/install video from Extreme Terrain is really what made this go so smooth! After watching video, i pretty much knew how to install the carrier, just went back to the directions a time or two just to refresh. But all in all, this is a great product! I can finally put my 35in tire on and it makes my Jeep look awesome!

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          • August 30, 2019

            5 2013 Wrangler - RichieTharpe Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Bad Arss Carrier well worth the spend!

            I purchased a rust proof powder coated metal carrier and it started rusting within a year. I should have just spent the extra money for the this one made from Aluminum. The Rugged Ridge Emboss Logo on the carrier is pretty sweet. Also a little lighter than the metal carrier.

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          • August 10, 2019

            4 2017 Wrangler - GabrielM Installation Time: Afternoon

            Well worth the money

            Product is just as described; solid. Installation time took roughly 2 hours from start to finish. Hardest part was getting the tire mount just the right amount of distance from bumper. Zero rattles or noises.

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          • August 01, 2019

            5 2007 Wrangler - JeffreyS Installation Time: Afternoon

            Beefy Tire carrier!

            I love the new tire carrier! This product replaces the stock hinges with BEEFY hinges, and brackets that support the tire carrier right off the hinges! The tail gate is taken out of the equation! Very solid, easy to install and easy to use, this is a great tire carrier!

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          • July 21, 2019

            5 2018 Wrangler - DanielS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Tire carrier

            Straight forward heavy duty. No rattling great carrier

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          • June 28, 2019

            5 2013 Wrangler - TJH Installation Time: Afternoon

            Good solid poduct

            Product shipped with all the parts and easy instructions. Took my time to assemble and had it finished in 2 hours. Looks great and holds my 35" aftermarket solid. No noise, rattles, or vibrations after 1000 miles of rough pavement driving. Very satisfied with the product and I recommend this purchase. Looks just like the picture shows.

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          • May 28, 2019

            5 2015 Rubicon - Judibug Installation Time: Afternoon

            Tire carrier kit

            Bought my Jeep with after market tires and the carrier was causing my door to break in several spots on the inside This carrier was a perfect fix A little bit of a pain to install but well worth i

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          • May 14, 2019

            5 2012 Rubicon - BigRon Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            RR Tire Carrier

            Fit perfectly. Holds a 35" MT in place and is sturdy.

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          • May 11, 2019

            5 2013 Wrangler - DerekB Installation Time: Afternoon

            Sexy and Sturdy!

            Ordered this after I put a new set of tires and wheels on my rig just to keep piece of mind. I’ve heard horror stories of the tailgate snapping etc. and didn’t want to take the chance. You can tell the second you open the box this thing was made to last. Decent weight to it and looks to kill. Only drawback I have in this product is the inability to move the tire down. But that was described in the review video and since I’m only running 33’s I didn’t think it would be that HUGE of a deal. I’ve been very satisfied ever since.

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          • May 06, 2019

            5 2013 Wrangler - TimC Installation Time: Afternoon

            Tough Carrier

            Thoroughly thought out and tough tire carrier. This thing is heavy duty

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          • April 24, 2019

            5 2012 Wrangler - WilliamSteele Installation Time: Afternoon

            Nice looking

            It's a relative easy install and looks great no sagging of the door. Works perfectly for my 37" ×20" tire.

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          • April 22, 2019

            5 2016 Wrangler - Bradp1817 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Well Made! Super happy!

            This tire carrier is very well made. It is solid and holds my 35" tire and wheel without any issues at all. The instructions were pretty clear, making the install easy and took about an hour.

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