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

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  • MPN# 11546.50

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    • 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 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.

    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 and JL 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 and JL Unlimited (4 door) models.

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

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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
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    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
    • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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    Questions & Answers (19)

    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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    What type of CB antenna bracket fits this? Is there one by the same manufacturer?

    • At this time we do not offer an antenna mount designed for this tire carrier.

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    Is their a Hi-Lift Jack attachment for this tire carrier?

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK) does not have provisions for a Hi-Lift Jack attachment.  The hinge reinforcement bracket blocks the attachment location that would otherwise be available for that type of mount.

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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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    10 More Questions
    By saying you like to have the tire close to the tailgate, do you mean touching the tailgate or close enough where it does not touch the tail gate? 1 answer
    Will this prevent the tailgate from opening too far as I'm having issues on my 2017 JK with the check strap pulling out and opening way too far and causing covers to come off etc..? If not what hinge would help in this? Thanks 1 answer
    Does the Brake Light Extender need to be installed? Is there the option not to install it if I don't want the break light there? 1 answer
    Does this come with stud for the tire 1 answer
    With the RUGGED RIDGE SPARTACUS HD TIRE CARRIER KIT (07-18 WRANGLER JK) is there an option to do a license plate relocation and back up camera add on with this carrier? 1 answer
    Hello, I’m am running a 35 12.50 r17 on my stock JKU wheels and have a 1.5in wheels spacers. Do I need an extra wheel spacer to mount this tire? 1 answer
    Will this carrier work with the teraflex cb antenna mount? 1 answer
    Can a 17×9 wheel with 30mm offset fit on this? The tire is 35×12.5. Wondering if I'll need wheel spacers to make it fit. 1 answer
    can i use the jack mounting bracket #11586.01 with my tire carrier #11546.50 jeep jk 2012 1 answer
    I also Have your MORryde Spare Tire Jerry Can Holder w/ Tall Tray that I know will fit on this rig. I have 35 inch tire . With The gas carrier, will the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit be strong enough? 1 answer

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.722222 4.7
    • Appearance 4.888889 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.577778 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 29, 2018

      Awesome

      Looks great and easy to install. Comes with all the hardware necessary but some of the factory hardware is reused.

      ManuelR

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 04, 2018

      Super happy with this HD hinge and tire carrier

      Bought a 15 Jk with oversized wheels and 35" rubber. They had that monster mounted on the stock carrier with an extension. Seemed like a recipe for disaster so I decided on the Rugged Ridge kit from XT. Installation was super easy and the tired mounted right up. I couldn't be happier and I feel much safer with the tire mounted to it.

      StevenT

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 31, 2018

      Solid material and easy install

      Sure, you may pay slightly more for this product comparative to some other providers, however, fittings are spot on and material is solid. I have a 35" tire on this mount. Functional purpose aside, appearance / design is good.

      RobertM

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (0)

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 30, 2018

      Hi-Lift Jack Holder by Rugged Ridge

      Once I figured out that it really was not designed for my tirer carrier. But could still make it work with just a couple of bolts, pu it this way it works.

      TerryE

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 29, 2018

      Perfect !!!

      Strong casting, easy to install, fast shipping. Extra !!!

      SimardM

      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 24, 2018

      No worries

      I was kinda hesitant about buying this product after hearing it doesn’t allow the tire to fit tight and snug up against the tailgate which is the case. However all the components are so solid when tightened that is doesn’t give room for any play thus eliminating any rattles or movement. I would buy this product again.

      Akira

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 20, 2018

      Heady Duty

      I was able to do this myself, but it just took some extra time; about 1-2 hours to uninstall, wash, and install. Heavy product. Heavy duty. Stopped all my rattle on even the bumpiest of trails. This was the worth the purchase for the quietness and to stop the potential damage by having the weak lightweight stock carrier.

      Joseph

      Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 17, 2018

      Better but not great

      Missing lug plate out of the box. Took a week to get. Solid frame and does fix tailgate wobble and sag. Everything needs tapped for install. No torque settings for bolts so snapped a few and had to start over and fix that issue. Loctite all bolts. Not sure as to how many times I had to install bolts, take out bolt bolts, put bolts back in, and then take the bolts out to put in the bolts actually supplied with the kit. Everything lines up though and no creaking or sagging. Need some muscle to open and close, but it is good so it does not swing open freely. Just got the lug plate so the final test will be tomorrow when I get a chance to finally finish it.

      JasonA

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 13, 2018

      Great spare tire carrier.

      Installed it in twenty minutes, racked a 37 inch tire on it and there is no rattle or instability. Super easy install, and very fair price!

      CarleyD

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 10, 2018

      Spartacus Hd Spart tire carrier

      Awesome product. Installs straight forward. Well built. Extra help would make it even easier.

      ChrisStavely

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 04, 2018

      Rattle Gone

      Arrived quickly, easy to install, and got rid of that annoying tailgate rattle with a 34 inch tire mounted.

      BradleyS

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 02, 2018

      jeep wrangler off road

      works very well I recommend getting it if u Don't have stock tires on tire carrier

      AzielC

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 02, 2018

      Works perfect for a 35” tire.

      Exactly what it’s says it is. Bolts right up to factory holes. Took 2 of us so that I didn’t scratch the paint lining everything up. Hinges were very tight and hard to move by hand until everything was tightened and the wheel was on. I’d recommend to anyone unsure of spending the money on it. Durable quality product.

      GaryE

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 26, 2018

      What I needed

      Have been using it for 2wks. now and I have no issues with a 285-75-17 tire, which weighs 20 pounds heavier than the stock Rubicon tire.

      StevenM

      Year: 2018Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 26, 2018

      HORRIBLE QUALITY

      I’ve had the tire carrier for about 3-4 months now. This afternoon the taillight attachment completely snapped on the freeway. Poorly made for $500 price tag

      XavierF

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 20, 2018

      Good pruduct

      Overall installation took an hour, before you start, replace the supplied door mounting bolts with a grade 5 or 8, supplied are cheap and the heads will twist off easily. The rack itself is as heavy as the 33" spare tire, keep that in mind when parked on an incline and you open the rear door. Other than that the tire rattle is gone and it beats buying a new bumper with a tire rack.

      GregC

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 12, 2018

      A definite need

      I upgraded to 35s and put this on at the same time. There is a huge weight difference. Even with the new carrier there is still a small "drop" when opening the tailgate. I have a rear mounded tire carrier camera which added some complexity to the install and required me to rewire the camera given I didnt save enough slack on my initial install. Be careful not to over tighten the bolts it the tailgate. I also wish I would have purchased an extender for the break light cable which barely fit.

      MattS

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 28, 2018

      Very good product

      Instructions were fair, two different sections should have been better prepared, but it depended on whether you were using some OEM parts or theirs, and then the pages were backwards, but all info was there. I wish they'd included some shrink tube for the 3rd brake light wiring extension too. Solid product, pretty simple installation.

      JonT

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 18, 2018

      SPARTACUS

      THIS FIT LIKE A GLOVE AND OPERATES SMOOTH. WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE WITH A BIGGER SPARE ON IT.

      PaulsA

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 15, 2018

      Happy with purchase

      Works well, 35 inch spare and no movement at all. Would recommend.

      JoeJ

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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