(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit on your Wrangler
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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.
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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
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March 01, 2020
Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit
Good product, seems to be heavily constructed with a nice wrinkle black finish. Was quite easy to install, which took little over and hour.Helpful (0)
January 30, 2020
Solid tire carrier
Had this carrier on for a few weeks now and couldn’t be happier. Built solid. Heavy Duty. Everything lined up. Put this on myself. Directions were easy to follow along. Took me about an hour and 45 minutes. I have a 35/12.50/18 on it and the wheel is snug against the Jeep and fits with room on the stock bumper- Highly recommendedHelpful (3)
January 26, 2020
Easy install seems very well made. Bolted right on everything matched up perfect on my 2015 jku. I looked at several before spending the money. Glad I went with this one. I know there are cheaper ones on the market but I figure I spend the extra money once and it's done. Highly recommendHelpful (2)
January 26, 2020
Better then expected
The tire carrier was better then expected. Quality build, excellent fitment, Super sturdy! I Couldn't be happier with it.Helpful (1)
December 27, 2019
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 (2)
December 24, 2019
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 soundHelpful (2)
November 09, 2019
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 (2)
November 06, 2019
amazing piece of equipment
Really easy to put up, did it alone, no problem at all.Helpful (2)
October 21, 2019
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 (2)
October 14, 2019
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.Helpful (2)
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.
How much does this unit weigh?
The Spartacus HD tire carrier weighs approximately 56 lbs.
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.
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)
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).
Please contact our customer service team, and we will help with a hardware request to get your missing parts sent out to you.
This has not been tested for fitment with AEV corner guards.
You would run into fitment issues and more likely run into issues from the weight of the wheel and tire.
It would be recommended to get an upgraded tire carrier with a 35" tire yes.
At this time Rugged Ridge does not provide a torque spec chart for this install.
The studs can be replaced, however we do not have any information on the length of the existing studs, or the pressed section diameter. We would recommend looking into having longer studs tack welded in place once pressed in to ensure they do not come loose.
This will have a good finish on it to prevent rust as long as there are no marks or chips in the carrier.
The factory bumper does not need to be removed to use this item.
At this time we do not offer an antenna mount designed for this tire carrier.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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