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

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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 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 JK Unlimited (4 door) models.

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

    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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    5/5
    Easy install

    This product worked out great everything lined up ,easy instructions, beefy , made extremely well, 35 inch tire ,no vibration , didn't need wire extension for 3rd brake light had enough slack to just plug ...

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    4/5
    Almost a Hit

    I was looking at Rugged ridge and Tera flex and decided The latter was just to expensive so went with Rugged Ridge. However, I had the Tera Flex 'Tire Mount' in my head and was disappointed with the Rugged ...

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    Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    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.

    CK541

    • 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.

      XTJames

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    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.

    VCadi

    • We would not recommend using the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit with a 17x9 wheel with 30mm offset. this will sit approximately 1.4" closer to the tailgate than the wheel shown, which utilizes a -6mm offset.

      Rob D

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    can i use the jack mounting bracket #11586.01 with my tire carrier #11546.50 jeep jk 2012

    IsaacV

    • The Rugged Ridge Hi-lift Jack Mounting Bracket, item J12790/11586.01 is compatible with this Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit. https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-hi-lift-jack-jk-1158601.html

      XTJEFF

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    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?

    BlackDiamondBob

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit (07-17 Wrangler JK) would be strong enough to support that set up.

      XTJames

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    Can a recovery jack bracket be mount to the it

    SuburbanRinho

    • Hello, unfortunately this tire carrier does not have a mount for a recovery jack.

      XTNunoP

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    Can a high lift jack mount be mounted to this kit?

    Matt

    • Hello, unfortunately there is no location to mount a high lift jack on this kit.

      XTNunoP

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.695652 4.7
    • Appearance 4.913043 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.608696 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 07, 2016

      Easy install

      This product worked out great everything lined up ,easy instructions, beefy , made extremely well, 35 inch tire ,no vibration , didn't need wire extension for 3rd brake light had enough slack to just plug in

      Reverendproctor

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedMethuen, MA, USA

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    • 4/5

      June 29, 2016

      Almost a Hit

      I was looking at Rugged ridge and Tera flex and decided The latter was just to expensive so went with Rugged Ridge. However, I had the Tera Flex 'Tire Mount' in my head and was disappointed with the Rugged Ridge 'Tire Mount'. It was too high and too far away from the tailgate and there was not enough adjustment that could change that. I got a onetime,125.00 deal from Amazon for The Tera Flex mount and tail light kit. Easy to adapt to the Rugged ridge Hing Kit. 5 stars To rugged ridge hing, but 2 stars for the tire mount which is truly Heavy Duty but not enough adjustablilty.

      matidor

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 02, 2016

      Rugged and Easy to install!

      Very sturdy and easy to install, took less than an hour from start to finish. Directions were easy and simple to follow. Excellent fit and finish.

      MudSlinger

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 14, 2016

      Great option to bumper mount

      This mount is solid... I had God aweful tailgate rattle due to a heavier 35 inch tire, I installed this and the dreaded wobble stopped completely.

      Jlee406

      Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 29, 2016

      Great HD Hinge/Tire Carrier

      Extremely HD hinges that take the weight of the tire and carrier off the tailgate, and retains the one hand opening of the tailgate; HD tire carrier handles 35" tire with ease. Install was straight forward and very detailed.

      jkjeeper

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      August 30, 2017

      Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire

      ups delivered the kit at 3pm and by 5pm it was installed. Easy to follow directions. Love the looks and now I don't have to worry about my 35" tire falling off.

      GlennL

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 12, 2017

      Worth the money

      Love it... No issues. No rattles, Very sturdy. Highly Recommend over the other options.

      PeterP

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      May 09, 2017

      Rugged ridge Spartacus tire carrier

      Great product well built bought this tire carrier kit to get rid of the squeak cause by running a 33 inch tire on the factory tire carrier. No more squeaking! Took around a couple hours to install.

      Tyler

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 09, 2017

      Great HD tire carrier!!

      This HD tire carrier is wonderful! Extremely easy to install and very very sturdy. I would recommend anyone with oversized tires!

      MikeB

      Year: 2008Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 04, 2016

      It is Perfect

      Great Product, great instructions, high quality, easy install. Better than having to use a tire carrier on a custom bumper.

      RedWrangler55

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 23, 2016

      Great Piece of Kit

      Love it. Yes it is Heavy Duty. I believe the fitment is great with stock and switching over to 35's was a cinch. Beware it will not work with the rugged ridge HighLift tailgate carrier without some modification, that is my only complaint.

      UcDontU

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 03, 2016

      Great fit and finish.

      Looks good and was easy to install. Only gripe was some of the hardware (nuts and bolts) were missing from package.

      Rob2012

      Year: 2012Severn, MD, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 01, 2016

      Works great!

      I needed this to fit my new 35's, and didn't want a tire carrier. It is robust and seems to be built very well. Some people have complained about the hardware that comes with the kit. It isn't too bad, but I reused some of my original hardware because it was better. Installation was pretty straight forward. Follow the directions and everything should fit just fine.

      Fritzy

      Year: 2014Longview, WA, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 09, 2015

      Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier

      This carrier takes the stress away from your tailgate for sure. Before installing this carrier, I could virtually see the spare tire vibrate with just about every bump that I came across and had gotten worse over time. This carrier eliminted that. Money well spent for some peace of mind. For those of you who still have your oversized tires ( 35' and up ) mounted on the flimsy tailgate alone, this would lessen your worries. Looks great and does what it's supposed to do.

      ChrisJ2014JKU

      Year: 2014South Carolina

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 18, 2017

      Great fit

      Easy install and Heavy duty. Great addition to support the new 35s.

      MidMichHunter

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 31, 2017

      Awesome

      Everything it says it is and more. Not a single rattle.

      CharlesP

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 24, 2017

      Great item!

      I searched and searched for the best items to stop the ratlle and what I would consider eventual deterioration of my tailgate. I choose this product and couldn't be happier. Works great and easy to install.

      BrettY

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      May 17, 2017

      Thumbs Up!

      Like I said, "Thumbs Up" to this product. I have 35 inch tires and wanted to keep my original bumper, not ruin the back door with the weight of a heavy tire, and raise the brake light up. This one product does all that. It looks and fits great. The instructions were easy to follow for easy installation. I would definitely recommend this product. The customer service was great also. I had an online chat with one of the associates regarding my Jeep and what I wanted to accomplish. Great recommendation and I thank you! Happy Jeeping :)

      Horn

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 31, 2017

      Great Product

      Installed on a 2015 JKU Rubicon. Straight forward install, and easily supports a 35 inch tire. Well made and sturdy.

      Nick

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 19, 2016

      No more rattle!

      Very well made and easy install. Tailgate and tire carrier much more stable and quiet on bumps. Allowed me to support weight of oversized tire without having to purchase new bumper with tire carrier. Great buy and great service/shipping from Extreme Terrain!

      Jay

      Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (1)

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