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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 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

    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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    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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    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?

    JessicaG

    Does this come with stud for the tire

    PolekiL

    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?

    MarkD

    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?

    Jmaraccini

    • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit will not require a spacer when used with the stock wheels.

      XTStaffHelenW

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    Will this carrier work with the teraflex cb antenna mount?

    studentloans

    • You should have no issues running the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier with the teraflex CB radio mount.

      Liz F

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    Customer Reviews (61) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.688525 4.7
    • Appearance 4.918033 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.590164 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 24, 2018

      Great tire holder

      Definitely is a heavy duty tire holder the install was perfect the instructions explained perfectly

      Lou

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 24, 2018

      Pretty good carier

      The price was good. I just hope that theparts wont rust. The tailgate hinge kit is alluminium but the tire carrier is steel. I wish that the bolts that hold the spare wheel on were a little longer

      MikeK

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      April 19, 2018

      Awesome!

      Great heavy duty tire carrier. Holds the gate and my 35” spare with ease. My tire and wheel are heavy so I’m glad to make the switch to this one.

      DexB

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 17, 2018

      Great tire carrier!

      I bought this for my 2018 jk wrangler unlimited and it works very well. I use it with 35 inch tires and it fits nicely. Great product.

      Steph

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 14, 2018

      Spare tire holder

      Took care of the vibration issue and keeps my 35 snug and in place. Love it.

      StephanieC

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 30, 2018

      Beefy

      Install went smoothly and easily. Several folks say you cannot get the tire close enough. I had no issues getting the tire close the the gate.

      RichardB

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 26, 2018

      Very sturdy

      I put this on a few weeks ago and I really can feel the difference between the two hinges. Very sturdy and well made.

      MichaelS

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 25, 2018

      Good addition

      Looks great and does the job. Wish it would adjust closer to the tailgate tho, more space left than I'd like.

      PrestonL

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 25, 2018

      The other alternative

      I have been doing my research to replace my OEM tire rack and it came down to 2 options. Rugged Ridge Spartacus and Teraflex. Both of them are a good upgrade but I did not want to spend the extra money for the Teraflex. Both have accessories to mount a Jack and both are well built..So I guess it boils down if you want to spend the extra dollars.

      AlbertL

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 25, 2018

      Jess.her 17jku

      The tire carrier is definitely well built and a solid piece to hold up my 37's. I had absolutely no problem installing it, the most difficult part if that is the wiring of the rear break light. Overall very easy install and a high quality product. Definitely recommend.

      JesseH

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 15, 2018

      Great product - surprisingly effective

      So after doing a lot of research, I landed on this set up. It was very easy to install and is REALLY sturdy. It shored up the tailgate and eliminated the “rattle” on my 2016 Rubicon. I highly recommend it.

      JamesC

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 04, 2018

      Great Option

      Easy install, looks great, easily supports 315/70 17 spare tire while allowing gate to be opened like factory back gate.

      GregG

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      February 24, 2018

      Wow

      It looks great it's solid. When you open the back it opens smooth closes smooth. All in all a great product.

      LanceF

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 30, 2018

      Awesome choice for a tire carrier!

      I lifted my 2017 JK and put 35's on it. Within 2 days of lifting it my factory rear tire carrier started to vibrate and make a ton of noise. This fixed all my problems and now the rear tailgate is silent! Would recommend to anyone with a full size spare.

      JacobH

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      January 20, 2018

      Not sure...

      Installed today and only time will tell. If it works as advertised then this rating could be higher. My installation experience was not great. First, this product is very heavy. I try to keep weight down on the JK and this unit weighs as much as a large tire. Even with the aluminum parts. The stock tire carrier weighs almost nothing. Second, most fasteners lined up OK, but not all of them. For example, eight bolts hold the tire carrier to the new hinge, but only seven lined up well. One did not bolt in well. Third, the instructions were clear, but you will probably need to deviate from them a bit if you want the unit to line up well. Four, the hinge is stiff when opening. Maybe it will ease up after use. Two people are really needed to install this properly. Five, I asked before buying this if my CB radio antenna mount would work with this unit. I was told it would, but it doesn't. I think I can rig something up, but right now I am without a working CB radio antenna.

      CareyP

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 20, 2018

      Tire holder

      I love this! I didn’t want to get the tire carrier for my bumper and this was a great option. Really easy to install.

      HelenaB

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 07, 2018

      Great, Except...

      Easy install, looks good. Unfortunately, my tailgate still sags when its open, and have to lift up on it to close properly. Was hoping this would prevent sagging... I've heard good things about this tire carrier... not sure if my tire is just too heavy or what the case may be.

      JasonC

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 29, 2017

      Perfect

      Got this carrier in order to mount new 33" tires. Very easy install: I am no mechanic and I learn most of my Jeep upgrades on youtube, and I figured this out no problem. Perfect fit onto the factory tailgate, holes lined up perfect, and it looks great as well.

      AndrewP

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 14, 2017

      Good Pruduct!

      Bought the Rugged Ridge Spartacus Tire Carrier, for my 2014 Jeep JK. Went with Rugged Ridge over Teraflex because it came with the third light extension and it was cheaper. Low cost does not mean low quality, Rugged Ridge built a tough, quality product and it carries my 35" tire like a champ! Only issue I had was I snapped off two bolts tightening them onto the door. I blame myself for over tightening.

      Sauce

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 05, 2017

      HD Spartacus carrier

      This rugged ridge Spartacus tire carrier is a great product. Super soild. Super easy install. Hopefully rugged ridge makes some attachments to go with it soon.

      Santi

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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