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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
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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.736111 4.7
    • Appearance 4.930555 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.625 4.6



    • 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 (1)

    • 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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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 15, 2018

      GREAT PRODUCT!!

      Installation was much easier than I thought. No sag on the swing gate at all and feels very solid with a 35" tire.

      RyanW

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      June 15, 2018

      Rugged Ridge HD Tire Carrier

      I really searched a lot trying to find the right HD carrier to buy. So I ended up going with this and I’m glad I did. It was easy to put together and put on. The instructions were easy to understand, but make sure you read them. Very good tire carrier.

      GlennA

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 14, 2018

      Spartacus HD Spare Tire Carrier

      The Spartacus Spare Tire Carrier is very solid and well built .The weight of it for being Aluminum,let me know how Heavy Duty it realy is. Instructions were very easy,and the fit and alignment was spot on.Very well Machined and the lock down set screws are a plus for seting the tire angle . Up there in price over other carriers but well worth the price. Highly Recommend!

      MarioC

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 13, 2018

      Rugged ridge tire carrier kit

      Very pleased with product. Stopped the tailgate raddle problem. Now no sound and nice fit.

      Jeffery

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      June 10, 2018

      Great product

      Fits and looks great. Took all rattle out of my tailgate.

      ChristopherG

      Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 04, 2018

      Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier

      I've had this tire carrier on for about 2 months now and I can tell you now that this this is beefy! It's heavy duty and holds up my 35 with no problem. The only complaint is that one of the bolts supplied sheared off at the head of the bolt and that you have to cut wires to extend the 3rd brake light. I just thought a connector harness would complete the kit even better! But overall very good kit and instructions are easy to follow!

      DarnellM

      Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      May 22, 2018

      GOOD BUY EASY INSTALLATION

      Installed this last week installation took about an hour with proper tools . Looks like its good quality came with a scratch but cant see it since tire covers it . all in all seems like itll last . i recommend

      AndresH

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 14, 2018

      Went as hoped and expected

      My 12 year old son and I installed it in about 2-3 hours. Very clear instructions on how to remove the old hinge and put on the new. Took a little longer because we had to sand and prime to remove a little corrosion that was beginning below the old hinges. Tire fits tight and snug up against the door. I put on 35" tire and didn't need the wire extension for 3rd light.

      CooperM

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 05, 2018

      Spartacus Tire Carrier

      Great product. Every part fit perfect. No complaints.

      BrettC

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 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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