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Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit (07-18 Jeep 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 Unlimited (4 door) models.

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

    MPN# 11546.50

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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
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    Questions & Answers (21)

    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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    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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    How much does this unit weigh?

    • The Spartacus HD tire carrier weighs approximately 56 lbs.

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    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.

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    Will this product allow you to keep the factory bumper on the 2018 4 door wrangler JK ?

    • The factory bumper does not need to be removed to use this item.

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Fit 4.757282 4.8
    • Appearance 4.902913 4.9
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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 29, 2019

      A MUST for 35s

      A robust necessary upgrade if you go bigger/heavier tires. I wouldn't keep a heavier 35in or 37in tire on a weaker "tire carrier extension" for long. Easier with a second person...surely takes over an hour, but easy instructions, light wiring for 3rd brake light extension. Comes with extra hardware that you WILL have left over if you re-use some stock hardware. Excellent fit into pre-drilled openings. No regrets on spending some extra money where you NEED it.

      Scott

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 18, 2019

      Great carrier

      Before this, my stock tailgate was creaking because of the aftermarket rim. I installed this after I got bigger tires. I've had this for 4 months now and it's performing great. The creaking stopped and the carrier definitely supports my wheel well. Install was fairly easy. I'm pretty new to doing car related things so if you can read and look up install videos, you'll be fine.

      Vince

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      January 11, 2019

      Upgrading my Rubicon

      I upgraded my 2013 Anniversary Edition Rubicon with 35 inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ Tires, Satin Black Rockstar Wheels and a Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Kit to accommodate the bigger and heavier spare. Just finished installing everything and it looks great! YouTube videos by Extreme Terrain made installation easy. Shipping and condition of products on arrival were perfect.

      MichaelB

      Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 08, 2019

      Sturdy

      This thing is heavy. Carrying the main piece was stout!!! Was not hard to install with one person as long as you can hold 100 lbs, not that heavy but if you can hold 100lbs you can do this alone.

      BrianV

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 05, 2019

      Perfect fit

      Perfect fit. Super easy to install. I have a 20 inch rims with 30 inch tires. Looks awesome

      WILLIAMF

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      December 31, 2018

      Oversized spare tire solution.

      I got 35 inch tires on my 2010 2 door Rubicon and the spare was too big for my existing rear spare tire carrier. It wouldn't quite fit in, it covered the third brake light, and the weight of it would have ripped the rear door off its hinges eventually even if I got it to fit. I tried to go the cheaper route and just get a third brake light extender, but ended up returning it and going with this set-up. It works perfectly and looks awesome.

      SeanK

      Year: 2010Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 17, 2018

      Great product

      Tire carrier fit perfectly and looks great! Extremely happy with product..

      ChrisH

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 11, 2018

      Good Purchase

      I made this purchase because the tailgate would make noise every time I hit a bump. This product took care of that problem. It's very solid and was relatively easy to put on my Jeep. It's definitely a two person job to install.

      BruceW

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      December 01, 2018

      The Roar

      This is an awesome exhaust. I had it installed and it gives your jeep a totally different sound. It's not too loud like a dulley, but a nice roar to let people know that you're there. A really good match for those jeeps that has a more aggressive look.

      TGreen

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 25, 2018

      Solid

      Very stout. Solid, smooth operation, coated nicely, lines up well. makes the door VERY heavy.

      Howard

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 25, 2018

      Heavy duty tire Carrier Install

      I have been very satisfied with the line of product from Rugged Ridge including the Spartacus Tire Carrier. Before starting the install I reviewed several video's including the Extreme Terrain installation video of the product. Before receiving the kit a trip to the Home Depot store to purchase the correct tools needed for the job. After receiving the package I was surprised of the weight and workmanship put in to the kit. Removal and installation of the new product was easy. I did spend the time to paint each bolt and nut after the install to help with rust prevention as I had heard this was an issue for some.

      JoeM

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 03, 2018

      No more rattle

      Before the Spartacus every bump my spare tire would make a horrid racket. Now not a sound. It is a very heavy stout setup.

      PeggyM

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 31, 2018

      Worth it

      Fit an finish is great, install was pretty easy. Glad to have single action opening with a larger tire (315/70R17). Also allows more freedom in selecting a rear bumper (not stuck with ones with built in carriers).

      RyanS

      Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 22, 2018

      Excellent upgrade

      Increased to 35 inch tires and knew I needed to upgrade the spare tire support, tailgate hinges, and raise the third brake light. This product fit the bill. It is well built, easy to install, and looks great. It is made of heavy aluminum, so no chance of rust streaks on our white Wrangler JKU. I highly recommend this product if you are increasing the size (and weight) of your spare tire. You will need it in the long run.

      EdMac

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 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

      Helpful (2)

    • 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

      Helpful (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 29, 2018

      Perfect !!!

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

      SimardM

      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 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

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