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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 (25)

    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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    Are there any torque specs for the install besides the 80lb spec for the lug nuts?

    I have this rugged ridge tire carrier and also have the morryde spare tire Jerry can holder . My question is are the studs replaceable ? Can i put a stud a little longer to accommodate the Jerry can holder ? Tried and it does not fit . Using a 35x12.5 17

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    10 More Questions
    If I have 17x9 rims (33" tire) with -12mm offset will the tire fit snug up against the carrier? I am assuming there is no in/out adjustment on the carrier like the Teraflex uses. 0 answer
    Is this easy to rust? Can it handle Minnesota’s rough winters and salt on the road? 1 answer
    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? 1 answer
    Will this product allow you to keep the factory bumper on the 2018 4 door wrangler JK ? 1 answer
    What type of CB antenna bracket fits this? Is there one by the same manufacturer? 1 answer
    Is their a Hi-Lift Jack attachment for this tire carrier? 1 answer
    By saying you like to have the tire close to the tailgate, do you mean touching the tailgate or close enough where it does not touch the tail gate? 1 answer
    Will this prevent the tailgate from opening too far as I'm having issues on my 2017 JK with the check strap pulling out and opening way too far and causing covers to come off etc..? If not what hinge would help in this? Thanks 1 answer
    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? 1 answer
    Does this come with stud for the tire 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Fit 4.775862 4.8
    • Appearance 4.913793 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.612069 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 22, 2019

      Well Made! Super happy!

      This tire carrier is very well made. It is solid and holds my 35" tire and wheel without any issues at all. The instructions were pretty clear, making the install easy and took about an hour.

      Bradp1817

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 14, 2019

      Well made!

      Easy to install. Doesn’t rattle like previous mount.

      Mike

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 09, 2019

      Great Improvement

      Nice addition when you add the weight of bigger tires and wheels. Installation was a breeze and is a perfect compliment to the upgraded Spartacus hinge. Great bang for the buck and a very noticeable improvement.

      RobertR

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      April 03, 2019

      Great Product!!!

      Having read all the online reviews, decide to take the plunge. It’s a great quality product with good finish and well built to take the weight of my oversized 35” tire. No regrets as of now.

      RamC

      Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 29, 2019

      Easy to install and good quality

      Installed the carrier and hinges in about 2 hours. Easy to install, solid product, no rattling on 35 inch spare tire

      Hypg

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 13, 2019

      Exactly what I needed

      Was a pretty easy install on a 2018 JK, just took some time to complete. If you have an extra hand it will definitely be easier, but it can be done with one person depending on tire size. I was able to do mine with a 35" tire by myself. Everything fit well except for one bolt that ended up breaking halfway through locking it down. Mount is still very secure and helped eliminate the slight rattle I had. I wish tire was a little higher and closer to tail gate but still it looks great.

      JEEPJEEP

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 12, 2019

      Very solid and easy to install

      High quality, easy to install, and looks really good! Very pleased with the purchase!

      JrF

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      March 06, 2019

      Sturdy and Quiet

      My spare is a 35" tire with a 17" rim, which very heavy. I purchased the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier kit because I wanted to save my tailgate and still be able to open my tailgate with one hand. It works perfectly. I also didn't want to hear any rattling or noise. It is secure, heavy duty and quiet. I installed this carrier by myself, taking my time to Loctite every bolt. Total time to install was around1.5 hours. I highly recommend this product.

      FloydB

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 04, 2019

      Solid tire carrier

      Love this very heavy duty tire carrier. Was easy to install and very well made.

      ChristopherM

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 04, 2019

      JK Spare

      The tire carrier is made him very solidly put together. Casting is clean and had clean edges. Installation is very straightforward and no modifications had to be made to accommodate it.

      DanaP

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 03, 2019

      Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier

      I ordered this product because I put 35’s on my Jeep. I knew I needed more tailgate support. I’m not a handy or mechanical person but I was able to do it by myself. It looks great on the Jeep, better than the stock tailgate. It took me maybe 3 hrs to do.

      BeckyR

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 27, 2019

      Rugged ridge hd carrier

      Well built little pricey but get what u pay for.looks good. Nice finish.

      KyleM

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 25, 2019

      spare tire carrier

      easy to install and holds the new oversized 18 x 12.5 x 35 inch spare tire firmly.

      EricB

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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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 (5)

    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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 (4)

    • 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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