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Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount (87-06 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Ryan: The Rugged Ridge HD Spartacus Tire Carrier Wheel Mount is for those of you that have the 1987 all the way up through the 2006 YJ or TJ that are looking for a stronger spare tire mount that's going to replace the factory one, that is going to allow you to carry a larger and heavier spare tire without some of the issues that you can have when trying to mount a big heavy spare in the factory location. Now, this can be used on its own just as you see it, or it can be used with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD tire carrier kit that's going to replace the hinges and also beef up the rest of the tailgate. Now if you use this with the rest of that kit, it is going to, again, beef up the hinges, beef up the tailgate, and also replace the mount, so you're going to solve all three of the issues that you can have when mounting a big heavy spare tire on the Jeep.Now if you are just mounting this piece on, I'm going to give it a two out of three wrenches. Pretty straightforward, you do have to take apart a little bit of wiring with the third brake light, but overall, pretty simple. I'm going to show you how to do it. So I mentioned before, you have three main issues when you put a big heavy spare on your factory location. One is that the hinges can eventually sag. You'll have to pick up on the tailgate every time you open it and close it. Two, the tailgate itself, the welds can start to come apart when you have all that additional weight bouncing around on there. And then three, the tire carrier itself, the place that the spare tire actually mounts onto is a piece of steel that's really designed for a specific weight and not for something much heavier like a big spare tire. So again, this is going to solve that last problem. This is a much heavier piece of steel, so you're not going to have to worry about the tire mount itself fatiguing and wearing out like you would that factory one, and this is also going to allow you to mount that tire up a little bit higher so you're not going to have as many clearance issues with the tire and the bumper. But this is not going to solve the problem of the tailgate welds for the hinges wearing out. In order to fix that, you'll also have to get the rest of the Spartacus HD mounting kit from Rugged Ridge or another option. So do keep that in mind. This is going to solve a couple problems for you, but not be the end all be all.As far as what it is designed to do though, it is very, very well-built. This is some really heavy gauge steel. Of course, it's covered in a textured black powder coat finish just like you would expect from Rugged Ridge or most of the other aftermarket companies. This does allow you to use that factory third brake light mount. So that is going to bolt right onto here, and that way, you don't have to go and try and find one of those mounts that goes in the center of the spare tire or a relocation bracket or anything like that. You're gonna be able to bolt that right up on here, which is something that I like. The other thing that I like about this is the price. This is going to be fairly inexpensive, coming in at right around that $60 mark. I think that's pretty fair for what you're getting here. This is a pretty decent size hunk of steel for 60 bucks. But again, if you're looking for a complete solution that's going to solve all of your problems and all your worries when mounting a big heavy spare tire on the back of your Jeep, this is only going to be one piece of that. So two out of three wrenches to get this installed, let's show you how to do it.Male: Tools used for this install are 21-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket, short 3/8 extension, 3/8 impact gun, 1/2-inch impact gun. We do have our spare tire already removed. We're going to be using a 13-millimeter socket here and we're gonna remove the five bolts that hold our spare tire carrier to the vehicle.All right. Once we've got our stock tire carrier removed, we're ready to install our new one. I'm gonna line up our holes and I'm gonna get a couple of bolts started here. All right. And I'm gonna use the same 13-millimeter socket to go through and tighten these up now. Now, depending on what type of wheel you have on your Jeep, your lug nuts are gonna vary for where you want to put them here. We're gonna be using the two outer holes and the center hole right here. So I'm gonna start the studs that are provided. And once you've got your studs installed, you can go ahead and mount up your spare tire. That's gonna wrap up our review and install. Be sure to check out more at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Effectively Repositions Spare Tire
      • Allows for Extra Bumper Clearance
      • Enables Greater Load Capacity than OEM Carrier
      • Made with High-Caliber Carbon Steel
      • Heavy-Duty Powdercoated Finish
      • Basic Installation
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Patent Pending Design
      • Fits 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ Models


      Extra Bumper Clearance. The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount will effectively reposition the spare tire in your Jeep Wrangler TJ and YJ. It was designed to allow for extra bumper clearance and enables greater load capacity than the OEM tire carrier.

      Quality Carbon Steel. Rugged Ridge makes this wheel mount with high-caliber carbon steel. It has a heavy-duty powdercoated finish that adds to the durability factor. You can have confidence in the quality craftsmanship of this tire carrier.

      Basic Installation. With basic hand tools and some moderate mechanical knowledge, you can easily install this wheel mount. A detailed PDF instruction guide is available on the manufacturer’s website for download to facilitate a straightforward installation process.

      Limited Warranty. Rugged Ridge offers customers a 5-year limited warranty on this wheel mount which covers any structural defects. Review the warranty information to find out what specific limitations apply.

      Application. The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount was designed to fit all 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ Models.

      Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

      MPN# 11546.62

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (35)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 35 customers

      • March 22, 2020

        5 2002 Wrangler - frankensteintj


        I bought this due to wanting bigger tires. It was super easy to install and now my bigger tire fits great and looks great. No alterations needed. Well I did have to put rubber feet on my tail light to help the back window from vibrating since the brake light is not touching the glass on it’s own but a mild price to pay for the looks.

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      • December 21, 2019

        5 2001 Wrangler - btfd605

        bolts right up looks great

        We got the part fast!, took 1-2 hrs to swap mostly trying to get 3rd break light to unhook so we could route it into the new housing all bolts worked great and looks great on the wrangler

        Helpful (1)
      • December 07, 2019

        5 1998 Wrangler - Benderjeep

        Spartacus HD Tire Mount

        Product is very sturdy and comes with all new bolts to use in installation. Very happy with the quality.

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      • December 06, 2019

        5 2006 Wrangler - Annoymous

        It's awesome.

        I enjoy how it tilts the weight of my spare so that the carrier won't crack. It does it's job well.

        Helpful (1)
      • December 03, 2019

        1 2000 Wrangler - KeithTheDivine

        DO NOT BUY Cannot do it’s job

        I tried different tires, different screw patterns. I’ll need to get a new mount or drill new holes. Great piece of junk

        Helpful (1)
      • November 26, 2019

        5 2003 Wrangler - Jeepers


        Everything the reviews said about this is true. Outstanding! High quality and easy to install.

        Helpful (1)
      • October 28, 2019

        5 1997 Wrangler - Legend62

        Tire carrier

        I was looking for tire carrier for my budget and this was perfect. It fit awesome

        Helpful (1)
      • October 12, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - BigShawn

        Tire carrier

        Great quality holds my 33” spare tire with no issues

        Helpful (1)
      • September 26, 2019

        5 1995 Wrangler - 95Penny

        Awesome replacement

        Fits original mounting points perfectly. Super happy with the stability, definitely recommend

        Helpful (1)
      • September 22, 2019

        5 2000 Wrangler - Xcalibr

        Oversized tire carrier

        This product was exactly what I needed to put my oversize spare on the back of my jeep. 33x17 with room to spare. The factory 3rd brake light does get into the rear wiper, but no worries. I don't need to see where I've been, just where I'm going.

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      Questions & Answers (11 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      I am running a 33x12.50 r15 tire is this stronger? I saw one of your videos talking about the tailgate being stamped metal and that it will fatigue faster if not using they bumper mounted tire carrier. Is this a safe alternative for my size and weight of tire?

      • This tire carrier wheel mount will work with the 33" tires you are running but we would also recommend purchasing a tailgare reenforcement kit as well to ensure that the tailgate can handle the added weight of the bigger tires.

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      Will 35 in tires fit on this carrier?

      • Yes, the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount will hold up to a 35" tire.

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      Does this still allow use of the stock 3rd brake light?

      • Yes, you are still able to use the factory third brake light with this mount.

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      What's the difference between this wheel mount and the one here?

      • The Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount is a one-piece high-caliber carbon steel construction. The Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty in Textured Black is a heavy duty, sturdy 2-piece bracket made of 1/4 inch steel plate construction. 

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      Will I need an adapter to raise the third brake light over my 33" spare on my 98 TJ or will this allow it to clear and be visible?

      • This will not add any extra height to the third bracket like. Rugger Ridge does offer a third brake light spacer:

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      6 More Questions
      What is the lug pattern on the tire mount? 1 answer
      A spare tire carrier did not come on my TJ. Does this kit include the bolts to attach it to the tailgate, or do they expect us to use the ones from the original carrier. 1 answer
      Does the kit come with the lug nuts to mount the wheel/tire? If not, what size lug studs are required (I don’t have an existing spare tire carrier)? 1 answer
      Will the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount (87-06 Wrangler TJ YJ) give enought clerance to my tire to fit with my new Barricade Trail Force HD Rear Bumper (87-06 Wrangler YJ/TJ)? Because right now my tire doesn't fit. 1 answer
      Does this mount to a unmodified tailgate or does it require drilling? 1 answer
      I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler X with 305/70/16 tires. Does this carrier provide enough clearance for oversized tires? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) HD Tire Carrier Wheel Mount
      • (3) Bolts
      • (2) Washers
      • (1) Lug Nut
      • (1) M8 Nut
      • Installation Instructions

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