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Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty - Textured Black (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ)

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    • Spare Tire Carrier
    • Heavy Duty, Sturdy 2-Piece Bracket
    • 1/4 Inch Steel Plate Construction
    • Textured Black Powdercoat Finish
    • Designed for Little Larger than Factory Spare
    • Installs 2" Higher Than Stock Mount
    • Simple Installation
    • Fits 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this bracket, which is going to be a very simple one out of three wrench installation. This is designed to bolt directly in place of your factory spare tire bracket, so you won't need to drill or cut anything. And this install should only take you about an hour, but we'll talk more about that in just a second. We're also going to talk about the construction and a few of the features of this bracket. This is for those of you who are looking to run a larger-than-factory spare tire in your factory spare tire mounting location. That is, you aren't ready or don't feel the need to get a tub-mounted or a bumper-mounted tire carrier, but you don't trust your factory stamped steel tire carrier to hold up to the additional weight of that larger spare. The other benefit to this is that it gives you a little bit of lift, so that you can run that larger tire without the tire hitting the bumper when you open and close the tailgate. Now, this is going to be a lot stronger than that factory spare tire mount. It is going to hold up to the additional weight of a larger-than-factory spare a lot better than the factory mount will. However, the mounting bracket is really only one problem that comes from hanging a big, heavy spare off the back of your Jeep. You can still have issues with the tailgate itself fatiguing. You can have issues with your hinges. So if you're only going a little bit bigger than factory or a little bit heavier than factory, you might be able to get away with a bracket like this. But if you're going with a big 35-inch by 12 1/2-inch tire, big knobby, heavy wheel/tire combination, I would still recommend going with a bumper-mounted or a tub-mounted tire carrier. This is going to be for those of you who are only going a little bit bigger than factory but want the peace of mind to know that they've upgraded their otherwise fairly weak mount that's only rated for a factory spare tire to this much stronger and beefier option. Now, speaking of strength, this is 1/4-inch steel. It's covered in a textured black powder coat finish. In fact, this bracket, and it is a two-piece bracket, weighs in at about 17 pounds, so again, very, very strong. This does have an area on the top that's drilled in a couple of different ways, so whether you're installing this on your TJ or your YJ, you will be able to bolt your factory's third brake light up onto this. However, if you are running a larger-than-factory spare, chances are you're not going to be able to see that third brake light over the spare, anyway. You'll either wanna relocate it or add some spacers in order to get that light up over the tire. What's important to note about this is is that it's not adjustable. So even though it does give you that additional room and the additional strength to carry a larger-than-factory spare tire that's wider on maybe a wheel that has less backspacing, it's not going to allow you to get the tire nice and tight up against the tailgate snubbers or the tailgate bumpers. And that's really what you want. Even though this is a lot stronger, if you have a 35-inch tire hanging off the back of your Jeep, every time you hit a bump, it's twerking around a little bit. That's not good for your tailgate. Even though this bracket's much stronger, it's not good for the bracket. You really wanna make sure that tire gets tight up against the tailgate, and this isn't going to give you any in-out adjustability. So you might have to do a little bit of work on your tailgate snubbers to ensure that you get a nice, solid connection. To get this installed on your Jeep, again, is a one out of three wrench installation at about an hour, and all you're going to need are you traditional hand tools. The first step is, of course, removing your spare tire. Then you can unbolt your spare tire bracket, making sure you're careful to unclip your wiring harness for your third brake light. Once that is removed, you can go ahead and hang this angle bracket up on the top of your tailgate. Then hang the rest of the bracket from the angle bracket, attaching it to the bottom of the tailgate. Then you can remove your third brake light from your factory mount and attach it to your new mount if you plan on using that. And finally, all you'll need to do is attach your new, larger spare tire onto your new, stronger mount. This bracket comes in at right around $50, which for the build quality, for the strength, even for the quality of the powder coat finish, I don't think is that bad of a price. However, when you consider the fact that this doesn't solve all of the problems of a big, heavy spare tire, it just really solves one of them. If it's worth the price really comes down to you. Some of you will just wanna save the $50 and put that toward your tub-mounted or your bumper-mounted tire carrier, which is more of a complete solution. Others, like I said before, that might just be running a little bit of a larger tire and want to beef up their bracket a little bit are going to get a good value out of this bracket. Now, there are other brackets on the market. There are some that will just give you some additional clearance without completely replacing your factory spare tire mount, and those are going to be a little bit less expensive simply because there's less material here. There is also a version of this which is slightly more expensive from Olympic. However, it's just another option that is going to do pretty much the same thing. So if you're running a slightly larger-than-factory spare tire on a light wheel, but you still wanna upgrade your factory spare tire mount to something that is beefier, this is going to be a good option for you. It's going to be stronger, and it's going to give you some additional clearance to run that slightly larger tire. However, even though this can hold up to the weight of a 35-inch tire, I'm sure, because it's very strong and very well-built, you have to consider your tailgate and your tailgate hinges, which are other weak points in carrying a large spare in the factory location. So if you are going to be running a really large, 35-inch, heavy wheel/tire combination, I would recommend going with a tub-mounted or a bumper-mounted tire carrier. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier, fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Construction. Rugged Ridge makes this heavy duty tire carrier out of 1/4 inch steel plate for a solid, sturdy mount.  For the most in function they've finished it with a black powder coating to prevent rust, perfect for the daily drive and any off roader.

    Specs. This mount lifts your spare tire two inches higher than the stock mount, so you can fit larger aftermarket tires. The maximum this mount can handle is 35 inch tires, but those running with larger tires may need to upgrade to and after market bumper with a tire cutout to prevent rubbing.

    Application. This Heavy Duty Tire Carrier is a bolt on for 1987 - 1995 YJ Wranglers and 1997 - 2006 TJ Wranglers.

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

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    Will this allow for a 35 inch tire?

    RonaldR

    • Yes, this Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier accommodates up to a maximum 35" tire.

      XTBill

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    Do the little bumper pads come with it that keeps from rubbing tailgate?

    DavidS

    • The Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier comes with hardware, which includes bolts, washers, and nuts. It does not come with any rubber pads.

      XTAlexisR

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    Will the bolts line up with a wheel that is 5x5''? I know the current wrangler Tj pattern is 5x4.5 but the tires and wheels i got are 5x5. Or do I need to buy an adapter on top of this?

    KennyR

    • The Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty is designed to accept OEM 5x4.5 lug pattern wheels. If using a different lug pattern, an adapter would be required.

      Rob D

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    Yes I own a 95 YJ and have seen some descriptions stating that this moumt relocates the tire up 2" as well as out 2" but have also seen others stating only moves it out 2"

    Tom

    • Hello, This mount lifts your spare tire two inches higher than the stock mount, so you can fit larger aftermarket tires. The maximum this mount can handle is 35 inch tires.

      XTNunoP

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    Does this product come with lug nuts to hold tire to carrier?

    JamesM

    • Hello, unfortunately the Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier does not come with lug nuts to hold the tire to the carrier.

      XTMerideth

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    Is it possible to mount the stock third brake light onto this carrier? I believe a third break light is a requirement in my state. Thanks for your help!

    Anonymous

    • Yes, this carrier does have the holes to mount a third brake light.

      XTHelenW

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Fit 4.685185 4.7
    • Appearance 4.962963 5.0
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.685185 4.7



    • 5/5

      June 05, 2018

      Nice tire carrier

      I really like this new tire carrier since it fit well with the barricade HD rear bumper.

      Jeanphilip

      Year: 1993Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 14, 2018

      Great carrier

      Install was easy and straightforward, it fit my spare 35 inch tire on there like they said it would. Would recommend to anyone looking for a carrier that needs to hold bigger tires.

      EricJ

      Year: 2003Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 30, 2018

      Excellent

      Excellent product. Mounts right up. All the hardware was there. Fit my 33’s perfect

      JustinB

      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 07, 2018

      Holds my 33x12.5 with no problem!

      Perfect for my 33 x 1.5 tire. Super easy to install

      Sean

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 22, 2018

      WORKS AS ADVERTISED

      Product attached to rear hatch with no problem. Fits a 31" tire with plenty of room to spare. Would buy again and recommend.

      ShadwickS

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 22, 2018

      Good quality and exactly as advertised

      Found the tire carrier to be very well constructed and of high quality. Installation instructions were easy to read and follow. Took me an hour to take off the factory supplied carrier with this one.

      JayZ

      Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 24, 2018

      Tire Carrier

      My 2001 TJ had the original tire carrier with an extension added when I bought it last year. The 33 x 12.5 BFG tire on the original rim had cracked the tire carrier from metal fatigue. The crack was making a very noticeable noise, so I decided to try the Rugged Ridge carrier. Very solid. My tire sits out 1 inch from the rubber bumpers on the tailgate, and 1/2 inch above the original bumper.

      DonT

      Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 2/5

      November 17, 2017

      Bolt pattern problem.

      We have 2 Wranglers, a 2009 and a 2005. We wanted to use a set of wheels and tires from the 2009 on the 2005 but knew the bolt pattern was different. We purchased the Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier, expecting the bolt pattern would work. This will NOT work without an adapter in using the later wheels on the earlier Wranglers. It cost us another $55 to get a good adapter for this installation.

      StevenH

      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 23, 2017

      Stronge and beautiful

      I love this little guy. But I do recommend the bumpers with the tire mount.

      AdonysAce

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 12, 2017

      Tire Carrier Install

      Tires carrier is super easy to install and looks great. I'm running 33's and would recommend stronger tailgate hinges to support the bigger tire.

      CharlesS

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      October 05, 2017

      does the job

      Works perfect..Does what it said it would do. It extended and lifted my new 33x10.5 tires off of my bumper.

      RonC

      Year: 1992Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 31, 2017

      Perfect replacement

      If you are putting a larger tire on the factory bracket is too weak. This is a great upgrade for the price.

      ChrisJ

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 27, 2017

      Good product

      The carrier itself is great and easy to install. Allowed me mount my 32/11.5 tire easily. However, the poor old hinges in my 92 Sahara simply can't take the weight and bend. I'm sure it would work great with a lighter spare/stronger hinges.

      TyV

      Year: 1992Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 13, 2017

      Holds 33s / still needed extension bracket

      I purchased this carrier because the price and quality can't be beat! Easy install with detailed instructions. Only reason it's not getting a 5 star is because I still needed to use a tire extension bracket to clear the bumper with my 33s. I would recommend this product but make sure you buy a extension if you are running larger tiers.

      RockyMtnTJ

      Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 08, 2017

      Looks great

      Bought my 89 yj with diamond plate already installed on the tailgate. So I just bought some bolts and through bolted through the tailgate. Turned out great.

      JimL

      Year: 1989Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 28, 2017

      Good if you have stock wheels and tires

      It's a good product but does not fit my wheels and tires. I have a 33" tire an it's hanging on the bumper. I took it off an would like to return it but I threw away all the boxes an documents when it came in. I think it's a good product if you have the stock wheels and tires.

      JonC

      Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 26, 2017

      Easy Replacement

      It was engineered correctly to be an exact replacement for the rusty original and came with all new hardware so I could throw away all the old rusty stuff.

      PhilM

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 23, 2017

      Excellent

      It's in the name....heavy duty. Great quality, Easy install, perfect fit. Handles the 33's on my wrangler with no problem. Highly recommend.

      StephenW

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 14, 2017

      Great product

      Really well made and took no time at all to install

      TrevorP

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 30, 2017

      very easy replacement

      Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty is thicker then the original holds the 15x35 no problems no rattles. it was an excellent upgrade from the stock one that broke.

      VicE

      Year: 1993Submodel: Wrangler

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