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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
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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February 17, 2020
Fit my 33's perfectly very heavy duty stock look but not!Helpful (0)
February 13, 2020
Easy install, bolt pattern problem
Is very sturdy and easy to install, but appears to be only for 4” and 5” bolt pattern. Luckily I had my adapter I had to use on the old carrier.Helpful (0)
July 07, 2019
Perfect for oversized heavy spare tire
Finally found a great spare tire mount for my 33” tires that won’t bounce around and gives me a solid ride. Also no issue with being able to open the the back door since the tire is mounted far enough back. Easy to install and looks great!!Helpful (1)
June 03, 2019
Love the new tire carrier will give me plenty of room for the new 35 x 12.5 tireHelpful (1)
March 24, 2019
Great product and price!
Simple install. Lined right up with the factory mounting holes. Only took about 15 minutes. I will parrot what I have seen in previous reviews, this only uses 4 of the 5 original bolt holes.Helpful (2)
February 20, 2019
Very Reliable and discreet
Keeps my spare where it has to be with no problem. I have used this carrier while vigorously off- roading and has not given me any problems. I have a 33x12.5r15 spare in the back with a BFG KO2. Since this carrier does give strain to your tailgate, make sure to close it with force or else it will rattle when driving.Helpful (5)
February 14, 2019
Spare tire rack
Great rack, very tough made of good material. Great bang for your buck. Would recommend to anyone.Helpful (4)
January 14, 2019
Easy install, works great
No real issues installing, exactly what I needed to hold a spare with new, bigger tires. Only thing to note is that my original favtory bracket has 3 holes on the top and two on the bottom (2002 wrangler), and this part only uses two holes on the top. I imagine that’s fine just something to be aware of.Helpful (5)
December 30, 2018
Great, Well built and heavy duty. Put my 35x12.50x15 on it. No issues whatsoever. Put it on my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.Helpful (7)
December 19, 2018
Upgraded to 33's and they did not fit original carrier. This worked perfect. Easy to install tire fits great and high mount brake light still fit over the 33" tire no modificationHelpful (5)
Will this allow for a 35 inch tire?
Yes, this Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier accommodates up to a maximum 35" tire.
I have a 1998 TJ With Stock bumber and have 33 inch tire on 15 inch tires. Will tire clear the bumber
This will work with a 33" tire yes.
Will this work with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus HD Tire Carrier Hinge Casting?
This is designed for use with the stock hinges and set up.
will this fit a 33" nitto grip tire with 20" fuel rims?
You will be able to fit a 33" tire on this heavy duty spare tire carrier as it can accommodate up to 35" tires.
Do the little bumper pads come with it that keeps from rubbing tailgate?
The Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier comes with hardware, which includes bolts, washers, and nuts. It does not come with any rubber pads.
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.
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.
Hello, unfortunately the Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier does not come with lug nuts to hold the tire to the carrier.
Yes, this carrier does have the holes to mount a third brake light.
Yes, this carrier does have the holes to mount a third brake light.
Hello, unfortunately this does not come with any other attachment.
Hello, on the Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty, Textured Black (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) the distance between the tailgate and the wheel mount is around 10 inches.
The dimensions of the Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty, Textured Black (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) are length: 15 width: 11 and height: 11.
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