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

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    Features, Video & Details

    • 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

    MPN# 11585.01

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    • Tire Carrier
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        Questions & Answers (13)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        Will this allow for a 35 inch tire?

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

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        8 More Questions
        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? 1 answer
        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" 1 answer
        Does this product come with lug nuts to hold tire to carrier? 1 answer
        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! 1 answer
        Will the 3rd brake light fit on this mount? 1 answer
        Does this item have any available attatchments such as jerry can holders or cargo baskets? 1 answer
        What is the measurement from the tailgate to the surface of the wheel mount area? In other words, how far does the carrier stand off the tailgate? Thanks! 1 answer
        Spare tire mount question What is the length of the tire carrier bracket from where it mounts to the tailgate to where the wheel mounts. 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (68) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Fit 4.712121 4.7
          • Appearance 4.954545 5.0
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.727273 4.7



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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!!

            LuckyBoy

            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 03, 2019

            Tire carrier

            Love the new tire carrier will give me plenty of room for the new 35 x 12.5 tire

            Richwrangler

            Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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.

            Arin

            Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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.

            Alejandro

            Year: 1995Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 14, 2019

            Spare tire rack

            Great rack, very tough made of good material. Great bang for your buck. Would recommend to anyone.

            CKP2

            Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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.

            PaulT

            Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 30, 2018

            Great Product

            Great, Well built and heavy duty. Put my 35x12.50x15 on it. No issues whatsoever. Put it on my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

            bshyann

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 19, 2018

            Tire Carrier

            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 modification

            MarvinR

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 14, 2018

            Just what I was looking for

            When stepping my spare tire up from a 31" to a 33" my stock carrier just wasn't going to cut it. This Rugged Ridge carrier moved my new 33" tire exactly where it needed to be. I still have plenty of visual area out the back window and I imagine even with a 35" there would be no issues seeing out the back window. Installation was easy, not much to it at all. Like the other Rugged Ridge and Omix accessories on my Jeep, the quality is top notch.

            HogDaddy

            Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 09, 2018

            Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Heavy Duty - TJ

            Was very impressed with the quality and the ruggedness of the rack. Very stout and holds an 80# wheel and tire with no worries, and looks stock. Very happy with it and the service of Extreme Terrain. These guys are great and have great prices and products.

            Junior

            Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 01, 2018

            Willys

            Easy to install would recommend a second hand if you are running bigger tires to help put the tire on the extender

            Robert

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 17, 2018

            The quality I expected

            arrived fast ! I had everything installed and mounted within 45 minutes .. carrier is as advertised .. well built and priced right .. mounted my 12.50 x 33 spare .. looks great

            DaleF

            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 02, 2018

            Heavy Duty With Tons of Space

            The mount is nice and heavy duty, and truly this mount is only for near OEM size tires, except the tire carrier spaces off the door by about 2". I went from the factory 30x9.50 to 31x10.50 and my tire shakes with every door close and road bump because the tire is not sitting on the tire stops. Now I need to make a spacer about 1.75" thick to get the tire contacting the stops. I wish I would have known this tire carrier would have made me to extra work, and I would have just fabricated by own tire carrier.

            Matt

            Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 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 (6)

          • 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

            Helpful (5)

          • 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

            Helpful (5)

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