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Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Rear Tailgate Mounted Tire Carrier
    • Strong Monocoque Aluminum Construction
    • Lightweight, Yet Strong
    • Holds Up to a 37" Tire
    • EPDM Gasket to Protect Paint
    • Load Carrying Capacity of 135 lbs.
    • Third Brake Light Mount Included
    • Forged Chrome Mounting Brackets
    • No Drilling Required
    • Fits All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. Today we're going to talk about the construction, some of the features and of course the pricing of this carrier. This is for those of you who are running larger than factory tires on your Jeep and want to be able to carry a full-size spare. The factory spare tire mount is really only set up for a factory spare tire. When you put a much larger and heavier spare tire on that mount, you can run into a couple of different issues. You can wear out the hinges of your tailgate which will require you to lift up on the tailgate latch every time you open it and close it. You can break the welds on the tailgate itself causing rattles. And, the metal of the spare tire mount can fatigue and break over time under the extra weight of a heavier spare tire. There are a couple of different solutions to fix all of those issues, and a tub mounted spare tire carrier like this one is one of them. When you use a tub mounted spare tire carrier like this one, you can run any bumper you would like. If you choose to run a bumper mounted spare tire carrier, you have to get the bumper specific for that carrier. A tub mounted carrier like this one also allows you to open and close the rear tailgate with one motion with one hand as opposed to a lot of tire carriers on the market that first have you open the bumper mounted tire carrier and then open the tailgate separately. This tire carrier is made of cast aluminum which means it's going to be very strong but also pretty light. It allows you to replace your factory tailgate hinges with the ones that are included on the kit and gives you all of the strength you need to carry a much larger spare tire. It also has an adjustable mount which will allow you to put the tire as low as possible without having clearance issues with your bumper if you're running a smaller spare tire and give you the maximum viewing out of your back window. However, if you're running up to a 37-inch tire, you can adjust the mount up and run a large tire again without having any clearance issues. The setup comes complete with a factory third brake light mount so you don't have to go out and purchase a third brake light separately or a third brake light mount. Everything comes right in the kit. You can even get a high lift jack mount separately that will go with this setup allowing you to mount some additional accessories. If you've been shopping for tub mounted tire carriers before, you've probably seen one that looks very similar to this. Both Teraflex and Rugged Ridge have a very similar tire carrier. Teraflex was the one who pioneered these tub mounted tire carriers and really came up with this design. Rugged Ridge and Smittybilt came in a little bit afterward with very similar designs that are slightly less expensive. This whole setup is designed to be completely bolt on so the installation doesn't require any drilling. The first step to getting this bolted up is to remove your factory spare tire mount which will come off by removing the eight bolts that hold it onto the tailgate. You'll also want to remove the plastic trim on the inside of the tailgate to expose the plug for your factory third brake light. Once you unplug it, make sure you hang onto it, because again you are going to use that with this installation. After that, you can remove the plastic hinge covers and get ready to remove your factory hinges. Before you do that, you'll want to block and tape the tailgate into place to make sure that it's not going to come out of alignment. It's a lot easier to take the time to block and tape everything into place now than it is to try and realign your tailgate after the fact. Once everything is taped and blocked into place, you can go ahead and remove those factory hinges and reinstall the hinges that come with this setup. You'll actually just be installing the tub side of the hinges. Remove the hinge pins and bolt these into place using factory hardware in the factory location. After that, you'll install the rest of the hinge part of the carrier onto the tailgate and finally the reinforcement bracket which is where the tire carrier section gets bolted. This tire carrier will bolt onto that reinforcement section and then you'll install the third brake light. Again, all of these parts are completely bolt on. The kit includes all of the hardware to get this job done. You don't have to drill anything, so the installation is very easy although there are a lot of steps and a lot of hardware. As long as you take your time, this is an easy installation that anyone can do. I would recommend setting aside two to three hours to get this installation finished. You won't need any specialty tools, but a good set of Torx bits and sockets will come in handy. As I said, there are really three tub mounted tire carriers on the market that are of a similar design: this one, the one from Rugged Ridge, and of course the one from Teraflex which was the original to pioneer this design. Teraflex is still the most expensive. They have the most time under their belt so they've been able to make the most improvements over that period of time. I would say that there may be a reason to spend a little bit more and go with the Teraflex. It's tried and true, where this is a slightly newer design. But, looking at this one out of the box, the finish is nice, it seems really well built and really solid, and in some respects, the beefiness, the strength of this tire mount, in particular, is something that I think may even be stronger than the Teraflex one. The Teraflex one adjusts a little bit easier than this one does, so there are definitely pros and cons to both. If it comes down to budget, this is less expensive and it is very solid. If you have the money and you want the original, the Teraflex option is always out there. If you're looking to run a larger than factory spare tire on the back of your Jeep but you don't want to be limited to a bumper that has a tire carrier specifically built for it, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this option, especially if you're looking to save some money over the most expensive tub mounted tire carriers out there. That's my review of the Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Designed for Over-Sized Spare Tires. Give your 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK a functional and rugged addition by installing a Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier, an adjustable tire mount that will facilitate up to a 37" tire. This tire carrier is ideal for Jeep enthusiasts with over-sized off-road tires that want to carry a spare tire that's the same size as the tires on their Wrangler.

    Durable Aluminum Construction. The Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier is constructed with durable monocoque aluminum with forged chrome mounting brackets. The lightweight, yet strong material will withstand the elements and resist corrosion for years to come.

    Easy Installation Process. There is no drilling or modifications needed to install this Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier. The tire carrier is a bolt-on application using the existing mounting points and all of the mounting hardware and gaskets are provided.

    Application. This Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier is specifically designed to fit 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2- and 4-door models.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Tire Carrier
    • (1) Protective EPDM Gasket
    • Mounting Hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs

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    Questions & Answers (22)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    Does this tire carrier adjust in and out like the teleflex carrier?

    • The Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier has both in/out and up/down adjustment for the tire carrier.

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    Looking at the set up for this tire carrier and the fact it can be adjusted, can it be adjusted to hold the spare tire on and angle if you have a fastback top on your jeep?

    • The Smittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier does not allow for angled mounting of the spare tire.

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    Does this work with stock bumper?

    • Hello! This will work with your stock bumper!

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    Can I fit a 35 on this carrier and use my stock bumper?

    • Based on customer-submitted images, it does appear that a 35" tire can be used with this carrier and the stock bumper.

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    I believe the Teraflex comes with a bracket that allows the license plate and the 3rd bake light to be mounted in the center of the wheel. Is this possible to do with this Smittybilt?

    • This Smittybilt tire carrier is not designed for that modification, so I would not be able to guarantee a perfect fit and would expect some sort of modification to be necessary to make it work.

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    10 More Questions
    I purchased the smittybilt tire carrier 2743 for a 35" tire and now my tailgate pops and rattles. Will this system work with the before mentioned tire carrier to reinforce the tailgate, or is there another product that will remedy this problem? 1 answer
    Hi is this product steel or aluminum construction and how much does it weigh ? 1 answer
    Can anyone tell me how many lbs this would add? 1 answer
    Is there a CB antenna bracket for this HD tire carrier. Can't find one. 1 answer
    So this will fit 37" Nitto with -12 wheel offset? 1 answer
    Will this work with AEV Savegre wheels? Website says they have 10mm of offset. Your earlier comment says 0 or negative required? 1 answer
    Hi. I bought a new set of wheels and here is the specifications: Bolt Pattern: 5 on 5" Size: 17x9 Backspacing: 4.50 Backspacing Range: 4.50" - 4.74" Offset: 30mm Mounted Tire: 35×12.5 Nitto Ridge Grappler What would you recommend I purchase in order for me to be able to use the Smittybilt Pivot HD tire carrier for my spare tire? Thanks in advance. 1 answer
    It says it does not accept factory wheel. I replaced my wheels but bought the same size and back spacing (17in wheels). Will they mount on this carrier?. 1 answer
    Is there a way to mount a CB antenna on this unit or could I use the Teraflex CB mount for their HD Hinge carrier? 1 answer
    Can a recovery Jack mounting bracket be attached to it ? 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (20) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.55 4.6
    • Appearance 4.7 4.7
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.4 4.4



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 15, 2018

      mittybilt Pivot HD Tire Carrier

      Great product... very sturdy...horrible directions... took about an hour, it would have taken slot less time if the instructions were better!.. overall great product for the $$$ I would recommend it.

      bWd

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 08, 2018

      Heavy Duty

      Great spare tire carrier, hinge is beefy and smooth to close. Give yourself some time to figure out how it goes together because the instructions are god awful, that's the only reason I gave it 4 stars. Been a few months now and needless to say I'm happy with it!

      JacobS

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 06, 2018

      Solid product

      I had an issue with an oversized tire on a stock tire carrier. My tailgate exterior sheet metal was denting and making a terrible popping noise. I was afraid I was going to be a grand in for a bumper tire Carrier combination but thought I’d try this first. So far so good.

      Matt

      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 01, 2018

      Better support

      The Smittybilt HD carrier is a somewhat simple upgrade that allows you to carry a bigger and heavier spar without the tailgate sag that the factory gate/carrier develops over time

      ChrisM

      Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      May 12, 2018

      Rear tire mount

      Top quality product just didn’t want to spend 2-3 hours trying to do the install especially with a 35in tire so I had my mechanic do it

      RafaeleP

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 3/5

      April 19, 2018

      Looks good

      Overall looks cool....Water leaks after install. Would be nice if kit came with support spacers to hold door position

      SteveZ

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 3/5

      February 17, 2018

      Horrible Instructions

      Install this product today. The product looks great and the weight gives you a sense of quality but the instructions are outright horrible. Took an educated guess about how to install some of the parts but ended up calling support to verify my thoughts. Time will tell the true quality of this product. Smittybilt needs to step up their game.

      ChadV

      Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 06, 2018

      Decent carrier

      Install was easy and straight forward, however my powder coat is chipping off around the hinges.

      KevinG

      Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      October 21, 2017

      Solid product

      High quality parts and installed in about 2hrs. Install may have been quicker if smitty built had better instructions.

      TomR

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 12, 2017

      Smitty Spare

      Instructions suck, but other then that all was great.

      StevenW

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 10, 2017

      Smittybilt tire carrier

      Definitely love it. It's solid and sturdy built product. No disappointment here for sure and worth every $. If you are handy you can handle installation very easy by yourself and quick even with/poor pics from manual/ or without. In my case took a little bit more time to install to final point just cause I install a backup cam and hi-jack lift mount on it but overall whole carrier installation was less then hour. 40 of parts(interior or exterior) on my JKU 15 Altitude are Smittybilt and I am really happy with it and of course thanks to Extreme Terrain.

      Dali

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (4)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 19, 2017

      Highly Recommend

      Very nice looking and stout piece of hardware. Easily adjusts for different tire sizes. Only complaint is that some very important details are left out of the instructions. Will definitely install another one in the next Jeep.

      HankW

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      August 11, 2017

      If I Only Knew

      It is a well built product. The biggest beef that I have with it were the instructions. As easy as it seems it should've been, it wasn't. I searched the Internet for "installation videos" but never found a decent one. The one video I did find was for its competitor, (TeraFlex) and it kinda helped me with this install but made me realize that I should've spent the extra money and got the TeraFlex one. Depending on your tire size, there will be a lot of put it on take it off. Clearer instructions with better pictures and a detailed installation idea would be a great plus for this product.

      JohnJack

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 06, 2017

      Great item

      Excellent upgrade. Takes a few to install but is a great product

      SeanT

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 25, 2017

      HEAVY DUTY tire carrier

      Pros: HEAVY DUTY, adjustable, sturdy mounts and nice hardware, Entire mount instead of a la carte like other brands Cons: It's spendy, spare mount will not accommodate certain backspacing on wheels, instructions are easy to misread, third brake light mount does not make sense in the way it mounts... it doesn't allow for spreading out the bolts for more surface area. Overall... after putting it together and taking it apart several times to get it just right.. I like it.

      RCL

      Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 10, 2017

      Awesome

      it was super easy to install it looks awesome and is very strong I recommend it to anyone that needs a tire carrier

      SethT

      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 31, 2017

      Very well built carrier

      This kit is pretty decent and fits very well and also like it's adjustability for the spare tire and 3rd break light. However, I need to mentioned that this kit installation compare to the other competitors seems more difficult and takes a longer time due to the lack of good instruction and tips about some measurement steps! But overall I would recommend it.

      StubbyAntenta

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 17, 2017

      We are really happy it is just inspected

      This is really nice we don't have the noise any more that our heavy tire was doing we are happy happy happy

      MariaV

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      April 11, 2017

      GREAT product

      This carrier is VERY well built and very sturdy. It hold my 35 on my 20" wonderfully. Highly recommend!

      KaylaS

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 14, 2016

      Great carrier excellent price

      So it came in, man I was excited to finally put this carrier to my Jeep. FedEx came in early and I have most of the afternoon to have it install, so have about 3 hours to get it all done. The items inside the box were properly labeled and organized, all the parts were complete and the bolts and bits were also complete. The instructions book was in there too, but the book doesn't show all of the parts and it makes you second guess. Make sure to use the drawing that is on the presentation box, it's easier than the instructions for sure. Also before you begin working and taking apart the OEM parts, ensure that the gate is properly blocked to avoid misalignment of the gate, a couple of wood pieces will do; additionally, get the Torx wrench that fit the hinges bolts and the blue tread locker for the bolts. You can get a set of Torx wrenches in Home Depot or get the kit from Smittybilt. The entire installation it's easy, so grab a beer and have fun in your garage putting this awesome part that will protect the tail gate from getting damaged

      olopez9063

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (8)

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