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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

    MPN# 2843

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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 (27)

        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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        Hi is this product steel or aluminum construction and how much does it weigh ?

        • This tire carrier is constructed using durable monocoque aluminum and weighs approximately 56 lbs.

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        Can anyone tell me how many lbs this would add?

        • The carrier weighs approximately 56 lbs without wheel and tire mounted.

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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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        10 More Questions
        Is the brake light adjustable (up/down)? 1 answer
        You have two contradictory answers. In one you say there is in/out adjustment and in another you say there isn't. Which is it? 0 answer
        I currently have the tire carrier CB antenna mount like the Mopar one available on this site. Will that work in conjunction with the Smittybilt Pivot HD tire carrier? It seems that the cast hinge sticks out further than the tire carrier portion that bolts onto it. From looks I think I might have a problem? 1 answer
        What is the weight of this carrier? 0 answer
        I have a very specific question...will this work for a 20x12 -44 (4.77 backspace) Rockstar 2 with 35x12.50r20 Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires? I have a Rampage Rear Recovery Bumper. Thnxs 0 answer
        Can I fit a 35 on this carrier and use my stock bumper? 1 answer
        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? 1 answer
        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
        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

          Customer Reviews (33) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.4

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          • Fit 4.516129 4.5
          • Appearance 4.677419 4.7
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.354839 4.4



          • 5/5

            July 13, 2019

            Great product easy to install

            Solid product, No rattles EASY to install... Instructions looked pretty sad when I skimmed through em to see what everyone was complaining about pictures looked horrible agreed. but to be honest you don't even need the instructions if you have any time wrenching even minimal. it took me 45 min to install start to finish everything is pretty self-explanatory TBH... i don't know why so many people have had issues installing it. but it is really simple....

            Mentalm

            Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 12, 2019

            Great product

            Instructions are written by a third grader, pics in the instruction were taken in a dark room. Have fun figuring out how to install this on your own. I still have parts left over since they were not mentioned in the instructions at all!

            ADAM

            Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 10, 2019

            Eliminated Popping

            The tire carrier totally eliminated the sheet metal popping that progressively got worse over the course of about a year. The only issue I have - other than terrible directions - which isn't huge, is that the hinge doesn't open up past 90 degrees. If parked facing uphill, I don't have to hook my tailgate to keep it from swinging wide-open (which is nice). In contrast, if parked going downhill, the tailgate doesn't open far enough to prop the door open in order to prevent it from slamming shut (so you have to hold it open). Again, not a big deal, but I can see it being inconvenient in certain situations.

            BearLB53

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 26, 2019

            Great Product

            Great product. You will need help installing this. Installation instructions need to be better. That’s the only bad thing about this product

            ScottT

            Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 15, 2019

            Fitment issues

            I emailed Smittybilt, but didn't get a response so as for now I'll leave it as one star based strictly on Smittybilts compatibility with their own products. I have the 400$ tire carrier also, currently running stock tire and I have my settings maxed out, and it's still hitting the bumper. I can take detailed pics when I go downstairs, but for the time being take my word for it.

            JohnS

            Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 12, 2019

            Great fit!

            instructions seemed pretty good. everything fit great, did not like the fact that you are expected to have a press to get some of the bolts on. please with the outcome.

            Murphy

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 07, 2019

            solved our problem.

            Great value and look and strength. I have already recommended this to friends.

            MarkD

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 29, 2019

            very heavy duty, very nice

            very solid, heavy and looks great. door opens and closes fine with no sag...

            Ross

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 11, 2019

            Heavy duty, great look

            Love this addition. Tailgate is SOLID when opening and closing and looks great. Instructions were difficult to interpret but found a great video on YouTube to explain. I wish I had measured out the tire, distance to bumper, etc as I ended up taking off and modifying placement after a week. But that tailgate would carry anything!

            Millertime

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            April 21, 2019

            seems okay

            It took me longer to install because the instructions were not clear and didn't even cover some of the parts supplied. What is it with the bad instructions you get with aftermarket part?

            JerryG

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 17, 2019

            Perfect

            I love this item, easy installed and love look, thanks

            SergioRdz

            Year: 2007Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 09, 2019

            Easy install.

            Easy to install with the right tools but the directions were horrible. Had to watch a YouTube video.

            CarlosV

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 05, 2019

            Horrendous Instructions

            Well made product that does what it's supposed to once it's actually installed. The actual directions that come with the carrier are absolutely terrible. There are even 4 gaskets and spacers included that are not even listed as parts that come with the product. Not too mention there are no color diagrams and the poor black and white diagrams omit a huge number of actual steps that need to be taken to get this carrier installed. Unbelievable that a well made product comes with such horrendous instructions. To my knowledge, Smittybilt has no online video installation videos for this product either. My manual said it was last updated in 2015. You'd think that after 4 years of installation frustration on the part of their customers that Smittybilty would upgrade the manual to address all of the known shortcomings.

            GringoBling

            Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 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

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          • 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

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          • 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

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          • 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 (4)

          • 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 (5)

          • 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 (7)

          • 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 (5)

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