Hey, guys. Today I'm here with the Smittybilt SRC Classic Spare Tire Carrier, fitting all 1987 to 2006 YJ and TJ Wranglers with the SRC Classic Rear Bumper already installed. So this is gonna be for the YJ and TJ owners looking to relocate their spare tire to a rear bumper mounted system like this for a little bit of extra support when adding a larger wheel and tire.Now, upgrading your wheels and tires is great for your Wrangler for performance but adding a larger wheel and tire to your spare tire carrier can make it sag from all of that extra weight and just wear it out over time, which is something that we definitely don't want. So mounting up that larger wheel and tire on a rear bumper mounted system like this moves it to a solid mounting point as well as evenly distributes all of that extra weight. So this is gonna be for the YJ and TJ owner looking to do just that as well as add and build off of their SRC Classic Rear Bumper and just complete that package.Now, for the tire carrier itself, it's gonna run you about $175. If you don't already have this bumper, we do also offer these two in a package for just south of $400. Now, because the rear tire carrier or the spare tire carrier is part-specific to this rear bumper, there is not a lot of options that I can compare it to on the site. So in looking at bumpers and tire carriers overall in a group, this is gonna be one of your most inexpensive options and that's because of the simplicity in the design. Now personally, I like simplicity as long as it's gonna function and that's what this rear bumper and tire carrier is gonna do. It's going to add a ton of functionality to your Wrangler. It's gonna be very durable and last a long time.So as far as install goes for just the spare tire carrier, it's gonna be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Nothing you can't tackle in about an hour with a couple of basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for this install were an impact wrench, an assortment of extensions, a 15/16 inch wrench, a 17-millimeter and a 16-millimeter open-ended wrench, a 15/16 inch socket, a 13/16 inch deep socket, a 19-millimeter and 17-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter and 13-millimeter shallow socket, a 3/8 inch drive ratchet, and a pair of snap ring pliers.So right off the bat, I would like to mention that you will need the SRC rear bumper in order to install our tire carrier. So after you already have that on there, we can go ahead and take off our spare tire using a 13/16 inch deep socket. So after our spare tire's off we can go ahead and take off our spare tire carrier. It's gonna be held on by five 13-millimeter bolts so you can grab a 13-millimeter socket and go ahead and remove those.So before we go ahead and install our new tire carrier on our SRC rear bumper, I did wanna show you guys a couple of differences between the two. Now, obviously, this is gonna be a lot larger and support a lot more weight more evenly over your back bumper. So when you upgrade your wheels and tires and you have a larger spare tire on your tailgate, it can tend to sag and not function the way it's supposed to. It can wear out very easily over time. So putting a larger wheel and tire on a heavy-duty tire carrier is always the best solution for that. This is gonna be a lot more durable than your small stock tire carrier being made of ¼ inch plated steel. This is also gonna have an Electro undercoat and a two-stage black textured powder coat finish on it so that is a mouthful but all it just means is that it's gonna resist corrosion and rust on the metal very nicely. This also has your mount for your spare tire and it's gonna have a little bit of adjustability so depending on how far or how big your tire is, how far you want it to stick out, you do have a little bit of room to work with there. This is gonna be able to hold up to a 36-inch tire very easily so this is going to be a lot better than your stock spare tire carrier and go very nicely with that SRC rear bumper that we have behind me. So enough about our stock carrier. Let's go ahead and mount up our new one.So first step. We're gonna grab our nylon washer and put that over our post. And then we can install our tire carrier. So now you can take our hardware, our bolts with the flat washer. So what I'm gonna do first since they are not already installed and it's not fully clamped down, I am not going to install our lock washer at first. So what I'm going to do is just put this on here, just the one and tighten it down with a 16-millimeter wrench and a 16-millimeter socket.So now we can take our bolt with the flat washer and attach our flat washer and lock washer on the back now that we have a little bit more room to work with since our top one is clamping down our tire carrier. So once that is on there, we can tighten that one down and then move back to the top one and attach our lock washer on that one. So the lock washer is very important. That's gonna provide pressure on the back of this nut. Since it's not a nylon lock nut, this can come off very easily so having a lock washer there provides tension so it won't come off. So now we can move to the top one.All right. So once those are tightened down, we can grab our snap ring. So you will need a pair of pliers or snap ring clamps in order to install this. And this is just gonna make sure that the carrier is not moving up or down. And that'll seat into a little groove there.So while I'm over here, I would like to point out the fact that this does come with a Zerk fitting and that's something that I like to see on tire carriers just to make sure that it's easily greaseable, it has a long lifespan over time, and it's not seizing up considering that this is metal on metal underneath here. Now, there are grooves for grease to move in and out, making sure that it's greased for a long lifespan. So that's something that I do really like. So after that, we can move on to mounting up our spare tire carrier mount.So our next step is to install our post. This is going to attach right on the top of our tire carrier. So you can just put that in place. Now you can grab the largest bolt in the kit and the two flat washers that are provided with that as well as the nylon lock nut and we can bolt through the center hole here and attach the other flat washer and the large nylon lock nut on the back. So now I'm gonna take a 15/16 inch wrench and socket and an extension as well to go ahead and tighten that center bolt down.So our last step is to mount up our spare tire carrier mount and we are just gonna basically sandwich this in between our post and our actual carrier here. So we're gonna slide that on. You will also, depending on how far you want your tire to stick out, have a couple of holes here for adjustment. We're gonna push it all the way back. Take our longer bolt out of the three with the two flat washers, place it up top, and we can attach our flat washer and our nylon lock nut. So I'm gonna go ahead and tighten this top bolt down first because when we insert the other two bolts, they will be in the way. So I grabbed a 17-millimeter deep socket with a longer extension so we can clear the actual post here and a 16-millimeter wrench.We're gonna grab our shorter bolts with the two flat washers and nylon lock nut, screw that down on either side. So now I'm gonna grab a 17-millimeter open-ended or box wrench and a 16-millimeter socket and tighten down those two side bolts. So our last step is just to bolt up our spare tire. So this will also come with new lug nuts, which I do really like. Make sure you get them threaded on first before you tighten them down. So now we're gonna take a 19-millimeter deep socket and just go ahead and tighten those down.So how are you gonna open your tire carrier? All you have to do is pull this pin out. It'll just be held on the back and then you can lift this latch up and pull your tire carrier open. Now we can close it. As you can tell, this latch is going to seat in there. Then we can take our pin, put that through. This is going to make sure that the latch is not moving around and we can clip this on the back. And that'll make sure that this isn't going to open.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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Electro-Coat Undercoat, 2-Stage Black Textured Powder Coat
36 Inch Tire Maximum
Carries Large Spare Tires
5 Year Limited Warranty
For Use with Smittybilt Bumper J17662
Works with 1987-2006 YJ and TJ Wranglers
Tough Tire Carrier. Prepare for a flat anywhere you are with this Smittybilt SRC Classic tire carrier. The carrier is designed to fit on the rear of your Jeep and hold up to a large-sized tire capably. It's made from tough steel and designed to offer strength without too much weight.
Heavy Duty Design. This Smittybilt SRC Classic tire carrier is made to fit up to a 36 inch diameter tire. It has a three-pointing mounting system with heavy duty latch mechanisms for a good firm hold. The hinge on the unit features a custom grease fitting for smooth operation over time.
Steel Bars. This carrier is made from 1/4" steel bars welded into a lightweight frame designed for a good secure hold. They're covered with a textured black powder coat for durability and weather resistance.
Rapid Installation. This tire carrier can be installed in less than an hour with ease. It locks onto your Jeep using the included hardware for simplicity.
5 Year Limited. This carrier features a five-year limited warranty for long-lasting protection.
Application. This SRC classic tire carrier fits Smittybilt's SRC bumper (item J17662; sold separately) on all 1987 – 2006 YJ and TJ Wranglers, and carries up to 36 inch tires.
Liz F, 2013 Jeep Wrangler JKQuality and Training Analyst I have always loved the outdoors and with my camping experiences, it brought me into the Jeep world. It has always been a dream to own a Wrangler of my own and recently I was able to acquire one of my own! We’ve already been off roading and camping, and each time I come up with a new mod to do when ...
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