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This Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On tire carrier is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that already has a Smittybilt XRC or SRC Gen2 rear bumper installed or a 10th-anniversary Mopar bumper directly from the factory. This tire carrier is going to work with any of those three rear bumpers but is not going to work by itself or with any other aftermarket bumpers. This is going to be a great tire carrier for those of you that are running a larger than factory spare, are looking to take the weight off of that factory tire carrier, and want something that's going to allow you to open and close that tailgate with one hand in one motion. This is going to be a pretty easy installation. As it says in the title, this is pretty much bolt-on. There's one hole to drill but other than that, it just bolts together. There are a lot of parts and pieces, a lot of hardware here but it is pretty simple, just a little bit time-consuming and I'm gonna show you exactly how to get it done in just a second. So when you are running a big tire on your Jeep and you wanna have a matching full-size spare, you're gonna run into a total of really three different problems. When you put a larger than factory spare tire in the spare tire spot, you're either gonna fatigue the metal and break the tire carrier itself, the welds of the tailgate can come apart and the tailgate can start to rattle, and/or, you can wear out the hinges of the tailgate causing it to sag so every time you open and close, you have to lift up on the end of the tailgate a little bit. So by adding either a tub mounted or a bumper mounted tire carrier, you're going to solve those problems and by adding this, which is really a hybrid, it mounts to both the tailgate and onto the bumper, you kinda have the best of both worlds. So you have a very strong connection from the tire carrier directly onto the frame of your Jeep, again, making it very, very strong. It's not going to sag. It's not going to rattle. It's not gonna bend or wear out and you still have the one-handed open and close of being able to open and close the tailgate and the tire carrier together with just that factory handle. If you have another type of bumper mounted tire carrier, first you have to open the tire carrier then open the tailgate and that might not seem like a big deal but if you're somebody who stores a lot of stuff in the back your Jeep or always going in and out there, it can be a little bit annoying. So, again, a couple of different benefits to having sort of a hybrid style where you get the strength of a bumper mounted tire carrier but you get the ease and convenience of something that opens and closes very simply. Again, this is only designed to work with those two Smittybilt bumpers or the Mopar 10th-anniversary bumper, but if you have any of those three, this is going to work very seamlessly. It looks very good. In fact, a lot of it is going to be hidden behind your tire and it's just going to be engineered in a way that ensures that it's gonna hold up really well and work over the long term. It's made of some heavy gauge 3/16 steel. It's all covered in a black powder coat finish. It does have a couple of stainless accents on it that are going to match that Smittybilt bumper if that's what you're running. This does have some Roto Pax mounts right on the backside of your spare tire, so if you want to be able to carry some additional gear, you can do that. It also has a built-in CB antenna mount. You don't have to worry about any sort of latching mechanism. Again, because this does bolt onto the tailgate itself, there's no latch that can rattle, wear out, or that you can eventually have some issues with. And the pivot point here, again, very, very strong, bolts directly onto the frame. It doesn't have any sort of bearings inside of it. What it uses is a brass insert, so that works a little bit like a bearing and is going to hold up pretty well and wear very well for you but some of the really high-end tire carriers, we're seeing them including bearings these days, usually a pretty large one at the top and the bottom of that pivot. That's really going to ensure no issues, no wear, no problems where it can get tight opening and closing the tailgate. This isn't going to have the bearings, but, again, it is going to have some brass bushings and it is going to be greasable, so it is going to work pretty well for you. So a lot of things that overall built into this tire carrier that I really do like. A lot of functionality. A lot of strength. Now this tire carrier is going to run you right around $500, which is going to be a lot for just a tire carrier, especially when you consider you then have to go out and buy either the SRC or the XRC Smittybilt bumper unless you have that 10th anniversary Jeep bumper. So the whole package, you are going to be into for a good bit of money but, again, for the function and for the look, I don't think it's a crazy price. If you like the way that this setup looks on your Jeep, you want this type of functionality, I do think it's gonna be a pretty good deal for you. So all of that being said, it is going to be a two out of three wrenches for the installation. Let's get into it. I'll show you exactly how to get it bolted up. The tools necessary for completing this job are a 3/8 socket driver, 3/8 extension and 3/8 Universal, 21-millimeter socket, 19-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket, 10-millimeter socket, a 5/32 Allen head either Allen key or Allen head socket, and a T20 Torx socket. We also have a 19, 18, 17, 16, and 10-millimeter wrench as well as a 3/8 wrench, a adjustable wrench. Of course, a drill and a drill bit. We use a 3/8-inch impact and finally a punch so that the drill bit doesn't wander on you. Now I'm gonna show you exactly how to install this tire carrier and as it says in the name, it is mostly bolt-on although there is one hole to drill, and again, I'm gonna show you how to do that in just a second. Now, the first step we're going to take is removing this tire. That's gonna make it a little bit easier for you guys to see the rest of the steps. If you follow the steps exactly in the instructions, they tell you to do this a little bit later but it has to come off anyway so we're going to pull it off right now. So we'll remove this plate on top of the bumper first and that reveals the hole here that the bracket we're gonna install next is going to come up through. The next step is to remove these two bolts that hold the bumper onto the frame. We're gonna remove them so that we can put another bracket on top of the bumper bracket here but then we're gonna go ahead and reinstall them right away. Now we're gonna install this pivot bracket over top of the frame rail and the bumper bracket. I have to, sort of, wrestle it into place here. So the pivot pops up through the hole in the top of the bumper. With the brackets in place, we can replace the bolts. Now you wanna make sure that your newly installed pivot bracket is centered in the hole in the bumper here before you tighten down that hardware, so we're just gonna use a small pry bar. See if we can't get it centered up a little bit. So I like where that's sitting. I'm actually gonna leave the pry bar in place just to hold everything while I tighten those two mounting bolts down below. So this is the part where we have to drill one hole. There's already a hole in that pivot bracket so you just have to drill through the frame. So we'll use the center punch first to make sure that the bit doesn't walk around. Center punch right in there. As you can see, the exhaust is in the way a little bit so you can push it away with one hand, use a pry bar, a ratchet strap, whatever you'd like to make sure it's not in your way and then go ahead and drill up through the bottom of the frame. The next step is to remove the factory spare tire carrier and third brake light. As you can see, they're all one piece here. There is a wiring harness that you have to unplug from the third brake light but after that, it's just a matter of removing the eight bolts that are around the outside. So most of you will have a plastic vent piece right here that you'll have to remove before installing this bracket that came with your Smittybilt tire carrier. Ours is already missing so we didn't have to remove it but what you're gonna do is install this bracket right here onto your tailgate using all of the factory hardware that you just removed from the factory tire carrier. Before tightening down all of this hardware, you'll wanna make sure that the bottom of the bracket is parallel to the top of the bumper. You can see these holes are slotted so you have some adjustability there. So we'll take a look at it. Looks like things are pretty well leveled up and then we'll tighten the hardware. Now we'll install this bump stop. This is going to be a really hard plastic material. This is going to hold the tire carrier when everything is closed, make sure you don't have any rattles, and there's no metal on metal contact. So this just gets put right in between these two brackets here and there's some small hardware that you'll use to attach it. Now we're going to install this turnbuckle on to our tailgate bracket and that's gonna go right here. The instructions are very clear on how to assemble this if you need to. Ours came pre-assembled in the packaging but it's really very simple. There are a couple of heim joint, essentially, tie rod ends here that are threaded, a jamb nut, and then a coupler that goes in between. One is left-hand thread, one is right-hand thread so as you adjust the coupler, the entire thing gets longer and shorter and that's gonna give us some adjustability to make sure that the tire carrier is nice and tight up against the tailgate when the tailgate is closed. So we'll go ahead and adjust that later but for now, we're going to install it. Now we're going to install this new stainless steel cover plate using the factory hardware that we removed. This one looks just like the other one except, of course, it has a hole in it for our pivot mount. Go ahead and tighten all that hardware down. Now we're gonna install the tire carrier itself into that pivot bracket that we've already installed. Now, this does come with quite a few different spacers and the bump stop that we installed before, that's actually slotted as well. So what you ultimately want is for the bottom tube of the tire carrier to mesh up with this bump stop, but again, you have adjustability here and you have shims over here. So play with it, figure out what works for you. Ours actually lines up right on the money without any shims, so we're just gonna go ahead and drop this right into place. Once that's sitting in place, you can install the large washer, the large castle nut, and the cotter pin to secure everything. Now we're going to install and adjust the linkage that goes from the tailgate to the tire carrier itself and that's gonna be the turnbuckle that we installed before. So we'll simply feed it through the hole here, get it lined up, and put the hardware in. And once it's attached, then we can adjust it. Now we'll adjust this linkage to make sure that the tire carrier itself is sitting firmly against that bump stop that we installed. So this can be done with the tailgate slightly open, makes it a little bit easier to get in there with your hand, get things tightened down, and we'll close it. Make sure that everything is tight. Looks like that took all the play out of it for us. So then we'll go ahead and open it again and tighten the jamb nuts down. You don't want anything vibrating and moving and loosening up on us. Now we're going to install this zerk fitting into our pivot bracket. That's going to allow us to grease everything up and make sure it keeps moving freely. It's gonna be a little bit difficult to get in there. It's a tight space but just take your time, get it started, and then you can tighten it down. Now we're gonna install this plastic cap on top of our pivot here. That's just to keep any kind of moisture out. Really just snaps into place and then there is a small set screw that goes on the backside here. Now we'll install these studs into the tire carrier itself. These don't come pre-installed because you could have a lot of different lug patterns on your Jeep. Most of you are just going to have a standard lug pattern for a JK so you're going to use these two upper holes here and one in the center on the bottom there. That's what we're going to be using. So you really just set the stud in from the backside of the carrier here and then you need to pull it through. You can do that in a couple of different ways. You can use the lug nut that comes with the kit and a stack of washers and just drive that lug nut on, that'll pull this through, or you can use an actual stud installation tool which is what we're going to be using here today. Gonna put our washer in place, spacer, and thread that all together. Use a little bit of lubricant and then we will pull our stud into place. And we just have to repeat that process two more times for the other two studs. So this next step is going to be adjusting the tire mount and this is a very important step so while it may seem unimportant or you might wanna just skip it just so you can get everything finished up, this is very, very important. Do not skip this step. So your tire carrier is here. This is the part where the tire actually mounts to. This is the part that we just installed those studs onto. So what you're going to do is set your tire and your wheel combination face down and set this on to some of the lugs. Then the other half of the tire carrier here, this is where all the adjustability is built into. So as you can see, you have four different mounting holes here that align with the holes in the other half of the mount. So you'll set these two pieces together here and then you wanna lay a straightedge across the tire and the idea here is that we get this mount adjusted so that the tire is tight up against the tire carrier. For us, we're just gonna actually use the bracket here for the third brake light. So we'll lay that across. That gives us a reference point straight across, then we can lift up our mounting bracket here until it touches that straight edge. So that's pretty much the level that we want our mount to be at, but we have to look at the side of it and see if it lines up with either of the holes. So we'll just push it down just a little bit to get it to line up so we know it's the third hole from the top. Now we can go ahead and get rid of our straightedge, grab our hardware. We can actually remove this from the tire as well, make it a little bit easier for you guys to see and for me to get my hands in there and we'll get everything mounted up to the third hole from the top, so one, two, three. It's gonna go right in there. The washer on the outside, washer on the inside, and these are gonna be some nylon locking nuts. Make sure nothing vibrates loose on us. There's a total of five bolts that we're gonna use here. So now that you have the tire mount adjusted and fully assembled, you can get it bolted up to the actual tire carrier here. Before you bolt that up, you will have to sandwich in between your Roto Pax mount. As you can see, it has all the same mounting holes as your tire carrier itself does, so pretty much just line that up with the top set of holes. Gonna hold that in place here while we get some of the bolts started from the backside, that'll just help keep everything lined up for us while we get the tire mount held up there. Just gonna pass a couple of bolts through and as with everything else, this is fully adjustable. There's a ton of adjustability built in here so you can really mount your tire as high or as low as you want to. I usually like to get it as low to the bumper as I possibly can, giving me the most visibility out the back window. For our purposes here, we're just gonna set it on the top setting here just to get everything bolted up but depending on the size of your tire and how you use your Jeep, if you're looking for maybe more departure angle, you might bump it up a little bit or like me, you might mount it a little bit lower but it's completely up to you. We're just gonna show you how to get it mounted up. So we have a couple of bolts started there. We'll get our tire carrier set just like that and then with a washer and a nut, we'll finish it off. Now we'll hoist our spare tire up into place and get it mounted up on our new tire carrier. The last step in this installation is assembling your third brake light bracket. As you can see, it comes in two pieces because, like everything else, it is adjustable for the height of your spare tire. So we're gonna go ahead and assemble these two pieces. So once you've finished tightening down the two bolts that hold your third brake light assembly on to the rest of the tire carrier, you're done. So, if you have the Smittybilt XRC or SRC rear bumper or one of those 10th anniversary Jeep bumpers and you're looking for a tire carrier to bolt directly onto it, I do like this option from Smittybilt and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Form and Function. Upgrade your Jeep Wrangler’s spare tire capacity with this Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier - Textured Black. It lets you carry a larger spare tire, so you’ll never be stranded with a flat. This carrier is designed for use with XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary Jeep bumpers. It has CB antenna and Roto Pax mounts for added convenience, and its rugged design enhances the look of your Jeep.
Dependable Craftsmanship. This durable tire carrier has 3/16-inch, cold-rolled steel construction, so you can rely on it for lasting performance and uncompromising strength. The matte textured black finish on this carrier safeguards against rust and corrosion, while adding a tough look to your ride.
Direct Installation. Installing this individually sold tire carrier is a straightforward process, thanks to its direct bolt-on design. There’s no cutting or drilling required; all you need to complete the installation is basic hand tools.
Warranty Details. Smittybilt backs this tire carrier with a 5-year warranty. Refer to the manufacturer’s warranty documentation for complete information about coverage and claim filing.
Application. This Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier in Textured Black fits all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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May 19, 2018
Directions weren’t that great, but a quality product it served its purpose. The only complaint is the directions had to refer to the internet numerous times to see other people’s installations to finish my install.Helpful (9)
May 03, 2018
Product works great!
I got this for almost half off and I am very pleased with the purchase. The directions were not the best though and I had to call smittybilt for the nut bracket that is needed to mount the pivot bracket to the frame. A word advice, you might need to put the tire carrier into the pivot bracket in order to pull it into place onto the frame.Helpful (10)
May 02, 2018
Perfect tire carrier does not rattle at all. The light texture is great. Just bolt on no holes had to be drilled for me. Also i am using the slant back tire carrier with this.Helpful (10)
how much does this and the Gen2 bumper weight together?
They will weight approximately 180 lbs.
Will this work with the smittybilt xrc gen 2 rear for the jl rubicon?
We have not tested this on the JL.
Will a 40 with a 8 lug pattern fit on this bumper/carrier setup?
This bumper and carriers are designed to fit with a wheel that us the stock JK bolt pattern.
Is the frame mount compatible with a Gobi Rack frame mount?
We unfortunately have not yet test-fit this with a Gobi Rack frame mount.
I know this has been ask previously. Will this work with my 2016 Rubicon Hard Rock edition??? Everything I have seen states that the Rubicon Hard Rock bumper is the same as the 10th Anniversary bumper. Thanks!!!
This is only for use with XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary bumpers. It is not compatible with Hard Rock edition bumpers.
The Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier is only confirmed to fit with the XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary Jeep Bumpers.
At this time there is not a direct bolt on Hi Lift Jack mount for this carrier.
We have tested this carrier with a 37" tire.
This is only compatible with Smittybilt XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary Jeep Bumpers. Only the XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary Jeep Bumpers will have provisions for this to properly mount.
Teh Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier will not fit the 2018+ JL Wrangler. This Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier in Textured Black fits all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
At this time the Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier has not been confirmed for the JL.
The Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Bolt-On Tire Carrier is designed to open in one motion with the tailgate.
This will be designed for use with XRC/SRC GEN2 and 10th Anniversary Jeep Bumpers.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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