(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Teraflex HD Hinged Tire Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount, fitting all 2007-2016 JKs. This is the kit that includes both the carrier and the mount, but you can purchase these parts separately if you choose. If you're running larger tires on your Jeep and you have a full-size spare, there are a couple of issues you can run into from putting a much larger and heavier spare tire on the factory spare tire mount. The hinges of the factory tailgate can start to wear out, and you'll need to start lifting up on the tailgate every time you open it and close it. The welds on the tailgate itself can fatigue and break, causing rattling, and the factory spare tire mount does have a specific weight limit so, when you put a much heavier spare tire on it, you can end up causing that metal to fatigue and break as well. And there are a couple different solutions to all three of these problems. One is a bumper mounted tire carrier, and the other is a tub mounted tire carrier like this. I really like the tub mounted tire carriers because they allow you to open and close the tailgate in one motion with one hand, where the bumper mounted tire carriers first require you to open the tire carrier and then open the tailgate separately. Having a tub mounted tire carrier like this also allows you to run whatever bumper you want on your Jeep without being limited to the options that include a tire carrier.Now, this tub mounted tire carrier, in particular, is a very nice piece. It's one of the top quality tire carriers on the market. It has full adjustability, and it also has the price tag to go along with a top-tier product. But, in my opinion, it's definitely worth it for the quality and the adjustability that you get out of this tire carrier.As I said before, this kit is two pieces that are available separately but are really designed and built to work together. One is this T6 aluminum-hinged tire carrier that replaces your factory hinges and adds the reinforcement to your tailgate which means you don't have to worry about the welds on the tailgate breaking like you might otherwise have to. This is a really, really strong, solid piece. It comes covered in a textured black powder-coated finish. It's aluminum, so it's lighter-weight than it otherwise would be, and you never have to worry about it rusting. The hinges are designed to hold up to a ton of weight, and it's completely bolt-on. The tire mount is itself, again, is bolt-on, designed to work in conjunction with this tire carrier.And my favorite part about this, other than how well it's built, is the adjustability. You can adjust the tire up and down, and also in and out to make sure it's nice and tight up against the tailgate. Now, I like to run my tire as low as I possibly can to give me maximum viewing out of the back window, but also it needs to be high enough to not contact the bumper when you open and close the tailgate. So the up-and-down adjustment gives you the ability to set it exactly where you want it. The in-and-out adjustment is very, very important because, if you have the tire sitting way far out from the Jeep, there's a ton of leverage out there which can fatigue the metal, and it will also move and bounce around which will also cause that metal to fatigue. So this allows you to slide the tire nice and tight up against the carrier, bolt everything nice and solid, so it basically becomes the tire, the tire carrier, and the tailgate, all one piece. Nothing can move, nothing's gonna rattle, make noise or fatigue.Along with these two main pieces, you also get a mount which allows you to put your factory third brake light right in the center of the spare tire, which means you don't have to buy an additional third brake light. And it comes with all of the gaskets, the spacers, the hardware, everything you need to get this bolted together. As I said, this really is a top-tier product, and when you take it out of the box, you can really tell. Like I said before, this is designed to be completely bolt-on, which makes the installation pretty quick and easy. The first step in the installation is to remove your factory spare tire mount and, also, your factory third brake light, all in one piece. You will be able to take the third brake light assembly out of the mount and hang on to that because you are going to use it later. After that, you'll remove the plastic covers over your factory hinges, and then use some spare blocks of wood or wedges underneath the tailgate, between the tailgate and the bumper, to hold up the weight of the tailgate. You're going to be removing your factory hinges, and you don't want the tailgate to move around. You want it to stay in the alignment that it is right in the factory. Once the tailgate is supported with those wedges, you can go ahead and unbolt the factory tailgate hinges, and then go ahead and bolt on the hinged tire carrier. First, you'll bolt it on to the tub. Check for alignment with the tailgate, tighten down the hinges on the tub, and then bolt the carrier onto the tailgate itself. After the hinged tire carrier is installed, you will install the adjustable tire mount. That will install in the same bolt rotations as the factory spare tire mount. There are eight threader holes in the tailgate that hold that into place and, after it's installed, it's just a matter of putting your spare tire on and adjusting it. Again, I like to run my tire as low as possible without interfering with the bumper, and you wanna make sure that it's nice and tight up against the tailgate. In order to do that, you wanna put the spare tire on the mount, push it tight up against the tailgate, remove the spare tire, put the mount another eighth- to a quarter-inch closer to the tailgate, and then tighten it down. That means, when you put the spare tire on for the final time and tighten those lug nuts, the lugs will actually be pulling the tire nice and tight up against the tailgate. Again, the whole process should take you right around an hour, and you won't need any specialty tools. But, you will need some torque bits, a good socket set, and make sure you follow the instructions. As I said before, this tire carrier set-up with both pieces is pretty expensive. There are some bumpers with bumper mounted tire carriers out there that you can get both pieces together for about the same price as this. However, they're certainly not going to be the quality of this piece. You can rest assured that, no matter what size tire you put on this set-up, you're going to have the adjustability to make sure that everything stays nice and tight, and this really solves all of the problems of running a large, heavy spare tire in what otherwise would have been your factory location. As I said before, I really like this set-up because it allows you to run whatever bumper you want without being limited to one that has a tire carrier. So, all of that said, I have to say, this is worth the price. I know it's a lot, but I definitely think it's worth the price. There are some other carriers out there that might look similar to this one, but they don't have the same adjustability or the same build quality.So, if you're running larger-than-factory tires on your Jeep and you wanna be able to run a full-size spare on the tub, without the risk of damaging your hinges or your tailgate or your tire mount itself, I definitely recommend taking a look at this set-up. It gives you the strength, the build quality, and the adjustability that you need to run that large spare tire with the peace of mind, knowing you're not going to damage anything.So that's my review of the Teraflex HD Hinged Tire Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount, fitting all 2007-2016 JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Specs. This Heavy Duty Adjustable Tire Carrier and Tailgate Reinforcement Kit from TeraFlex can carry a tire up to 37 inches - even in the most extreme conditions, over the must rugged trails, and with the most significant obstacles. You get simple, quick, and easy access to the back cargo area with just a single action. This kit spreads the load and weight of the tire to more than just the single hinge point, and incorporates the factory tailgate hinge mounting points to spread and separate the load as much as possible. The result? Maximum strength and durability. This kit does not require you to purchase an aftermarket bumper - it works with all OE and aftermarket bumpers alike.
Construction. This kit is made from cast A356.2 T6 aluminum as the main component, which ensures the carrier is both as light and strong and possible. The finish and fit are designed to follow the flow and contour of your Jeep body, while offering extra mounting points for off-road accessories like recovery jacks and fluid containers. The factory Jeep tub offers incredible internal gussets and bracing that have no problem supporting the new tire carrier and oversized tires. The HD hinge brackets are created from forged steel and the HD 5/8 inch hinge pins are made from cold formed high-carbon hardened steel. The combination of the location at which it's mounted, plus the HD mounting rackets, means you get one of the strongest, rattle-free carriers on the market. Installation is a breeze and requires no drilling or modification.
Application. This adjustable tire mount kit fits 2007-2018 JK Wranglers.
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February 23, 2019
HD Hinged review
Very well built tailgate reinforcement for larger tires. Easy to follow instructions and was easy tO install.Helpful (0)
August 08, 2018
Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/Adjustable Tire Mount
Product is as advertised. Make sure you get the kit. Better to have two people for installation.Helpful (3)
July 10, 2018
The Best Of The Bunch!! Get It!! It's Worth It!
Lifted 2015 jk sport 2" with 33x10 tires 255/80r17-bf goodrich km2 mud tires- the factory tire carrier seemed extremely weak and flimsy-too much stress I felt on the tailgate w/ the new tire weight. Another Teraflex Product at its' best. No rattling felt rock solid tight fitting against the tailgate. Fit yes, my stock wheels w/out any spacer. Held that wheel firmly against the tire carrier on the right and against the factory rubber "bumper" on the left!! Lowered the tire about 2 inches-rear view better visibility! Used my old third brake light bracket (which came w/ lift mopar package)-since orig 3rd brakelight was covered by 33 tire on factory carrier. My tailgate now opens like a "vault" good and solid!!Helpful (2)
July 01, 2018
Hinged tire carrier
Awesome kit and would recommended to anyone with a Jeep regardless if you have a stock size spare or larger. Easy installation that took only a little over an hour to install.Helpful (2)
June 21, 2018
Got 35s coming
This set up is flat out awsome. Price was a bit to swallow but you will not find a better set up.Helpful (2)
June 20, 2018
Really like it!
Well made product. Sturdy for sure. Adjustability keeps the tire/rim very close to the tailgate, which is a preference. The built-in hinge stops are a great feature. Best installed with someone helping (extra hands). Excellent option if you don't want or can't use a bumper mount.Helpful (2)
June 15, 2018
Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier install
Package was recieved on time and undamaged. I was able to install unit myself with the assistance of You tube and included instructions. Unit is very sturdy and improves the appearance the rear section. I also installed the Rugged Ridge circular LED 3rd brake light which complemented the carrier and improved visiblity to rear area. Adjusting the tire mount proved the most difficult. Having a second person to assist as bringing an oversized tire to the mount can be exhaustive if you have to repeat the process when adjusting.Helpful (3)
June 07, 2018
NO MORE SQUEAK
I upgraded to 33s and over the winter my tire carrier would always squeak. Upgraded here, my gate works flawless, no squeak, 100 confident in this carrier. Easy install. Instructions are good. 2 downfalls from perfection. 1) very limited selection of accessory mounts. 2) u have to buy the 3rd light extender separately.Helpful (2)
June 07, 2018
Teraflex HD hinged tire mount is HD!
This tire mount installed very easy and is very well made. Great product and is what you would expect from Teraflex.Helpful (2)
June 07, 2018
Great product but
Great product and directions. This thing is a beast and I feel confident that my 35 inch tire isn’t going damage the hinge or the tailgate welds. I was going to go with a cheaper option but happy I didn’t. Too, It’s rare to get good directions with an off-road product. TF did a great job creating an understable set of directions. Here’s the but...the hardware packaged with the product nicked the finish on this brand new hinge. I don’t mind nicks that I put on something but new... it shouldn’t have arrived that way. The way the content was internally packaged (from factory) seemed to have caused the nick. The outside of the box looked like it was handled with care. That said, ET customer service was great and helped handle this small issue. Still, an amazing upgrade that was designed with thought. Totally recommend to anyone that needs one, and I would go further to say ‘Treat Yo Self’ to the TF version over the copiers.Helpful (3)
Can I keep my factory 3rd tail light (in the same location) with a 33" tire and this carrier? Without buying the extra light bracket?
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount will have you relocate the factory third brake light to the center of the spare- it will include the bracket. The brake light cannot be reused in the factory location.
How much does this unit weigh?
Hello, the Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount weighs in at around 18 lbs.
Some of the customer pics and the instructional video (@1m20s) have the third brake light mounted in the center of the wheel. It's the little almost factory looking light with a little bracket that attaches to the tire lugs. I asked customer service and they said they didn't carry it. Does any know the brand/type/name of the light and/or mounting bracket? Thanks.
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount will have you relocate the factory third brake light to the center of the spare and will include the bracket to do so.
Hello, I see that there is an option to add the Teraflex 3rd Brake Light Adjustable Extension Bracket to this kit. I am just curious what purpose does buying this product serve when the video for the tire carrier made it seem like the kit included everything already needed to readjust the 3rd brake light
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier will have provisions for your stock third brake light mount, however depending on tire size, your third brake light may be obscured by the tire. The adjustable third brake light extension bracket allows you to adjust the mounting location of your third brake light to accommodate for a large number of tire sizes that would normally obscure the third brake light due to their height.
Can I mount the factory 32" tire from a 2018 JKU Rubicon to this carrier and if so will I have to buy anything extra like a spacer, etc.?
This carrier can accommodate that wheel/tire without any additional modifications or components.
Yes, that license plate mount will work with this tire carrier.
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier will have provisions for the tailgate travel limiter. This will accommodate extra weight in a cargo basket over the tire, though some cargo baskets may not mount properly due to the design of this carrier.
Yes! The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount can be fitted with an accessory mount on the hinge, see item J100286 http://www.extremeterrain.com/teraflex-hinged-carrier-mount-jk-4838200.html, which allows you mount a Hi-Lift jack.
Yes, The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount will work with your JKU.
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount should have no issues using your wheel and tire on the spare mount.
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier with Adjustable Tire Mount will most likely need a spacer to allow fitment of a 35x12.5 with your wheel's 30mm offset. This will translate to approximately a 6.2" backspace, where we would like to see 5" or less for backspace with this wheel and tire size.
Yes, the Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount will work with the factory bumper.
No, the Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount (07-17 Wrangler JK) comes with everything need from proper install and application.
There is not a specific weight listed for this tire carrier, but the Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount (07-17 Wrangler JK) can hold up to a 37" tire. So adding a bike rack to the rear should be fine.
The Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount will include the high mount brake light plate.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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