Similar to most aftermarket parts for the Jeep, there are a variety of Jeep tire carrier options available if you choose to run a larger/heavier tire. The first decision to make is whether you would like to retain the stock look, by running a larger tire on the tailgate itself, with heavy reinforcement, or run an aftermarket rear bumper with an integrated tire mount. Both solutions will solve the two major issues involving weight and clearance.
Within the tailgate option, Teraflex offers the HD hinged carrier. This replaces the factory hinges and tire carrier itself with a heavy gauged robust hinge system. The system no longer relies on the tailgate for support and alleviates any stress on the spot welds. It also allows you to adjust the mounting height in order to take into account larger tires and is rated to carry up to a 37” tire.
If you’re looking to upgrade your rear bumper and are looking for an even sturdier solution, than a steel bumper with an integrated tire carrier might be the best option. Bumpers like the Barricade Trail Force HD rear bumper come equipped with a tire tire carrier. This system floats independently from the tailgate, requiring you to first swing open the tire carrier, followed by the tailgate, in order to access the cargo area. This solution also introduces a great deal of weight to the rear of the Jeep, with the bumper often coming in around 100 lbs. and the carrier itself an additional 48 lbs. This combination can also accommodate up to a 37” tire.
Finally, whichever solution you choose, it’s important to note that a larger tire will probably obscure or eliminate the rear center brake light, which is a requirement in most states. Barricade offers an adjustable Bracket that elevates the brake light, allowing it to clear up to a 40” tire.