Jeep Wrangler Smittybilt XRC Rear Swing Away Tire Carrier (1987-2006 YJ & TJ) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler Smittybilt XRC Rear Swing Away Tire Carrier (1987-2006 YJ & TJ) Review & Install


Hey, guys. So today, I’m here with the Smittybilt XRC
Swing Away Tire Carrier. This is gonna be for you guys that already
have the XRC rear bumper mounted up on your ’87 to ’06 YJ or TJ and you’re looking to
complete the package. This’ll be a great option if you’re looking
to upgrade your tire size, and you don’t want all of that weight hanging on your tailgate
and stressing out your hinges. Because you need the XRC rear bumper in order
to mount up the Swing Away Tire Carrier, together, they’re roughly gonna cost around $725. Now, personally, I think that is an average
price for a quality tire carrier that’s gonna give you a lot of features compared to the
other basic and skeletal options that we offer on the site. The install is gonna be a one out of three
wrenches on the difficulty meter and shouldn’t take any more than two hours to install. So speaking of that, we can jump into the
install now. The tools that we used for our install were
a set of snap ring pliers, a 19-millimeter deep socket, a 17-millimeter deep socket,
a 16-millimeter deep socket, a 13-millimeter deep socket, a 3/8-inch deep socket, a 16-millimeter
short socket, a 5-inch extension, a ratchet, a 16-millimeter wrench, a 17-millimeter wrench,
an 18-millimeter wrench, a Phillips head screwdriver, a tape measure, and an impact wrench. So first up to installing our new tire carrier
is to remove our tire. So we’re gonna start by removing this cover. So after the cover is off, we can take a 19-millimeter
deep socket and remove our lugs. So now, we can open up our tailgate in order
to disconnect our third brake light. So you’re gonna need a Phillips head screwdriver
to remove this plastic cover, and then you can disconnect your contacts. Once you have it disconnected from the contacts,
you can push the grommet through. So in order to access the bolts on our spare
tire carrier, we need to remove our third brake light housing first. So you’re gonna remove these four bolts with
a 13-millimeter socket. Now, we can remove the four 13-millimeter
bolts holding on the spare tire carrier. So in order to give ourselves enough room
to work with when we’re actually installing our tire carrier, we want to remove our passenger
side tail light. And you can use a Phillips head screwdriver. So in order to remove these bolts, you will
need a 3/8-inch socket. Once those are removed, you can carefully
remove your tail light. So your stock tire carrier is great at holding
stock tires. However, when you upgrade your tire size,
putting all that extra weight on your tailgate can stress out your hinges and make it sag
and lose its functionality overall. A great option is to move over to a bumper-mounted
tire carrier like the XRC one that we have here. This will also be a lot more durable than
your stock tire carrier made of heavy-duty steel with a black powder coat finish. So it’s not gonna rust like you see that we
have on our stock carrier. This will also hold up to a 37-inch tire,
and you’ll be able to adjust it up and down, as well as in and out depending on the backspacing
of your wheel, where your stock one you really can’t do much and you only have one option. So enough about the stock carrier, let’s get
our new Swing Away Tire Carrier installed. So in order to install our pivot shaft, we
need to remove this plate that’s covering up the hole. Now, you can install your pivoting shaft. And you’re gonna make sure that the hole for
the positive stuff is on the outside of the bumper. And you can take your provided hardware and
bolt that down with a 16-millimeter socket. So loosely install all of your hardware. So this next step is gonna be a little bit
hard to see. However, after you’ve installed your pivoting
shaft, there is a threaded bolt hole behind here with a welded nut on the back of that. You’re gonna thread in your jam bolt through
there until it hits the pivoting shaft. Once it hits the pivoting shaft, you can tighten
down your jam nut until your bolt is stuck in place. So in order to secure that down, your jam
nut comes into play where you tighten that down up against the welded nut on your bumper,
so that secures it into place. Our next step is to install our latch bracket. This is gonna place right on top of the bumper
here, and you’re gonna have an L-shaped nut plate with a handle on it, so you can reach
it up and around the back of the bumper and secure it down with the provided hardware. So there is a decent amount of room to work
with when you’re installing this nut plate. And if you have small hands like me, you can
break off this handle. However, if you don’t, this is actually a
pretty neat thing to work with. Now, we are gonna loosely install these bolts
here. So when we mount up our tire carrier, we can
line up our handle. And Smittybilt does provide us with shims
so we can make some minor adjustments at the end. So now, we’re ready to install our tire carrier. But we do have to remove this tape because
it is protecting a coating of grease underneath here that otherwise would get all over the
place if it was not there. What I like about this compared to other tire
carriers is that this has a Zerk fitting, and you can grease this as needed so it doesn’t
seize up over time. So Smittybilt will provide two nylon washers
to avoid metal-on-metal contact when you’re opening and closing your tire carrier. And you’re also gonna get a snap ring that’s
gonna hold that down and hold it in place. So before we install our tire carrier, we
wanna install one of these nylon washers. After your nylon washer is on, we can install
our tire carrier in the open position. Now that it’s seated on the nylon washer,
we can install our top nylon washer. So now, we’re ready to install our snap ring
with some snap ring pliers. Now, I would be really careful with this step
because when you have a lot of tension on your snap ring, it can snap back. So put on some safety glasses. When you’re putting this around your tire
carrier, just cup your hand over it so it doesn’t lash back. So our next step is installing our positive
lock. This is gonna mount right on the back of our
tire carrier, and it’s gonna prevent the tire carrier from swinging all the way out and
hitting the body of your Jeep. You’re gonna use the provided hardware, as
well as the support plate to mount up on the back of it. And attach your hardware. And then, attach your support plate. So I would loosely install this because we
will be making some minor adjustments later down the line. So after we’ve installed our positive lock,
we can install our handle. Smittybilt does a good job at giving you a
little bit of option when it comes to this because they do give you two handle styles. We are gonna use the one that’s already on
our handle base and go ahead and install it on our tire carrier with the provided hardware. You’re gonna install your hardware and the
nylon lock nut on the back. And again, make sure that you’re installing
everything just snug, because we’ll tighten down everything at the end and make adjustments
there. So what I do really like about this handle
is that it has this little release pin here. So it’s not just flopping around freely like
a lot of other options on the market. But this will just stay in place when you
lock in your tire carrier. So now, we’re ready to mount up our actual
tire mount on our tire carrier. So like I mentioned before, this is fully
adjustable up and down, as well as in and out. I would recommend measuring out your tire
before you mount it up to your tire carrier, so you can see how low or high that you want
your tire to sit. So since our tire is 29 inches, we measured
half of that at 14 1/2. So we can go to our tire carrier and measure
out where we want that 14 1/2 inches to be. So if we wanted the bottom of the tire to
sit here… So to keep that in place while we mount up
our actual tire carrier mount, we can tighten that down with a 19-millimeter socket and
a 18-millimeter wrench. So just like you can adjust your tire mount
up and down depending on your diameter, you can also adjust the studs in and out depending
on your backspacing. So we roughly measured about 5 1/2 inches. So we’re gonna go up to the tire carrier and
measure that out from the center bore, or the mounting location of this from our actual
tire carrier. So since this has multiple mounting holes
up here, we can measure out roughly 5 1/2 inches from our tire carrier arm to the mounting
face of our wheel. So for our stock TJ tire, we are going to
be out at the third hole. Now, if you have a shallow backspace less
than 5 1/2 inches, which most aftermarket wheels will, you can adjust that a little
bit more inwards. So I recommend, to keep this in place, insert
the top bolt first, just so you can line everything else up. Now, that’s on there. So now, you can tighten down the bolts with
a 17-millimeter wrench and a 16-millimeter socket. So for the top bolt, I’m gonna use an extension
to reach the nylon lock nut inside the tire carrier with a 17-millimeter socket, and then
a 16-millimeter wrench on top. So now that the carrier is fully assembled,
we can put our tire on and make those small adjustments, and tighten everything down. Smittybilt will also give you three new lugnuts. So you can put that on and make your adjustments
with all of your shims. So now with the weight of the tire on the
actual carrier, you can see where it will sit day to day. So then, you can go ahead and make your adjustments
with all of your shims. So one of our last steps is to reinstall our
passenger side tail light. So you just reconnect it, attach the three
13-millimeter bolts, and the four Phillips head screws around the reflector. So our final step is to tighten down our three
lugnuts with a 19-millimeter socket. So that’s it for my review and install on
the Smittybilt XRC Swing Away Tire Carrier. For more videos like this, keep it right here
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  2. I'll never understand why all five tires don't match. Also I don't understand why you didn't clean the break light area after removing it?

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