Jeep Wrangler Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount (2007-2017 JK) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler Teraflex HD Hinged Carrier w/ Adjustable Tire Mount (2007-2017 JK) Review & Install


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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