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Unread 04-10-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Rear bumper - with or without tire carrier?

Guys, I am trying to pick a rear bumper - no tubes but something simple. Question is - what are the pluses and minuses of tire carrier vs non? Also, I see a lot of bumpers with hitch attachments but not rated for towing? So it's for getting accessories on it only?

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What size tires are you going to run. Anything over a 31ish is too much for the stock carrier IMHO.
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No tire carryer pros
1. Lighter
2.cleaner look

No tire carryer cons
1.no spair tire
2.no extra storage ex racks and gas can mounts
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Unread 04-10-2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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Bumper mounted tire carrier:

Pros:
Nifty place to put your spare that won't destroy your tailgate.

If you have a receiver hitch capable of pulling a trailer (and a spare that's larger than stock), you can hook up a trailer without jettisoning your spare.


Cons:
Sooner or later, most of the swing aways break the spindle (normally, where it's been welded to the bumper) and if you're very lucky won't go through the windshield of the Honda Civic that's tailgating you at the time.

The fold down style seem reliable; however, are a PITA when you want to open your tailgate.

As for receiver hitches with no rating ...I've got no clue.
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A con of tire carriers mounted on bumpers not yet mentioned is many people complain of the noise they make. Squeaks and whatnot from pivot points while driving.
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Also, I see a lot of bumpers with hitch attachments but not rated for towing? So it's for getting accessories on it only?
Yup, accessories only. Rugged ridge makes one for example. I had it then I made my own. It wasn't intended for towing. So if you have a bicycle you want to take with you, get one of them. One day I will be converting mine to a tire carrier. Only difference is mine is actually going to be "heavy duty".

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Bumper mounted tire carrier:



Cons:
Sooner or later, most of the swing aways break the spindle (normally, where it's been welded to the bumper) .
C'mon, MOST of them break? Really?!?
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C'mon, MOST of them break? Really?!?
It's not exactly uncommon... I've never seen one come completely off a Jeep while going down the road, but over half of the folks that I know (who wheel) have had issues with them. They're fine for the first 40k or so, but yeah, sooner or later the spindles break.

I ran one for a couple of years until I noticed a crack at the base of the spindle. I carry a plug kit and a small emergency air compressor (until my OBA is up and running). If I'm going somewhere where there is a real chance of issues, I put my spare in the back.

Edit: I just went back and read my post. I apologise for using too strong a comment. I concede that it's not "most"; however, it's a valid concern. As I said, of the people that I know who've used them (myself included), I've heard more bad than good after long term use. Mine was great until it cracked. I considered getting another one, but I knew I'd never trust it.
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I've got the Dirtworx bumper/tire carrier. My tailgate hinges were sagging from just 32/11.5 tires and I'm going to 33's or 35's. The Dirtworx is rated class 3 hitch, has a lifetime guarantee on spindle and all parts, it's heavy and great craftsmanship.
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I've got the Dirtworx bumper/tire carrier. My tailgate hinges were sagging from just 32/11.5 tires and I'm going to 33's or 35's. The Dirtworx is rated class 3 hitch, has a lifetime guarantee on spindle and all parts, it's heavy and great craftsmanship.
Did you pick it up from him? I see his ads on CL all the time.

As for me, I think the possibility of breaking a spindle is worth it at any tire weight. My tailgate is buggered up (I think the body is bent even though there are no dents) and slamming it with my tire on(so it doesn't rattle) has actually made me bend my tailgate.
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Yes I picked it up at his shop. It has 10 mounting bolts and everyone lined up with my jeep holes perfect. It is heavy and well made, he says if anything breaks he'll fix it, but seeing his welds and the amount of metal I can't see me breaking it.
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I love my bumper/tire carier, but than my tail gate won't hold my full size 37.....

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I've got the Dirtworx bumper/tire carrier. My tailgate hinges were sagging from just 32/11.5 tires and I'm going to 33's or 35's. The Dirtworx is rated class 3 hitch, has a lifetime guarantee on spindle and all parts, it's heavy and great craftsmanship.
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Yes I picked it up at his shop. It has 10 mounting bolts and everyone lined up with my jeep holes perfect. It is heavy and well made, he says if anything breaks he'll fix it, but seeing his welds and the amount of metal I can't see me breaking it.
I have the same bumper and like Reno72 it is well built, I mean really well built! I too went to his shop and picked it up and he was a very nice guy to deal with. It came with all the bolts, nuts, and washers you will need except for the extra pair of hands you will need to install it!

I have zero rattles or squeeks with mine and it holds my gas cans, high lift jack, and spare tire without any problems. If your interested check them out at www.thedirtworx.com
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I went with the Or-Fab tire/Gerry can carrier. Bolts to the body not the bumper. Have had it off road on some very rocky terrain and it did great. No rattles and held up just fine. Might be an option for you if you do not mind drilling holes in your tub.

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