Has anyone used this (or a similar) setup on a TJ?
If so, any problems? Any pictures?
I understand that the extra spacing required to clear the spare tire will act as a lever, increasing the load on the receiver. Anyone think this would be unsafe in the TJ?
The carrier weights 35lbs (aluminum) and my motorcycle weights 192lbs. dry.
i have seen it done on TJs and XJs around here. it looks real unstable on such a small vehicle....and the front tires are darn near off the ground there is so much tongue weight. 250lbs is A LOT for tongue weight on a TJ.
I have the steel rack and have had it and my 2000 ktm 400 sxc on the back of my old 02 jeep se I used to have. Drove from WV to MI with it on the back. It was fine but the 4 popper with it just s**cked. Thats why i got rid of my SE and got a unlimited. Haven't had it on my new jeep yet though.
I did it once, carrier is my brother's. It was fine. I didn't notice the Jeep being any squirrelier than usual. I have Rancho adjustable shocks though and usually have em pretty stiff. I didn't have my spare time on at the time either and I don't know if his carrier would actually clear it or not. Good luck!
Would not recommend this. I watched a dirt bike fall off one of these on the highway at about 65mph. The angles for the ties straps are almost straight up and don't really secure it very well. As stated before get a small trailer.
I personally use a trailer. But, I was thinking. Why the 200lbs tongue weight limit? Is it because of the "tipping" hazard (front end light, back end heavy). If that's the case, would throwing a 100lbs winch on the front increase your tongue weight to 300lbs? Maybe mount a bike to the front and rear and you would be "even-Steven".
I use a small utility trailer for my Kids dirt bikes - works well.
As far as the OPs question, it sounds like those who have tried it didn't have any trouble - Those who have not tried it say the sky is falling... Some things never change.
2006 TJ - 4.0 - 6 speed -
Dana 44's front & rear - 4.88's - ARBs - Alloy USA shafts - RockCrusher's - M8000 - Jeep Medic engine & bellyup -
5.5 inch lift - 1.25 BL - MML - Tummy tuck - Rockhard front / Jeeperman rear bumper -
35 MT/Rs - Warn sliders - Kilby gas tank skid - Viking Fastback Top
I've used this setup with zero problems. No light front end. No trailer trying to get in front of the Jeep. Make sure you use tie downs to the Jeep, not just to the carrier, and if your receiver is in an aftermarket bumper, make sure you install frame tie-ins.