I've been seriously considering the TNT carrier along with the Or-Fab one. Just a couple of quick questions about your TNT carrier:
1. Were you able to still use your factory license plate holder? I couldn't tell from the picture you provided.
2. When you said some hardware was missing, was it just nuts & bolts, or pieces of metal?
3. Did you give feedback to TNT about your findings?
4. Would you post a picture of your carrier with the mods you made and with the gas can carrier in place (with gas can)?
I will snap a quick pic tomorrow of the completed setup.
1. I have Metal Cloak corners and Savvy lights, and have not used the stock license plate bracket since installing those items. The TnT carrier comes with a license plate bracket (which is nice, it mounts in the middle of the spare)s, but no plate light. I got the AEV brute light/bracket, and it works well.
2. Missing hardware was limited to nuts and bolts, but I think also a major oversight in the design. As the instructions tell you to mount the latch, it does not go all the way over center, so it does not positively lock shut, even when carefully adjusted. I cut two 3" pieces of flat bar, mounted them with a bolt at the tub end, then drilled a hole at the latch end. A snap pin goes through the two flat bars to lock the latch shut. It works great, and is cheap insurance. I would feel pretty bad if the tire swung out in traffic. To me, cutting a chunk off of the latch handle to clear the gas can carrier also seems dumb, and I checked about 70 times to make sure it was all assembled correctly.
3. The one thing I had the greatest issue with was the lack of spacers for corner armor. The instructions say that they are included, but were not in the package. I have e-mailed TnT, but did not get a reply. With respect to other missing bolts, it's a lot cheaper to just supply my own, since shipping even small packages to Canada means brokerage charges to clear the border. My personal cut-off for something being worth it or not is $50. I did mention missing hardware in my e-mail to TnT regardless.
4. Pic tomorrow.
As I said before, it's not a horrible product. The welds look good, it feels sturdy, and with a little more careful painting I'm sure it will last a long time. The actual fabricated part is what I was hoping for. There were some easily fixed shortcomings though. The biggest issue is that for $619 plus shipping, it should really have been a bolt-on, no mods necessary item.