OR-Fab tire carrier install
I ordered my OR-Fab tire carrier from David at Northridge4x4. Got a great deal and Free shipping.
I bought my rear bumper (with no tire carrier) back when no one was reporting any problems with a 35 in their factory mounts. WELL after 10,000 miles on my JK a couple times while off roading and on un-level positions I noticed that my door was sliding across the back bumper as I closed it. I figured it was just a matter of time before it started rubbing every time I closed it.
Enter my OR-Fab tire carrier. This thing was packed and shipped completely entombed in some type of foam that absolutely kept it from moving and or being damaged in shipping.
I began by completely removing the old tire carrier and 3rd brake light assembly.
this is the plug inside the tailgate for the 3rd brake light.
Next I removed both tail lights and the foam insulation at the bottom of the holes.
Next I wedged some of the cardboard shipping box in under the gap between the door and bumper to help hold it up and then removed the hinge T50 Torx bolts.
next I needed to grind out clearance for a boxed end wrench onto the factory tailgate hinges. I used a small drill bit and gradually increased the bit size until I make a big hole then I used a grinder to widen the hole.
Next I needed to re-mount the hinges with the supplies bolts and tapered washers. The tapered washers would not just slide down the bolt and I did not want to pound on them so I pushed them into place by threading the bolt and washer into its hold and using the bold to force its way through the washer.
Now all the bolts and washer are ready for install. Bolts on the left are the factory ones I removed.
I placed the small square spacers under the hinge plate bracket and bolted the hinge in place. I then placed the tailgate hinge spacers on the door and tightened them up with the 4 supplied bolts and tapered washers
6.7 HEMI, ProRock 60's, Atlas 4 speed t-case, on board air, Teraflex long arm plus ACOS, 37 inch Maxxis Trepadors, 5.38 gears, AEV bumper, Custom AEV hood, Warn 9.5, Nemesis aluminum sliders and fenders, Or-Fab front cage, Poly Performance rear cage, Hutchinson Beadlocks, PJ rear bumper, HD Teraflex track bars, tantrum rock lights, woods shafts, corbeau LG-1 seats, Chaser Trailer........TIME TO PLAY!!! Colorado Jeep Club member #177