Why are so many of you against tire carriers?
In 20+ years of wheeling I have seen more go wrong with tire carriers than the problem they are trying to solve.
They add a ton of weight and complexity that you really don't need.
Pain the the butt to open when your hands are full, trying to let the dogs get in, etc. Life is just so much easier opening the tailgate with the single latch.
IMO, it's the only way to carry a full size spare larger than 32". It takes the weight off of the tailgate, moves the spare up out of the way for a better departure angle (big advantage) and looks much better. I can't stand seeing huge tires on the tailgate....maybe it's just me.
Again, 20+ years of wheeling I have never seen a stock tire location prevent someone from doing an obstical. A nice slick skid off the bumper would allow you to slide off of it if need be.
I would rather keep the weight low for stability, visability etc. Moving a 100+lbs of tire higher makes a Jeep tippier on side hills, takes weight off the front tires on climbs etc. Most tire carriers also move the tire further away from the body. Which increases the effect of the high tire and moves it out far enough that any increase in departure angle you think you get is being negated.
Not to mention you can't see over it for backing up on the trail or daily driving.
Additionally, if you happen to roll back into a tree or rock with a tailgate-mounted spare, it can potentially break more welds or even the hinges. Mount it on a carrier and you're fine.
I have seen bumper mounted carriers collapse into tailgates, rip totally off the Jeep when caught on ledges, swing out and damage the tub due to bad or forgotten latches. There are a hundred more ways to damage a Jeep with a swing-a-way. I have seen them frozen(rusted) shut too.
I like the set ups like AEV, Expo-one, and Bestop where they work off the facotry latch. (harder to forget this way). But still not a fan of all the added weight.
I want something that keeps my tire close, tight, light and low. So far modifying the stock tail gate to be stonger and move the tire closer is my best option.