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post #1 of 7 Old 06-05-2021, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cargo carrier options

Hey guys - great to be back - i had/(still have but don't drive it and it needs work) a TJ, but now I bought a 2017 JKU.

It came with the oversized tire carrier and reinforced hinges straight from the factory.

I bought the Bestop over the tire cargo rack in April. Finally had time to put it on and the heavy duty hinge is interfering with where I would need to put the bracket.

So questions:
1) Has anyone successfully worked around this issue?
2) If I put a 'spacer' there that is an inch thick - how much less weight can I put on the rack without risking tailgate integrity? (it's been 25 years since physics, but know that further from tailgate has consequences)
3) Failing the answers to 1&2, what have others done? I saw quadratec had a few other options but I can't see the Warrior Adventure being mounted on anyone's rig - it's just pictures of the rack. There's another one that is just crazy bulky - and I want to be able to pull most of it off when not in use. I don't want it on for daily travel.

Going to OBX in September so I've got some time to figure out - I already have a hitch rack, so the over the tire rack was going to come in handy. I'd get a roof rack, but i'm pulling hard top for summer. Further - we don't do too many excursions yet - so getting the full on cages over top of the soft top doesn't make sense from a cost/benefit perspective. (However, we could be swayed)

Thoughts from someone that may have gone through this before would be great!


Thanks guys!

-Derek

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-06-2021, 01:25 AM
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Post pictures of your tire carrier and hinges. I don’t recall a heavy duty option available from the factory, which leads me to believe what you have is aftermarket.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-06-2021, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the pic -

I've also attached the "Window Sticker" from the dealer where I bought it. I didn't buy it new, but it has the hinge, etc. listed as an option (the last two before the delivery charge). I suppose it could be inaccurate.

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So it appears - in doing further research last evening - that the factory reinforced swing gate hinge is a Teraflex hinge. I had no idea.

Might have to grab the teraflex alta rack. But that's way beefier than what I'm looking for. Hmmm.

Anyone have any experience with that?
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Considering its not factory and its Tera flex designed. I would suspect any add on would be tera built if you want "bolt" on. Could get a "other brand of exogate. Though anything less cost will be China and far from what you get from Tera i am sure. Might be wort to just pony up for the beef that fits.

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Considering its not factory and its Tera flex designed. I would suspect any add on would be tera built if you want "bolt" on. Could get a "other brand of exogate. Though anything less cost will be China and far from what you get from Tera i am sure. Might be wort to just pony up for the beef that fits.
I hear you, 100%. I am just thinking I'll be using this thing only a couple times per year, max. Which makes >$900 a tougher pill than $250. And for all the beefiness - it's not like the Teraflex can hold 150 lbs. It's still only rated at 75. Perhaps they are more conservative in their estimate. If it was >$900 and you could load it up with 200 lbs, then the additional beef and such seems warranted.

And for the price, then maybe I should start looking at rooftop racks - I don't like Rugged Ridge, but their Sherpa looks nice where you can lift it up to put a soft top down.

There's just no easy way. Stinks.
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when i did my JKR many years ago went with a JCR bumper /swing. think it was around 1400 Over 9 years of use and some changes i made to have a 70q icechest and larger Roto pax that is some what inboard when the swing is closed and set for say 6+ days on a trail. we run hard trails that you have to pack a lot of stuff. Like Dusy Ershem and others. My swing loaded for those trails is right near 250+pounds. the arm is 90 pounds alone. toss on 35/37 two cans of fuel Ice chest, huge haul bag for trash. when its that heavy care opening it can pull you right off your feet. so it has a lanyard as well.

Most time i dont even have a swing. they get in the way. change a jeeps balance a lot. Swing comes off with one spindle nut and bearings, simple and its gone. Until next trail where its a need.

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