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post #1 of 21 Old 07-11-2010, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Rugged Ridge tire carrier linkage

Anyone heard of these or had a chance to try it out?

It looks like the same thing as the couple other one-motion swing out tire carriers, but curious as to how well it works.

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Wonder how well it works when you slam the tail gate shut?
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I haven't found anyone stocking it for sale yet but I plan to try it out with my RR rear bumper/carrier setup once they are available.

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Wonder how well it works when you slam the tail gate shut?
Great but you have to adjust it correctly. That part we have to leave up to you guys.

Use the production sample every day on our test JK. When you close the tailgate, and have the link adjusted correctly, the carrier is just at the point you open the latch and lock into place.

We are shooting for the first week of August.
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Great but you have to adjust it correctly. That part we have to leave up to you guys.

Use the production sample every day on our test JK. When you close the tailgate, and have the link adjusted correctly, the carrier is just at the point you open the latch and lock into place.

We are shooting for the first week of August.
let us know when its ready, sometimes a product is cheaper than trying to figure it out ourselves
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It's possible that it will work with other manufactures carriers. Sorry to say we have not tested that.

The link has an adjuster tube to allow you to set the length correctly. To long and it will want to push to hard on the tailgate. To short and it will not allow the carrier latch to be locked down. It's not a hard task just need to find the correct setting for each set-up. When the sweet spot is found you lock the adjuster in place with lock nuts.

I will try to get the instructions postedn up soon.
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so are these available yet, and how much? I want one for my RR carrier, I'm so tired of the 2 handed operation, I have to drop whatever's in my hands to close the damn thing.
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so are these available yet, and how much? I want one for my RR carrier, I'm so tired of the 2 handed operation, I have to drop whatever's in my hands to close the damn thing.
Looking at the first week of August.
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Would this be strong enough to use without any latch?
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Yeah, as is, my carrier sags on the latch side about 1/4" when opened. how would this work with the linkage? it would put a lot of down force on the tailgate, wouldn't it?

And what is going to replace the latch handle? Does it come with plugs for the holes if the latch is removed?

Just reread your earlier post, looks like the latch stays?

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Yeah, as is, my carrier sags on the latch side about 1/4" when opened. how would this work with the linkage? it would put a lot of down force on the tailgate, wouldn't it?

And what is going to replace the latch handle? Does it come with plugs for the holes if the latch is removed?

Just reread your earlier post, looks like the latch stays?
Yes, the latch stays. Send me some images of the sag you note.

The link uses Heim Joints (Rose Joints) at both ends. This compensates for misalignment (up or down) and removes the stress you are worried about. The sag would have to be extreme for this to be a problem.
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So if someone was building their own custom bumper and wanted to incorporate this into their build, would you think that it would be strong enough to be used without a latch, similar to the other single action rear tire acrriers out there?

Also, I know it's not available yet, but do you have a price yet
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So if someone was building their own custom bumper and wanted to incorporate this into their build, would you think that it would be strong enough to be used without a latch, similar to the other single action rear tire acrriers out there?

Also, I know it's not available yet, but do you have a price yet
MSRP will be around $50

I don't think this would work for your design. Because the link is almost horizontal to the tailgate (when closed) you will still have some movement outward of the carrier (not a lot but still some). Your design would need to be shorter and made custom to your carriers swing movement. Our design is driven by the way our carrier moves. I would also use two heim joint links for added rigidity. If you’re going to build your own carrier fabing your own links will be easier than adapting our part.

Regarding strength, the type of mounting bracket you build for the tailgate and the grade hardware that you use would be the limiting factors. Tire size also comes into play. That is a lot of added stress your going to be putting on the thin sheet metal of the tailgate. I would suggest using all the OE tire carrier mounting holes to help spread the load out as much as possible.

Our link is used only to push a suspended load and does not handle any retaining load. Also we keep the latch mounted to the bumper to isolate the carrier from the tub (body). You would be amazed by the amount of movement of the frame to body on a 4 door JK.
Your design would require a bit more interaction of these to isolated parts. Our link has no stress on it when closed and allows this movement to take place freely.

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Yes, the latch stays. Send me some images of the sag you note.
I have no idea how to post pics on these forums. can I email you a pic?

Thanks.
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I have no idea how to post pics on these forums. can I email you a pic?

Thanks.
Send me a PM and I'll give you my e-mail address...
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anyone mounted one of these on their jeep yet?

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Yeah x2, I want to know if it will work with my Shrockworks rear with tire carrier.

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These should be shipping by the end of this week....
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These should be shipping by the end of this week....
Has anyone tested them with a different manufacturer's tire carrier?
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It's possible that it will work with other manufactures carriers. Sorry to say we have not tested that.
If ya want to send me one to put on my smittybilt SRC with tire carrier I'd be willing to do a full review with pictures of the instalation... Let me know

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So why was the verdict on these? I just installed the xhd bumper and was thinking about the carrier but I access the rear gate a lot so it needs to be super easy.
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