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post #1 of 40 Old 07-21-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Bought an OR-FAB tire carrier

Well, I was warned and didn't heed the warning. I bent the sheet metal on my stock tailgate from the weight of my 35" BFG KM2 and ProComp 7069 wheel. I had installed the Warrior spacer on the stock carrier after installing my lift since the larger tire rubbed against the bumper and wouldn't allow the gate to fully close.

Under normal on-road conditions, my stock carrier would have been fine even with the increased tire size. However, when wheeling or on uneven, loose gravel, the vibrations cause too much stress on the stock carrier and will bend the sheet metal and/or cause damage to the hinges and latch.

I ordered the OR-Fab swing-out tire carrier with jerry can holders and it will arrive next week. I'm not looking forward to the install, as I have read it can be difficult - also not looking forward to drilling a 1" hole through the body! I love the look and you can't beat the price. I looked at several after-market bumpers, but the least expensive was north of $1,000.

I'll post pics of the install in the write-up thread and post pics of the carrier once done.

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man that sucks! That was why I pulled the trigger on the cheap rancho because my sheet metal was bending already. I think you will like the or-fab im just not a fan of how far it sticks out....thats what I hate about my rancho to. Thats why I am going out to Carolina Truggies on friday to see about them modding it for me
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Under normal on-road conditions, my stock carrier would have been fine even with the increased tire size.
No, it wouldn't have. Never took mine off road for the 5-6 weeks I had my 35 on there. Gate doesn't close properly any more.

Good luck with the install. I was back and forth last year on getting that carrier. I decided to not carry a spare instead.

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Cool on the carrier, sucks about the tailgate though I think the OR Fab carrier looks great, but I want the tire only version cause I'm afraid I would hit the other one on steep departure and climb.

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Cool on the carrier, sucks about the tailgate though I think the OR Fab carrier looks great, but I want the tire only version cause I'm afraid I would hit the other one on steep departure and climb.
I considered that before purchasing, but after I started looking around, I found the approach/departure angles aren't that bad. I borrowed this picture, but the approach angle doesn't seem too bad. I don't anticipate going up anything this steep - I guess you can always remove the tire if you really needed to get somewhere.



I'll post pictures once I get it and install it.

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I ran all over moab with my ORF carrier and never hit or drug it on rocks. If its that steep to cause a problem i doubt i would or could go up it anyway.

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I agree.. I just wheeled DD's this past weekend and did some pretty steep stuff, even a half buried concrete pipe that has a serious depature.. and not once did my OR-Fab carrier hit.

No rattles... well the empty fuel cans can clunk over harsh bumps, but other than that its tight. Nice carrier.

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I wheel the crap out of my OR-Fab tire carrier and it never hits anything and I have gone over some pretty step approach angles here in the desert rocks. My old tire carrier used bang off every rock in the desert it seems!
Installing the carrier is quite a PITA but the end product is worth it.


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I have the one without the cans.
It is awesome.
Except up at Rubicon I stood my 4dr up on the rear bumper and carrier.
I did bend it a little so I have to take it off and bend the lower bar straight.
Other than that I love it.
BTW Take your time to drill the 1" hole. Use a unibit and after you drill the pilot hole put tape over it to help keep it from chipping while drilling.

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Great choice! I've had one for almost two years. I'm really happy with it. No rattles at all, although the powder coat looks like shit... But nothing a can of rustoleum can't fix.
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The 1" hole really isn't that bad to do. Just have to get your mind right before you do it.
once the 1st hole is drilled, it's all down hill from there.
Just make sure that your support bracket is exactly where it needs to be before drilling.
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any pics yet Alex?
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any pics yet Alex?
2 week delay from OR-Fab.

Week after next maybe.

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I don't know why everyone is having all this trouble with just a 35" on the OEM tire carrier. I had that stupid extender thin on for about 20 seconds before I ditched that shit. I went to 4Wheel Parts and bought the after market tire bump stops and put those on and my BFG KM2 on a Mickey Thompson Side Biter sits just as snug as a bug in a rug. No rattles, no bent tail gate and the tail gate opens and closes just fine.

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Here's a pic where my tire did rub the ground with the OR-Fab tire carrier. I am looking to replace the Jerry can carrier with a rack without it. I did make it up the rock.

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Here's a pic where my tire did rub the ground with the OR-Fab tire carrier. I am looking to replace the Jerry can carrier with a rack without it. I did make it up the rock.

Hey Allan take your jkf images and stick em, they dont work here haha

How you been? We gotta get a trip to Uwharrie or somewhere soon. You available?

Man its good to see you NC guys over here more


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Hey Allan take your jkf images and stick em, they dont work here haha

How you been? We gotta get a trip to Uwharrie or somewhere soon. You available?

Man its good to see you NC guys over here more
I'm still deployed, be back right before Thanksgiving. I'm too lazy to move my stuff from JKF to JKO, but I am basically switched over. What's this I read about you doing some kind of competition?
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Love my Or-Fab tire carrier. Don't worry about the install, just take your time and you will get it. Invest in a angle drill, it will make the install alot easier for those tight spots.

If you run into any problems, I'm sure we can give you some help - either online or in person.
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Alright! Currently being powder-coated. Ships out first of next week. Should have it by the end of next week.

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Great choice of tire carrier. Mine has been on there right at 2 years now with no issues!!

Maybe it will help..... maybe it wont..... but just incase you haven't seen it here is a link to my install write up on that carrier.
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25239
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Great choice of tire carrier. Mine has been on there right at 2 years now with no issues!!

Maybe it will help..... maybe it wont..... but just incase you haven't seen it here is a link to my install write up on that carrier.
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25239
Yep! Your install write-up is on my favorites already. Awesome write-up and am glad to hear that after 2 years it's doing fine. I'm looking forward to installing it next week. I'll be sure to post pics once I'm done.

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In the same boat as you, Ordered my from Northridge4x4.ca they get their shipment in tomorrow I should see the carrier middle of next week!

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I hope someone gets commition from this site cause now i have to get one too... been thinking about it for a while

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I hope someone gets commition from this site cause now i have to get one too... been thinking about it for a while
Hell, while your at it buy their cage too and they will probably cut you a break on shipping Yates and co is good people!!!
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its pretty good for the money and you still can buy a different bumper if you choose to. i think their packaging was pita to deal with. you will be pleased
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