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post #1 of 3 Old 08-01-2011, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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AEV tire carrier works with Mopar Off-Road Bumper

Since Gobi racks and AEV rear bumpers are not compatible, I am using a Mopar Off-Road rear bumper and recently added the AEV tire carrier since I just went to 35" tires and they are too heavy for stock carrier. Note, this carrier attached directly to the frame; you just cut a hole in the bumper to allow the spindle to pass through. The installation is straight-forward, but you need to trim a little along the bottom of the bumper to get the carrier's large bottom washer in. You also have to widen (horizontally) the two large bolt holes on the carrier mount so they line up with the holes on the bumper mounts. Biggest pain was drilling the 2-3/4" hole which you need to check several times since no template.
I also used the AEV brake light relocation kit and found the light mounting holes line up exactly with the mounting holes for my Sony rear-view camera so I was able to just get longer bolts and stack them on the mount included in the kit. Finally, I made my own CB antenna mount attached via U-bolt to the accessory riser on the carrier and topped it off with a solo LED light wired directly to the reverse light circuit for backing up.

The carrier should work with a lot of other bumpers out there, I know it works with stock bumpers (AEV provides a template for this) but also ones similar to the Mopar (Warn, etc.)

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-01-2011, 08:10 AM
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Nice setup! I always wondered who would drill up an aftermarket bumper for an AEV mount .... KUDOS!

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I also used the AEV brake light relocation kit and found the light mounting holes line up exactly with the mounting holes for my Sony rear-view camera so I was able to just get longer bolts and stack them on the mount included in the kit. Finally,

LOL Same here then I changed it .. shoulda stuck with all the holes nicely aligned up instead. At least now all my wiring is not able to be seen.


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Thanks, I figured worst case if it didn't work was I'd have to just weld a plate on the bumper to cover the hole drilled into it. I'm not sure why my bolt holes didn't line up since both Mopar and AEV use the same holes, but it may just be the sloppy manufacturing on the Mopar bumper. The elongation required was very slight though- YMMV.
Also, I'm using the Dominion tailgate strut, which keeps the gate from over-opening. I think AEV bumpers may come with a stop, but this strut does the job with aftermarket bumpers.
The best part about this carrier for me is that it opens together with the tailgate...no seperate latches. Makes it very easy. No rattles either with their carrier. I discovered the incorporated shovel carrier by accident...didn't know it had one when I bought it...nice!

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