9. Time to install the tire carrier. use the GenRight Off-Road supplied mounting bolts. If you have the light guards (as pictured), you will need to take them off and notch them due to the GenRight Off-Road tire carrier stops that are extended from the swing arm in picture numbers 4 and 5 below. The black vertical post inside the GenRight Off-Road hinges works with the extended swing arm stop (pictured in pictures 4 and 5 below) to prevent the tire carrier from swinging all the way around past the side of the Jeep and also to keep from breaking the tail lamp!
NOTE: ensure you have the hinges somewhat loose during the left side latch bar install to allow for proper placement and room next to the driver side tail light.
10. Time to line up the driver side tire carrier latching bracket. Here are the steps you will need to follow for this procedure:
a. Locate your mounting bolts, washers and lock nuts, along with your polyurethane "bumpstops" for the tire carrier swing arm. The "bumpstops" ensure that your swing arm stops exactly where it needs to be once installed to insert the locking pins.
b. Ensure that you have the latching bar/plate connected to the swing arm.
c. Ensure you have the driver's side tail lamp installed or you may end up to far to the left with tire carrier alignment and will require some trimming of the tail lamp to reinstall the lamp. Having the tail lamp in will ensure that you install the tire carrier with proper alignment on both the left and right sides to clear the tail lamps.
d. Use a level on the center of the tire carrier (tire mounting bar location) to ensure that you have the tire carrier system level with the Jeep.
e. Using the tire carrier swing arm, place the left side latching bracket against the tub to the right of the drivers side tail lamp. Ensure you have the tire carrier level with the bracket clear of the left side tail lamp then mark your holes to drill. The mounting hardware will go through the latching bracket and tub with the lock nuts and washers installed on the inside of the tub through the drivers side tail lamp.
Note, after everything is lined up, install and tighten all mounting hardware on both the drivers side bracket and passenger side hinges.
f. Install your license plate!
11. Install your tire using the large polyurethane bushing, large steel washer, and locking arm.
Note: Not pictured is the tire carrier swing arm adjustment (pictures will be added). This adjustment relieves the "tire drop" associated with most tire carriers and allows the GenRight Tire Carrier to open and close by pulling open with a couple fingers and closing with just one finger!!
[You will need someone to help you with this procedure.]
a. Pull the tire carrier out of the drivers side latching bracket. You will notice the "normal" tire drop from the tire weight.
b. Have one person hold onto the tire carrier swing arm. Have the second person loosen the bolt to the tire carrier swing arm on the top passenger side hinge. This will allow the tire carrier to be moved up and down to properly align the tire carrier with the spare tire weight.
c. Look at the upper swing arm "finger" that goes into the latching bracket "sockets". You are going to lift the tire carrier up just enough for 1/2 of the top "finger" to sit above the latching bracket.
d. Tighten the passenger side top hinge bracket bolt for the tire carrier...ensure that it is VERY tight so that the tire carrier does not "re-adjust" on you. This will lock the tire carrier into the proper position so that when you release the tire carrier it will "drop" down just enough to sit exactly where it needs to be with the tire carrier "fingers" centered into the locking bracket "socket"/positions.
e. Now open and close the tire carrier....it should open with one hand with no effort required.
f. Another step you can take is to use a file on the latching bracket "sockets" to bevel the sockets (just like the bevel/angles on the swing arm "fingers" polyurethane bushings). This will allow for a much easier "glide" in and out of the latching bracket "sockets".
g. Once you complete these steps, you should be able to open and close your tire carrier with proper alignment and absolute ease!
(NOTE: Be sure to use grease on the tire carrier mounting "bolt" to ensure rust prevention and easy removal of the tire locking arm. )