ACE JL Stand Alone Tire Carrier Prototype - Spy Shot

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    #91 Sep 15, 2019
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    Okay, it took me a while, but I figured out all the pieces. Thanks to Ace for giving me a call and helping me make sense of the jumble of parts.

    Getting the light for the license plate was more an ordeal than I planned, but I’m pulling from the white wire with orange stripe that leads to the tail-light, and the black wire on the same plug for ground. Had to remove taillight and fish wire through the grommet then run along harness back into the tailgate.

    Getting the camera out of the stock location requires a t8, which took me a while to find.

    I also had to dig out my grease gun. Haven’t used it in a while.

    The stop light lens was popped off, and ACE sent me a new one right away. Thanks!. I need to make these connections and then I’m good to test the wiring, then I’m at the start of the install video.
     
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    I got it all done. A few notes. the CB mounting location on the hinges won't allow the antenna to clear the glass even with the door open. Also, I have a fire-ring, so I have to drill out the location in the center. Here is the finished product (less the antenna mount as I still have to drill it out. I have rotopax coming soon. Happy with the result!

     
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    Where/how will rotopax mount?
     
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    Anyone know the weight?

    Any long term reviews?
     
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    I always wonder about these designs.
    I mean, they are clearly way thicker and heavier than the stock carrier, but the still mount to the same spot, which is aluminum.
    Given that aluminum is way more susceptible to metal fatigue, would this not make it much more likely to just crack at the body mount?
    Especially if you are driving a lot of wash board roads, which are murder on part.
    Would something which mounts to the frame not be way more robust?
     
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    It weighs about 80lbs.

    Thank you,
     
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    This mounts to the substructure inside the bed of the Jeep and carries the load there, so fatigue isn't an issue.

    Thank you,
     
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    Can this be used without the two rotopak ears? Will the tire still snug up to the carrier/tailgate sufficiently?
     
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    We recommend leaving the ears in place to help stabalize the tire since they can't be see without the RotopaX on (the spare hides them), but it's not a necessity.

    Thank you,
     
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    Thanks.
    I would not use them so I thought taking them off to simplify and loose the weight.
    What is current lead-time on this one?
     
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    Current lead time is 4-6 weeks.

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    #102 Jan 28, 2020
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    I just installed mine and have to say
    NOT Thrilled at all.
    The carrier sits closer to the tailgate on the driver's side by almost 2"
    looking from the side the tire and Rotopax aren't in line with the window or the gate. And the tire pitches out at the top.
    Esthetically it looks aweful
     
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    Any chance for a photo?
     
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    #104 Jan 28, 2020
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    Yes
    For Sale Ace stand alone tire carrier.
    Like new

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    I have had this tire carrier for approx one year and put almost 20,000 miles on the JLUR. I have run sand dunes, trails, rock climbed and wheeled all over the US. Got 10 badge of honors. The tire carrier has been awesome. No rattles, very solid, I thought the install was easy, but all day. I also installed the rear bumper on the same day.

    The build quality is excellent. Great welds, and the fit and finish was excellent. I took some trial and error to adjust it, but I think that was more of a learning curve thing for me.

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    I think it comes with a bunch of features also. Built in CB antenna mount, High Jack mount, Ropak mounts, easy one handed tailgate opening, and Michigan build, USA built bonus for me.

    I also have their rear bumper. That son of bitch is tough, There is absolutely no flex in it. I don't think it can be damaged. I think you could run it over with a tank or dump truck with out damaging it. I sure you could beat it with sledge hammer with no damage. I know that you can drop off a ledge land on the rear bumper and drag yourself off said rock ledge with no flex into the tub of the Jeep and no damage to the bumper.
     
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