Hinge Gate Reinforcement. Who went aftermarket on their 392?

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Hello I have a pair of 37 inch BFG K02s C Load coming in by the end of the week. I already purchased the quadratec spare tire relocation bracket to accommodate the tire. These tires are 13 pounds heavier than the stock tires.

At first I was planning on just going with the regular hinge gate but I’m getting more worried about that as I’m doing my research.

I couldn’t believe that the Mopar reinforcement kit is about $600. Has anyone went with an aftermarket solution that’s easy on the eyes that’s maybe half the price? I know there’s a ton of threads on this but I’m just wondering specifically for the 392. Thanks.

PS - No bumper Solutions. I like the stock look for now.
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Hello I have a pair of 37 inch BFG K02s C Load coming in by the end of the week. I already purchased the quadratec spare tire relocation bracket to accommodate the tire. These tires are 13 pounds heavier than the stock tires.

At first I was planning on just going with the regular hinge gate but I’m getting more worried about that as I’m doing my research.

I couldn’t believe that the Mopar reinforcement kit is about $600. Has anyone went with an aftermarket solution that’s easy on the eyes that’s maybe half the price? I know there’s a ton of threads on this but I’m just wondering specifically for the 392. Thanks.

PS - No bumper Solutions. I like the stock look for now.
This is always a huge debate on here. The 392 is no different then any other Rubicon 2.0, 3.6, 3.0, 4xe etc. all the same back there. Only difference is stock wheels probably a little heavier.
 

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I am a strong believer of the JL factory hinge is already strong enough, so unless you go with bumper or frame mounted tire carrier, you will see marginal benefits.

There are de-labeled Mopar reinforcement kit on Amazon going for $150. I think most better hinged reinforcement and tire carrier go north of $600 (Cavfab, Rustys, Teraflex, etc.)
 

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On my old JL i only had the Mopar reinforcement with 37 Nittos. However i installed the reinforcement after my tailgate had began to shift. This time around i am going to get a tire carrier that actually replaces the hinges as the Mopar does not. A lot of people like to run the Rusty's Offroad tire carrier or the Teraflex one
 

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The fact they the Mopar tailgate reinforcement kit does nothing to strengthen the hinges leads one to believe the hinges are stronger than they say and the tailgate itself needs the extra support to spread the weight out to keep it from warping or buckling. I could be full of bulla bulla, but this is how I see it.
 
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Interesting. Could 13 pounds really cause it shift over time? I suppose so.
 

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Interesting. Could 13 pounds really cause it shift over time? I suppose so.
I'm not sure how much my Nittos weighed but I had them on for about 4 months and when my Jeep went back in for some mods the shop and I had noticed a slight sag in the tailgate. I had went to the sand dunes a couple of times along with daily driving in those 4 months
 

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Nittos are really heavy, their lightest 37 tires are about 20 lbs heavier than BFG KO2. Tailgate sag happens all the time, it is actually an easy fix, just loosen the bolt and re-align them.
 
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Yeah this isn’t even a true 37”. It’s pretty light.
 

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I can't find any issues with the Mopar hinge reinforcement anywhere that wasn't related to incorrect installation.
Didn't your 392 come with it?
 
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I can't find any issues with the Mopar hinge reinforcement anywhere that wasn't related to incorrect installation.
Didn't your 392 come with it?
No it did not. The only option not ticked I believe. I took the allocation from a friend.
 

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The Mopar "reinforcement" is a very expensive add-on which pretty much reinforces the tailgate itself. I went with a Rugged Ridge (as they say) "HD Tire Carrier Hinge Casting" which replaces the entire hinge unit and supports the tire - the tailgate then just goes along for the ride. About $400 for the RR vs $675 for the non-discounted Mopar unit.
 
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The Mopar "reinforcement" is a very expensive add-on which pretty much reinforces the tailgate itself. I went with a Rugged Ridge (as they say) "HD Tire Carrier Hinge Casting" which replaces the entire hinge unit and supports the tire - the tailgate then just goes along for the ride. About $400 for the RR vs $675 for the non-discounted Mopar unit.
That’s not a bad option. I’m still thinking though this tire is so light it might not be necessary.
 

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I also will be installing a Rugged Ridge Carrier. I am just reusing the one I had on my JLUR non 392. Seems like a solid unit.
 

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I am extremely happy with the CavFab solution that replaces the hinges. Adds a fair bit of weight but super stout and maintains the tailgate latch. Costs more than the Mopar reinforcement but delivers more value in my opinion.

My JK has a bumper mount and I hate it.
 
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