Yes, I have the LOD Destroyer Bumper and (swing-out) tire carrier (https://lodoffroad.com/products/jee...ull-width-rear-bumper-w-tire-carrier-new.html). And the reason is just like you stated: I wanted to be able to carry extra weight (fuel & jack, or a bike). I still wanted to be able to take the soft top off, so a roof rack was not practical. The LOD Destroyer allows me to do that.hard to tell from the pictures, but kinda looks like you have a swing tailgate that (I think) its holding all the extra weight, and not the actual Jeep's tailgate. If you do not, I still think it's way too heavy without a reinforcement. Nonetheless, looks great!