Rockhard 4x4 Rear Bumper & Tire Carrier

  1. Sheepjeep

    Sheepjeep Well-Known Member

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    Installed a rockhard 4x4 rear bumper with tire carrier this weekend, won't go into details with the install as the instructions are pretty good. I went with it because I like how it integrates the license plate were most other you need to mount it either sticking out the side waiting for tree strikes on in the spare tire and adding things needed to get at the spare, also I like how they moved the trailer hookup into the bumper so it is no longer a rock magnet. It also has a mount for a hilift and a cb antenna which is a nice plus.

    Nice things I noticed after taking delivery:
    very solid build 1/4 steel throughout, the rear is angled in for better departure angle but the extend down to cover the pinch seams of the tub, trys to use as much stick stuff as possible, uses a car door latch for sturdy connection with easy release.

    Notes about the installation:
    It's pretty straight forward if you have installed a rear bumper and tire carrier before. It does use the rear camera, 3rd brake light, backup sensors, and license plate light so you will need to spend time harvesting those parts and the plate light is held in with threaded plastic studs with shitty stamped nuts so the break off easy but I was able to zip tie it into place using the plug as the anchor. This like a lot of tire carriers needs fine tune adjustment after installing it to reduce rattle but it is not bad, though I have the tire the lowest I would like it and the the mounting plate for the tire arm to the swing arm blocks a hole for mounting a rubber stopper that picks up the slack. Easy fix just drill a new hole just a step to do.

    Driving around:
    Just took it on a quick run, it is pretty quiet but I really need to adjust it and dial in the setup to pick the slack and the give you many ways to do that. The tire sits up much higher than stock so I will need to get use to that.

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  2. Biconia

    Biconia Well-Known Member

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    hi there if you dont mind sharing your wheel Brand , specs ? please

    thanks !
     
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    Yeah anytime I put a 7-pin on a truck I drill a hole somewhere in the license plate area/center step.

    Most OEM's have finally figured out to not put the plug under the bumper next to the receiver, it's a sure-fire way to mangle it. I don't fault Jeep so much on the factory bumpers 'cause there's just no good place to put it, and putting it in the face of the bumper just guarantees you'll back into it. Needs a recessed pocket of some sort
     
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    Sheepjeep

    Sheepjeep Well-Known Member

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    the wheel is a generic soft 8 style steel wheel nothing special 17x8 4.5" backspacing tires are 315/70-R70 BFG KM3s
     
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