Smittybilt JL HD Pivot Tire Carrier (7743) - Install / Review / Comments

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Still have it on my jeep and no issues with it. Been offroad multiple times and I have no issues with rattling when I'm on the trail, if it's going to rattle, it'll rattle on the trail. Anyone complaining about rattling issues needs to make some adjustments. When I first installed my carrier it rattled a little and that's because my door wasn't perfectly lined up. Made a few adjustments and it's been solid.


Now I will say, I'm moving up to 40's with beadlocks in the future and when I do I'll probably move to a bumper mounted tire carrier because of the extra weight.
Awesome, great to hear. Can I ask what adjustments specifically you made to your door to fix it up?





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Mine still works perfect and no issue at all. No rattling.
 

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Awesome, great to hear. Can I ask what adjustments specifically you made to your door to fix it up?
My latch wasn't inline with the striker and it was causing the rattle. I made adjustments in the hinge mounts till it lined up perfectly and didn't rattle. The instructions suggested an extra set of hands to hold the door in place but I didn't have any extra help, instead I used a bunch of painters tape to hold the door in place. There was probably some minor shifting when I tightened everything up which caused the misalignment. Easy fix though.
 

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Did you have to extend your bump stops at all?
I think that depends on the backspacing of your wheels. I use stock wheels so I actually have to cut the bump stop. I purchased the Energy bumpstop and from Amazon and cut to the length that works. But if I get new wheels with different back spacing I probably have to buy anther bump stop and cut to length again.
 

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I bought a long time ago and haven't installed it lol, im going to need newer tires and going 35 or 37s so now I'm going to have to.

Whats the difference between the 7743 and 7748 tire carrier's? I don't know which one i have.

How long does it take to install it? Is it hard?
 

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Its not hard, but a second set of hands will help big time. It might take sometime to adjust the carrier. It took me and my buddy around 3 hours. We install at the same time and help each other for the alignment part.
 

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This is out of stock everywhere... anyone got a link for a website that have this in stock?
 

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This is out of stock everywhere... anyone got a link for a website that have this in stock?
Why not order direct from an American made company? Yes, I will continue to hate on this product and company. :like:
 

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Why not order direct from an American made company? Yes, I will continue to hate on this product and company. :like:
Isn't Smittybilt American?
 

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Why not order direct from an American made company? Yes, I will continue to hate on this product and company. :like:
American made doesn't instantly mean something is better quality then Smittybilt. I've bought a lot parts over the years from "American Made" companies that have had QC issue way bigger then Smittybilt.
 

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American made doesn't instantly mean something is better quality then Smittybilt. I've bought a lot parts over the years from "American Made" companies that have had QC issue way bigger then Smittybilt.
True. But it still won’t change my mind on giving them anymore of my money following poor product build, poor QC, and even poorer CS.
 

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