Spare Tire Relocation Brackets

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    Great point! Rough Country not being compatible with the Mopar tailgate reinforcement kit is a huge design flaw... and I don't like that the bottom is closed, which means it will collect junk and corrode over time. Love the feedback, think it just pushed me to Smittybilt + Mopar tailgate reinforcement kit.

    Really wish there was a 3rd party tailgate reinforcement kit + integrated spacer ;)
     
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    Did you have any issues with tailgate alignment after? Mine seems higher than before looked with lines, but doesn’t close well.
     
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    No, everything went fine. Before the install, I opened the gate, inserted the cardboard shims, shut the gate, then removed the hinge bolts. On mine, the door never moved. It shouldn't be too tough to fix, though you're probably going to need to take the wheel/tire off of the gate to do so. Good luck!
     
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    Readjusted, seems fine without tire on it, but a little more load to latch with 37 heavy tire than before is this normal?
     
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    Yeah, it's slightly heavier in feel, but it shouldn't be too much different. Glad you got it adjusted.
     
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    I went with the Smitty Built. I looked at several. It also has solid steel wings to manage the side stops. I'm pretty sure that a couple of 5/16 or 3/8 dia SS bolts, some nuts and washers, and a pair of 2.5" tapered rubber trailer door stops, will give me fully adjustable side supports. The dealer also had a build on the lot with the SB holding heavy 35" Nitto's and I virtually HUNG on the thing. The entire body just moved on the rear springs. Seemed pretty solid. SB claims it will hold to 35 on its own, but 37's need the Mopar reinforcement @ $699 (yikes). Cool that it will accept the Mopar gate reinforcement, but I'm only planning on 35's for now because mine's a Sport with only the m186 front end. 37's are a said to be a big NO NO, if the m186 is anything like the Dana 30 it's replacing. Will it hold up without the gate reinforcement and not damage the gate and springs? Only time can tell.

    SB is also sitting in the garage so I can't report on my own install yet, the park beeping and such. My JLU is delivered, but I can't pick it up until next week after the dealer installs the Mopar 2" lift, and with ordering, shipping, and install schedule, wheels/tires probably a week after that. That said, the one the dealer had installed was on display, and if the park beep was howling, you would think they would know before they parked it out on the grass in front of the dealership for every passing car to gawk at. But you never know.
     
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    I’ve upgraded my JL order to a Rubicon... and am debating whether to keep the SB carrier I have (unopened in the box) or sell it here or return it...
     
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    #23 Jun 24, 2018
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    Ended up doing Mopar tailgate reinforcement + Smittybilt bracket. Photo's with stock 33" Rubicon tire still, 37's are coming. Smittybilt bracket fit with the Mopar tailgate reinforcement kit.

    [UPDATE] After having the Smittybilt bracket with my 37's for 8 months, the Smittybilt bracket broke under the weight of the big 37's and I had to replace it. I replace it with the Mopar bracket, and while it seems like a totally overpriced rip-off, it worked much better. My 37" tire fit just exactly perfect, much tighter to the tailgate, and less movement... it was expensive, but it's better

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    Looks great!

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    hate to bring up an old thread but does the smittybilt bracket provide you with plugs for holes where the rubber isolaters went?
     
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    Yes it does!

    FWIW, I kept the factory isolators in place to give added dampening between the bracket and the tailgate. The fit was perfect (snug against the isolators with slight compression).

    I then added aftermarket (larger) isolators into the bracket itself to dampen the tire.

    So, I did not use the plugs provided - but they’re definitely there.

    Side note - I subsequently removed my SmittyBilt carrier. Had it on for 1 week. No issues but was able to get by without it. If interested in buying for less than retail, let me know. I’m in Ohio.
     
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    Omg, this Rough Country relocation bracket is heavy as hell. How can that help? They just assume you’re also forking out for a reinforcement kit too I suppose.
     
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    I believe it did, because the holes are filled with plastic stoppers. Back when I checking the contents of the tire relocator shipment, I seem to remember the plugs in the plastic bag with the bolts.

    But the fact is that I had my installer throw it on when I had the wheels and tires done. He had the spare down anyway. So I don't remember for an absolute certainty. I had him hold off on putting the vibration stoppers back on the relocator because they were too short anyway and I had a plan in mind to fix that.
     
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    Yes, it definitely does.

    That said, I recommend keeping your factory isolators where they are. They provide dampening/support between the tailgate and the carrier. Then, buy better isolators (you probably need bigger ones, anyway, if you need a relo bracket....) and put the bigger ones on the bracket.

    I recommend energy suspensions (found on Amazon).
     
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    Of course it is always good to have the isolator. However i am referring to the Smittybuilt relocation kit has wings on the end where the isolator goes leaving 2 holes in the tailgate.
     
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