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wayoflife
02-06-2019, 01:23 AM
Soon after installing a heavy 37" spare on the factory tire carrier of our Jeep JL Wrangler, Cindy and I had a myriad of people declare that we were for sure, going to jack up our tailgate. Of course, they said they saw it on social media and so it had to be true. I literally had guys trolling me about it on YouTube and demanded that I admit, we would bend or break our tailgate in 6 months or less. It was just nuts! Well, 8 months after the fact - I'm happy to say that our tailgate was still holding up just fine and without any bending or breaking of any kind. However, I'd be lying if I said this setup was a perfect solution. As some of you know, we spend an enormous amount of time bombing across the desert and hard hits would in fact cause the tailgate to move just enough, to make an annoying knocking sound. Needless to say, this was something we wanted to address and did so, with an EVO Tire Carrier. In this episode of the JL JOURNAL, you get to see to install, one on your Jeep JL Wrangler. Thanks for watching and we hope you find our video to be helpful.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-xjbliJUqY&feature=youtu.be

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Things to BuyEVO Tire Carrier - https://amzn.to/2tg2AHr
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Milwaukee 2457-21 M12 3/8-Inch Ratchet - https://amzn.to/2TzLlMz

What You'll Need• 13, 15, 22mm Socket & Wrench (deep sockets will be helpful)
• 5/8, 13/16, 7/8" Socket & Wrench
• 3/16" Allen Wrench
• Ratchet
• Ratchet Extension
• Torx T-8, T-25, T-40, T-55
• Dead Blow Hammer
• Flathead Screwdriver
• Trim Pry Tool
• Pry Bar
• Flat Razor
• WD40
• Blue Painters Tape

Please let me know if you have any questions. :cool:

WJCO
02-06-2019, 02:04 AM
Well designed product. Looks like a lot a work.

TrailHunter
02-06-2019, 02:17 AM
Looks so much better than Stock.. Clean install. I need one of these soon. Helpful Video. [emoji1417]

benatc1
02-06-2019, 02:23 AM
Looks great, great install video too. Certainly seems like a good bit of work, but I will still be installing one down the road. Thanks for sharing

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wayoflife
02-06-2019, 02:30 AM
Well designed product. Looks like a lot a work.

A lot of steps but not really hard.

Edwrds
02-06-2019, 02:31 AM
Great video Eddie and Cindy. I’ve been curious how well the one for the JK holds up.


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wayoflife
02-06-2019, 02:31 AM
Looks so much better than Stock.. Clean install. I need one of these soon. Helpful Video. [emoji1417]

Stock works but this is a much better solution for sure.


Looks great, great install video too. Certainly seems like a good bit of work, but I will still be installing one down the road. Thanks for sharing


Fortunately, you only have to install it once. :D

VeruGE*144
02-06-2019, 02:44 AM
Great install video as usual. Also great job on editing and I like the music bits [emoji108]. That carrier looks good on the JL. I can totally see myself breaking that camera extension bracket thing, whatever you want to call it, if I would ever have to put that 37s up there by myself [emoji23]. Is that camera extension metal or plastic?

wayoflife
02-06-2019, 02:46 AM
Great install video as usual. Also great job on editing and I like the music bits [emoji108]. That carrier looks good on the JL. I can totally see myself breaking that camera extension bracket thing, whatever you want to call it, if I would ever have to put that 37s up there by myself [emoji23]. Is that camera extension metal or plastic?

It's plastic. Strong but plastic.

AZ Explorer
02-06-2019, 02:58 AM
Very nice product, excellent video on the install!

boardsurfer
02-06-2019, 03:25 AM
Great piece of hardware, great video! :thumb:

Sharkey
02-06-2019, 03:28 AM
Great video and the carrier looks nice. I literally laughed out loud though when you pulled the small bits out of the box, put them on the box, then removed the carrier and the box fell off onto the ground. That was soooo something that would happen to me. 🥃


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jeeeep
02-06-2019, 03:32 AM
that's a lot more than I imagined it would be but look worth the install.

Andy5160
02-06-2019, 03:33 AM
It does look pain in the ass but hey what wouldn’t we do for our jeeps. I am actually surprised that by removing stock hinges there is no paint there


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wayoflife
02-06-2019, 03:45 AM
Great video Eddie and Cindy. I’ve been curious how well the one for the JK holds up.

The JK ones work great or at least, of the ones I've seen.


Very nice product, excellent video on the install!

Thanks, glad to hear you thought the video was good.


Great piece of hardware, great video! :thumb:

Thank you :)


Great video and the carrier looks nice. I literally laughed out loud though when you pulled the small bits out of the box, put them on the box, then removed the carrier and the box fell off onto the ground. That was soooo something that would happen to me. 🥃

:cheesy: If you watch the video more carefully, you'll see that I removed most of the stuff prior to pulling the carrier out. But, yeah, it still fell :crazyeyes:


that's a lot more than I imagined it would be but look worth the install.

It's a lot of steps for sure but well worth it.


It does look pain in the ass but hey what wouldn’t we do for our jeeps. I am actually surprised that by removing stock hinges there is no paint there


It's always like that. Take off any hinge and you'll see there's no paint.

RESURECTIONJK
02-06-2019, 04:27 AM
I really like EVO’s take on the hinged carrier. Way better than the other options out and, after seeing how clean it looks on Clearskies JK, I may ditch my poison spider body mount carrier and go back to a hinged carrier.

Bear_JKU
02-06-2019, 05:52 AM
Good video Cindy and Eddie. It looks like a lot of work but definitely worth it I’m sure. I’m definitely leaning towards this style of carrier for my JKU.


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JAGS
02-06-2019, 06:02 AM
Well designed product. Looks like a lot a work.

This is what I was thinking.


A lot of steps but not really hard.

Anything other than the tape to help keep things aligned or is there really no way around making the adjustments.

Glad you posted this up. It’s on the short list of mods. BTW, 40s........you suck. Can you just keep one Jeep at a normal build please. [emoji6][emoji23][emoji23] First you went all DTD and 40s withrubicat and now you’re already talking 40s with jet. [emoji35]

cozdude
02-06-2019, 11:36 AM
Great video and the carrier looks nice. I literally laughed out loud though when you pulled the small bits out of the box, put them on the box, then removed the carrier and the box fell off onto the ground. That was soooo something that would happen to me. 🥃


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Lol I did the same thing. Watched the box start to tip and fall and I yelled “TIMMMMBBBERRRRRR!” To myself [emoji23][emoji23]

Great video Eddie! Many steps to get this installed but well worth it I’m sure.

wayoflife
02-06-2019, 02:34 PM
I really like EVO’s take on the hinged carrier. Way better than the other options out and, after seeing how clean it looks on Clearskies JK, I may ditch my poison spider body mount carrier and go back to a hinged carrier.

I won't lie, I had my doubts about it when they came out with the JK one but I've since seen how well they hold up and even take a beating and decided to give it a try on our JL. So far, we've been very happy with ours.


Good video Cindy and Eddie. It looks like a lot of work but definitely worth it I’m sure. I’m definitely leaning towards this style of carrier for my JKU.

Well, a lot of steps for sure and it takes a while to install but it's far from hard. Well worth it to me anyway. :cool:

wayoflife
02-06-2019, 02:36 PM
Anything other than the tape to help keep things aligned or is there really no way around making the adjustments.

Glad you posted this up. It’s on the short list of mods. BTW, 40s........you suck. Can you just keep one Jeep at a normal build please. [emoji6][emoji23][emoji23] First you went all DTD and 40s withrubicat and now you’re already talking 40s with jet. [emoji35]

LOL - The tape helped a lot and as you can see in the video, I used a pry bar with blue tape wrapped around it to help lift the tailgate while tightening the bolts. This seemed to do the trick well.

Labricon
02-06-2019, 04:20 PM
[emoji106] informative and entertaining. With 40’s on the horizon I look forward to the next upgrade install video(s)


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longarmwj
02-06-2019, 05:33 PM
Great and informative video! Looks to be a very well put together product!! I’m excited to see those 40s [emoji6]


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wayoflife
02-06-2019, 05:36 PM
[emoji106] informative and entertaining. With 40’s on the horizon I look forward to the next upgrade install video(s)


Great and informative video! Looks to be a very well put together product!! I’m excited to see those 40s [emoji6]

LOL!! While I would love to run 40's in the near future, I don't think that'll be happening especially being that we'll be getting a Gladiator. IF we're lucky, maybe before the year is up.

RESURECTIONJK
02-06-2019, 06:05 PM
LOL!! While I would love to run 40's in the near future, I don't think that'll be happening especially being that we'll be getting a Gladiator. IF we're lucky, maybe before the year is up.

Paging Dr Jim Mcgean... Cue the JL XD60 axles!!!

Brute
02-06-2019, 07:48 PM
Another well done how-to video. Interesting that Jeep went with adhesive tape to seal the access panels to the hinge bolts...lighter and cheaper, but not easier. Do they sell replacement tape patches (I imagine they do)...

Jsouder53
02-06-2019, 07:57 PM
Awesome instructional video! I wish I went this route at times instead of the bulky and heavy bumper mounted carrier...

LARSONEM
02-06-2019, 08:27 PM
Looks really nice. I was suprised that you did not have any torque specs for the bolts on the outside of the tailgate. I changed my JK hinges to a Teraflex Reinforced and Adjustable Hinged Carrier to accommodate 315/70-17 tires. Made a heck of a difference in stiffness of the gate plus I couldnÂ’t get a tire that size mounted without some type of modifications. When I did mine, I too was surprised as another poster commented, that there was no paint under the hinges. I cleaned my body/gate up good to eliminate the very minor rust that was there, then spread a good bead of Lexel caulk (more expensive than silicone but it also has many benefits over silicone) on both the tailgate and body areas to insure no moisture could penetrate it in the future.

wayoflife
02-06-2019, 08:44 PM
Paging Dr Jim Mcgean... Cue the JL XD60 axles!!!

LOL!! If only it were that easy :cheesy:


Another well done how-to video. Interesting that Jeep went with adhesive tape to seal the access panels to the hinge bolts...lighter and cheaper, but not easier. Do they sell replacement tape patches (I imagine they do)...

I would imagine you could get replacements but I ended up reusing mine. Where the one tore, I just applied some duct tape to it. :crazyeyes:


Awesome instructional video! I wish I went this route at times instead of the bulky and heavy bumper mounted carrier...

Having run big heavy rear bumper tire carriers in the past, I have to say that this is a much better solution or at least, for me anyway. Most aftermarket bumper tire carriers can weigh about 170-200 lbs. For me, I'd rather carry that in gear.


Looks really nice. I was suprised that you did not have any torque specs for the bolts on the outside of the tailgate. I changed my JK hinges to a Teraflex Reinforced and Adjustable Hinged Carrier to accommodate 315/70-17 tires. Made a heck of a difference in stiffness of the gate plus I couldnÂ’t get a tire that size mounted without some type of modifications. When I did mine, I too was surprised as another poster commented, that there was no paint under the hinges. I cleaned my body/gate up good to eliminate the very minor rust that was there, then spread a good bead of Lexel caulk (more expensive than silicone but it also has many benefits over silicone) on both the tailgate and body areas to insure no moisture could penetrate it in the future.

LOL!! These are tailgate bolts and good-n-tite is all they really need. I only give torque specs where it's critical or for components that really need it like suspension or driveline parts.

The skin on the JL tailgate is aluminum.

Jsouder53
02-06-2019, 09:48 PM
Most aftermarket bumper tire carriers can weigh about 170-200 lbs. For me, I'd rather carry that in gear.


I 100% agree... One day I’ll get around to replacing it. I love all the extras you can add to it, but it’s not worth it in the end...

wayoflife
02-06-2019, 09:53 PM
I 100% agree... One day I’ll get around to replacing it. I love all the extras you can add to it, but it’s not worth it in the end...

No pun intended :crazyeyes: :D

LARSONEM
02-07-2019, 12:42 AM
LOL!! These are tailgate bolts and good-n-tite is all they really need. I only give torque specs where it's critical or for components that really need it like suspension or driveline parts.

The skin on the JL tailgate is aluminum.

I only mentioned it because Teraflex had torque recommendations for the tailgate bolts for their carrier. You are usually very precise with those numbers. Just saying.

wayoflife
02-07-2019, 12:54 AM
I only mentioned it because Teraflex had torque recommendations for the tailgate bolts for their carrier. You are usually very precise with those numbers. Just saying.

LOL!! It's a shame TeraFlex cares more about tailgate torque recommendations than the quality control of their products. Not sure how having a tight bolt would have prevented this.

https://wayalife.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15761&d=1360805031

Like I said, I am precise with things that actually matter. If a bolt on the tire carrier came loose, you'd most likely hear and or see it well before it became a problem. If a bolt came loose on your suspension or driveline, you could have a real problem on your hands. But of course, that's just me.

TrailHunter
06-02-2019, 11:19 PM
Eddie.... How did you end up getting a good ground at the CB wire? Did you grind a little paint off the bottom of the Evo's mounting hole? And similar to one of the bolts going into the tailgate? Or did you end up putting a grounding strap?

wayoflife
06-03-2019, 01:51 PM
Eddie.... How did you end up getting a good ground at the CB wire? Did you grind a little paint off the bottom of the Evo's mounting hole? And similar to one of the bolts going into the tailgate? Or did you end up putting a grounding strap?

Here's a write-up I did a while back. As you can see, I used a ground strap and attached it to the frame. On a JK, it'll be different of course but essentially, you can do something similar.

https://wayalife.com/showthread.php/54776-JL-WRANGLER-Homemade-Tailgate-CB-Radio-Antenna-Mount-amp-Wiring-WRITE-UP

TrailHunter
06-03-2019, 02:39 PM
Here's a write-up I did a while back. As you can see, I used a ground strap and attached it to the frame. On a JK, it'll be different of course but essentially, you can do something similar.

https://wayalife.com/showthread.php/54776-JL-WRANGLER-Homemade-Tailgate-CB-Radio-Antenna-Mount-amp-Wiring-WRITE-UP

I knew I’d seen that... lol. Thanks! Ordered. [emoji1417]

wayoflife
06-03-2019, 02:41 PM
I knew I’d seen that... lol. Thanks! Ordered. [emoji1417]

Glad I could be of help :)