I installed the Teraflex Heavy Duty carrier almost one year ago. The installation is pretty straightforward and the instructions are complete and easy to understand. The first thing I noticed after removing the stock hinges is that the factory didn’t paint underneath them. In fact, it was bare metal. The instructions didn’t include this step, but I went ahead and masked off the painted areas and hit the bare metal with some Rustoleum primer. I let it dry, then continued with the rest of the installation. Once I was happy with the alignment of the tailgate, it’s time to install the tire mount. I pressed the lugs into the carrier using a vise and a couple of open ended lug nuts. The carrier is set up for 33″, 35″ and 37″ tires. I placed mine in the 35″ spot and installed the carrier per the instructions. It takes some trial and error to get the tire to rest against the hinge and everything buttoned down, but it isn’t anything that can’t be done by someone that knows the difference between a SAE and a metric socket. I used the included license plate mount and a ORE LED third brake light that I had laying around. This does require you to remove your tag each time you need to pull you spare. It’s only two extra nuts, and they are easy to get to. The nice thing is that it may provide an extra level of security against someone steeling your spare since the gate needs to be open in order to get to those two nuts. The hinge has provisions for a hi-lift mount, or possibly a mount for Jerry cans/Rotopax mount.
The carrier is solid and you’ll notice this when you open the gate for the first time. There is a significant difference in weight and the gate closes with the nice “thud” reminiscent of a 1960’s Cadillac. I have noticed very little, if any vibration when driving. The carrier has survived several off road excursions this year with no obvious wear. The hinge is just as solid today as it was the day I installed it. The powder coating is flawless and very durable. If I have any complaints, it that the threaded ends of the license plate mount do have some surface rust. This is easily fixed and the nuts still thread on and off easily. You can see this in one of the pictures below. The carrier has provided plenty of departure angle clearance, but is still something to be mindful of. I’m sure it could take a hit, but I wouldn’t want to chance damaging the tailgate. I’m very satisfied and highly recommend this product.
Powder coating is very durable and able to withstand the salt covered roads in our area.
The holes with the exposed threads are for future Hi-Lift, Rotopax or CB antenna mount.
You can see the rust on the exposed threads for the license plate mount. On the left
is the quick disconnect for the ORE third brake light.
Navigating the Golden Crack in Moab with plenty of clearance.