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Why is the TeraFlex Alpha HD Hinged Tire Carrier the right one for you? Because it's the very best in the entire industry - just ask Chrysler.
JK Alpha HD Hinged Carrier -
In 2012 TeraFlex Suspensions developed the JK Alpha HD Hinged Carrier & Adjustable Spare Tire Mount, a new and improved carrier system for the spare tire and tailgate on the JK Wrangler. Wanting to keep things simple, TeraFlex designed their carrier with a clean factory look, a smooth installation with no drilling or wiring, and that is easy to operate. It opens with the tailgate all in one action, and with one hand. Also because the Alpha Carrier fits with the original tire mount, no door damage or modifications occur during installation whatsoever.
Simple is good, but the tire carrier also needed to be strong. During research and development for this product, the R&D Team discovered a substantial structure in the corner of the tub on the JK Wrangler. Taking advantage of that structure, forged hinges were placed in the corner where plenty of strength exists to support the heavy weight the unit will carry.
A common complaint with the JK tailgate is rattling. With a spare tire bouncing up and down, things start to shake loose in the tailgate over time, resulting in noise, rattles, and headache. Looking to transfer the stress away from the tailgate, so that the tailgate no longer carries the tire, the hinged carrier was developed to replace the tailgate as a carrying component for the spare tire, and the gate.
Adjustable Spare Tire Mount -
What happens when payday comes and we purchase those bigger tires? Aside from extra quality time in the dog house, a common problem people run into with new tires and new wheels is backspacing issues. With less backspace on new wheels, the tire and wheel assembly ends up farther away from the tailgate. The farther away the tire is from the tailgate, the more leverage it has to bounce, stress the tailgate, and shake things loose. The development of the TeraFlex Alpha Adjustable Tire Mount allows the tire to adjust closer to the tailgate in order to reduce that stress and allow rattle-free riding on our bigger tires.
But, is the adjustment process equally uncomplicated? Yep. A closer look will reveal that the mount plate is actually separate from the tube and base plate of the carrier. Two easy-accessed pinch bolts at the bottom secure the mount plate to the tube and base when tightened. A simple loosening of the pinch bolts will allow the mount assembly to slide in and out. Now the tire is able to sit as close to the tailgate as possible, resulting in excellent stability.
Another problem with upsizing the tire is hitting the bumper. TeraFlex engineers designed a system for this issue as well. The mount plate contains several hole patterns lining the left and right edges. You can probably use these to string your favorite teddy bear to the mount, but these holes are actually there specifically to accommodate different tire sizes. For those using a smaller tire, wanting to set it lower and still clear the bumper, a lower set of holes are available. As the tire size gets larger and larger, and your pooch outside gets more and more company, increasingly higher sets of holes are available to lift that bigger tire and once again clear the bumper. A lot of different bumpers exist on the market offering an added benefit to adjusting the tire up and down, accommodating various bumper shapes and sizes.
The tire will end up hiding the third break light which is mandatory in many areas. So TeraFlex incorporated a place to put that light on an additional, and optional, brake light plate. The mount plate also contains quite noticeable, and yet unmentioned, hole patterns along the bottom portion of the plate. Once the tire is mounted, one will notice that those holes match up perfectly with the wheel bolts on the rim. The brake light plate can actually slide into those holes, and install to the mount plate. The brake light will then be in the center of the tire and visible, with a space to install the license plate as well.
Now you know why it's the best. But don't take our word for it. The product truly speaks for itself.