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    Exogate Tire Carrier

    Im not a fan of large swing away tire carriers that would require you to open the tire carrier, then open your trunk I like the stock tailgate mounted tire carrier better. When you move up to a 33+ inch tire you start having problems the weight of the tire will cause the tailgate to sag, and in extreme cases can rip the tailgate off. I needed to upgrade, but wanted something semi-stock, so I was pretty stoked when I found the Exogate for Wrangler TJs and LJs from GR8TOPS.


    This kit basically beefs up the existing setup, providing a new frame and braces for the tailgate, and heavy-duty hinges. Installation isnt too hard and doesnt require any drilling or permanent modifications to your Jeep.

    Stock Jeep TJ:

    Exogate Tire Carrier-02-stock-wrangler-tire-carrier.jpg

    With the Exogate installed

    Exogate Tire Carrier-03-exogate-installed.jpg

    Heres the complete Exogate kit:

    Exogate Tire Carrier-01-exogate-tj-tire-carrier.jpg

    And the factory install directions (as of 2012-08-24):
    Download Exogate install directions


    Installing is pretty straight forward, just start by removing your existing tire:

    Exogate Tire Carrier-04-tire-removed.jpg

    Unplug the 3rd brakelight wire by opening up the tailgate

    Exogate Tire Carrier-05-jeep-electricial-access-panel.jpg

    Unscrew the screw and pop off the cover

    Exogate Tire Carrier-06-tailgage-electrical-wiring.jpg

    Then unplug the wires, they just pull off (note where each goes for reassembly)

    Exogate Tire Carrier-07-unplug-tailgate-wires.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-08-unplug-tailgate-wires.jpg

    Unbolt and remove the tire carrier (and give it a good wipe down)

    Exogate Tire Carrier-09-remove-tire-carrier.jpg


    Exogate Tire Carrier-10-removed-tire-carrier.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-11-cleaned-up.jpg

    Now pop off the hinge covers

    Exogate Tire Carrier-12-remove-hinge-cover.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-13-remove-hinge-cover.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-14-remove-hinge-cover.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-15-remove-hinge-cover.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-16-remove-hinge-cover.jpg

    Now, leaving the tailgate closed, remove the hinges

    Exogate Tire Carrier-17-hinges-removed.jpg

    Now that the hinges are removed, youll have to install the roll bar tie in.

    Exogate Tire Carrier-18-remove-seat-belt.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-19-remove-rollbar-bolt.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-20-remove-rollbar-bolt.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-21-tire-carrier-support.jpg


    This was the only part of the install that caused me problems. This is how the hinges should be setup (this is a photo from the instructions note the short side and position of the acorn nuts).

    Exogate Tire Carrier-22-correct-hinge-setup.jpg

    And this is how they came

    Exogate Tire Carrier-23-hinges-factory.jpg

    I fiddled quite a bit with the hinges trying to get things lined up before I eventually compared my hinges to the instructions. Not a big deal in hindsight, but it would have been nice if they came either correctly assembled the hinges at the factory, or not assembled them at all.

    After figuring out the hinges, I mounted the body side (dont forget the provided spacers)

    Exogate Tire Carrier-24-mounted-hinges.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-25-mounted-frame.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-26-mounted-tire-carrier.jpg

    Next mount the tire carrier and install the rest of the bolts

    Exogate Tire Carrier-27-install-tire-carrier-bolts.jpg

    I then mounted the tire bumpstops and my 3rd brakelight. Since Im running the stock spare tire I was forced to notch my 3rd brakelight to make things fit (I plan on either getting a different rim, or a wheel spacer in the future). This isn't a fault of the Exogate, since I could have installed more spacers behind the tire to make it fit - I just didn't want the tire sticking out farther than it needed to. You can also see the 4 pieces of PVC pipe that I used to raise the height of the 3rd brakelight.

    Exogate Tire Carrier-28-mounting-brake-light.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-09-mounting-tire-carrier.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-30-mounting-tire-carrier.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-31-mounting-tire-carrier.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-29-brake-light-knotch.jpg


    There are a few different mounting heights you can choose when setting up the Exogate I opted for the lowest setting, so that less of my rear view would be obstructed. If you prefer (or have a larger tire) you could mount the tire higher. Once installed the action of the carrier is nice and smooth, and the tailgate of my Jeep now shuts with a good solid feel. There are no vibrations in the tire as I hit bumps in the highway, and after about 6 months of use the tire carrier feels as good as the first day it was installed.


    Exogate Tire Carrier-32-exogate-tire-carrer-installed.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-33-exogate-tire-installed.jpg

    Exogate Tire Carrier-34-exogate-tire-carrier.jpg

    In my opinion this is a fantastic tire carrier, and at $400 its cheaper than most traditional swing away carriers. I wouldnt hesitate to purchase this tire carrier again.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Exogate Tire Carrier-gr8tops-exogate-installation.pdf  

    Last edited by TerryMason; 05-09-2013 at 09:17 AM.
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    Re: Exogate Tire Carrier

    Wow that looks awesome... I like this kind of stuff. But i think its little costly because according to the URL which you have share in starting of you post the price of this tire mount is 385 bucks which is too much for me. Anyhow but you shared very nice product thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Exogate Tire Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by John07 View Post
    Wow that looks awesome... I like this kind of stuff. But i think its little costly because according to the URL which you have share in starting of you post the price of this tire mount is 385 bucks which is too much for me. Anyhow but you shared very nice product thanks for sharing.

    $400 isn't cheap, but it's below the starting point for most swing away tire carriers.
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    Re: Exogate Tire Carrier

    Do you still like the Exogate? Anything I should know? I just ordered one.
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    Re: Exogate Tire Carrier

    They've priced that out of reach of a lot of Jeepers, seems for what little you get it would sell so much better in the $200-$250 range. When you get close in price to a swing-out tire carrier, many Jeepers will buck up just a little more for a heavier bumper and swing-out.

    Nice write-up, thanks for taking the time. Guess it was someone's first day on the job assembling the hinges.

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    Re: Exogate Tire Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkKn1ght View Post
    Do you still like the Exogate? Anything I should know? I just ordered one.
    I'm very happy with it. It is very sturdy, and supports my 33 inch spare fine. I'd buy it over a swing away tire carrier again
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