Rusty's Off Road Products Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler
Rusty's Off Road Products Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler
Rusty's Off Road Products Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler
Rusty's Off Road Products Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler
Rusty's Off Road Products Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler
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Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler


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Rusty's Tire Carrier - 1997-2006 TJ / LJ Wrangler

With the success of our innovative JK Tire Carrier, we knew we needed to develop one for the 1997-2006 TJs. When the team at Rusty's started to work on the design of a unique tire carrier, we knew the number one thing was to keep it simple. Among our requirements was that a woman with a child in her arms had to be able to open and close it with one hand, and it had to be able to support a 40-inch tire. We've never been a fan of the bumper-mounted tire carriers that rattle and sag over time, in some instances in just a few months. We chose to go with a much stronger tailgate mount, making the tire carrier a part of the hinge.

The new Rusty's 1/4-inch formed steel hinges bolt to the body with 4 - 9/16 grade 8 mounting bolts. The 3/16-inch steel fabricated tire carrier and tailgate mount is attached to the tailgate with the 8 spare tire mounting holes as well as the 4 for the factory hinges. The ensures years of life without putting stress on the body, but for added support and protection, we also include inner reinforcements. On the inside of the 1/4-inch thick steel hinge mounts, we added 1/4-inch steel CNC formed braces. The upper portion ties into the roll bar mount, while the lower ties into the existing corner bracing. Thanks to the innovative design and the additional supports, the tire carrier assembly will support up to a 40-inch tire with no sagging. The tailgate and tire mount pivot in our 1/4-inch hinge bracket on Oilite oil embedded bronze bearings. These bearings will last for the life of the vehicle and will not wear over time like a traditional poly bushing, which gets soft and decays from the UV light.

Another unique part of the Rusty's tire carrier is the ability to change the wheel bolt pattern. We know that many people are doing axle swaps to handle bigger tires, and these swaps often require changing the lug patterns. The 1/4-inch steel fabricated tire mount has the option for the factory 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern as well as the popular axle swap bolt patterns of 5 on 5 and 8 on 6.5. This mount is even adjustable for maximum departure angle or good visibility out the back window. The tire carrier allows the installation of up to a 40-inch tall tire while retaining a one-handed operation. Because the position of the tire is adjustable, you can be confident that the spare tire will clear most aftermarket rear bumpers.

The Rusty's tire carrier is e-coated for inside and outside protection and then finished in a great looking satin black powder coating. Optional accessories Coming Soon!


  • Made in the USA
  • Made of 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch steel
  • Included inner fender braces and additional support
  • Will carry up to a 40-inch tire
  • One hand operation
  • Adjustable tire position works with most aftermarket bumpers and wheel offsets
  • Three different lug patterns available
  • E-coated and Powder Coated Satin Black

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Please read the policy below to familiarize yourself with how we operate.

Please verify the part number that you are ordering before you place your order. If a part is ordered incorrectly by the customer and then returned, the customer will be responsible for all shipping charges and will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. We cannot be held responsible for manufacturer misinformation. If we messed up the order, then of course, we will take care of it. An RGA number must be requested within 7 days of receipt of the product by the customer. Returns must be received within 30 days of the initial purchase. After 30 days we do not accept returns. If an RGA is requested after 7 days of receiving the product then only an in-store credit will be issued. We do not refund shipping costs.

  • All returns require an RGA (Return Goods Authorization) number. Please email:, to obtain this number. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response during busy times.
  • The RGA number must be marked on a label outside of the returned box. Do not write on the retail packaging or it will void the return.
  • All returned goods must be sent freight prepaid by the customer.
  • A 20% restocking fee will be applied to all returned goods.
  • All returned merchandise will be inspected before credit is applied to the account.
  • All items that receive credit will need to be in NEW, UNUSED, and resellable condition including original packaging with all components. The product cannot be altered, damaged or missing pieces.
  • If you refuse deliveries from shipping carriers, this will result in penalty charges. The shipping return cost(s) will be deducted from your refund amount.
  • If the item is a warranty issue, please contact the manufacturer for warranty.
  • Warranty issues will not be refunded after 30 days. Warranties are handled through manufacturers.
  • Please understand that damage in shipping is the shippers fault not ours. We simply ship it to you. If you do receive a damaged package, we must follow the procedure indicated by the carrier. Please contact the carrier first prior to contacting JeepHut. If you do not have time to wait, we can process another order for you and refund after the shipping claim has been approved.
  • Any scratch and dent, surplus, overstock, garage sale, used products, and eBay auction merchandise will not be refunded. All merchandise is sold “AS IS” and all sales are final. A description of each item will be posted. The best description possible will be given.
  • No returns on custom or fabrication work including paint, custom design, modification and fabrication of parts
  • No returns are accepted on special orders, factory dropships, and body parts.
  • No returns on electrical or Audio (No Exceptions), Issues must be handled with manufacturer under warranty.
  • Locker and Gear returns must be received with full inspection showing no use, installation or wear. All parts and packaging must be in new unused and undamaged condition.
  • Tires or wheels once mounted are not accepted for returns. Only factory replacement if defective under the manufacturer's warranty with their approval can be provided.


  • We guarantee a timely shipping process.
  • We reserve the right to adjust shipping prices before we ship any order. You will be contacted before we charge you any different than the price quoted during your order and be given the opportunity to cancel the order.
  • We currently Only ship within the continental United States (Alaska and Hawaii are not included). If you would like shipping to other areas of the world please email and we can get you a quote.
  • Orders cannot be shipped to PO boxes. We must have a physical address to ship merchandise to.
  • Express shipping is available for an additional charge. You must contact us at 706-692-5488 prior to placing an order.
  • All orders are shipped by ground delivery unless otherwise specified.
  • JeepHut is not responsible for freight damages. Please inspect merchandise before signing for. All claims must be made with the shipping carrier. We will not refund payment due to freight damages.
  • Shipping charges on scratch and dent, surplus, overstock, used products, ebay store and auction products are different from drop shipping charges. Bumpers and large items require different shipping charges that what are listed below.
  • We reserve the right to adjust shipping prices before we ship any order. You will be contacted before we charge you any different than the price quoted during your order and be given the opportunity to cancel the order.
  • Order Cancellation:
  • If you cancel an order you must call 706-692-5488 and receive a order cancellation number. Do not email as emails may not be received. If you do not have a order cancellation number then do not assume a order is canceled and you will be responsible for returning the product once it has shipped. We appreciate your business and try to make your order as seamless as possible

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