- Nov 16, 2022
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- Current Rides
- 2021 Rubicon 392, 2013 JKUR hardcore overlander, 1996 M1078 rolling fortress
FWIW, I've had the full AEV bumper/carrier/fuel tank on my last two Jeeps for a total of over 10 years now... and I'm pretty sure that's where I'm going with mine. I've had very few complaints. The biggest hassle is installing it, as it's not super easy.... and it was complicated by the fact that my 13 JKUR had a body lift, which threw off the tailgate connector for the tire swing.... But with an afternoon of creative engineering, it's been working now for at least 8 years without issue, it always works, has zero rattles, and unlike a bunch of other accessories, the powdercoating has not caused a bunch of headaches.I keep talking myself into various options.
I have 37s, so I need to address the weight of the spare on the factory tailgate hinges. I had planned to go with the entire AEV rear bumper with tire carrier and aux fuel tank, but I don’t see that I’ll need the tank very frequently. Still, once is enough.
Reviews of the AEV products are all over the place too, ranging from high praises to being junk. For nearly $3k, it’s a big leap of faith.
I believe I will likely end up going with the Cavfab Elite tire carrier.
As for aux fuel, I’ll probably end up grabbing a few Rotopax cans to attach to the spare tire with the RSE spare tire mounts. This way I can easily remove them when not needed, which will be most of the time. Seems like a good balance for all the options I’ve researched so far.