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I think I have narrowed it down between the Jeeperman and the Rockhard rear bumper/ tire carrier. What do you guys think is the better choice?
 

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I like the Rockhard I have. One feature I prefer about it vs the Jeeperman, is less tilt to the rear tire.
 

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I think both of these tire carriers are virtually the same.... Make sure you get frame tie-ins. I used to have a Jeeperman and had no problems. But then I moved my tire to the tub and wanted more clearance for a bumper. The rocks don't like tire carriers too much.
 

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I have the Jeeperman, it's been on for about 5 years now
and have had zero problems with it.
 

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I thought they were about the same as well.

I have a second hand Rockhard, oops the Jeeperman. Had to look at the web sites to see the difference.

Things I like, the single auto style double latch. I just swing it closed and am done.

Things I don't like, SIngle position for tire, I would like ti closer to the tub. I also don't like the highlift provision, I just don't like them mounted outside down low. I could change these things, but have not yet.

I use to have a bombproof bumper. I did not like the industry standard latching system. I did like the variety of the tire position and the different ways of carrying different accessories.
 

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You may want to check out Tomken. I have theirs and have had zero problems with it. No rattles what-so-ever.
 

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I've got a Jeeperman that the previous owner put on and I am not a fan! Rattles like crazy. Latch and hold open mechanism don't like northern weather. I had the latch get full of ice, tried to get it to open and couldn't get it to open till the following day when it open by itself while driving around a corner! Put my hi-lift into the right rear corner resulting in a huge dent. I've now gone through 2 rubber bumpers and 2 hold open mechanisms when the pin inside it rots away from salt and the spring no longer works. Maybe I'm the only one out there but come this spring I will be replacing the latch, hold open mechanism and repainting it since powder coating sucks!!!
 

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I have the Jeeperman. It's been on the Jeep for about 5 years. I went with the Jeeperman because I liked the tilt of the tire over all the other straight up and down ones.

I have never owned the rockhard so I have no idea if it has similar pro and cons to the Jeeperman.
Pro's IMO

Door style latch. Double latch system. Will rattle to let you know when the gate isn't all the way shut. But still wont let the tire swing out even if its not all the way shut. I keep mine sprayed about once a month with lithium grease. In 5 years of Nebraska winters its never failed to latch or unlatch.

The tilt of the rear tire.

Cons

You have to cut your draw bar down to make the holes line up for the hitch. Not much of a con because once you do it your done since the the odds of wearing out the draw bar is slim :) However you just cant borrow anybody's draw bar and use it.

I do have to make a new bump stop for the gate about every other year to keep it rattle free.

Powder coating is not the greatest. But nothing that some rattle can wont fix. I have seen several of the rockhards (since they are based here in Nebraska) and they do not survive the winter salt any better (or any worse) then the Jeeperman.

Thing I would loved to see changed.
Like inline6 suggested. Be able to move the tire even closer to the Jeep, depending on tire size.

 

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IMHO dont get either, i hate the extra added weight

my plan, ditch my Rokmen DIY with home made tire carrier and order up a rokmen new rear extreme departure angle bumper and a Best Top Rear tire carrier that bolts to the body. (that is once the funds allow me too, along with my wife :lildevil: )


HOWEVER: if i had to chose one of the two i would go with the Rockhard!!! the latch is just fool proof, a neighbor has one on his jeep, and i swear every time i see his jeep i just open the rear just to use the latch. i really dont think that you can beat the system that they used.
 

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emarlowe39 said:
IMHO dont get either, i hate the extra added weight

my plan, ditch my Rokmen DIY with home made tire carrier and order up a rokmen new rear extreme departure angle bumper and a Best Top Rear tire carrier that bolts to the body. (that is once the funds allow me too, along with my wife :lildevil: )


HOWEVER: if i had to chose one of the two i would go with the Rockhard!!! the latch is just fool proof, a neighbor has one on his jeep, and i swear every time i see his jeep i just open the rear just to use the latch. i really dont think that you can beat the system that they used.
There is draw backs to those as well :)

 

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Scoob said:
emarlowe39 said:
IMHO dont get either, i hate the extra added weight

my plan, ditch my Rokmen DIY with home made tire carrier and order up a rokmen new rear extreme departure angle bumper and a Best Top Rear tire carrier that bolts to the body. (that is once the funds allow me too, along with my wife :lildevil: )


HOWEVER: if i had to chose one of the two i would go with the Rockhard!!! the latch is just fool proof, a neighbor has one on his jeep, and i swear every time i see his jeep i just open the rear just to use the latch. i really dont think that you can beat the system that they used.
There is draw backs to those as well :)


EWWW what happen? and how large is the tire you have mounted? damn it, i just cant find a happy medium
 

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emarlowe39 said:
Scoob said:
emarlowe39 said:
IMHO dont get either, i hate the extra added weight

my plan, ditch my Rokmen DIY with home made tire carrier and order up a rokmen new rear extreme departure angle bumper and a Best Top Rear tire carrier that bolts to the body. (that is once the funds allow me too, along with my wife :lildevil: )


HOWEVER: if i had to chose one of the two i would go with the Rockhard!!! the latch is just fool proof, a neighbor has one on his jeep, and i swear every time i see his jeep i just open the rear just to use the latch. i really dont think that you can beat the system that they used.
There is draw backs to those as well :)


EWWW what happen? and how large is the tire you have mounted? damn it, i just cant find a happy medium
It's not mine, its on a fellow club members 2000 Sahara. The tire is only a 33 12.5 BFG. The bolts pulling through the tub are just from years of use. They are all still tight even in that picture.
 

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hmmmmm no body armor at all from the looks of the photo either im guessing?

i dont think ill have to worry about that where i will be adding full corner striker armor from Rokmen
 

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What kind of backing plate did that tub mounted carrier use? Looks like could have used one.

I agree about the armor making an improvement. I know several guys running OR-Fab's tub mounted carrier with great success and it holds a large tire, and two jerry cans.
 

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I want to run PSC stinger rear carrier and bumper plate. Its relatively cheap, and if you come off something so steep as to hit the tire, the carrier is plated and should slide off without smashing the tire into the body or hanging up on it.
 

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I ended up finding a deal on the Rockhard that I could not pass up. Although the TNT Customs sparked my attention and made me think about going that route.
 

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This is my RockHard Setup!

Pay Attention to the Drivers Side under the Gas Can!
See the Latch that was put on!


I could sit on the top rack and weigh 220lbs!!!

Other reinforcements!

Cross Member to Cross Member Plating!

Also installed the Gen-right Rear Cross Member Upgrade!

Works like a charm! Thanks Offroad Evolution!
 
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