A spare tire is a must for every off-roader. With everything the great outdoors have to offer, it's not uncommon that you'll get a flat tire while negotiating with a tough terrain. If you don't have a spare tire for replacement, that flat tire could ruin your entire trip, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. If what's stopping you from bringing a spare tire during your trip is the space it occupies in your roof rack, trunk, or luggage compartment, there's a simple solution to that--a spare tire carrier. We've been using an ARB spare tire carrier--the rear, swing-out type--and here's how it fared:
- Swing-out tire carrier
- Carries up to 42" tire
- Satin-black powder coat
- Easy to install (1.5 hours)
- Constructed from high-quality Australian steel
- Gas-assisting strut lets you open the carrier easily
- Locking pin makes it possible to keep the carrier open on a side hill
- We love it that this product doesn't only look tough; it's actually as tough as our Jeep off-roader. We also didn't have a hard time opening it when we need to put on the spare tire or to take it off.
- Unlike other spare tire carrier, we find this one really easy to install. It just took us a little over an hour and presto! The carrier is securely mounted in place, all set to carry our monster spare tire.
- For the few months that it has been installed in our Jeep, we can say that this is a terrific spare tire carrier. It efficiently carries our 42" spare tire without producing rattling noise even if our ride gets bumpy. We also haven't observed any vibration, which is usually the common complaint of some of our off-roader friends with their swing-out carrier.
- Given its tough construction and capacity, this ARB product doesn't come cheap compared to the carriers offered by other brands. So if you're kind of tight-fisted, this might not be the best choice for you.
We find this ARB swing-out spare tire carrier nothing but perfect for the purpose we wanted. It provided us with a simple way to carry a spare tire without taking up space in our luggage compartment. Though it's a bit costly, its price no longer matter to us now that we've realized how convenient it is to have a spare tire particularly when exploring the country's outback.