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Surco Spare Tire Mounted Cargo Basket Review - 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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Review of the Surco Spare Tire Mounted Cargo Basket on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Today on our 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we're going to be doing a test fit on the Surco spare tire-mounted cargo carrier. This is designed to mount on the spare tire bracket right here on the rear of the Jeep. It is 43 by 19". Part number on it is SPSJ4319. Now first up we need to do is get our bracket installed. Our carrier will mount right onto that. This needs to get positioned behind our spare.

Just going to set that aside for now, bring our plate over, set it here. We'll use our tire tool, and in our case we're going to use an impact here. We're just going to remove the three lug nuts that are holding on our spare tire. Once you have the three of those removed, keep your hand on it. You don't want that tire to come off there and hit you or anything.

Just going to allow that to rest right down there. Bring in our bracket. We've got the two holes or the one hole that runs all the way through the shank there. What we need to do is position that to where it's sitting left and right somewhere in there to where our bracket will fit in behind and it be centered there on the spare tire rack. With that there we need to knock out the small center plastic part of our Jeep wheel. Just lightly tap on the back of it.

It is a plastic cap so you don't want to overdo it. Might wind up cracking it. Then we can go ahead and put the spare tire rack back up into place. The center of the bracket should go through the center of our tire there. Get them up into place and thread our lug nuts back on.

Before you use a impact or any other kind of mechanical tool on your lug nuts, be sure you get several good turns on them. That way you're not going to be worried about having them crossthreaded or stripping out any of your studs or lug nuts there. Then we'll just run them back down with our impact here. It's really all there is getting our plate mounted there. Now we can bring our carrier in, slide that right on the rear. There's a set of holes there. We're going to line up those with the holes we spoke of earlier. Now we're going to need a couple of wrenches or a socket, whatever you prefer there, because we've got our bolt here. Bolt slides right through. We've got a nylon nut that will go on the other side. We'll just tighten that on down. Cargo carrier's mounted to our Jeep, we're ready to load it with some gear and hit the road. Looks like it's going to offer us about 38-1/2" worth of ground clearance there at the rear. At its closest point to the spare it's about 5-1/2" away. At its closest point to rear of our Jeep it's going to be about 18-1/4" away. As you can see, we are going to have the room to swing this out and open up even with the cargo carrier on without it running into the side of our Jeep or anything like that. Kind of a cool setup. There's my impact gun. Just like that we're ready to hit the road. Now that we've taken a good look at the Surco cargo carrier and we've seen how it's going to fit onto the spare tire well there of our 2014 Jeep Wrangler, let's take a look and see how that performed when they had it out on the test course. .

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