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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:50 AM
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Mantec Vs. Rockware Tire Carrier

I'm really on a toss up and can't decide. My rear door (it's an SW)is rattling like crazy and creaking.. it's time to finally get the tire off it. I want to put a carrier but can't decide btw. the two. I was hoping to get some input from everyone on their experiences. I know they are both good products from the other threads I've read but I was hoping to get "what's it like to live with" type feedback. Here are my concerns with both:

Mantec:
-Drilling the body and cross member (I really don't like drilling the car)
-With the removal of the bumper, I need to add. fuel tank skid plate, trailer hitch, bumperettes increasing the cost
- This is a guess but probably accepts a smaller tire

Rockware:
- whoa it's expensive (but makes more sense when you consider that it covers the corners so I don't have to buy bumperettes)
- 2 stage opening process
- (From other threads) Chance of rattling?
- Still need to get a trailer hitch

With rockware.. how have people modified their tailgates to remove the three spokes?

Thanks for any input
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Why do you have to remove your bumper for a Mantec?
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:03 AM
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You don't? I thought your did. Every single photo I've seen of the thing has the NAS rear bumper removed
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Nope. I put one on. Bumper stayed. They don't share mounts. No interference at all.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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7 years with the Mantec without issues. I don't remember a lot of drilling for installation. Just put some greasing nipples on articulations.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Old January 4th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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The rattling that I get is pretty much just from the jerry can holders. Since they have the aluminium covers they produce most of the noise. I've been looking for a good rubber tie down system to use. The covers are neat in the sense that they can be locked, but I generally don't just tool around with the jerry cans. I have a bunch of dynamat all over in the holders to help guard from and rattling and that helped alot, but still cant take it all out without removing those metal can covers.

The bumper comes with 2 plates that sandwich the bumper. At first I thought one was supposed to go on the gas tank bulkhead side, but the bolts weren't long enough. And then it got me thinking about the gap between the bumper and the bulkhead. Well I put that plate in that gap it it stiffened it up alot. The bumper was actually flexing a bit there.

If I also would have kept my ST tire carrier hardware I would have modified the rubber stopper to contact the tire carrier which would really stop any movement. But I sold that, so I need to get a new one or make something.

I like mine, but yea it wasn't cheap.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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Mantec ... you have to drill 2 holes where rivets are located in the capping. The lower portion bolts onto the cross member. Insert the lower bolt nut side up to avoid fowling the rear step.

The door plate covers the 3 holes from the old door mount carrier.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Keep in mind if your door is cracked inside, even with a Mantec it will rattle. I had mine rewelded. It didn't hold. I ended up fixing it with jb weld and covering it with dynamat. That fixed it.
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If you were also going to add bumperettes, would you still go Mantec considering that is integrated with the Rockware? I probably wouldn't get the jerry can holders..
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