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Old August 2nd, 2016, 02:55 PM
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New players in the spare tire carrier game,

I am hunting for a spare tire carrier. After spending time reading through posts, it seems like many go with the mantec carrier but i wanted to make sure that is still the best option. I had noticed that both seriesdefender outfitters ($950) and frontrunner ($495) both make tire carriers, and was curious if anybody had tried them out.

https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...ion-wagon.html

https://www.seriesdefender.com/exter...e-carrier.html
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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:37 AM
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Old October 6th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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The SDO carrier isn't a new player. They are a stainless single pivot carrier made by Nakatanenga in Germany. Their products are as good as it gets. Everything they do is overbuilt and, build quality is crazy good. Peter is a perfectionist, and that shows in the products he designs and manufactures.

This carrier is designed to fit with a NAS bumper, use existing holes in the cross member, and not require drilling and holes in the body capping.

I have been drooling over these carriers for some time now, had a good look at a couple of them on some friends trucks last year when I was in the UK. They get rave reviews, but are expensive compared to many of the others. That being said, you get what you pay for, stainless steel, big ass huge pivot bearing, that's a no brainer!

Mine arrived last week, I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to install it.
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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:07 PM
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The SDO carrier isn't a new player. They are a stainless single pivot carrier made by Nakatanenga in Germany. Their products are as good as it gets. Everything they do is overbuilt and, build quality is crazy good. Peter is a perfectionist, and that shows in the products he designs and manufactures. This carrier is designed to fit with a NAS bumper, use existing holes in the cross member, and not require drilling and holes in the body capping. I have been drooling over these carriers for some time now, had a good look at a couple of them on some friends trucks last year when I was in the UK. They get rave reviews, but are expensive compared to many of the others. That being said, you get what you pay for, stainless steel, big ass huge pivot bearing, that's a no brainer! Mine arrived last week, I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to install it.
I need to get off my but and order one of these...did not know it worked with the NAS rear bumper, good to know! Please share the install pics and impressions once you have it mounted.
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Nakatanenga gear is first rate.
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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:31 PM
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Looks killer! Can you see any reason why it wouldn't also work with the ST?
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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:43 PM
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I don't things he's got a NAS soft top version. The soft top version he has is more for a pick-up, as it swings away separately from the tailgate.

There's a pre and post '02 door version (difference being how the unit attaches to the tail door with stock mounting holes)

He changed the design to allow the NAS step bumper a while back (I think due to guys were cutting them to fit). NAS steps are a hot item in overseas lately, but it's not the same NAS step as we have here. The frame bracing is bolt on, not an integral part of the tubing, but the step is basically the same.

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Old October 6th, 2016, 04:05 PM
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I have a Mantec. It's very good but would benefit from stainless hardware in the north east. I took the easy option though and sent my truck to winter in CA! ;-)
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I have genuine LR Mantec designed for Wolf defenders so it's stronger than the regular ones.
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Old October 6th, 2016, 06:05 PM
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I have genuine LR Mantec designed for Wolf defenders so it's stronger than the regular ones.
Nice carrier. that's the VPLDR0130. Comes in a half as well as a full door version.
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Nice carrier. that's the VPLDR0130. Comes in a half as well as a full door version.
I often see these, both half and full Genuine, for auction in lots of ten. The MOD is cleaning house.
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Yeah, this thing is killer. Install was pretty simple, fit was absolutely bang on with the rear cross member and NAS bumper. There's quite a bit of adjustability for wheel offset which is nice.

Best of all, it's very solid, and not a single rattle, squeak or creak out of it. It's all stainless steel, including the fasteners, (which I applied lots of anti-seize to, so no worries about gauling) this carrier will never ever rust!
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