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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:31 AM
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Rear tire carrier- Mantec or Masai?

Guys:

Finally getting around to adding a spare tire to my truck and want to mount it to a swing-away carrier, rather than the rear door. Would like to hear thoughts on either the Mantec or the Masai.

The Mantec looks to be a bit more heavy-duty, though I'll only be going with tire up to about a 235/85-16 so not the largest some mount (but with a steel wheel so there will certainly be some mass hanging there.)

The Masai seems to be about $100 less expensive and still nicely made (zerk fittings, etc.)

Thoughts? Preferences?

Appreciate any you'd care to pass-along.

Cheers,

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Old November 6th, 2015, 02:11 AM
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Mantec is popular for good reason. Brewie212 has another admittedly more expensive option worth considering.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:12 AM
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I have the Mantec but it doesn't swing away from the door. It's still connected to the door but the weight is supported by the arms connected to the bumper.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:27 AM
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Mantec here. I'd say spend the extra $$$ and get something better. Mine loosens up and then rattles. Also on older units I've seen the poly "bushing" wear out and THAT makes all kinds of fun noises.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have gotten something different.

The Masai looks good. Eliminates the annoying poly slider bushing thingie Mantec uses.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:37 AM
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I have had a Mantec for about a year. No issues so far.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:10 AM
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I have the mantec as well and am VERY happy with it. Worth the money IMO.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:57 AM
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also Bill Muntze at Overtyme can build you one tied in to the frame!
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:54 AM
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Carl - take a look at the one on Atlantic British...I don't think it is Mantec - not advertised that way. But I bought that one - it is and has been a wonderful upgrade with greasable joints, and easy to install once you figure out how it works. Also comes with the hilift jack plate - so bonus.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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I have a Masai carrier sitting in my garage waiting to be installed. It is pretty stoutly constructed and I look forward to testing it out shortly.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:05 PM
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Pics! Interested as well. I like the Allisport carrier, but it's pricey. I prefer to not drill into the safari door if possible

http://www.allisport.com/product/new...wheel-carrier/
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Guys:

Thanks for all the feedback. Certainly seems both the Mantec and Masai are solid options as well as a couple others I had not looked into- but will for sure now.

Now I just need to find a spare Rostyle wheel to go with it.

Cheers,
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Old November 7th, 2015, 07:58 PM
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Guys: Thanks for all the feedback. Certainly seems both the Mantec and Masai are solid options as well as a couple others I had not looked into- but will for sure now. Now I just need to find a spare Rostyle wheel to go with it. Cheers,
I have a one, yep one, white rostyle. PM me if interested.
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Old November 13th, 2015, 08:54 AM
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Used one

I have a used tire carrier I took off my 1995 NAS SW.

I had it on for about three years. I believe it is a BritPart. I just put on my truck, a new takeoff rear door from a newer year and the bolt hole pattern is different. Message me if interested.

Mike
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