XJ Kratos - The Tire Carrier 1997 - 2001
Kratos the Tire Carrier for the XJ is AVAILABLE NOW. NOT TESTED ON FIBERGLASS HATCHES. CURRENTLY ONLY RECOMMENDED ON STEEL HATCHES which are found on 1997 - 2001 model cherokees.
Build time is approximately 45-business days.
ATTENTION!!! Placing your rear tire on the back (hatch) of your vehicle causing an obstruction of rear-view may not meet your local State Vehicle Codes along with blocking your third brake light. Please check your local vehicle codes before placing an order. Buyer assumes all financial responsibility. It would be wise to purchase a 3rd brake light which mounts in the wheel well. Companies such as 4 Wheel Parts sell third brake lights.
Kratos - The Tire Carrier.
Our tire carrier involves brute strength, power and force from the custom built struts providing 375 lbs of force on each side of the hatch to raise that heavy offroad tire into the air. There for, with all that brute strength, power and force, we call our tire carrier "Kratos - The Tire Carrier".
In Greek Mythology. Cratos was a son of the Titan Pallas (not to be confused with PallasAthena) and the goddess Styx. He was the personification of strength and power. The name is derived from the common noun Κράτος, meaning "force", "strength", or "power". The spellings "Cratus" and "Kratos" are also used.
Kratos is built using 1/2" thick x 4" wide steel, hydraulic bent and welded to 3/16" x 1.5" steel flat bars which mount to the top of the hatch using four (grade-8) nuts and bolts and mounts to the center of the hatch using eight (grade-8) nuts and bolts. The actual tire carrier itself is constructed on 2 x 2 square tube and welded to the 1/2" plate. The Heavy Duty Struts which replace the stock struts on the hatch are custom built in Canada specifically for this application and are rated at 350lbs of force for each strut. You have 700lbs of force lifting your hatch and spare tire. The struts come with heavy duty mounting ball studs as a replacement to the stock studs. All hardware is included in the kit. Recommended for 33" - 35" tires.
Confirmed Parts in the Tire Carrier Kit.
1 - Tire carrier
3 - All backing plates
12 - serrated flang nuts and bolts grade-8 size 3/8-16 x 1"
3 - 1/2"-20 x 1.5" Bolts for mounting wheel (welded to plate)
3 - lug nuts
2 - heavy duty lift-gate supports (struts) rated at 350 pounds lift force each.
2 - heavy duty replacement ball stud mounts for lower struts mount.
2- 1/4" x 2" Grade-8 Hardware for upper strut mount
PACKAGING: Kratos ships in one box 31"x19"x19" at 45 lbs.
Uncle Joe, weighing in at 184 pounds sits on top of his 97-lbs 35" tire all mounted to the Kratos. Excellent location to fish in the river from if we may say so...