Kratos - Customer Reviews




Juergen Mauer 
Kratos review with 36" Tire
1.) Instructions are detailed enough and good, descriptive, to the point.
The recommended drill hole sizes require bit sizes that where not included in either of my 2 drill bit sets. I went with a 3/8 instead of 7/16, and used a step drill bit for the 9/16. If you pre drill the top of the hatch while its open, you can then close the hatch and finish the holes from the top with the step bit.

2.) difficulty level: 5
It is easy to mark the holes based on the brackets. However, it is intimidating to drill holes into your hatch. There is no turning back once you start.

3.) built quality is very good. Solid welds and oversized parts.

4.) mounting hardware is of good quality

5.) this is an absolutely solid mounting solution. I watched the tire when turning and hitting potholes, I did not see even the slightest motion of the tire/flex of the carrier.

6.) the struts have no problem lifting my 90lbs tire up by themselves. Once the hatch is open, my 5 year old can hang from the hatch and it won't come down. I would like to see the tire mount further down towards the license plate. The struts can take the shift of weight. Getting the assembly closer to the glass would also be a nice touch. Those two points are no big deal and totally personal preference.


Drew Dauscher 
An honest review of the Kratos tire carrier:

Install: Pretty straightforward and the instructions are clear. I highly recommend getting a friend to help you. Pro tip, strap your hatch to the roof rails when installing the struts. (I royally messed this up) I second the previous post about using a step drill bit, it made things a bit easier, no pun intended. 

Quality: Definitely heavy duty. If I had one complaint it would be the "precision" in which these were fabricated. I requested mine to come only primered with half the mind to paint it to match the body, after receiving it and seeing the welds I thought it would be best to cover it with bed liner. Some of the mounting plates took some convincing to line up, the metal plate that holds the tire is slightly crooked, and the studs were very tight on a 5x5 wheel. I understand this was a preorder so I didn't expect that everything would be prefect. 

Use: The lift gate is very heavy for the first foot before the struts can kick in. (Prior to that they cannot get enough leverage on the gate) Once they kick in they do their job and lift the hatch. I have no fear of the it coming down on me.

Costumer service: This is where HK Off-road shines. It's kick ass to have the owner of the company only a text or phone call away. When I accidentally broke one of the stud mounts during install they had a new one out to me the next day. I applaud them for solving problems WJ owners face with a limited aftermarket. I couldn't be happier to have an empty trunk and this is by far the most weight efficient way to get the spare out of your trunk and on the back of your jeep. I'm happy to buy from a small home grown American company and would buy from them again.