American Expedition Vehicles

JK Rear Bumper / Tire Carrier


AEV’s Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier is like having a giant Swiss Army knife on the back of your JK Wrangler. It is the perfect solution for carrying all of the necessities for a successful overland or backcountry excursion. Our system begins with the Rear Bumper, which provides robust protection against highway and trail impacts. Included in the Bumper are dual 2.4 gallon liquid storage tanks — which are particularly handy on multi-day trips — and mounting provisions for our AEV Splash Guards.

Where our system really shines is with the chassis-mounted Tire Carrier, truly AEV’s most versatile product. Not only does it provide a strong, vibration-free and effortless means of carrying tires up to 40”, but it also accommodates numerous accessories such as our Hi-Lift Jack/Pull-Pal Mount, 10-Gallon Fuel Caddy, and a shovel.

Our Tire Carrier is compatible with the following:

  • Stock Jeep
  • Rubicon X and 10th Anniversary
  • 75th Anniversary
  • Recon
  • MOAB / Call of Duty

Our complete expedition-ready Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier System now holds:

• 40-inch tire     • 10-Gallon Fuel Caddy
• 5-Gallons of water     • Splash Guards
• Back-Up Light     • Pull-Pal Winch Anchor
• Hi-Lift Jack     • Full-size shovel
• Sand Flag     • CB Antenna


Both the Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier are designed so that either component can be installed and used individually, or they can be used together as a complete system.

Key Features:

• Tailgate-synchronized swing-out tire carrier     • Anti-vibration tie-rod adjustment
• Carries up to 40" tires     • Anti-bind swing out cradle
• Chassis-mounted pivot     • Chassis-mounted tubular corner protection
• Liquid storage tanks plumbed together     • Chassis-mounted steel recovery mounts
• Dual 2.4 gallon liquid storage tanks     • No-slip tongue lifting points for High-Lift Jack
• Optional hand pump     • Accessory mast for work light and antennas
• Built-in step for easy roof rack access     • Textured black powdercoat finish
• Works with factory receiver hitch     • Built in shovel holster
• Takes weight of large tires off tailgate     • Bumper and Carrier can be used independently


Kargo Master Safari now offers AEV Rear Bumper Brackets to work with their Congo Pro & Congo Sport Roof Racks!

Please note: The AEV tire carrier is only compatible with 16" diameter wheels and larger.


Manufacturing Process: Formed steel (bumper, corner tubes, tire carrier)

Material: Polyethylene(storage tanks), heavy wall steel tube (tire carrier, corner tubes), 3/8" plate steel (tow points)

Coatings: E-coat, Super Durable polyester textured black powdercoat

Application: 2007+ JK Wrangler

Made In: United States

US Patent: D642502, D633024

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Estimated Install Time: 4-6 hours

Tools Required:
Common Hand Tools
Drill Motor
3/8" Drill Bit
2 3/4" Hole Saw
Reciprocating Air Saw or Cut Off Wheel
Center Punch
File or De-burring Tool

Suggested Tools:
Ratcheting Wrench Set

Click Here to download our Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier install sheet

If you're planning on using the AEV Tire Carrier with a stock JK bumper please download our stock rear bumper template sheet

There are lots of rear bumpers and tires carriers, what makes AEV’s special?

Other companies offer one-touch tire carriers that open with the tailgate. What’s the benefit of AEV’s design?

In my experience tire carries tend to rattle. How about AEV’s?

Can I install the AEV Rear Bumper without the Tire Carrier?

Why do I need a tire carrier?

Why did AEV use bent tubing at the corners of its Rear Bumper instead of stamped steel like on its Front Bumper?

How large of a tire can I carry on the AEV Tire Carrier?

What is the Accessory Mast for on the AEV Tire Carrier?

Does the bumper have enough clearance to run 37-inch Tires?

What is the departure angle compared to stock?

Is the AEV Rear Bumper strong enough to be used as a lift point for my JK?

Does AEV’s Rear Bumper have strong, functional recovery points?

Doesn’t the shovel rattle around in the Tire Carrier’s Shovel Holster?

What is the weight of AEV’s Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier?

Will AEV’s bumper work with aftermarket flares?

Why does AEV use bronze bushings instead of bearings for the pivot point in its Tire Carrier?

What type of finish do the AEV Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier have?

What kind of maintenance do the AEV Rear Bumper & Tire Carrier require?

Why does AEV retain the factory receiver hitch?

Are the Bumper’s two water tanks really strong enough to handle trail impacts or to stand on?

Does the JK’s factory receiver hitch work with the AEV Rear Bumper?

How do I get the water out of the Bumper’s water tanks?

Can I drink the water from the water tanks?

Is there a drain in the water tanks for cleaning?

Do I need to worry about freezing water cracking the tanks?

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