Feature Friday: 9 Tire Swings & Spare Tire Carrier Setups On 5th Gen 4Runner

Tire Swing Setups for the 5th Generation Toyota 4Runner

Top Spare Tire Carriers and Tire Swing Setups for the 5th Generation Toyota 4Runner: Tire Swing Brand Comparisons and What to Consider

This Week’s Topic: 4Runner Tire Carriers

Welcome back to another Feature Friday! If you missed last week’s FF, we looked at some awesome 5th Gen 4Runner vinyl wraps. This week we are looking at nine different tire carrier options that allow you to carry a full-size spare on your next overland trip. We have a mix of full rear bumper setups and hitch-mounted tire carrier options.

If you can’t decide or are unsure of the difference between the two, check out our article on full rear bumpers vs. hitch-mounted tire carriers.

So, why would you even need a way to carry a spare tire? Can’t you just use the factory location?

There are several reasons why somebody would want to have an aftermarket spare tire carrier. The first is an upgrade in tire size. A stock 5th Gen 4Runner comes with 265/70R17 tires. These are okay, but most of us who take our 4Runners off-road want to add a bigger tire. The OEM spare tire area can only fit about a 33″ tire. Also, stuffing a wider tire underneath your 4Runner will decrease the departure angle. That’s not a positive aspect while you traverse obstacles like rock and trees.

Another added benefit to a tire carrier is that many of them are not just tire carriers. You can also deck them out with additional off-road gear. As you’ll see with our entries, some have folding tables, RotopaX holders, Hi-Lift jacks, and much more. A properly equipped hitch-mounted carrier with options can achieve nearly 90% of what a full rear bumper can – at half the price.

There a plenty of options below at various price points, so feel free to DM the owners on IG to ask more questions about their setup if needed.

Enjoy!

1. JP Accomando (@ao_runner) – C4 Fabrication

C4 Fabrication Single Swing Rear Bumper & Tire Carrier on Super White 5th Gen 4Runner

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: C4 Fabrication Rear Bumper w/ Single Swing Out
  • Price: $3500

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I wanted to gain additional ground clearance from not having the spare mounted under the 4Runner. In my opinion, the spare looks better mounted on the rear hatch like the FJ40 or more recently, the FJ Cruiser.

Having the spare mounted on the rear bumper also gives me options to carry additional gear on the spare like a Trasharoo or Maxtrax. The options are endless with money and a little imagination. I also have a dual Jerry can accessory mount and a horizontal Hi-Lift accessory mount on the bumper. 

2. Sean Migone (@mig_rnr) – RiG’d Supply

White 5th Gen 4Runner w/ RiG'd Supply UltraSwing | RTT Mounted MaxTrax

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: UltraSwing
  • Price: $1600

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

This by far was one of the easiest choices I made in regards to carrying a full-size spare tire.

I wasn’t ready to add a full rear steel bumper to my rig but still wanted the ability to carry a full-size spare. It’s reasonably priced considering the build quality and rave reviews. RIGd Supply has been around for quite a while and knows how to do it right.

Most importantly, this thing does not rattle no matter what you put it through. I have the ability to carry up to a 35” tire and the carrier also allows me to mount items like a camp table, Hi-Lift jack mount, MOLLE mounts for RotopaX, and more.

3. Jon Ayran (@org4runna) – Nguyen Works

Nguyen Works Dual Swing Out Rear Bumper For 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: Dual Swing Out
  • Price: $3,000

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

With a 305/70R17 tire, fitting it in the stock spare location wasn’t an option. I chose the @nguyen_works rear bumper to hold my tire because of how clean it looked! It’s a very slim profile and one of the lightest on the market. I really like how the tire sits nice and high and super close to the body. A lot of other aftermarket tire carriers have the tire mount sitting too low and far from the hatch for my taste.

Having the spare on the swing out makes it super easy to access. The tire carrier has a dual Jerry can holder on the driver side swing out and the tire mounts on the passenger side swing out. Each swing-out also has two tables attached which are super convenient when camping. The bumper was about $3,000 with these options.

4. Daniel Khimthang (@daily.4r) – Rigid Armor

4Runner w/ Spare Tire Carrier

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: Spare Tire Hitch Carrier
  • Price: $550

What Do You Like About Your Setup

I went with this style of spare carrier because of the entry-level price and the two-week lead time. For my trip to Utah, I needed a last-minute spare tire carrier since my 295/70R17 tire and -38mm offset wheel wouldn’t fit in the factory spare location.

I like that it is lightweight and easy to take on and off with no issues. The carrier can tilt down 45 degrees, enough to open the rear hatch! The new hitch receiver towing rate is 6500 lbs. with a 650 lbs. tongue weight.

5. Mando Hurtado (@voodoo_trdpro4r) – Westcott Designs

5th Gen 4Runner w/ Westcott Designs Modular Spare Tire Carrier Rack

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: Modular Spare Tire Carrier Rack 
  • Price: $1580

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I initially wanted to go the full rear bumper route as there have been vast improvements in the market within the last year or so. However, with my current setup and needs, I decided to go with a hitch mount tire carrier.

I can easily remove and store it when not in use. With the Westcott Designs Tire Carrier, I can add an additional arm for a dual swing out. Also, having Westcott Designs locally is a major perk as we can R&D more options.

It features a dual-side design that allows me to add on or remove equipment as needed. There are multiple options for arms that include an additional left spare tire rack, an optional cooler rack with work table, grill mount, bike rack adapter, Hi-Lift mount, and many more.

6. Anibal Martinez (@t4r_aftermath) – Rigid Armor

Rigid Armor Spare Tire Hitch Carrier For 4Runner

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: Spare Tire Hitch Carrier
  • Price: $550

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I prefer this hitch-mounted carrier over the roof-mounted options on the market. I also didn’t want a full rear bumper. This tire carrier still lets me open the tailgate in just a couple of steps and I can easily take it off if needed. I also think that the aesthetics of it are perfect.

7. Romeo Cabras Jr. (@9th_island_runner) – Custom Motorsports

Custom Motorsports Custom Tire Carrier For 4Runner

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: Hitch Receiver Carrier
  • Price: N/A (Custom)

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I want to give a shout-out to Cameron and his team at Custom Motorsports out here in Las Vegas. They created a hitch carrier that’s functional and modular using high-quality parts and material.

Plus, I love to support local businesses! This tire mount features a lockable lever and holds up to a 35” tire. It has a 4-lug mount and also relocates the rear license plate.

8. Ben Kim (@ben_out_co) – RiG’d Supply

RiG'd UltraSwing For 5th Gen 4Runner | Overland Setup

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: UltraSwing
  • Price: $1600

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

This was a simple and less expensive solution compared to a full rear bumper replacement. It was one of my first upgrades after buying the 4Runner in 2018 and has provided a ton of utility, without weighing a ton. It’s been rock solid despite me maxing out its carrying capacity and has never failed me.

RIG’d Supply’s continued support of the platform is still holding strong. I highly recommend going this route for its cost vs. utility value.

Extra Items Mounted To Carrier:

  • Rago Fabrications UltraPlate w/ FrontRunner table
  • Rago Fabrications SideHack w/ RotopaX mount for water
  • Rago Fabrications Hi-Lift mount w/ Hi-Lift Extreme 60” w/ base plate & Maxtrax mounts for 4 boards
  • Shovel/Ax mount
  • Backup camera relocation
  • Trasharoo

9. Brenan Greene (@Trail4R) – RiG’d Supply

RIGd UltraSwing Spare Tire Carrier for 5th Gen 4Runner

Tire Carrier Details

  • Model: UltraSwing
  • Price: $1600

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I’ve been running the UltraSwing since my first 5th Gen build in 2014-2015. This was back when they first launched their V1 product. At the time, all that was on the market was the Wilco Offroad and it was lacking the customization I was looking for. When the RIGd UltraSwing was launched with the added Front Runner Camp Table, I jumped all over it. I ran that tire carrier and accessory camp table hard for over 3-4 years. It went on more trails than I can count while carrying a 35″ MT, and it was there for me every step of the way. Well, I sold that first 4Runner and bought another one; Jade. Jade is running the V2 UltraSwing with the new and improved UltraTable and I couldn’t be happier. It features the best latch that any swing has on the market along with an extensive ecosystem of add-ons (the Ultra-Everything) constantly innovated by the engineers at RIGd. It’s not cheap but there’s a reason why they’re the leader in the tire swing market, it works well and offers a ton of customization.

Final Thoughts

RiG'd UltraSwing Tire Carrier & Accessories

What a great variety of full-size spare tire carrier options for the 5th Gen 4Runner! For me, I’d definitely go with a hitch-mounted solution with some extra overland goodies. That would give me a great place to cook and store things while at the beach on the trail.

I also like the hitch-mounted option because if I don’t need it, then I can simply take it off and store it in the garage, making it a better daily driver.

We want readers to get inspired by a variety of rigs/products. Submit your build for Feature Friday here to get featured. Next week we will be showcasing Off-Road Storage Solutions. If you would like to submit your build for next week, include your setup details and an awesome photo that shows it off.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Brian
Brian
1 month ago

I’ve been looking for a swing out hitch based tire carrier for awhile. the problem I have with some of them is the tire is so far out of the rear hatch where I want it nice and tight.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Look at Detours of Maine. Cheaper than most hitch mounted options, but a very solid product. You’ll just have to wait…and wait…with little communication, but it’s probably what you’re looking for.

Calahan Baker
Calahan Baker
1 month ago

The RIGd UltraSwing has been a killer addition to my 4Runner. I have nothing but good things to say about it. I debated between the RIGd, Rigid, and the Wilco when I was researching. All designs are very clean but at the end of the day, I am glad I choose the UltraSwing because of all their add-on products. They have a ton of options for mounting whatever accessories you want. I think RIGd offers the most customization of any of the Swings and allows your build to grow with their system. One downfall of the RIGd was their first latch. The first latch worked great at first but it did give me problems. That said RIGD was cool about it and upgraded me with the V2 latch which is miles better. So stoked to have have upgraded latch. A the end of the day, all these tire swings just carry a tire and do just about the same thing.

Last edited 1 month ago by Calahan Baker
B.h.
B.h.
1 month ago

Dude, where are the Dirtcom tire carriers???

Admin
Scout
1 month ago
Reply to  B.h.

You should submit one! Feature Friday is open to any and all companies. If you want to submit your swing, just fill out the feature Friday form and we’ll get it posted. Trail4R.com/feature

Ghst
Ghst
1 month ago
Reply to  B.h.

Definitely the best one out there. Fits up against the 4Runner the closest.

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghst

Totally agree, I love mine!!!

Ben Kim
Ben Kim
1 month ago

Great article! Honored to be included with these other awesome builds.

Big thanks to this site and awesome YouTube channel. Without these amazing resources I wouldn’t have been able to build such a capable rig to take me and my son on our adventures!

Any readers with questions on my setup let me know here or on Instagram @ben_out_co

Last edited 1 month ago by Ben Kim
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