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Swing-Out Tire Carrier Hitch Off-Road | Install & Review | 5th Gen 4Runn

[Part40][4K] Swing-Out Tire Carrier Hitch Off-Road | Install & Review | 5th Gen 4Runner

It’s called RidgeRunner by Detours of Maine. Great guy and the quality is amazing. There are few things that I wish he upgrades but so far, so good. I just wanted different option than getting a metal bumper when I don’t off road everyday. But having a tire carrier is so awesome because it was a ***** to change the tire when I went off roading and the spare tire would not come out under the car.
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Looks good!! I think I'm goin that same route with Mark's Ridge Runner.
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I like this option. I've seen their site. Do they have to send you an email to order?
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Looks good but where do you mount license plate and lights with this setup?
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i like it, i wish it was more offset to the passenger side, but otherwise, very nice.
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Super clean. Thanks for the video review.
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Nice review, thank you for taking the time to make a video!

I really like this compared to the competition. Is it worth having the camera blocked? Re-routing it is a pain and expensive!

Nice setup!
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I used to have his Knuckle Bone mount. It was great, only thing that sucked was once I went 33's with an E load tire it was way to heavy for me to be lifting up and down on a constant basis. The new swing version he offers looks stout. A few weeks back, I got rear ended and the tire carrier took majority of the impact. The carrier was bent so I was going to upgrade to his swing out version.

Long story short, I didnt. I was getting ready to place my order, but I was hoping to make a few custom adjustments to it. Even though on his website, he mentions he can do custom to our needs, his responses through chat seemed very standoffish.

For me customer service is 50% of your business. There is no doubt, he makes a good product. But if your customer service is not up to par with your product, I just can't. But to each his own.


For those of you who do plan on purchasing any of his swing outs. This is what I did for a license plate.

Magnetic License Plate Mount: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And then I wired an LED light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Looks good but where do you mount license plate and lights with this setup?
Around 4 minutes and 20 seconds he shows two wholes predrilled into the rack and it also comes with a light.

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Nice review. I have one being delivered this Thursday. I ordered mine on 12/31/18 but Mark has been responsive the entire way.
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I like this option. I've seen their site. Do they have to send you an email to order?
I contacted him through Facebook first then the email. He is really good about replying your email and the due date for the product. I'm not sponsoring him. I paid full amount. =)
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Looks good but where do you mount license plate and lights with this setup?
It shows on my YouTube video but there are 2 holes for the license plate screws. Perfect location. The seller includes LED license plate light with the order. =)
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i like it, i wish it was more offset to the passenger side, but otherwise, very nice.
Yes. Me too. I wish it was more offset to the passenger side but it actually looks good in person. It's because of the hitch mount system and the design brings the weight down straight towards the hitch to be stable. Very good quality.
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Nice review, thank you for taking the time to make a video!

I really like this compared to the competition. Is it worth having the camera blocked? Re-routing it is a pain and expensive!

Nice setup!
The OEM camera is blocked but I found the solution and my rear camera is great. I will post it on the next video on my channel. Stay tuned.. =)
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I used to have his Knuckle Bone mount. It was great, only thing that sucked was once I went 33's with an E load tire it was way to heavy for me to be lifting up and down on a constant basis. The new swing version he offers looks stout. A few weeks back, I got rear ended and the tire carrier took majority of the impact. The carrier was bent so I was going to upgrade to his swing out version.

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For me customer service is 50% of your business. There is no doubt, he makes a good product. But if your customer service is not up to par with your product, I just can't. But to each his own.


For those of you who do plan on purchasing any of his swing outs. This is what I did for a license plate.

Magnetic License Plate Mount: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And then I wired an LED light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Like you mentioned, this is not Knuckle Bone set up. It's a swing away mount system...like Wilco. It feels so light to swing my tire back and forth.
Also, it comes with the license plate mount holes. I gotta wire the LED light though. =) Thanks
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