If it's creaking and rattling, I'd make the upgrade a priority.Wtg Dirty dog! This is an awsome post! I think I'm going to look for the same version you have. I like the idea of the tailgate opening normally and spreading the load out. I do have the creaking sound and also can hear a slapping sound when hitting chatter bumps. Since I don't do any hard-core off roading, I don't think I'll need the swing out type. I'd like to get that bungee style gate stop. I noticed that mine looks slightly bent.
I showed her the smittybuilt also. It's the same price, but she liked the rough country better. It's her jeep so I'll go with it lolI showed the cheaper option reinforcement plates to my wife, and also the rough country for $400. She actually told me to get what I felt was best )
JeepJeezy - I just installed the same on my wife's JKU. Love the way the tire is closer to the tailgate and it's much more quiet than the previous temporary option I used. That said, the tailgate seemed to be aligned when I was hanging the cast aluminum bracket and tire carrier assembly. When I installed the wheel and tire (35" x 12.5 with 17" alum wheels) it feels like the tailgate is dragging a bit when I open and close it.I have the Smittybilt Pivot HD spare tire carrier and love it!