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The company was Swagman, and I ordered it online.  As mentioned, it mounts onto the spare with the use of a backing plate.  I wanted this type because not only does it seem like a more secure fit than one that relies on straps and gravity, it can be locked to the vehicle.  The clamp plates are also lockable.

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So far, it has served me well.  No rattles and no stolen bikes.  The plastic washer on the T handle did wear out after only a couple months, and I learned quickly to not open the tailgate when 3 bikes are on (or you'll never get it closed).  Considering I don't have a hitch, this was the rack for me.  The only better option would have been a hitch mounted type, they are just as secure and some fit up to 4 bikes.  Well, maybe when I get that rear bumper with an incorporated hitch i've been eyeing.

Update/WARNING!    being that this was my first "mod",  i had no knowledge of the issues surrounding jeep tailgates.  They just aren't built to hold alot of weight, i guess not being able to close the tailgate when 3 bikes were loaded should have been my first hint.  After learning more, I found that mounting a 33" or larger spare onto the stock tailgate is a roll-of-the-dice move sometimes resulting in major damage, and almost always resulting in tweaked/damaged/mishaped tailgates.  That is why, like most others, i will be buying a new bumper/tire carrier when money allows.  I do still use this bike rack, because i have no other choice...but i will ONLY mount 1 bike on it...and NEVER drive over rough terrain with it.  Unless you're never going to mount a spare tire any larger than a 225/75 AND not drive over rough terrain AND rarely haul more than 1 bike a hitch mounted bike rack is definately the best option.