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Tire Hoists

AFCS, Inc. is a leading manufacturer for high-quality, spare tire hoists designed specifically for cars, trucks, and RVs. We understand the importance of supplying reliable and efficient tire carriers, and our manufacturing expertise ensures that our hoists meet the highest standards of durability and functionality.


We prioritize the use of top-quality materials and advanced techniques to produce spare tire hoists that trusted by major automotive manufacturers. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians meticulously test our hoists to ensure optimal performance, durability, and safety. With our commitment to excellence, you can have peace of mind knowing that our spare tire hoists are reliable, dependable, and designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use.

Tire Carriers /



  • Production since May 2018:

    • Units​: 43,514

  • Total Yearly Volume:​

    • Units: 140,000

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Gear Design

  • Revised/improved to improve strength

  • Provide faster winding in both directions


Clutch Design 

  • Utilizes 90 degree activation


Patented Integral “Downstop”

  • Indicates all cable “payed out”

  • 1-way up and down operation



  • Robust design

  • Improved mounting stability

  • Improved mounting strength

  • Tested to 100 or 200 cycles per customer spec.

    • No degradation in performance

    • 1 unit per shift

    • Typically 3-6 times more stringent than “jack” requirement


Shock Protection / Tire Pressure Loss

  • Polyurethane busing / cable protector at lift plate or use of spring at lift plate


Unit Testing

  • 100% unit testing prior to packing

  • Computerized matching controlled


Lift Plate Design

  • Customer program specific

  • Design accommodates from 2.25 in. to 5.500 in. pilot hole in wheel

  • Self centering design - no adjustments required

  • User friendly

  • Improved strength





Input Forces (Maximum Clutch Design)

  • 40 nm (17 - 29 ft-lb.)


Cable Holding Forces (Minimum)

  • 1779 N (400 lb.) for tire/wheels weighing < 31.25 kg. (70 lb.)

  • 2447 N (550 lb.) for tire/wheels weighing > 31.25 kg. (70 lb.)


Size / Compactness

  • Environment Related

  • Available Area Under Vehicle


Families: Customer Specific

  • 5/32 in. cable (7 x 19 Construction)

    • Breaking Strength

      • Galvanized 2800 lb. (1270 kg.)

      • Stainless Steel 2400 lb. (1088 kg.)

  • 3/16 in. cable (7 x 19 Construction)

    • Breaking Strength

      • Galvanized 4200 lb. (1905 kg.)

      • Stainless Steel 3700 lb. (1680 kg.)



Corrosion Resistance

  • E-Coat All Exterior Components (Lead Free) to meet customer requirements

  • Hex free plating of other metal components

  • Meets substance of concern requirements



Reliability Testing / Validation Capabilities

  • Operational characteristics

    • Input Torque

    • Cable Holding Force

    • Winding Effort

  • Dimensional compliance

  • Life-cycle testing

  • Unit tensile strength test

  • Lifting plate assembly tension testing

  • Unit salt spray testing (outsourced)

  • Hot and cold box testing (outsourced)



Electric Hoist

  • Under development

  • “Hi-End” Vehicles

  • “Blue Tooth” Technology

  • “Smart Switch”

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