The latch on our tire carrier came preinstalled, but in case yours does not, use the provided 1/4-inch bolts and lock washers to secure it in place. Close the gate and adjust the latch if needed. Once you get the weight of the spare tire on the carrier, the latch placement may require a little more adjustment. As you can see, Shrockworks predrilled a hole in the latch so you can lock it in place once your installation is complete. With the latch installed, I next installed the nylon gate slides into place on the bumper. On the upper slide facing you, make sure to install the thin edge on top, and on the lower slide facing the sky make sure to install the angled edge outward. This will help the gate slide into place easily with a snug fit.