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can I use a rear door spare wheel carrier on my bonnet??

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Mr G Imp, Oct 21, 2020.

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  1. tottot

    tottot Well-Known Member

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    Some have fitted a gas strut assister to help lift the bonnet. It may also be a good idea to keep the folding strut [ never had a problem with my 2a with 750x16 on bonnet] It could be hard to hold up bonnet while putting prop in place.
    I think you could fix in a stick as well for safety.
     
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    gas strut to assist? hard to hold up?

    Some of you lot have well weak arms
     
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    Does the release spring need replacing when you fit a wheel carrier? Is the standard one strong enough to lift the bonnet with a wheel on it?
     
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    I don’t know sorry. I never had one fitted.try it, it only needs to lift it enough to get your fingers in
     
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    With spare on bonnet it is just your arm muscle that lifts it and when that arm gets older it gets harder Flat.;)
     
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    The std spring's enough to lift, lift latch and then up she goes...albeit a little slowly with the wheel on bonnet.
     
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    It arrived today ! Speedy delivery indeed.
     
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    Spent a couple of hours fitting the wheel carrier this evening, I think it looks right! The wheel sits neatly on the rubber bung things and it seems sturdy enough. I expected it to sit directly on the bonnet for some reason. Anyway I’m pretty pleased and thanks for the advice guys, as I was fitting this the tonneau cover came so that’s the next little project
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    As a side it’s not hard to lift but I wouldn’t want to be leaning in when the bonnet stay breaks !
     
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    Top job, much better than budging it with any other type of mount :)
     
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    Don't forget the heavy duty bonnet stay - cheap enough and easy to fit. I found a bulldog clip bolted to the bonnet frame inside holds the stay in place really well.
     
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    the original clip is just a spring clip, like this shape but not nylon coated
     

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    That's interesting. I ordered a clip using the parts catalogue, what I was sent would not fit the diameter of the strut - so I have a bag of 8 clips that don't fit. I reckon they would be fine for an 8mm strut, mine is more like 15mm.
     
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    Will take a photo of mine tomorrow, and look it up in my parts catalogue.
    The rod is deffo not 8mm, much thicker than that!
     
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    Just add the strut and keep the folding one for extra safety, just an idea.
     
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    They would get in the way of each other, once the solid strut is fitted the closing one is literally pointless
     
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