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Spare wheel, where should it live?

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Lady, Jan 25, 2015.

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  1. Lady

    Lady New Member

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    Hi my spare wheel is on the back door of my 90 station wagon. it's a bit rattley and also my back door is starting not to shut very well, which I think may be due to the weight of the wheel (but it may not be!) what are my options for the spare?

    I've fitted AllTerrain tyres onto Silverline Blindo black rally wheels so I'm thinking they may be heavier than the factory wheel and too heavy for the back door now?

    I don't really want to keep the spare inside my Landy as it will take up loads of room, and I don't not want to carry a spare.. Any thoughts?
     
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    Swing away spare wheel carrier on the back?
     
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    On the bonnet every time. As soon as I've got some spare change I'll be mounting mines back on the bonnet
     
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    blue beasty Leaks an prone to bits dropping off

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    Swing away rear tyre carrier, roof rack or bonnet. Take your pick. If your username is also your sex then I'd steer away from putting it on the roof or bonnet as getting off on a dark rainy night would present issues unless your a 'butch' lady
     
  6. lightning

    lightning Well-Known Member

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    My 110 CSW spare wheel lives in the garage. I carry a compressor and tyre sealant, although l realise there is more risk of being stranded with this option, but l use the rear door a lot and it's much easier without the wheel fitted.

    I've just bought a 300tdi 90 CSW for the missus to drive, l'm going to leave the spare on the back door, as the hinges are easy to change, and the door itself still seems fine after 17 years carrying the wheel.
     
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    You don't want the spare on the rear door or in the vehicle itself, running out of options really! Would have to be swing-away, bonnet or roof.
     
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    The rear door has to be the worst idea anyone ever had. As above I'm in and out of the back of mine all day so there's no way I could put up with a spare wheel anywhere near it. Bonnet gets my vote every time.
     
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    I think a swing away rear carrier is the best option all round, mine is on the floor in the back covered in a false floor at wheel box level. I don't really use mine for carrying much stuff so taking up part of the load area is not an issue for me.
     
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    Agreed. I have a mantec one, and other than the wheel slowly killing my rear light where it hits it, its a million times better than when it was on the door itself (which cracked right down the middle of the frame)
     
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    I have both; on the bonnet and at the rear with a swing
     
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    After a couple years with a swing away mount I re installed it back inside, she was formerly a pickup and luckily I saved the mounting parts.

    I hated the swing away mount, it was always rattling no matter how much I adjusted and re adjusted.

    happy times.........
     
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    i'd go with a swing away or chuck it inside
     
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    Mine is on the back door. I have the fittings on the bonnet and I have tried the bonnet a couple of times but I don't like the restricted view. When my rear door hinges wear out I will just buy some more, they are not expensive compared to a swing away mount on the back door. The hinges have so far lasted for 25 years.
     
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    Definitely swing away.
    Some REME guy told me that they now don't use the bonnet as when they go off road it can cause engine damage. How true this is I don't know. But either way, most of the army put them on the side of the wolfs. And the TA one on my old base had a swing away and the drop down door converted into a regular opening door. Quite clever.
     
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    Agree with this if you want to stick it in the back. Cut a sheet of 18mm ply to fit across the wheel arches. You can keep the wheel underneath with other tools etc. it actually makes the back quite usable as you gain extra flat loading width whilst not losing too much storage height. Only useful of course if you don't have seats in the back!
     
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    That's what I've done with mine, and then lined it with rubber carpet tiles, it works for me.
     
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