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Old December 11th, 2003, 04:27 AM
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Hey Wicks, do you think that mil-spec tire strap helps a lot? I do get a lot of wobbling of my tire, but was thinking it was because I had a tire out of balance on the front axle. Got it balanced, and there's less hood-tire wobble, but I was curious about the strap.

Hmmm...you have me thinking again....

Oh wait, are you talking about the hood prop? I'm talking about the 3-way webbing to hold the spare down with.

The hood prop on the CrewCab is one long straight bar hooked to the hood and with a little foot to go into the radiator support bracket.



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Old December 11th, 2003, 08:38 AM
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Hey, I was meaning to ask since we have so many people with hood mounts. My LR "kit" came with a long metal bar, witha 60 degree bend at one end. It's a round bar and definitely had nothing to do with the actual install of the hood kit. Does anyone happen to know what it might be? Seems to short to be a hood prop.
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Old December 11th, 2003, 11:42 AM
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take a pic of it and post it.

I'll bet it's the hood prop.
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Old December 11th, 2003, 05:44 PM
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Yeah, David, you take out the stock hood prop and mount that piece to replace it. Works a different way, sturdier, but less convenient.

Michael - those are only on series hood spare mounts - no straps of any kind on this setup. The Series Deluxe tire mounting system was far superior - had one on my IIA, with the tire itself resting on pads (larger foorprint) and then the wheel center clamped down upside down. Didn't wobble one bit and also provided more visibility. The Defender kit is real bad and was a half-baked project I'd say.
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Old December 11th, 2003, 05:47 PM
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Oh, here's a dumb question for everyone - do you have a NATO wheel on the bonnet mount? Does it fit right what with offsets and all?
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Old December 11th, 2003, 06:39 PM
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i would dare say the nato wheel would fit the hood mount that Land Rover offers on the 90/110.....but i will find out one of these days .......like others i am looking for a set of wolf wheels....but not looking to hard......i can get them tommorow....just a matter of spending the loot.........

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Old December 11th, 2003, 07:44 PM
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Well, as we all know most of the projects LR has done lately have been half-baked. Well, maybe I've phrased that wrong, but I think you know what I mean.

I have NATO wheels on my hood and I was missing the 'official' bolt-down piece from the top, so what I did was to make a 1/4 inch x 7 inch plate with two holes drilled in it for the bolts to pass thru into the threaded posts for the lugnut holes. The third post with the hole in it for the lock just barely protrudes into the lugnut hole, not enough room to use a lock, but enough to hold it in place while I spin the tire around to line up the other two holes.

I am unfamiliar with the 'official' Defender style, the style I have is a derivative of the SIII style. I had the hood rubber rests, but didn't install them.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 10:33 AM
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Arent there some hoods out there with a round detent in them that allows the tire to sit an inch or so lower? Seems like that would be the hot set up. Maybe I'm thinking of an older Series hood.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:13 AM
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yes it was the series bonnet........no defender bonnet had the dish i believe
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Old December 14th, 2003, 11:24 PM
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Yeah, that was called the "Deluxe" bonnet. Had one on my SIIA. Was perfect. A D bonnet could easily hold a spare 2" or more dropped in, with a special mold. That would be sweet. Too bad.
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Old December 15th, 2003, 05:37 PM
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one could conceivalby rivet in a flanged dish into a hole cut in the hood, after appropriately modifying the hood frame. The exposed rivets wouldnt look any worse than any other part of the defender body. I'm not sure what a source of stampings would be though - anyone?
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Old December 15th, 2003, 06:35 PM
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A Wolf wheel fits on my bonnet with a slight modification- the locating pin needt to be extended, it passes through one of the wheel stud holes and has the capacity to padlock the wheel to the bonnet. i think there are a variety of wheel mounts though.
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Old December 15th, 2003, 06:37 PM
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anything is possible.........given the costs.......which would be high for a questionable looking job.......to many other bends/breaks in the 90/110 Bonnet.......it's not flat like the series bonnet

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