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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:06 PM
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Bonnet mounted spare vs. rear door

I just fitted a front facing bench seat in the back of the 90 for the baby's car seat. My spare (steel) now has to be moved from the inside to the out. I have both the bonnet mount kit and rear door mount kit, neither installed, no holes.
Looking for opinions for which is a better place to mount the spare. I only have one spare so I don't want or need both mount points. I'm fairly fit so lifting the bonnet with the tire on it doesn't scare me.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Don't put it on the bonnet, it looks so stupid.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Don't put it on the bonnet, it looks so stupid.


I love mine on the hood. I have a swing down tailgate and had limited options too.


The spare on the hood will def, devalue the hood itself too, and even if installed correctly will warp it slightly over time
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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Im sorta going through the same debate on my series, but seeing as i have a very nice rear door, and a wide tire for a spare i just am running around locally without a spare and on trips i put it in the cargo area, which can still work for you as long as your kids arent in the back.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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it's very personal thing...you could say the bonnet because you open the rear door more than the bonnett...then I thought well its a d90 you open the bonnet just as much so that nullifies that. I'm getting a cross member mounted tire carrier because I currently have 285/75/16's with one mounted on the rear door but, if you have standard weight tires with a properly reinforced mount you'll reduce your trouble.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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If you plan on putting it on the bonnet, get a second bonnet and put it on that one. It can look great on the right truck. But, it does limit visibility and it makes it a pain in the butt to get to the motor.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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I should add that I am running 235 70's for snow so they aren't quite pizza cutters but almost.
Also usually have to carry the dog behind the seat along with all the baby stuff so keeping tire inside not always an option.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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Let me know if you want to sell you bonnet mont, I've got a friend that's looking for one for his Camel replica build.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:26 PM
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Bonnet mount is the classic rover look; nothing stupid about it, and I get lots of compliments. If you only have a door, and not frame mounted rear carrier, go with the bonnet. I have a fuel can mounted on my rear door. If you don't need something like a can, go with the rear body mounted carrier. there's a lot of personal choice to it. I'm used to my bonnet mount now, and know where my tires are, but it can be a challenge in tight spots on the trails with visibility.
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Don't put it on the bonnet, it looks so stupid.
Hey, I have both ! I think the bonnet spare is more Old School Land Rover.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Since you'll rarely use it, get a roof rack & put it up there, but for only when you go on REAL adventures. I rarely carry mine at all, 80 lbs I don't need to pack around. I do keep a small electric pump in the truck & a tubeless tire repair kit.

PS My roof rack is a Front Runner, very nice unit.

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Don't put it on the bonnet, it looks so stupid.
wha, wha, what!?!
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Old September 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM
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Hey, I have both ! I think the bonnet spare is more Old School Land Rover.
It looks great on a Series, and may look good on a Defender with skinny tires, but it just looks stupid on a Defender with alloys and 265/75 tires.
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I thought bonnet mount was only for steel wheels. Anything beyond 235/85s gets annoying on the bonnet. If you are just driving around town I'd go without a spare if you have good friends who would do a favor at the drop of a hat. Then only put the spare on for long trips away from home. Can save some on gas that way also. Additionally a 235/70 isn't going to break your rear door or warp the bonnet. If you go bigger then I recommend the Mantec type rear swing carrier.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 10:56 AM
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I have both, but I am not running super wide tires either. I find that 235/85 are good enough for me.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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FWIW I've only ever needed a spare off road, I've never had a flat with an off road tire. If I didn't have room for a spare I would just carry a plug kit.
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Could as do the flat spare and a pump or CO2 to fill it. My spare mounted on the stock rear carrier doesn't hold air fo more than a few days so I just leave it flat and fill if I need it.
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235/85 or bigger on the bonnet mount will rub against the metal and will ruin the paint on the hood. I only use it with 7.50R-16 that is the skinny one that came from the factory on the hood. Probably a 235/70 will not rub against the hood but I would check with another truck that has the mount first.

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