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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:04 PM
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Bonnet mounted tire: Risky?

I'm paranoid about tire failure in the middle of nowhere (hunting & camping trips) ever since I ripped a couple tires apart in a single day some years back. Have a '95 D90 ST in stock condition and am thinking about saving storage space if I carry another spare by putting it on the hood. But I've been in D90's in the past with that setup and the tire seems to bounce around so much the stress on the metal hood must be significant - and not good over time.
Am I worrying too much about it? If so, is there a way the hood can be reinforced to better handle the stress? Or, any options for carrying an additional spare somewhere else than inside where I need the space? Thanks for any ideas or insights. Vic
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:06 PM
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I have a 50 year old series that seems to have held up ok with a tire on the hood the whole time. I say get the right fitting kit/backing plates and it should be fine.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:10 PM
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Get a roof basket and put the tire up there.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:27 PM
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Somebody drops your hood once and you will wish you never started this thread. I eliminated my hood mounted spare when I tossed my deformed hood in the trash and replaced it with a new one. Have a local fab shop make you a dual rear tire carrier instead.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:28 PM
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I believe NAS trucks were not allowed to have this because in crash tests the tire would end up in the passenger compartment. With that said, like posted above, seems to have worked well for many moons.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:39 PM
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It depends on the tire size you are running. The stock tires on NAS d-90's are almost too wide for teh hood. It becomes difficult to see around. The narrower tires like on many ROW truck, are OK.

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Agreed size matters...the original tire(s) would not have been so big. I like the Bonnet Mount but it's too risky. Do the dual rear mount or a nice rack/basket mount!
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:58 PM
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I have a 50 year old series that seems to have held up ok with a tire on the hood the whole time. I say get the right fitting kit/backing plates and it should be fine.
Difference is our "leafers" were made for this Charles...and I agree with you. Matter of fact I will have a spare tire mounted there particularly for cosmetic reasons - I just think it is the coolest look and my road tires are too wide to mount up there.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 01:58 PM
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Aside from running narrower tires, a lot of the Series bonnets were dished, to get the tire that much lower...

On a plain Defender hood, I'd not put the tire there... With the rear carrier, if you don't want a second inside, then I'd suggest the roof rack...
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Old July 26th, 2014, 02:02 PM
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I have the tyre mounted on the hood on mine and I only did it because it looks cool..and the camels had it there... I did however install the 3mm checker plate kit on there..I will tell you it hinders sight a lot on technical sections.. And it stops a lot of airflow through the fresh air vents.. Did I mention it looks cool though) on my next build I will be doing dual mounted spares on the rear...that looks cool too..!!

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If it's just for a...oh shit... Spare you could run a narrower, lighter tyre there and lessen the damage to the hood..
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Old July 26th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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Yeah a skinny spare should be fine. Forum member Ken Loy has been running spare on his NAS D90 hood for the last 10 plus years with no issues that I know of.

A rooftop basket is the last place I'd put one on personally. First its too much weight too high, second it's a convertible, and lastly, do you really want to hump a tire up there?
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Its a pita on mine. Wouldn't recommend it.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 04:37 PM
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Thanks, y'all. My misgivings are confirmed; mostly. But I agree the tire up front does look cool, but something on the rear seems more practical for me. I wish Paul Rickard were still with us today because I know he'd be able to make something awesome for me.
And my suburban garage height won't allow me to put a tire on top. So the rear end is the obvious choice for me.
Thanks again. Vic
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Old July 26th, 2014, 04:42 PM
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Thanks, y'all. My misgivings are confirmed; mostly. But I agree the tire up front does look cool, but something on the rear seems more practical for me. I wish Paul Rickard were still with us today because I know he'd be able to make something awesome for me.
And my suburban garage height won't allow me to put a tire on top. So the rear end is the obvious choice for me.
Thanks again. Vic
You could call Matt @ Rockware in Colorado for an estimate.
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The Snatch brush bars can hold a tire
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The Snatch brush bars can hold a tire
And block airflow into the radiator.
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Or the Wolf 90 mount. -Jeff
Different looking. It would have to grow on me. But better than hood even though it does look cool.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 05:12 PM
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Or the Wolf 90 mount.


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I've always been fond of that look...
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FWIW - I love my bonnet mounted spare. And like some have mentioned I am running a lighter weight skinny tyre on the bonnet as the second spare. The full size/weight primary spare is on a mantec swing away rear carrier.

I'm running the 3mm mammouth chequerplate with a frontrunner carrier.
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FWIW - I love my bonnet mounted spare. And like some have mentioned I am running a lighter weight skinny tyre on the bonnet as the second spare. The full size/weight primary spare is on a mantec swing away rear carrier.

I'm running the 3mm mammouth chequerplate with a frontrunner carrier.
Brian - what size are you running on the bonnet? A 235 or similar?
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Old July 26th, 2014, 05:35 PM
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Brian - what size are you running on the bonnet? A 235 or similar?
Michelin XZL or XL on a standard road wheel instead of the Wolf/NATO rims.
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