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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:02 PM
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Question Hood mount for spare tire?

What are people using for a hood mount for a spare tire.

If I'm correct, these seem to be unavailable.

Is fabrication the only option?
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You might be able to get the parts needed for such a conversion. Remember that a spare wheel is a bit heavy for the bonnet, so you'll need reinforcement buffers to help the bonnet. I have done mine and it's not a hard thing to do. Need to drill a couple of hole and pop a few rivets. The end result doesn't feel at all like a series type. The tyre is seated on rubber and it shakes a lot. I must admit that a Rover doesn't look like a Rover if the spare isn't on the bonnet. It block the view and snow stick to it.. But ain't that how it should be?
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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You might be able to get the parts needed for such a conversion. Remember that a spare wheel is a bit heavy for the bonnet, so you'll need reinforcement buffers to help the bonnet. I have done mine and it's not a hard thing to do. Need to drill a couple of hole and pop a few rivets. The end result doesn't feel at all like a series type. The tyre is seated on rubber and it shakes a lot. I must admit that a Rover doesn't look like a Rover if the spare isn't on the bonnet. It block the view and snow stick to it.. But ain't that how it should be?
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http://www.lrseries.com/shop/categor...earch+the+shop

Check over them website, that where I bought mine.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:38 PM
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http://www.lrseries.com/shop/categor...earch+the+shop

Check over them website, that where I bought mine.
Did they have one for the Defender or did you use a series kit?
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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Did you call George at RDS?
Who?

I'm not that well versed in people and parts.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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i have a bonnet with the tire carrier i would trade for a non tire carrier. im in MA
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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i have a bonnet with the tire carrier i would trade for a non tire carrier. im in MA
Thanks for the offer.

I'm going to hold for right now.

My hood has some holes drilled in it already, so it isn't in original condition.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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Just be aware you're going to be limited to narrow tires and if you have a stock hood stiffener you probably want to bolt on a couple more pieces of angle to give it some real beef. Also, consider adding gas struts, when the scissor stay collapses with a spare on the bonnet it comes down very hard.2
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What size spare are you gonna put up there 215/85? Put your spare on the hood and see how fucked up it looks. Saved me a lot of time and money.
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Yep, Lrseries.com has the defender type as well as the series ones. As I told you I did convert my normal bonnet to carry the spare wheel and I didn't even bother with reinforcement. I know without it it will crack someday but, they're freaking cheap to replace and by then, they'll only get cheaper.. The bonnet is heavier but as I use a axe handle to keep it open who cares about then weight. At least that weight keeps it properly shut. It's a Rover for crying out loud.. Not an Aston Martin. It's a purposeful truck so keep it that way.
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What size spare are you gonna put up there 215/85? Put your spare on the hood and see how fucked up it looks. Saved me a lot of time and money.
What makes you think I haven't tossed a 285 up there already?

Besides, how else am I gonna carry 2 spairs?

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Yep, Lrseries.com has the defender type as well as the series ones. As I told you I did convert my normal bonnet to carry the spare wheel and I didn't even bother with reinforcement. I know without it it will crack someday but, they're freaking cheap to replace and by then, they'll only get cheaper.. The bonnet is heavier but as I use a axe handle to keep it open who cares about then weight. At least that weight keeps it properly shut. It's a Rover for crying out loud.. Not an Aston Martin. It's a purposeful truck so keep it that way.
I'll do some more looking. I had some trouble searching the site.

As far as structure goes, I'm blessed with having a marine fabricator as a friend.
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You'd be better off building a double-spare rear door carrier. Personally I'm going to build an offroad trailer as my next project and add the 2nd spare on that, not to mention the two integral spares.
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You'd be better off building a double-spare rear door carrier. Personally I'm going to build an offroad trailer as my next project and add the 2nd spare on that, not to mention the two integral spares.
Maybe, but the plan at the moment is to have a carrier fabbed up to take a tire and one or two gas cans.
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I have run trucks through Africa - Mexico & Central America all on shit terrain with a 285 - 75 on the hood, it's heavy as hell when you lift it but they never caused any damage. I just purchased a couple from George at Rovers Down South, not sure if he has any more??
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I got mine from PA Blanchard.
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I got mine from PA Blanchard as well. best price on it, and it's the full kit for defenders with reinforcing bars and everything to include rivets.

I keep a 255\75\16 MT on it and love it.
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You could put the spares here. One on each side
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You could put the spares here. One on each side
How are those mounted?
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