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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:32 AM
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Spare Tyre Dilemma

I hate my spare tyre. I have it on the rear door of my 110 but it makes the door hard to open for the kids. Also, when it is in place on the three studs, locking and unlocking becomes a drama and something of a mystery as to when it will open or not! I had it on the roof rack for to months and the back door never rattled, was a dream to unlock and open and so on. But on the roof rack it is too high and makes parking in covered car parks problematic.

So, the plan was to put the spare inside and somehow secure it between the fold down seats, leaning against the middle row seats. All too hard, though. So now I am toying with leaving it at home except when I go off road or on a trip. Instead I'll carry a can of Finileak, that tyre repair in a can stuff tyre repair shops seem to hate. At risk of jinxing myself I have had one flat in the last ten years but we all know as soon as I leave the tyre at home and rely on the can I'll get a flat. In the rain. At night.

What do others think?
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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:36 AM
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Mantec carrier and lube everything. Door will open nicely. Don't overthink this ... Thousands of people have solved this before you.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Mantec carrier is a $700+ buy where I live. It would be the perfect solution but for one minor detail...
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Old April 27th, 2015, 09:39 AM
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plan b ... Defender Spare wheel carrier, Kaymar copy. How to make your own. - Australian Land Rover Owners
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:02 AM
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I just installed a Mantec on my 109. Holy crap that thing is nice. Yes I know its expensive but you get what you pay for. It is super hella nice.

As for mounting it inside, my spare tire rode around inside my 109 for about 10 years. It sucked. Was always in the way and if I had to change it, then that meant I had a dirty tire floating around in the back with all my other gear.

Before I got a stock rover mounting kit, I used ratchet straps to secure it upright. Never really worked and off road it always worked itself loose. Heck with the stock rover mounting, often it would work itself loose anyway!

Usually I just carry a plug kit. Safety Seal makes a good one (ARB copied/subcontracted basically the same thing). It handles punctures very well. However when you kill a tire, a spare is very very very nice.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:13 AM
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Looks like a bicycle upside-down,might try that one myself
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:59 AM
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Atlantic British one is just as nice....and better as it comes with a hi-lift mount too

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Old April 27th, 2015, 11:02 AM
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The OP is in Australia ....
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Old April 27th, 2015, 11:44 AM
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What size tire?

3 hinge/SW door?

I remember reading about HD hinges in one of the Rover publications.

Also check your door frame - could have a crack - the stock frame is pretty much angle sheet metal and "spit" welded together and holds water so could be something there.

Fwiw - I cut a SW door in half but made a frame out of 1x1 square tubing. Due to my weld sequence the top piece has a bow but it holds a 255 tire without a wimper and on some old stock hinges.
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Rather than the tire inflate crap, carry a puncture kit that has the reamer tool and the insert tool. Most flats are nails and drywall screws and stuff. Then if you have room for a pump (12V electric one) you won't need anything more. Well, a celly, for sure. And whatever equivalent to a auto club towing membership you have down there.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 01:20 PM
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Mount it on the hood.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 01:31 PM
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The OP is in Australia ....
The OP, then, should ask on the AULRO forums. They have a options in Australia that nobody here will be familiar with.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 06:30 PM
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Thanks for the replies, much appreciated. I used to be a member of the LRO Australia forum but then they started charging membership. Just haven't gotten around to spending the money, I think it's $12 a year so it's not the amount, just the principle... or the bother, hahah. Some spare wheel carriers don;t open with the door and you have to open the carrier then the door. Not a lot of extra work but I would prefer one motion.

I would love it on the hood and have a Series III mount there a previous owner fitted, however the bonnet stay isn't the heavy duty version and the hood gets very heavy to lift. My hernia would love the exercise, though. My mechanic says the hood mounted tyres damage the hood and deter owners from checking oil etc on a regular basis.

I carry a tyre repair kit for bush trips but for around town? I do belong to the auto club here and have the top level of cover but I guess sometimes just changing you own tyre is the quickest and simplest solution. I think I will sling it back on the roof, check the door for cracks and save my shekels for a mantec carrier. Appreciate the discussion, people.
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