Every land rover defender owner is familiar with the “spare tire conflict” Putting the spare wheel on the front hood has most definitely a Hugh contribution for the defender sex appeal and appearance but can be a little problematic in technical terrain that requires maximum visibility. Putting the spare on the roof rack (assuming that you have a roof rack) is a possibility only if putting extra weight on the roof doesn’t bother you in side slopes. All models that followed the TDi (TD5 and on) saved the conflict to the owners since these models came without a front hood wheel carrier. So, The best (or only) alternative left is to install the spare wheel on the rear wheel carrier but.. Seems like land rover didn’t put too much importance to the strength and durability of the rear spare wheel carrier and the outcome is a cracked rear door, followed by a smashed rear window. My client was looking for a solution that will not rely on the rear door strength with the option to carry a large and heavy spare, like 33” or bigger. Another request was to give easy access to the trunk so the spare wheel carrier must open together with the door. I used the Landrover spare wheel carrier fabrication files & drawings (available for download soon), and sent the digital files to laser cutting and bending. All parts arrived:
Putting them together:
Installing other components on the defender:
Installing the door plate:
Bending a tube for the wheel carrier:
Little grinding and notching:
Welding the tube on the pivot bearing – perfect fit!
Welding the Spare receiver:
Adding the wheel bracket:
And now for the linking arms that open the carrier together with the door:
final check before taking all off for welding and powder coating:
Installation day had arrived, and we began with the pressure plate and the stainless steel swivel eye rose joints (rod ends)
Always prefer using the greasing type: Putting the bearings in place before final assembly: The swivel spare wheel arm is ready to engage with its bracket At last: Connecting all parts together: Installing an adjustable bump stop to prevent rattling noise: Project completed!