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How To: Mount A Spare Inside

Discussion in 'Modified 1991-1994 Explorers' started by Dopler174, October 19, 2008.

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    1. Dopler174

      Dopler174 Official Welcome Committe Moderator Emeritus

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      I decided that I had enough of lugging my wheel inside, getting it nasty under the truck and chance theft on the roof. I'm poor so I could not get a swing out carrier. Here is what I did:
      I went to the local harbor freight and got a spare tire mount for a trailer.http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?function=Search It's about $11.99 but I got the sale price of $9.99. Then I took apart the inside driver side quarter panel.
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      I then put some clips in these holes. See below and above.
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      I bolted the mount down. You will need to drill the holes for the back and mount them down. I chose not do to so because I stood on it and it didn't move.
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      You will need to measure how much you choose to cut. It is minimal so use caution. You can NOT put it back.
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      I cut the top of the trim off and then slit the panel down and pushed it in so that it would cover up the GEM and the rear wiper jug.
       
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      I like the idea. How big of a tire do you think you can fit?
       
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      Dopler174 Official Welcome Committe Moderator Emeritus

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      I have a 31.
       
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      Is there a support bar to prevent the tire from lurching forward in the event of a frontal impact?
       
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      Dopler174 Official Welcome Committe Moderator Emeritus

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      Nope. It is as strong as the one that was in my blazer stock, so it should be good enough. I hope to never get hit to find out!:eek:
       
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      Not a bad idea. I might think about it. How much clearence do you have height wise. I would be putting a 33x12.5 bfg mud terrain. Think it would fit?
       
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      Mine is a tight fit. You would have to space the wheel away from the mount. It would stand about 10inches from your window with a 33. My 31 is about 3-4 inches away from the glass.
       
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      Says who?
       
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      i have always thought about this. It looks good in cherokees and i like that is in inside and easyer to get than below the truck.
       
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      Thats a good idea right there But I would cut that plate off and weld a hub on it.
       
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      my 33 wont fit like that in my truck.. i have a sport though.

      the tire hits the hatch and back seat.. its too big
       
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      Mine is close to the rear. I have the wheel against the back of the seat.
       
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      i really wish that would work, because right now it just lays there in the cargo bay, because its too big to put anywhere else. i suppose i could put it on the roof, but i would only do it for wheelin, because i dont want to get it stolen.
       
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      Mine too, just tried it. (Mines a sport) Dang! OH and don't put your tire on your roof when wheeling. It adds allot of weight up there, and can actually throw off your center of gravity. (seriously)

      Guess I am back to trying to fab a good rear tire carrier/bumper.
       
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      I was able to throw a 36" spare in the back -- you poor souls and your Sports :p:
       
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      Mounted like above ? Or just put there ?
       
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      Just plopped it there.
       
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      I built a box to slide the tire in that covers the whole back. That way you could put the tire in and still have a flat surface to throw everything else on top of it. Once I built the tire carrier, the box makes a great place for tools and equipment.
       
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      my 33 is plopped in the back, but i doubt a 35 would fit.. its pretty tight. it wont stand up though
       
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      my 35 fits fine upright in the back of my sploder have to tip it to one side to get her in and out but she fits right now its just plopped down to allow for pilage of tools.... i really need to make my bumper mount anyday now
       
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      This is a great idea! I'm about halfway through making my own swing away tyre carrier - all up it will cost me less then US$50 (about $70 Aussie $$$$). I would have used something like you have done, but we need all the space in the back for trips a couple of times a year - even with a luggage pod on the roof racks, we still fill the back as well.
       
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      the last time i just layed a spare down in the back of an suv i slid my 93 jimmy into a ditch, the spare bounced and busted the rear glass. soooo in my sport its wedged between a small floor jack, a tote i 'borrowed' from work to put some supplis in, and one of my craftsman tool sets. oh, and theres a tie down looped around the wheel down to an anchor point just to be safe! bad luck is the driving force behind my ingenuity.
       
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      got a pic of that spare swing out JC?
       
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      i like the idea, i am able to get a good deal on some 34x10 ltb's and have been trying to figure out a good way to store a spare since i know it wont fit underneath.i wonder if i'll have to space out the tire because of the wheel well?
       
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      My plan is to put my spare on the roof in a roof rack as it will be a 33, I hope. I then intend to cut the floor of my X where the spare tire used to sit and actually build a compartment to store tools in. Basically doing what cars have in them. I've been told it would be a good beer cooler too, but that'd get my tow rope and shit wet. that would be safe, easy, and out of the way completely.
       

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