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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:56 pm 
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Once I get rid of the shop van,it will allow me to un-bury Ole Yellar from the back of the shop.I have noticed that is has a class III hitch and a full size spare.Honestly I don't know how that was done yet.

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:12 pm 
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Something JK related is scheduled to be delivered on the 26th.

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:45 pm 
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1Gary wrote:
Once I get rid of the shop van,it will allow me to un-bury Ole Yellar from the back of the shop.I have noticed that is has a class III hitch and a full size spare.Honestly I don't know how that was done yet.

Just FYI...
My 95 came with a class 3 & full sized spare underneath.
I even hung a 235/75-15 under there.
No problems at all.
AFAIK, Its only the shorty vans that lack the room required for full size spare...

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:36 pm 
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Here is the Airstream conversion van (Chevrolet Express) solution...

http://www.colonialairstream.com/airstr ... index.html

It looks like it is hinges near, or below, the bottom of the bumper, and ppivots rearward. I can't see how it is latched, attached, or kept from rattling when in the "upright and locked" position.

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:46 pm 
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wkastro wrote:
Here is the Airstream conversion van (Chevrolet Express) solution...

http://www.colonialairstream.com/airstr ... index.html

It looks like it is hinges near, or below, the bottom of the bumper, and ppivots rearward. I can't see how it is latched, attached, or kept from rattling when in the "upright and locked" position.


Looks a lot like the Roadtrek solution. They add a second 2" hitch receiver offset to the driver's side, then it's just a standard tilt-down spare tire rack that slips in. Usually a pin keeps it upright. If you were off-roading you'd probably want to add a couple of bolts to take up any slack so that the system doesn't rattle back and forth and beat anything up.

I thought about that for my van but I do a lot of in/out of the rear doors and use the back area for cooking, so I don't want to be stepping over the tire in the lowered position all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:33 am 
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What if the arm holding the tire pivoted off to the left, instead of backwards? A stop could keep it just off the ground. Don't know if it would clear the left Dutch door bottom. It would put a tire changer out towards traffic in some situations - pull way off the road.

Herbie, what did you ever do with the G80 from the S10 donor?

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:53 pm 
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wkastro wrote:

Herbie, what did you ever do with the G80 from the S10 donor?


Left it in the junkyard. They wanted a bit too much for it, and once I realized it wasn't going t be a bolt-in (requiring pro shimming, etc.), that project wasn't in the budget yet.

I'm spending a little time with my new tire/wheel combo to determine if I need to re-gear, or if I can stick with the stock ratio, then I'll decide what to do about lockers, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: body mounted spare tire holder
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:52 pm 
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Bought one 2 weeks ago before trip to Utah. A poorly designed piece of garbage, that will tweak your doors so badly they can't open. More info in a post I submitted that's not up yet. A real shame, as I try to buy products built in the USA, even if they cost more. DO NOT BUY THIS INFERIOR PRODUCT. Very dissapointed. MadMatt


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