Extra spare on the pack rack

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 14:52
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Have an ARB rack on the Defender and want to carry an extra spare for extended trip.How do others secure the spare to the rack?Would be a dangerous situation if it came off!!!
Suggestions and pics would be great.Thanks,
Mary
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Reply By: Exploder - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 14:55

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 14:55
Ratchet Straps would proberbly be the most secure way
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Reply By: signman - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:11

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:11
Nice lookin rig ya got there!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:51

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:51
Thanks-I like and there's none of the electronic gismos to go wrong.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:26

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 15:26
I always use ratchet straps, also put a tube inside it with afew pounds of air in it to keep the crap, water etc out, also helps wind drag. The latter on a Defender would be just like a Humvee, a brick!
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Reply By: Alex H - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 16:50

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 16:50
Mary,
one problem I had with an ARB rack on my Defender was that the brackets attaching the legs to the rack kept on fracturing. ARB were great about it - they replaced it twice (in 18 months) at no cost to myself. The second time they made a rack six inches wider than standard, specifically for the Defender. I've had no problems since then (4 years). I don't carrying huge loads up there, a spare wheel & tyre, a couple of swags, and maybe a folding chair or two, but these days I have a 2nd spare wheel mount on the bonnet and carry the 2nd there.

In response to your actual question, as others have said, ratchet straps are the way to go.
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Follow Up By: Old Scalyback & denny - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 19:09

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 19:09
mary
as with the others but i put a chain around it as i am most untrusting in some areas
and padlock
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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 10:21

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 10:21
Alex.
The brackets on mine have already been replaced with much stronger material and is quite srurdy but won't be carrying much heavy gear up there either.
I didn't think Defender bonnets were strong enough to handle the weight of a spare.What model is yours?
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Follow Up By: Alex H - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:05

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:05
Mary,
mines a 1998 300tdi. I added a spare wheel mount off a S3 bonnet. As far as strength goes it shoulodn't be a problem as the utes and twin cabs come with bonnet mounts for the spare wheel as standard. If it has the scissor stay to hold the bonnet up you should be fine. I've had it there for 4 years and trips along the gunbarrel highway among others with no troubles.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 19:08

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 19:08
Mary W

In Perth we brought some purpose made hooks

that hook around the rungs in the ARB rr and threaded at the top and have a wheel nut on it

you put the spare on the rack feed the hook through one of the stud hole and do up the nut

we used two with lock nuts

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Follow Up By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 07:40

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 07:40
Mary,
Depending on where your vehicle spends time unattended, you might like to follow Richard K's approach but drill a hole through the bolt for a padlock to stop the nut being undone. Have done this on my vehicles over the years and not lost a wheel since I lost 2 wheels off my first Landrover on its first trip whilst parked in Alice Springs and decided never again.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 10:16

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 10:16
Thanks Richard ,I had in mind something that would hold the wheel and tyre tightly.Do you still have the attachment? perhaps you could email me a pic.Or are you aware of a supplier?If no pic a sketch would be helpful to fabricate one.
Would really like to have something more secure than just rachet straps
Thanks,Mary
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 11:13

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 11:13
no worries

i will do it today and will put a drawing in the members swap file

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 13:15

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 13:15
Try this link

www.exploroz.com/Members/FileSwap.asp

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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W (VIC) - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54
Thanks Richard and all who replied.
That is exactly what I was seeking and 2 of those will keep my spare safely on the rack.The photo and accompanying diagram was excellent and Mick can soon make up a couple with perhaps Alistair's lock suggestion as well.
Once again thanks ever so much,
Cheers,Mary
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:54
Mary,

I've made much the same as Richard has used from some 5/16th threaded rod (Bunnings) covered with some clear hose around the hook part. Secure with locknuts. Use two and the tyre won't move.

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