Spare wheel carrier

Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 23:45
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Hello all,
After a bit of advice on a spare wheel carrier for my 80 series. At the moment the spare is underneath and want to put it out back. I'm not prepared to spend the money on a kaymar style bar so it's just down to a carrier.
My query is on one that has been retailing on ebay for a while now which mounts onto the rear quarter panel, both above and below the tail light assembly. The ad states that is how they are sold in Japan and that no extra reinforcing is required, holes are apparently predrilled beneath the skin.
Has anyone run one of these for any period of time? I'm a bit concerned about the quality and possible damage to the quarter panel after a couple of years. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Thanks in advance, Ben
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Reply By: Matt(WA) - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 23:59

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 23:59
I havent and I wouldnt. Pull the inner skin off inside the back and have a look for yourself. There isnt alot there. I have a twin rear carrier but if money dosent permit I would recoment one of the carriers that bolts to your rear bumber. They come with all the instructions and bracing/brackets. I know oppisite lock and 4wd systems both do one for around $500. Keep your eyes out in the trading post and ebay. Not long ago a twin carrier went for aroung a grand. Just needed a sandblast and powdercoat.

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Reply By: traveller2 - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 08:22

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 08:22
The ones available are very similar to the ones sold as original fitment overseas but not in Oz. They probably come from the same factory as the genuine ones.
But the cruisers fitted with them overseas do have reinforcing in the guard at the attachment points, had a look at agrey import afew years ago when I was fitting a HF to it and there are additional gussets inside the guard top and bottom to stop the bolts pulling out plus captive nuts to make attachment easier.
If fitting one get a sheetmetal place to make a large gusset to attach behind the panels to spread the weight. I did it to a 40 series troopy years ago to fit a genuine carrier and it worked ok.
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 09:05

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 09:05
I bought a s/h Opposite Lock carrier which I thought would last the life of the vehicle. It didn't. The insides collapsed (with a 235 tyre on it), and I was a bit worried that I'd need to replace the entire assembly. A quick trip to a friendly workshop saw them re design and rebuild the insides using solid metal instead of the hollow tube which can suffer metal fatigue easily.
So whatever you get, check to see that it's desined to carry the weight of a tyre and wheel over many corrugations and bumps.
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Reply By: 93 Navara - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 13:02

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 13:02
Thanks for the prompt replies. I'll give them a miss and try opposite lock etc
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Reply By: Member - Robert (WA) - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 14:26

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 14:26
Hi 93 Navara
If you are in perth i have a set of twin tyre carriers for a 80series wich bolt to the back bumper an chassis all compleat with bolts
sell for $650.00
if you would like pictures let me know

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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:11

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:11
Bought one off ebay , got the seller to email instruction pics ect. .Picked a w/end to fit it , followed instructions to the letter , STOPPED way before drilling the required holes , none of the supposed captive nuts exist in my 92 GXL , thing is unit weighs heaps and add a wheel and tire to the load you have an awful lot hanging off 4 small nuts and bolts when open , be alright when "shut" as extra support ,, sold mine thru the trading post at a small loss.
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Reply By: Kev M (NSW) - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:45

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:45
Check out post 45836,
Ashy has just started his own fabrication of wheel carriers.

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