Spare tyre storage for 4WD

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:17
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Is it illegal to have a spare wheel attached to the front of a bull bar?

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Reply By: obee - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:33

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:33
if you have air bags they wont operate as they should. Safety issue for you and insurer.

other wise I dont know but I cant think of any problem even as a pedestrian. The old landrovers used to put a spare on the bonnet but I could see the bonnet flying back at the occupants big weight attached. Dont know about that either, legal I mean.

Some might thnik about the restricted air flow to the radiator. Depends on ambient temperature and how hard the motor works I guess. An Automotive engineer I am not.

I carry the spare wheel under and a couple of cases on top. I cant see the need for too many rims on board if you can change the tyres on the run. I keep a couple of tubes inside as well.

Owen
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:37

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:37
In NSW the answer is . YES.
You must not have anything protruding in front of the bull bar
Vince
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Follow Up By: Julie E - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:45

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:45
Thankyou for your replies.
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:50

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:50
Not sure how owners of old VW Combie wagons get on as they were allways mounted on the bull bar.
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Follow Up By: Member - Longtooth (SA) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:41

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:41
A lot of camper vans still around (Safari Campers for one) which have the spare mounted on the front of the bullbar too.
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:29

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:29
As long as it doesn't obscure the headlights or indicators then I doubt whether you would get pulled over for it.
We used to carry a tyre case on the bullbar on long trips on a 75 series troopy. I would put it on top of the roof bag till we got to the likes of Nyngan and then put it on the front and never had a problem as it did obscure the headlights but we never travel at night when away.
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