4WD systems spare wheel carriers

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 13:48
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We are about to convert our 2004 Nissan Ti Pathfinder to lpg which involves relocating the spare wheel. I have been trying to find some info on spare wheel carriers - we already have a towbar, so don't want to spend $'s on an 'integrated' towbar & wheel carrier. Has anyone installed 4WD systems carrier? Are there any problems with it? Does it begin to 'rattle around' on corrugated dirt roads?

Any opinions welcomed to assist us in making the best choice without spending huge amounts!

Thankyou in advance,

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Reply By: Ray - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 19:01

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 19:01
I have an 80ser. L'Cruiser on gas and I made a false floor where the spare fits under the false floor. There is also room to put tools and other junk you may wish to carry. This way you do not loose much space in the rear. This floor is made of MDF and light steel angle and securely fixed to the cargo barrier and the floor of the car. AS I am 74years old I am able to ingress and egress the spare by breaking it over the tail gates but lifting it onto a spare wheel carrier is now beyond my strength and spare wheel carriers are very expensive for what they are and have to be opened to get to the rear of the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: avidcamper - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 19:34

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 19:34
Thankyou Ray - your thoughts are certainly worth considering. The trouble is that the spare takes up so much room in the back of the Pathfinder - our friends have opted out of installing a spare wheel carrier & it severely compromises on space. On the other hand, your point regarding lifting the spare onto the carrier is certainly food for thought - thankyou!


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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 07:07

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 07:07
Without looking at their web site, i think that is a swing down type that goes into the tow hitch and looked flimsy. I don't think it would hold up on heavy terrain. I made a similar but heavy duty unit for my Patrol with a support to stop the rattle. I don't believe there is anything on the market that is strong and vehicle specific.

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Follow Up By: avidcamper - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 19:37

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 19:37
Hi Michael,

I'm not sure how they are fixed to the car, but they are advertised as swing away (either to the left or right). According to their website, they seem to have various different configurations to suit various vehicles ..... but they do come at a price - I've been quoted $900. Would love to source something cheaper, but without compromising on quality - and definitely without having to replace our perfectly good towbar!

Thankyou for your reply.


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