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Old June 25th, 2004, 01:42 PM
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Defender Bonnet Mount for Spare Tire

Hey I have the genuine LR spare tire mount for the bonnet on my 90 (for alloy rims) and have yet to install. I am considering switching to 110 wheels a la John Lee and wonder if the steel wheel will work with the mounting kit I have. Anyone have experience with these kits and the differences in the alloy and steelie ones?

I doubt I would use the hood mount very often, but I think it looks badass even without a spare up there. Any opinions before I start drilling the pristine bonnet on my 1997 NAS 90 ST with 26000 miles?
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Old June 25th, 2004, 02:58 PM
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I have the same kit but for the steel wheel. I have not installed my kit yet.

My understanding is that the alloy and steel kits are different and you can't mix and match wheels. I think this is correct. My recollection was that the wheel mounts with the outside of the rim facing up. If so, then the steel and alloy wheels would not interchange.
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Old June 28th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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Hmmm, I'm just not sold on the whole idea right now. The extra weight from the 255/85 up there on the hood would bother me, as well as the reduced visibility. I just don't think I would ever really use it...
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Old June 29th, 2004, 08:59 AM
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ronward,
I have a spare mounted on the hood of my IIa. It does reduce visibility a bit, but the real chore is lifting the hood with the spare on it. A friend has a full sized (265/70/16 or something similar) up there and he can barely lift the hood up...of course, he has a winch in the way.
Since I changed my wheel size from 15" to 16", I decided to store the new 16" spare in the bed and leave the dinky 215/75/15 BFG AT on the hood as a "donut". I'll prolly never use it either, but it's just my second spare, mostly for looks.
If I have any serious work to do under the hood, I'll take the spare off so I can rest the hood on the windscreen, well out of the way...I'm also a little concerned about that weight coming down on my if I do something screwey with the hinge holding the hood up...
Personally, I think the spare on the tailgate, high up is the best thing. It takes up way too much room in my 88".

Bogatyr
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Old June 29th, 2004, 03:12 PM
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Yeah, I have been the owner of a SIIa 88 and a SIII 109 ex-MoD GS both of which had 235/85/16 BFG's with a spare on the hood. Not so bad and I suppose the leaf springs being as stiff as they are, especially the military spec heavy duty front springs on that 109.

For the 90, I run 255/85/16 BFG's and they are pretty beefy. I'd probably never run a trail with the spare on the hood.
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Old June 29th, 2004, 03:19 PM
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I've seen 255/85 on a Defender hood and it looks ridiculous. I think even 235/85 is pushing it.
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Old June 29th, 2004, 06:44 PM
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Since the NAS 90 hood lacks any kind of recessed are like a series Deluxe hood, they do look too big for the hood. Oh well...
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Old June 30th, 2004, 04:54 AM
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Ron,
Yeah, without a recess on the hood, it would prolly just look like you stuck the thing on there. And, as you mention, having a 255 on there while running a trail is pretty bad. Having a 215 up there is all I'd want on a trail...if I had room in the bed, I'd put it back there at the trailhead...I've got too many spare bits in the bed though...

Matthew
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