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Old 11-26-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Larry
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That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

I have just moved mine down from the roof, onto a bonnet with the
depression, however I can already see the disadvantages, in that it does
restrict forward vision a little (and these are not fat tires) and it does
require you to be a weight lifter to open the bonnet.

However I guess it will stop the bonnet trying to blow off and I can still
see the wing mirrors unrestricted, so I don't excpect the loss of forward
vision is going to be that noticable out on the road.

I reckon it is more sensible for weight distribution than up on the roof an
easier to get at anyway.


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Old 11-26-2005, 09:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel


"Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm> wrote in message
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> I have just moved mine down from the roof, onto a bonnet with the
> depression, however I can already see the disadvantages, in that it does
> restrict forward vision a little (and these are not fat tires) and it does
> require you to be a weight lifter to open the bonnet.
>
> However I guess it will stop the bonnet trying to blow off and I can still
> see the wing mirrors unrestricted, so I don't excpect the loss of forward
> vision is going to be that noticable out on the road.
>
> I reckon it is more sensible for weight distribution than up on the roof

an
> easier to get at anyway.



Mogg may have a door mounting plate for sale soon.....

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Old 11-26-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:18:32 -0000, "Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm>
wrote:

>I have just moved mine down from the roof, onto a bonnet with the
>depression, however I can already see the disadvantages, in that it does
>restrict forward vision a little (and these are not fat tires) and it does
>require you to be a weight lifter to open the bonnet.
>


I've driven Series with spares on the bonnets for years, I've never
had a problem telling where the front corners are, even with a chunky
mudtread 7.50x16 on it. As for weightlifting with the bonnet, give the
reliablity of early landrover bonnet catches, it's nice to know that
the tyre will keep it shut no matter what.

At least it doesn't cause the hinges to pull out of the bodywork like
hanging it on the rear door does.

Alex
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Old 11-27-2005, 04:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:18:32 -0000, "Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm>
wrote:

>I have just moved mine down from the roof, onto a bonnet with the
>depression, however I can already see the disadvantages, in that it does
>restrict forward vision a little (and these are not fat tires) and it does
>require you to be a weight lifter to open the bonnet.
>
>However I guess it will stop the bonnet trying to blow off and I can still
>see the wing mirrors unrestricted, so I don't excpect the loss of forward
>vision is going to be that noticable out on the road.
>
>I reckon it is more sensible for weight distribution than up on the roof an
>easier to get at anyway.


My preference is on the rear door, if driving on anything but roads
it's best on a carrier frame to save the door/hinges from abuse.
Also had mine on the bonnet and it never caused me any problems. but
then I am 6'4" (see over it) and not skinny (no problem lifting it).
Also had them on the roof, does add to body roll a bit obviously, and
good fun playing 'catch' when you roll it off the roof should you need
it. BOIOIOING!

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Old 11-27-2005, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

On or around Sun, 27 Nov 2005 11:17:30 +0000, MVP
<mr.nice@*nospam*softhome.net> enlightened us thusly:

>
>My preference is on the rear door, if driving on anything but roads
>it's best on a carrier frame to save the door/hinges from abuse.


essential, really. My 110 had the wheel on the door, and the back door was
complete fscked as a result.

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Old 11-28-2005, 06:01   #6 (permalink)
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I love the bonnet mounting - so macho!
A couple of discreet gas struts under the bonnet from the local breakers
make opening very easy.


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Old 11-28-2005, 13:01   #7 (permalink)
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Gas struts, now thats not very macho is it, the hardest part of opening the
bonnet I have discovered is the first bit, getting the catch free.


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"Peter" <peterf.zipcaplen@homecall.co.uk> wrote in message
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> I love the bonnet mounting - so macho!
> A couple of discreet gas struts under the bonnet from the local breakers
> make opening very easy.
>
>



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Old 11-28-2005, 13:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

Having driven with on now, it is not half so bad as I thought as you are
right you can still see the corners. Another advantage I have discovered, it
is actually quieter, as the tire damps out the vibration I was obviosly
getting from the bonnet before. Only snag is that the rim tends to collect
water when it has been raining.


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"Alex" <nospam.alex@cbmsys.co.uk> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:18:32 -0000, "Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm>
> wrote:
>
>
> I've driven Series with spares on the bonnets for years, I've never
> had a problem telling where the front corners are, even with a chunky
> mudtread 7.50x16 on it. As for weightlifting with the bonnet, give the
> reliablity of early landrover bonnet catches, it's nice to know that
> the tyre will keep it shut no matter what.
>
> At least it doesn't cause the hinges to pull out of the bodywork like
> hanging it on the rear door does.
>
> Alex



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Old 11-28-2005, 13:01   #9 (permalink)
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Can't use the back door anyway as I have a jerry can mounted there.

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"Austin Shackles" <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote in message
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> On or around Sun, 27 Nov 2005 11:17:30 +0000, MVP
> <mr.nice@*nospam*softhome.net> enlightened us thusly:
>
>
> essential, really. My 110 had the wheel on the door, and the back door

was
> complete fscked as a result.
>



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Old 11-29-2005, 07:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: That old chestnut, what to do with the spare wheel

Larry <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm> uttered summat worrerz funny about:
> Gas struts, now thats not very macho is it, the hardest part of
> opening the bonnet I have discovered is the first bit, getting the
> catch free.
>
>
>
> "Peter" <peterf.zipcaplen@homecall.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:438afe08$1_2@mk-nntp-2.news.uk.tiscali.com...
>> I love the bonnet mounting - so macho!
>> A couple of discreet gas struts under the bonnet from the local
>> breakers make opening very easy.


Bin the catch and get two bonnet clamps such as those fitted on Percy...

looks for image...

ala main page.

http://www.lrproject.com/percy/index.html

I swapped them over from the old IIa bonnet.

Lee D


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