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Old 01-16-2007, 08:40 AM   #1
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I purchased a 95 SD that had 13" tires & upgraded to 14". But have been concerned about the spare being heavier & still only held by the 2 bolts thru the egg shell, cause the skinny bumper doesn't provide much support. So I got a 2x6 & mounted it to the bumper & cut it out at the spare to support some of the weight. It provides just the support I wanted & looks great too... KENN

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:42 AM   #2
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we did a similar thing woth ours as it never had a spare tire mount. Instead of puting all the weight on the bracket we used the top of the bumper so the tire just rested on it.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:07 PM   #3
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Don`t know about trailers, but I believe that a wooden bumper on a motor vehicle in Manitoba is illegal....probably because of the splintering in the event of a collision......don`t know if a wood overlay would also be illegal.....is there a reference to it in state laws? ...Benny
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:38 PM   #4
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I think it looks pretty darn good.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:00 PM   #5
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I think I remember some California Highway Patrol cars having wooden front bumper for pushing vehicles off the road. Also, I've seen lots of vintage pickups with wooden bumpers.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:17 PM   #6
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Your bumper looks great and we love your spare tire cover. Did you paint it yourself?

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Old 01-17-2007, 04:11 AM   #7
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Your bumper looks great and we love your spare tire cover. Did you paint it yourself?

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MY WIFE IS THE ARTIST, I'M JUST HANDY... I ASKED HER TO PUTT SOMETHING ON THE NEW BLANK COVER, HECK I WANT TO FRAME IT & HANG IT ON THE WALL... SHE DOES HAVE A GOOD SET OF MODELS......

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Old 01-17-2007, 10:44 AM   #8
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A truly excellent job!!! You four must be a delightful spectacle when you're traveling!

Steve painted a turtle on our spare tire cover, but the paint he used (Humboldt Treasures Vinylon) was difficult to work with - very thick and sticky. Do you know what kind of paint your wife used? Is it holding up well?

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Old 01-18-2007, 02:52 AM   #9
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A truly excellent job!!! You four must be a delightful spectacle when you're traveling!

Steve painted a turtle on our spare tire cover, but the paint he used (Humboldt Treasures Vinylon) was difficult to work with - very thick and sticky. Do you know what kind of paint your wife used? Is it holding up well?

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She used" Liguitex " Acrylic artist paint. Mixes & blends easy to work with. When she is done & dry, I spray it with ACE clear plastic spray, about 3 or 4 coats, let dry completely between very light coats... She painted my cover on my CJ5 jeep years age & it lasted till if faded & the cover fell apart, couple of few years at least...She tried the cloth paints from craft stores & found it hard to work with & didn't hold up well.. A FEW HEADS TURN WHEN WE GO BY , But we're use to it, we do children shows as "BLUE BEARD the PIRIATE - MOLLY & the OUTBANK MACAWS.. Kenn & Pat

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Old 01-18-2007, 11:55 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info Kenn and Pat! The next time we paint our spare tire cover we'll use Liguitex.

Your pirate shows look like a lot of fun... lucky kids!!!

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Old 01-19-2007, 09:31 AM   #11
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As a longtime woodworker, I asked myself if I could solve the same problem, but I wasn't as creative as you were. That's a brilliant example of thinking out of the box. I love my metal solution but do admire your wooden one.
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