my spare tire mount i found out is in quite bad shape. Patched and fixed quite a few times buy the look of it with sillycone and seems what ever was around at the time. Has anyone reinforced the fiberglass with anything i'm thinking on putting in a plate of aliminum inside and out to brace the weight of the tire and wheel on exterior fiberglass. Just wonderin if anyone had some good ideas on how to fix this. Thanks Peoples
I'm not sure how bad things are. If they are really bad, Jean L has made a spare tire mount that attaches to the rear bumper that is quite nice. (It is on my list of upgrades). Before I seen Jean's work, I reinforced mine and it is holding up well.
I took a square SS U bolt and had to bend it slightly in the middle to fit the bolt pattern. Then I held a small plate with 2 rubber washers to the U bolt. All this goes on the outside of the rim.
On the inside, I used a plate of SS metal with a couple of holes drilled in the right spot, then used 2 of the original washers that were on the original tire mount, 2 lock washers and 2 SS acorn nuts. It took a couple of tries to get the length of the U bolt just right for the acorn nuts to fit.
I went this way because the original bolts were really rusted I could not get them apart. All the connections are now on the inside away from the elements. The acorn nuts are a little safer for the person sleeping next to the wall (me). It also makes it a little more difficult for someone to steal the spare. That's a lot more important in a city of 2.5 million people than I would expect it to be in PEI.
It takes 2 to mount the spare, 1 hold the ubolt and tire in place from the outside while the other puts the nuts on from the inside. It takes only one to remove the spare.