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Spare wheel holder on L300


 
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CaptainVeg



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:10    Post subject: Spare wheel holder on L300 Reply with quote

Hi all,

I just got my first L300, and after two weeks, I realised that the spare wheel holder does not look very safe... It is attached on the right side to the chassis via a sort of hook with screw, but on the left, nothing. When I looked underneath, I can see the same sort of mountings on both sides, but it looks like the hook is missing on the left.

Could someone confirm that there should be two hooks? And if so, where can I find a replacement for the missing one?
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Spare wheel carrier is held on by a hook just under the back step and kinda like a two point hinge further back.
It's designed so you use the bottle jack to lift up the whole rack "hook side" till the hook can be twisted away from the rack (using the large
nut on back step) and then dropped down as you wind the bottle jack down using the hinge side as a pivot.

I ditched my carrier as my 31" 10.5" R15 spare wouldn't fit without rubbing on the rear axle... I just got the straps made up to store it on my
roof crate but not got round to lifting it up yet.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Two point hinge"... Not too sure. I have a picture by the way, this might help:



So one hook on the right, but nothing on the left. This makes it a bit loose, but maybe I am just paranoid because a friend of mine lost his spare wheel on the forth road bridge...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound the same set up as the L400.
If so you have two pivot point's at the axle end and one hook drivers side rear that can be tightened by a large wheel nut sized bolt thru the floor near the rear door catch, but the adjuster usually seizes up.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 15:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nut to adjust the tension on the spare wheel carrier in the rear door cill. place the spare wheel in the carrier and tighten the nut until the wheel feels secure, done 60k miles and mines never moved at all, if it feels loose will just need a bit more tension. good luck. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

The carrier is pivoted at the front left and hooked at the rear right.
Mine tightens up lovely on both, I have 235/75R15 tyres on,which probably explains why.
If you fit anything bigger on an L300 you probably would have to mod the carrier.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 15:37    Post subject: Going through the same thing Reply with quote

Any tips on how you made a bigger wheel/tyre fit? Going through the same thing myself
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 18:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can just about squeeze a 30.5 inch diameter tyre into the cradle, but for width, you need to extend the front hangers with a couple of simple, bolt-on extension plates. I have a 265/70/15 in mine,  with 3" extensions. I've let it down to 25psi to get it in, but it's not an issue, as I always carry an electric tyre pump. Any bigger, and the tyre is pushed down by the rear valance, so you won't get the hook back on. If you want to go BIG, it might be best to consider a swing-arm wheel holder, with the wheel stowed vertically against your tailgate. Some folks hang them on the front.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2022 19:12    Post subject: Re: Going through the same thing Reply with quote

DoncasterDelica wrote:
Any tips on how you made a bigger wheel/tyre fit? Going through the same thing myself


Try this modification:- http://www.MDOCUK.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=48495

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