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Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:46 am
by Lasareath
Usually I do anything outside in stainless steel but I couldn't find a 3/8" by 6" stainless lag bolt :(. The wingnut and washers and nylon lock nuts are stainless but the bolts are plain steel.

Maybe I can order a couple online and change them out. I had more grease on my fingers that I wiped off! LOL. It's OK, the tub if grease was like $3.

Also the hinges are plain steel that are chrome plated. I'm sure they'll rust too. The hinge bolts, washers and lock nuts are stainless.


LeftieBiker wrote:The grease was definitely necessary. In the Rust Belt it would be better to use brass or stainless steel screws and wingnuts, if you didn't already - still with (maybe a little less) grease.

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:55 am
by Lasareath
I just found some at this site:

http://www.boltdepot.com/Carriage_bolts ... _8-16.aspx

$3.47 each - 3/8 by 6", the ones I used were 6.5"

I really don't want to replace the bolts so soon after installing them. maybe I'll look at them in a year and see how they look and decide then.

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:58 am
by KillaWhat
Lasareath wrote:
Also the hinges are plain steel that are chrome plated. I'm sure they'll rust too. The hinge bolts, washers and lock nuts are stainless.


This is a company I use for stainless hinge material.
Looks like they have what we need to keep this whole project rust free.
Around here, road salt will rot things pretty quickly

http://catalog.monroehinge.com/viewitem ... 4Aoda3MAgA

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:10 am
by Lasareath
Thank you for that link.

I wonder how much that air diffuser costs? If its not too much maybe I'll get another and do it right then just swap them.


KillaWhat wrote:
Lasareath wrote:
Also the hinges are plain steel that are chrome plated. I'm sure they'll rust too. The hinge bolts, washers and lock nuts are stainless.


This is a company I use for stainless hinge material.
Looks like they have what we need to keep this whole project rust free.
Around here, road salt will rot things pretty quickly

http://catalog.monroehinge.com/viewitem ... 4Aoda3MAgA

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:17 am
by Lasareath
The pouches just came in. The jack, both tire irons, tow hook and hex security Allen key all fit very nicely.

I wonder if I should include anything else?


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Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:42 pm
by Lasareath
I contacted monroe and they have a 25 min order policy.


This place has sells them individually: http://www.zorotools.com/g/Stainless%20 ... /00115117/







KillaWhat wrote:
Lasareath wrote:
Also the hinges are plain steel that are chrome plated. I'm sure they'll rust too. The hinge bolts, washers and lock nuts are stainless.


This is a company I use for stainless hinge material.
Looks like they have what we need to keep this whole project rust free.
Around here, road salt will rot things pretty quickly

http://catalog.monroehinge.com/viewitem ... 4Aoda3MAgA

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:25 pm
by Lasareath
Well I just bought another spare:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0391100055

T135/90/16 and by using this calculator: http://www.pepboys.com/tires/treadsmart ... _diameter/

It comes out to a diameter of: 25.567"

My 2013 OEM 17" SL Wheels & Tires come out to: 25.465"

That's 1/10 of an inch difference, I'll let everyone know but this size seems to be the correct size for the 2013 Leaf with the 17" wheels.

I should be able to put that spare on the front with no problems.

Sal

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:50 pm
by Lasareath
I couldn't tell what was the thread length of the SS Carriage bolts so I bought two of these instead:

http://www.boltdepot.com/Tap_bolts_Stai ... _8-16.aspx in 6" length

I also just bought a couple SS Hinges, so it looks like I'm taking it all apart and changing out the bolts and hinges. The only reason I'm going to do this is because I found that new Spare that is only 1/10" larger diameter then my OEM 17" tires.





Lasareath wrote:I just found some at this site:

http://www.boltdepot.com/Carriage_bolts ... _8-16.aspx

$3.47 each - 3/8 by 6", the ones I used were 6.5"

I really don't want to replace the bolts so soon after installing them. maybe I'll look at them in a year and see how they look and decide then.

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:17 am
by CeeDub
nice work! I like. Now if Nissan would do this from the factory..... even better!

Re: 2013 Nissan LEAF with a Spare tire and no Trunk space lo

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:36 am
by Lasareath
CeeDub wrote:nice work! I like. Now if Nissan would do this from the factory..... even better!


Maybe they will one day.