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 Post subject: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:22 pm 
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I'm ready to release the first production run of spare tire carriers to LEAF drivers in SoCal only, as beta testers with free install.

What I want is feedback on what something like this is worth to you. Please spare us all how you don't need a spare tire; obviously, you wouldn't be a potential customer.

Here's some pics how it fits. You can't see the tire at all without looking underneath. The unit will be sold without a tire, or rim, jack, or lug wrench. That's stuff you can get new from Nissan, or you can recycle from the auto wrecking yard.


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:36 pm 
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I am interested in something like that and i would consider getting one if the price below $50 for the kit and assuming the installation is straightforward.

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:38 pm 
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Ok, thanks for the data point. Not sure what you'd find out in the world for $50, however.

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:54 pm 
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IBELEAF wrote:
I am interested in something like that and i would consider getting one if the price below $50 for the kit and assuming the installation is straightforward.

TonyWilliams wrote:
Ok, thanks for the data point. Not sure what you'd find out in the world for $50, however.
Hopefully IBELEAF was thinking $50 for the mounting kit excluding the tire and jack. Not sure what I would be willing to pay for the entire kit (mounting, jack, tools, & tire) but given it could save me the TPS, and/or towing, and allows me to drive the car while the tire is getting fixed, and that our family seems to average around flat a year, I don't think $300-400 is too outrageous. It's basically an insurance investment. Each person will have a different opinion, but I'd pay $250 in a heartbeat.

Not going to make it down to SoCal anytime soon to be a Beta tester though...


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:19 pm 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
Ok, thanks for the data point. Not sure what you'd find out in the world for $50, however.

Let me clarify, my preference was for just mounting hardware, obviously adding spare tire and jack would be a separate cost. Considering that there are prices for simple license plate mounts that go up to $100, I would be surprised the cost of this to be in the north of $200.

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:02 pm 
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Would it cost less without the cardboard option?

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:42 pm 
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which tire/wheel are you showing in those pictures? Looks like a nice option.

I suspect this would conflict with a trailer hitch, right?


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:04 pm 
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As a data point, the "spare tire kit" on my RX-8 was about a $400 option. This included the mounting hardware and the rim/tire itself. I wish I'd have known that wheel would fit the LEAF. I would have kept it since the dealer who took it as trade would have neither known nor cared.

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:21 pm 
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Some questions, please:

As part of your modification, do you modify the bottom "air-flow under-pan", cutting out a circular piece that attaches to the wheel support bracket?

Or, is handling the under-side air-flow left up to the user?

Will the OEM size wheel (rim and inflated tire) fit?

Do you need to move part of the Parking Brake actuator assembly?

How long do you need the car to "install" the "Spare Tire Lift"?

How many holes do you need to drill in the cargo-space floor in order to mount the lift?

Does it crank up and down via a new hole roughly in the center of the cargo space floor?

Would access to the crank-hole be covered by the center partition of Nissan's Cargo Carrier?

Is there a motorized version of the lift, so that access to a crank is not necessary?

Without wheel ramps, can the spare be lowered, detached, and the spare dragged out from under the car?

Great work!
Thanks, Gary

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Carrier
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Nubo wrote:
As a data point, the "spare tire kit" on my RX-8 was about a $400 option. This included the mounting hardware and the rim/tire itself. I wish I'd have known that wheel would fit the LEAF. I would have kept it since the dealer who took it as trade would have neither known nor cared.



Yep, that Mazda spare would be perfect. The 94-95 model years used an aluminum wheel for the spare. The last one I found on eBay was $200.

I guess I wasn't too clear in my initial post as to "value" that a spare tire carrier might be to somebody. Here are the prices for the equipment purchased new from Nissan. Obviously, you could buy this stuff for way less than $100 from an auto wrecking yard or Craiglist, et al., in addition to the cost and installation of the spare tire carrier.


TOTAL: $364.65


$140.40
Tire - T125/90D16 98M

LEAF spare wheel (rim)
Part number 403001ya7a
66.1mm center hub diameter
Bolt pattern 5 x 114.3 or 5 x 4.5 inches
Can be ordered from a Nissan dealership outside the USA or Canada

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$184
Nissan Altima 2002-2006 spare wheel (rim) part number from any USA Nissan dealership
Part number 40300-L31010, 66.1mm center hub diameter


LEAF jack part number is 99550-3ND0B and sells for UK £233.00 ($357 plus VAT and shipping and import duties)

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$33.08
2002-2006 Nissan Altima Jack: 99550-L31001


The tool kit 99501-4J800 sells for UK £113.00 ($173 plus shipping and government fees/taxes). You already have a lug wrench in a USA spec'd LEAF, so you shouldn't need this.

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$7.15
Nissan Altima 2002-2006 Lug wrench: 99545

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