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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:08 pm
by djjazzy
Here are the mounting plates, hardware & 3/4" bolt

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Mounted the bolt and secured topside with lock washer and nut

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Reinstalled OEM cargo floor

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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:09 pm
by djjazzy
Attached jack to leash

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Cutout cargo floor for bolt

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Placed tire over bolt

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And secure with nut

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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:47 am
by mwalsh
^ Nicely done!

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:43 am
by LeftieBiker
I suggest a wing nut and large washer for the wheel bolt. I picked up a 7" x 3/8" carriage bolt today, along with some steel strap, which I'll double or triple in thickness. I intend to go in through the top only, running the bolt through the rubber plug and into the strap, which I will use to bridge the hole. The plug will then be secured to the bolt with a nut, and the spare will be secured to the bolt with the brass wing nut.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:05 am
by ttime4four
^ Agreed - Nicely Done

Some minor improvement suggestions:

As LeftieBiker mentioned, I would go with the wingnut to hold down the tire -- just makes it easier to get off.

I would probably use the void in the wheel to stow the jack (with some type of padding/organizer) to keep it from rattling, etc. I suspect there is already a pre-formed item out there that would fit (find in junk yards along with the wheel/jack). You can also just lash the jack to the wheel.

Again - congrats on getting it secured.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:44 am
by dgpcolorado
It might be more convenient to store the jack and tire iron in the existing tire kit cubby. I found that my Altima jack and tire iron fit well there in my 2012. I believe that someone said that the jack mounting lugs aren't found on the 2013 models but it could be wrapped in a cloth and tucked in there anyway, I would guess.

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Altima jack and tire iron in cubby. The folding tire iron is on the right side of the opening; it has greater utility than the stock LEAF tire iron.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:13 pm
by lion
I would have used the mounting holes in the floor to mount a piece of plywood (same shape as the top piece?), and then use several bolts mounted on the plywood bottom to hold the wheel and various other accessories.

I have the Bose package, so it's not something I can try, but would think that would distribute the forces more evenly?

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:46 am
by LeftieBiker
I have the Bose package, so it's not something I can try, but would think that would distribute the forces more evenly
You can mount a spare with the subwoofer unit in place, if you remove the three small bolts from it and shift it slightly. I also suggest you pad it.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:29 am
by LeftieBiker
While I'm still planning and buying hardware: does that big rubber plug in the floor look like it will go in and out ok, or will it be junk once removed?

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:09 pm
by UBUYGAS
Looks Great! I guess you took out those machine screws from your makeshift wing-nut because it would not turn because the screws were hitting the wheel?

I had the same problem on mine but actually it worked out well because with every turn I would move the wheel a little and the wing-nut went by, the tighter it got the more secure the wing-nut was and therefore it won't unscrew by itself which is really important since mine is upside down and outside of the car where I can't check on it regularly.


djjazzy wrote:Attached jack to leash

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Cutout cargo floor for bolt

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Placed tire over bolt

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And secure with nut

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dgpcolorado wrote:......but it could be wrapped in a cloth and tucked in there anyway, I would guess.
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