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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:05 pm
by joerivct
I finished my spare tire mod and was going to upload images but no joy - who is the administrator?

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:35 pm
by dgpcolorado
joerivct wrote:I finished my spare tire mod and was going to upload images but no joy - how is this done?
If you upgrade your membership to "gold" status I believe that you can post images directly.

Otherwise, you need to upload them to a photo hosting site (most are free) and then get the link to the photo and put it inside image tags. I used to use imageshack but they have started charging so now I use Flickr, which is associated with a Yahoo mail account. I presume that you can also upload and link to images at gmail and hotmail. Other photo hosting sites ought to work as well or you could just search "free image hosting". A bit of a nuisance to set up an account but after that it is pretty easy.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:05 pm
by joerivct
Here is the finished product:

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And what's under the carpet:

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There are two storage areas - one in the tire hub and the other on the left, under the hinge:

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The post keep the hinged area flat and allows material to be stored on it. I hold the tire down with a bolt and hold the platform down with a tie-rod:

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Right now I have jumper cables in the tire hub and the 120v EV cable, air pump and umbrella in a bag under the hinged area.
I used the floor mat as a template for the 1/2" plywood platform. All told took about 1/2 day and I feel a lot better with the spare.

Thanks for the image help - flickr did not work but postimg.org works fine.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:21 pm
by RonDawg
Very cool Joe!

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:23 pm
by dgpcolorado
^^Nicely done! Those of us with 2011/2012 LEAFs can't fit a spare flat on the floor of the trunk, from what others have said, so it is interesting to see that it can be done with the newer models.

Yes, Flickr does work for image hosting if you use the forum/bulletin board code:
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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:32 pm
by LeftieBiker
Those of us with 2011/2012 LEAFs can't fit a spare flat on the floor of the trunk, from what others have said, so it is interesting to see that it can be done with the newer models.
Have you tried the smallest donut spare that will fit the wheel?

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:09 pm
by djjazzy
Nice Job joerivct!

I like how you've made use of the extra space in the spare. I may have to ' modify ' my false floor to access
that unused space. Great idea.

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Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:14 pm
by LeftieBiker
I'll probably add a post to mine to support weight on the hinged section. Maybe I'll move an item or two that is only needed to change a tire into the tire hole. That wouldn't require another hatch.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:28 am
by joerivct
Thanks for the kind comments! Now I keep my 110v cable in the tire hole - have not used it since I put in the 220v. The jack is in the access panel on the left side, so usable space under the platform is maximized. Thinking seriously to buy a portable jump starter rather than jumper cables - lots of choices on Amazon.

Re: Spare Tire Mod

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:04 pm
by LeftieBiker
Thinking seriously to buy a portable jump starter rather than jumper cables - lots of choices on Amazon.
If you are concerned about weight and/or space, all you need is a 7+ AH UPS battery, and a little set of alligator clips to plug into it. Wrap it up in bubble wrap, and you have a "jump starter" that weighs less than half as much.