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Old 10-12-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Carrier Rip in Door

Has anyone else had the spare tire mount tear open a hole in the door?

My plan is to repair it with a plate of steel and fiberglass it on.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:58 AM   #2
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It would help to specify which mount you have- I'm assuming your is bolted to the door not aluminess?

I had a 79 chevy van and it had the bolt on spare, I backed into a tree one day and it folded the door like paper...
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:32 AM   #3
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Sure Jage,

I have the mount from SPM. It hangs on the rear hinges, but bolts to the door skin near the door handle. At the bolts is where the door ripped open. I'll try to take a pic today and post.

I actually think what cause the rip is when the door is opened, it hits the left rear fender. I think that stress pushing the mount in shear, is what cause the tear.

I'm looking for alternative areas to put the tire. Right now, the front top and bottom are not avaialble. So a bumper or inside mount is my options.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
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Here is the pick of the mounting point. I put some duct tape on it to limit the damage. The rip in the door is under the vertical piece of tape

I'll probably add a plate of steel to the inside and fiberglass reinforce the entire area.

This winter I'm planning in fixing this and several large scratches. I've done bodywork before...just need a warm garage to paint with.

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Old 10-18-2007, 05:19 PM   #5
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Marty,

Sorry, but I don't like that mount. It is poor design and an accident waiting to happen. Sadly your time was up.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:20 PM   #6
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Yeah Marty - It's a bummer, but that type of mount just won't take much stress. Your idea of a fix is probably as good as anything, but it will probably happen again if you use the van much. Especially on rough roads. Good luck.
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