Saturday, March 5, 2011

2nd Spare Tire Mount

Here's how we secure our 2nd spare.  We've learned the hard way that if you don't really bolt down your 2nd spare, it can and often will get slightly airborne when you hit rough spots going too fast.  A loose tire likes to roam around!  Luckily for Zuk owners, the solution to cinch down the 2nd spare is very simple.  All Zuks actually come with four so-called "frame nuts" strategically placed to anchor the front of the back seat.  If it's a bench seat, only the far left and right bolts are needed.  If the Zuk was originally sold with the rare twin folding jump seats, then all four bolt holes were used.

The two center bolt holes are 9.,5 inches apart.  We used a piece of aluminum angle stock.  We bought longer 8 x 1.25 mm bolts to really crank in this bracket.  Next, we fitted the bracket with two eye bolts spaced to fit twin lug holes.  We use that other hole to place a bolt that hold down our rigging board described in the blog post below this one.  This arrangement really anchors down the 2nd spare and provides a platform for all of our personal gear described below.

We also use the two bolt holes at the far center back of the body to anchor down our tool tub.  We're thinking about using the rear seat belt bolts to anchor down twin .50 caliber ammo cans.

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