about how big a spare tire will fit under the front ..ooops ..'tyre.'
width is one factor of course..and you can make a custom tyre holder, or lower a stock one..
and that the real limit is ............ .is diamter.
At some point a large diameter spare tyre rubs on the steering shaft.
At least on left hand drive models..
I would think yours would have the same issue, but on the right side of the van, rather than left like we do.
you can build a nice heavy duty front bumper with spare tire mount on top of it..
I like that ..'for opening gates' ....great reason to have the spare on the nose !
as for pedestrian assult with side mirror parts ..
modern cars are now designed shape-wise not only for aerodynamcis, and crash safety ..
now there are standards about reducing pedestrial injury when a car hits one.
is there some reason or law you can't put a spare on the nose of your Syncro's ?
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Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: FW: [Syncro_T3_Australi a] tyres
I agree about the inconvenience of rear tyre carriers, and value the extra safety of carrying the spare underneath where the designer intended. Not only does it help with weight distribution and low centre of gravity, but it probably contributes to crash safety as well.
I am pleased to hear that it's possible to fit a 215/75R15 BFG in the spare wheel carrier - I have read elsewhere that this is not possible. Did you have to take to the chassis with an angle grinder?
Wot a pity we can't mount our spare wheels on the bull-bar like the old Kombi's, they were great for push-starting other cars, opening gates, and shunting dawdlers out of the way. Their value in venting road rage on hapless citizens was beyond value - provided you could catch them.
The only thing that I miss more than that was the bent 6mm bar that supported the side mirrors on the old split-screen kombi's. If you adjusted it correctly the bar protruded just enough to part the hair of a pedestrian without penetrating the cranium. It was great sport on pedestrian crossings, and saved wear and tear on the brakes.
I can remember actually looking forward to driving through the city in those balmy days of my youth.
Only last week I was stopped in the mall by one of my pedestrian playmates who thanked me profusely. He calculated that I had added hours of quality time to his life over the last 40 years by saving him 10 seconds each morning parting his hair. The scar was as straight as the course of a bullet. Every Anzac Day complete strangers bought him drinks.
I'm thinking of reliving those glory days by mounting a discreet remote-controlled slingshot behind the front grille. Or do you think that this would be an insensitive thing to do - considering that I might have to drill holes in a classic vehicle to attach it?