I'm doing little project to mount second spare tire on stock cross bars ,, and I would share my plan with you for any advise or help.
I have a third cross bar left over from my previous Commander and the idea is to get all three cross bars close to each other and mount the tire on them and attaching the tire to the middle one.
I put the third cross bar on and test fit the tire one them to see how it would look like ... here are some pics from different sides ....
from the side ,,, I think I should move the whole setup little forward !
The tire is not centered very well as its still loose ..
For the mount I plan to drill a hole in the middle bar and use a 16mm bolt to attach the tire with the bar.
The photo below shows how the bolt, nuts and washers will be assembled ... (mounted outside the bar for demonstration only, it will go in the hole)
The below two nuts will be soldered to each side if the bar with their washers to be one peace and painted black .
A big washer will be used at the other side on the bolt to hold the tire as shown in this photo ..
In the photo I got two ready made washers (small and big) to fill the hole ... but I will rather make custom made washer to and welded it to the bolt as well to be one peace.
My next task is to drill the hole and make the needed welding on the bar and bolt. but before that I would hear your comments and advices wither to go for this setup or make some changes.
Should I be worried about wither this mount is strong enough to hold the tire in place in harsh breaking and deceleration and strong pumps ??