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Mounting spare tire under car

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  1. kuwacs

    kuwacs FEOA Member

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    I searched around but haven't been able to find anything about this. I would like to mount my convenience spare tire under the rear of my car... The reason being is to clear some space in the spare tire well for a single shallow mount subwoofer.

    Has anyone done this before, and does anyone see any problem with doing it? I feel like it is light enough where if I were to just drill holes inside the current storage area, put bolts (lugs?) through and use rubber washers on the outside (to keep water out), I could simply bolt it up.
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    After actually looking at what I would be working with, I've decided that this simply isn't going to work without SEVERELY limiting ground clearance in the rear.
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    Personally, I feel like I'm gonna scrape all the time (not many flat roads where I drive, atleast), and I feel like that would just make it worse. While not as visually appealing, maybe mounting it somehow on the roof racks could work (or something like a small cargo carrier.
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    I'll just mount it on the hood like an old army jeep.

    just kidding, you're entirely right. I'm just going to get myself a small 8" sub and see if I can install an enclosure inside the plastic strut tower covers. Just trying to be creative about it, while leaving the cargo space. haha
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    I couldn't even get my amp behind that plastic. (Sedan model.) Good luck trying a subwoofer!

    Rear springs often break, lowering the vehicle. Check for it.
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    Best thing you can do is get a subwoofer that can work in a small sealed enclosure and then build one. I have a JBL GTO804 which has an ideal enclosure size of only 0.3 cubic feet. You might be able to get that volume with a custom fiberglass enclosure that fits in the spare tire well between the spare and the floor, in the area just behind where the strut tower juts out, or even under the passenger seat.
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    Nah, they're fine. I just live in a land of constant mini-hills and speed bumps.

    Maybe you could build boxes that would fit between the back and the current speakers? I've seen small boxes built before, although not sure how good it would sound.
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    Yeah same here live in a valley... and craters (a.k.a. "pot holes") and high curbs and speed humps and just f*d up driveways some with sudden 30-40 degree in/declines. Maybe I just have good springs and dampening struts but from year-to-year it's pretty rare that I scrape on anything but ice debris from snow piles. Before my rear strut tower caps started rusting out I used to hit the speed humps pretty fast (in protest of their often needless installation) and never bottom out. New vehicles handle them relatively smoothly versus our nearly 20 year old contraptions though.

    Anyway, let me shut up I'm way off topic here...
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    Where is that picture of the Escort with the spare wheel mounted on the back of the car when you need it?
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    kuwacs FEOA Member

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    AHH. I'll take the swing spare off my Bronco and mount that to my Escort!

    Just kidding.

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