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mike in mo 11-27-2020 03:44 PM

Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
Got a 94 k2500 with a slide in camper and getting to the under mount spare is a pain thinking of building a mount for the front bumper. Anyone done it ? Any issues to worry about? Any pics?

Palf70Step 11-27-2020 04:01 PM

Re: Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
Only think I have heard of is the cooling/overheating possibility. The tire will block most of the air flow from going directly thru the radiator, so make sure you leave a decent gap between the spare and from of grill so air can get into the radiator.

Ironhorse 11-27-2020 10:29 PM

Re: Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
Used to see just such a spare tire mount style on the earlier square body trucks in the late 70s into the 80s. Was quite popular then with the amount of bed mounted cab over campers of the times. Good advice about the spacing out from the grill for air movement. Be sure you have a good radiator/fan shroud and proper fan/clutch and water pump. Don't see it much today but used to be quite prevalent on the road. Thinking welded braces and upright coming up off the front frame horns is the ticket. Good luck. :chevy:

1976gmc20 11-28-2020 01:08 PM

Re: Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
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Originally Posted by Ironhorse (Post 8841792)
Used to see just such a spare tire mount style on the earlier square body trucks in the late 70s into the 80s. Was quite popular then with the amount of bed mounted cab over campers of the times. Good advice about the spacing out from the grill for air movement. Be sure you have a good radiator/fan shroud and proper fan/clutch and water pump. Don't see it much today but used to be quite prevalent on the road. Thinking welded braces and upright coming up off the front frame horns is the ticket. Good luck. :chevy:

Yeah, I used to see them all the time and never heard of anyone having overheating problems, but it probably depends on the climate.

Did the original crank up mechanism fail? I'm not sure why some aftermarket outfit isn't making a heavy duty replacement? Or one could get the spare crank/winch off of a newer junkyard pickup and adapt it to the GMT400 frame.

mike in mo 11-28-2020 02:04 PM

Re: Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
Thanks guys I'm going to give it a try . My 79 g20 van has a front mount and dont run hot hope for the best I guess. No the factory stuff works but my camper hangs over the bumper so I can't get to the tire winch hole.

Just call me Sean 11-29-2020 12:59 AM

Re: Front bumper mounted spare tire
 
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This is mine. I made it from a van tire carrier and bolted it to the brushguard. No cooling problems, this is Florida and I always pull a trailer with the a/c cranking.

mrtoni 11-29-2020 02:40 AM

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I have this one for 70ís Ford. Pretty simple design


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