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> securing the spare tire cover so it doesn't move, anyone done this?
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post Mar 14 2019, 11:42 AM
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I've decided I'd like to secure the spare tire cover in the front trunk so it doesn't move around. It seems a bit loose and I want to keep it from moving while driving into turns and over bumps, etc.

I am planning on bolting it to the spare tire with a long bolt going thru one of the wheel nut holes, thru a hole in the cover and a wing nut. But, before I do, I thought I'd see if there were others who had done it and see what they did.

I'd like the spare tire to be bolted separately; in other words, I want to be able to lift up the cover without undoing the bolt that holds the tire in place. I store stuff under it.

I'm making a new cover out of 5/8" plywood (it was free and I want something thicker than stock so it doesn't bend) and I'm not planning on adding any carpet. I'm just going to paint it black.
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post Mar 14 2019, 11:49 AM
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Have you considered using small patches of heavy duty velcro in the corners? It shouldn't take much to secure the cover and would still allow removal without unbolting anything. Just a thought...
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post Mar 14 2019, 12:46 PM
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I don't get it, it has worked for 50+ years and now you worry (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)



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post Mar 14 2019, 01:05 PM
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It's not going anywhere in a street car...unless you are upside down

If in a track car....it and the spare are weight....remove them

The carpet actually helps it stay in place and not shift around
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post Mar 14 2019, 01:16 PM
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How about a few rubber blocks fastened to the bottom that press into the rim.
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post Mar 14 2019, 01:27 PM
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Is this real? I've never heard of this problem. Just tank it or remove it. Racers obviously don't carry them. What is your issue??? And pooleeeezzzzzz stop with the random bolts.
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post Mar 14 2019, 01:27 PM
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post Mar 29 2019, 05:21 PM
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I have an industrial design background so I'm often finding ways to make improvements. Not sure why this wasn't done originally; maybe it was a cost consideration. Here is the finished product:Attached Image
It rests on the spare. I have a bolt going thru one of the bolt holes on the tire thru an aluminum plate bolted to the back of the cover. The wing nut tightens it down. I carry a tool box so the red straps are for securing the tool box to the cover. It works, so I thought I'd share.
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post Mar 29 2019, 05:27 PM
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Overkill for a solution that didn't have a problem. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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post Mar 29 2019, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE(914 RZ-1 @ Mar 29 2019, 04:21 PM) *

I have an industrial design background so I'm often finding ways to make improvements. Not sure why this wasn't done originally; maybe it was a cost consideration. Here is the finished product:Attached Image
It rests on the spare. I have a bolt going thru one of the bolt holes on the tire thru an aluminum plate bolted to the back of the cover. The wing nut tightens it down. I carry a tool box so the red straps are for securing the tool box to the cover. It works, so I thought I'd share.


Nice job , (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Mar 29 2019, 06:35 PM
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Years ago, I made a cooler to fit in the front trunk: used an A/C cover from a 914, cut a hole in the spare tire cover board, and ran a drain line out the bottom. There was always a cold-one up front... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beer3.gif)


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post Mar 29 2019, 06:55 PM
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post a pic of your trunk floor...there shoiuld be a very adequate factory mount...unless your 914 had AC..
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post Mar 29 2019, 08:37 PM
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@jim_hoyland

Thanks, I appreciate that!

How long did your cooler keep stuff cold? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Mar 29 2019, 08:40 PM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Mar 29 2019, 05:55 PM) *

post a pic of your trunk floor...there shoiuld be a very adequate factory mount...unless your 914 had AC..


The factory mount holds the spare tire. I made something to hold the cover to the spare. I wanted them separate so when I unbolted the bolt that holds the cover down, the spare would still be attached.
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post Mar 29 2019, 08:58 PM
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That turned out nice.

Also explains the confusion. The factory cover fits tighter and is carpeted. Might flop on speed bumps but that's about it.
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post Mar 30 2019, 05:56 AM
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QUOTE(914 RZ-1 @ Mar 29 2019, 07:37 PM) *

@jim_hoyland

Thanks, I appreciate that!

How long did your cooler keep stuff cold? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)


All day. I used it for trips up the Central Coast several times. Going to part with it since I make fewer trips in the 914.
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