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Unread 31st July 2019, 11:48 PM
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Default Rear spare wheel carrier

While doing research on my 3 month road trip, I discovered this guy in Perth who makes a strut assisted hitch mount spare tyre carrier for a reasonable price. Check out Mirack Products www.mirack.com.au or find them on Facebook and they are really nice to talk to, and will help you out.

Looks like an awesome product for about $500, and I know a lot of Subie owners are looking for something like this.
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Thanks for the info @hhouston6 - looks like an easy way to add a carrier.
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Subaxtreme have just started making a similar bolt on towbar replacement product for the newer Foresters & Outbacks, instead of their traditional bumper replacement rear bar (due to all the sensors and stuff complicating things in the newer models)
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I put this together from a Rhino T Loader (that I use for a boat) and a $30 ebay bracket. No drilling, cutting or welding. Seems to work OK.









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@Bill_P Well done!
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I’ve actually ditched my rear carrier arms - main reason being that I ended up cracking my rear bar mounts quite badly on the spare wheel side in the back of my L series. I realise this is a different model but the following principles are the same:

- since carrying my spare and jerry can on the roof I’m actually getting better fuel economy. This is no joke. My theory is that the roof racks with spare and jerry can disrupt the airflow off the back of my lift vehicle less than the spare wheel and jerry can when mounted on the back of the vehicle. I put this down to more disrupted air off the sides and from under the vehicle catching on the spare wheel and the jerry can, even though they were mounted very close to the back of the vehicle.

Which brings me to the next issue and the ultimate demise of my rear mounts - weight, especially the counterweight the bar, arms, spare and full jerry can created. This compressed my rear springs nicely when I was cruising around town, but compressed them too much once I was loaded with food, water and clothing for a trip out bush. By moving my spare and jerry can forward the weight is now shared by the front suspension and everything seems happier all round from better weight distribution front/rear.

I’m not knocking your setup or the one in the link, they both look great and serve a purpose. These are just my findings. I’m also enjoying not needing to open the arms to get into the boot of the wagon. Having a spare centre mounted and folding backwards for rear access wouldn’t be for everyone either. But a good solution for a second spare if travelling remote.

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We have just returned from crossing the Simpson desert from west to east and one of the people on the trip had one of these on her Outback and it lasted the distance. It seemed easy to operate and when the tyre was down the access to the rear was good.
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Good to know
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I’ve actually ditched my rear carrier arms - main reason being that I ended up cracking my rear bar mounts quite badly on the spare wheel side in the back of my L series.

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Which brings me to the next issue and the ultimate demise of my rear mounts - weight, especially the counterweight the bar, arms, spare and full jerry can created. This compressed my rear springs nicely when I was cruising around town, but compressed them too much once I was loaded with food, water and clothing for a trip out bush. By moving my spare and jerry can forward the weight is now shared by the front suspension and everything seems happier all round from better weight distribution front/rear.
I remember posting that these things would be a result of having too much weight levering behind the back wheel centre line many years ago, but those ideas were strongly disagreed with by some members.

The leverage applied by these not inconsiderable weights (over 40 Kg, plus carrier mass) is almost certainly excessive, unless the vehicle is designed for it.

The vehicle has to be designed around this excessive weight carried behind the rear axles. Some are: Hondas, Suzukis and Toyotas spring to mind.
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Don't Australian Subarus come with full size spares?
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