Electric4Me wrote:Hey folks,
this just surprised me! I sold a Leaf QR Hitch to a customer in Australia and I was quite surprised to learn that the Aussie market Leaf comes equipped with a spare tire!! It has no plastic diffuser cover over that area so the spare tire is readily accessible...Another customer in the UK told me that his Leaf does not have the spare (and does have the plastic diffuser cover). I wonder what other market(s) may have the spare? Presumably it's there due to Australian regulations...
FWIW, he's trying to make the hitch & spare compatible with each other, but may end up putting the spare in the trunk. I'll report back when he's finished.
Hey Bill, first off your hitch is excellent! On top of that 1st class after sales service, I'll have that nut sorted out! I wonder too if Australia is the only market with the spare? Certainly must be due to our road regulations, never seen a car here without one.
I've tried to figure out a way to make the hitch & the spare compatible. Even though the spare is compact - a Maxxis T125/90 D1698M - road clearance will be a major issue if the spare is placed over the top of the hitch.
HairyCairy wrote:I really like the spare down under. I wonder if there is any ordering info for it.
Your quick release hitch could easily mount a tire like this with a couple tiny modifications. Then it would be a quick release spare tire. I would buy that from you too.
Not sure if the spare wheel kit can be ordered outside of Australia. You'd need the original brackets, hub spacer, basket and spare wheel pictured here.
TonyWilliams wrote:Interesting way to do it. I'd love to see how they drop that tire!!
No idea, but on my dad's '76 Peugeot the front end of the carrier was hinged, so once you released the catch you lowered the rear end to the ground and pulled/slid the tire off the carrier. This one would appear to require a certain amount of lifting as well, to clear the 'eyes' at the rear corners.
Yes the basket is hinged. Loosen the bracket bolt inside the boot compartment, under the plastic cover and you can lift & unhinge the basket then slide the spare out.
mxp wrote:What would you have to remove from the US spec Leaf to get space for the spare? I looked under my Leaf and there is no way there is spare room... something's gotta go to get that extra space...
Another note: I wonder if Nissan ever close up the "gap" in the rear area above the license plate holder on the Aussie spec Leaf?
I think you would only have to remove the diffuser but you would have to add the spare mounting brackets & spacer as well as the basket pictured above.
The gap above the license plate holder is there on the Aussie model too! Not sure why?