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Old 08-14-2015, 01:17 AM
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I'd like opinions on carrying a spare wheel on a roof rack. I've previously avoided it because of the weight, but am reconsidering. My biggest concern is getting a 35kg spare off and onto the roof rack. Has anyone done this with their JGC, and can share their techniques for doing this without damaging their back?
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Considering the same. Maybe Bill from Chief Products could answer this as he has carried on the roof.

Only idea I had was carrying two lengths of steel bar and strap it to the wheel and have a person either side of car to lift off.

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Old 08-14-2015, 03:31 AM
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Considering the same. Maybe Bill from Chief Products could answer this as he has carried on the roof.

Only idea I had was carrying two lengths of steel bar and strap it to the wheel and have a person either side of car to lift off.
I will always have tent poles with me, so that's not a bad idea.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:26 AM
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Have a look at those kayak racks and make something up?
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Need these things:

https://youtu.be/d4zHcF9LIlU
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Re: WK2 Offroad

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I'd like opinions on carrying a spare wheel on a roof rack. I've previously avoided it because of the weight, but am reconsidering. My biggest concern is getting a 35kg spare off and onto the roof rack. Has anyone done this with their JGC, and can share their techniques for doing this without damaging their back?
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Russell
I've done it, only useful if going on a long trip where you can't get another spare AND your repair kit is unable to repair the puncture, easier to plug and pump it back up if you can get access without taking wheel off.

You can just muscle it up there, but if you are an office guy like me, exercises required or you can hurt yourself.

Alternatively set up a pulley system in your garage and if you need it in the field then just drop it off the side.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:43 PM
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I would have thought two people could muscle a wheel assembly up and on to the roof rack without incident?
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:34 PM
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I would have thought two people could muscle a wheel assembly up and on to the roof rack without incident?
I guess that's what most people do. Unfortunately, my wife wouldn't be up to helping much. Good cook though!
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:10 AM
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My wife would be only too happy to tell me how to do it
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:07 PM
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I guess that's what most people do. Unfortunately, my wife wouldn't be up to helping much. Good cook though!
I have done it a couple times and getting it down by yourself isn't that hard. Putting it up on top by yourself would definitely be tough. If you do have your wife there you could just lay a towel or something against the side of the car, lift up the tire, lean it against the towel, have your wife come hold it (I think just holding it there wouldn't be too hard for her if it was leaning on the Jeep) then you open the door, stand on the bottom of the doorway or on your seat and grab it from her and muscle it on top. Not the easiest thing to do but it can be done. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:24 PM
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Re: WK2 Offroad

Thanks for all those thoughts- enough to convince me that I'll go ahead with a spare on the roof when I think I'll need it. Basically, better to have one if needed and worry about getting it on and off at the time - although maybe we'll have a practice at home first!
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:44 PM
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Re: WK2 Offroad

35kg isnt a huge weight get it onto your shoulder by being creative ie. place it in the rear if need be and roll it out onto your shoulder, stand on the spare inflated tire laying it beside your car before fitment and then slide the flat onto the roof rack.
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Re: WK2 Offroad

I presently have one in the roof rack basket on the roof rack. I use a small step ladder and have no difficulty lifting it up there nor getting it down. Just about 70, so you young blokes shouldn't have any trouble.
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