Jimny Shovel Bracket on Spare Wheel





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    Default Jimny Shovel Bracket on Spare Wheel

    Here's what I did:

    I visited a metal retailer/fabricator and asked them for galvanised steel offcuts. They had a large bin for me to rummage through and I eventually dug up some pieces that seemed usable.

    Unfortunately it wasn't free and I had to pay per weight but it was still pretty cheap (no more than a MacDonalds meal).

    I chose a 3mm backing plate (A) which didn't need to be particularly thick or strong.
    I also took a short length of angle iron (B) because it was easy to weld. It didn't need to be exceptionally strong but it was.
    Lastly I picked a short 4mm strip of iron (C) which wouldn't deform too easily.

    At home I cut and shaped everything to length using a hobby angle grinder and a metal file. I then took it to a friend who welded it up for me.
    Then I drilled holes and checked the fit on the vehicle.
    Finally I gave it a good coating of Hammerite's anti-rust metal primer.

    Here's how it works:
    The backing plate needn't be very strong because all it does is touch against the inside of the spare wheel hub, holding the contraption in place. The angle iron passes through the spare wheel hub but does not stick out beyond the tyre (or the horizon of the tyre if you like).
    When I bolt the shovel down using the antennae clamp the shovel is pulled against the tyre wall and held there with friction and pressure exerted by the clamp. So in effect the spare wheel is carrying the shovel, not the shovel bracket which merely secures it into place.

    The shovel weighs practically nothing and doesn't put noticeable strain on the back door or spare wheel mount.

    Thanks to Renard38 for the idea and inspiration. I didn't follow his design exactly because it needed too much fabrication. I wanted something simpler.
    Speaking of simpler; I plan to remove the antennae clamp from the design. I want to drill a hole through the shovel shaft, weld a bolt to the shovel bracket and simply secure the shovel with a big wingnut.
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    Well done and with a wingnut will be a doddle to use.

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    Very nice. I like it more than the original

    But...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Viljee View Post
    Well done and with a wingnut will be a doddle to use.
    ....or steal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior View Post
    ....or steal
    That is true
    but it is also easier to remove the spade during the week and only put it on for trips or weekends.
    I feel a bit like a moron driving around with it all the time

    Why do I have a shovel at all?
    1. To dig the car out when stuck (unlikely)
    2. With no place to keep a hi-lift jack, I can use the spade under a bottle jack to lift the car.
    3. Dig a toilet hole
    4. Carry hot coals from a bonfire to the potjie
    5. Decapitate Zombies and other walking dead

    mmm, what else is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyStriker View Post
    That is true
    but it is also easier to remove the spade during the week and only put it on for trips or weekends.
    I feel a bit like a moron driving around with it all the time
    That is good to hear, so it is not just about the looks then

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyStriker View Post
    Why do I have a shovel at all?
    1. To dig the car out when stuck (unlikely)
    2. With no place to keep a hi-lift jack, I can use the spade under a bottle jack to lift the car.
    3. Dig a toilet hole
    4. Carry hot coals from a bonfire to the potjie
    5. Decapitate Zombies and other walking dead

    mmm, what else is there?
    No, I think you kinda covered all the options- Digging, supporting/carrying and decapitating
    Suzuki Jimny

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    Thanks LS!

    Was it Kingsley Holgate who said that a good spade was all the recovery equipment you ever needed?

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    Dont drill that handle. That is exactly where it will break.
    I still bear the scars of trying to use such a broken spade in the swamps in Mozambique
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    If you want less screwing unscrewing ;-) bend over the one leg 8-0 let it just hook into the hole and just put the straight leg through the other hole... and screw that one with wingnut... ai... it would require measuring well to work first time...

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    Brokediff I have no idea what you mean.

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    Stunning, I want one. You never know when zombies will appear

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    I feel like a zombie... Going fishing tomorrow. Just finished packing the Jimny. Think I set a record for how much useless [email protected] one can take camping. Don't have a spade, though. If only I had a bracket to bolt one onto the spare wheel.

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    The "bent" leg goes through first, then the straight leg with the thread, then that thread is the only thing that gets a wingnut...

    Looks like it may be a bit of a struggle to make everything fit...

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