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Old 09-21-2018, 06:22 AM   #11
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Is this the hook? https://www.ebay.com/itm/02-08-DODGE...4AAOSwKIpWC8O7
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:30 PM   #12
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Thank you for sending that link. Unfortunately everyone Iíve called says the part is on worldwide back order. That is until just now after a referral to Johnson Auto Plaza in Brighton, Colorado. Their number is 720-685-1026.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:15 PM   #13
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Another place to look is the junkyard. Another poster sent me a link to a Sprinter junkyard but I can't seem to locate.

You can try the used car parts websites and they give you various junkyards with that Sprinter part (so if yoir desired part is not listed, it may still be on the wrecked Sprinter in that junkyard).

Also, when you're designing your new spare tire carrier???, besides Autocamp and Eat Drink, Check the postings from Foster. He posted a diagram for making bolt-on supports near the rear axle for the spare tire carrier (versus weldng on the cutoff pieces).

Looking forward to seeing more photos of your projects.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:39 AM   #14
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I notice Foster used a pair of unique beefy hinge brackets that look different from the oem hinge plates in parts catalog diagrams. Any ideas where these hinge brackets can be found?
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Old 09-22-2018, 01:02 AM   #15
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Thought he said in his post that he got the OEM hinges from another forum member-owner?

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...3&postcount=10

Full thread:

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...693#post478693
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:12 AM   #16
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Maybe OEM from a newer model year?
Pictures below are of the welded up new spare tire rack which should convert easily to a generator rack once my undercarriage spare tire rack installation is finished. Note the lowered placement of the tire to accommodate the Fiama bike rack when in use.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:31 AM   #17
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Very nice and clever spare tire carrier (soon to be generator carrier).

If you don't know about it, a sparebumper guard might be helpful.

http://sparebumper.com/
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:47 AM   #18
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Here's a thread to a later model and different length NCV3 with different type hinges for the spare tire carrier. They look like they have two bolts so safer?

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ght=Undermount
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:08 AM   #19
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I think Iíll attach this since I already own it
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:38 PM   #20
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This thread has photos of a stock T1N spare tire carrier for a shorter wheelbase. The hinges look different than what Foster used.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...e+tire+carrier

Foster's hinges only have one bolt (also, looks like they're installed differently than paper diagram?).

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...3&postcount=10

Also, if you've moved to a slightly larger 245 tire, may want to search that it'll fit. Don't remember for sure, but think it wasn't a problem for AutoCamp/Eat Drink blog.

If you go with bigger wheels and tires like some Westy owners with a 4x4 or a VanCompass lift, there are a bunch of threads re bigger or modifed tire carriers for bigger wheels, etc. (Don't know whether the NCV3 parts are compatible with our T1Ns).

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...e+tire+carrier

Since you have a nice rear door custom tire carrier already and since the original spare tire carrier apparently is a hassle for the tire weight, you could convert the spare tire area to storage like this Sprinter owner did (probably for a NCV3):

http://www.onceagreenberet.com/addin...-the-sprinter/

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...e+tire+carrier

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