LGL needs somewhere to carry the other spare wheel…. It’s going on the back door. Amongst the box of goodies that arrived last week was a new bracket on which the wheel will reside.
Swing away wheel carriers seem a popular alternative to hanging the wheel on the door but personally think they look ugly and never seen one in real life that isn’t covered in rust.
The door is specially designed to accommodate the weight of the wheel and uses the internal frame design as a Defender door.
The internals of the original door were slightly different. On some models the wheel was mounted much lower down… not sure if this didn’t actually foul the two a hook as the wheel would be well below the bottom of the door.
There’s also a third hinge designed into the frame of this door (the skin is yet to be drilled through), also to assist with the extra load… again, this is typical to the Defender.