GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Vehicles Components & Accessories Wanted
NoPressure
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 161
Joined: 12 Nov 2018 21:39
Full Name: Ruan
Nickname: Ruan
Home Town: Swakopmund
Current 4x4: 2017 Ford Ranger 3.2 D/C 4x4 Auto
2000 Nissan Patrol 4.5 GRX M/T
Home Language: Afrikaans
Has thanked: 64 times
Been thanked: 36 times

GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by NoPressure »

Ok, so in the interest of saving as much weight as possible, as weight and dunes don't mix well, I'm contemplating fitting a wheel carrier to the 4.5's tow bar. I have seen this done on numerous vehicles, the most common Fortuners.

The barn door carrier system takes a lot of abuse with the high speed (or high revved) driving in the dunes - although its holding up well currently.

A) Does anybody make them commercially for the Patrols?
B) Has anybody done a DIY one?
C) Should I leave it like it is, or get a whole new rear bumper and carrier?

If anybody has :gotpics: that would be great.

User avatar
hugejp
Patrolman 1000+
Patrolman 1000+
Posts: 2111
Joined: 21 Oct 2014 21:01
Full Name: JP Viviers
Nickname: Oupoot
Home Town: JHB
Current 4x4: THE PATROL COLLECTION
2004 4.8 GRX TURBO "Tinkerbell"
2003 TD42T GRX "The Coal Roller"
Home Language: Half & Half
Has thanked: 155 times
Been thanked: 157 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by hugejp »

----------------------------------------------------------------------

You CAN with a NISSAN!

Jy KAN met 'n DATSUN!

IanT
Patrolman 1000+
Patrolman 1000+
Posts: 1360
Joined: 17 May 2013 10:43
Full Name: Ian Temperley
Nickname: IanT (aka) "The Joker"
Home Town: JHB
Current 4x4: 1995 GQ 4.2 Petrol (Turbo Charged) (Hell Boy)
2008 4.8 GRX Umkombe
Home Language: English
Been thanked: 85 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by IanT »

I have one used to be on my Disco 4, yes they seem to work well, they are made by Tarus here on the West Rand, think about R5K, if you are looking for a second hand one my one is growing dust

graham1
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 459
Joined: 15 Jun 2015 17:46
Full Name: graham robertson
Nickname: graham1
Home Town: Harties
Current 4x4: 2004 Patrol 4.8; 1999 Patrol 4.2D
Home Language: English
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 51 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by graham1 »

A forum member, georgeb has something like that. I inquired about it a while ago, but never went through with it. Pics of it are on the white patrol in the thread below, and info from George at the end of the thread

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=8492&start=10

User avatar
offroadbiker
Moderator
Posts: 3140
Joined: 25 Jul 2012 08:36
Full Name: Dirk de Clerk
Nickname: ORB
Home Town: Krugersdorp
Current 4x4: Patrol GQ 4.2 ST
Home Language: Afrikaans/English
Location: Krugersdorp
Has thanked: 153 times
Been thanked: 192 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by offroadbiker »

IanT wrote:
09 Dec 2019 09:55
I have one used to be on my Disco 4, yes they seem to work well, they are made by Tarus here on the West Rand, think about R5K, if you are looking for a second hand one my one is growing dust
Will it work on the GQ?
Dirk
1996 Nissan Patrol 4.2 ST

NoPressure
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 161
Joined: 12 Nov 2018 21:39
Full Name: Ruan
Nickname: Ruan
Home Town: Swakopmund
Current 4x4: 2017 Ford Ranger 3.2 D/C 4x4 Auto
2000 Nissan Patrol 4.5 GRX M/T
Home Language: Afrikaans
Has thanked: 64 times
Been thanked: 36 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by NoPressure »

graham1 wrote:
09 Dec 2019 11:04
A forum member, georgeb has something like that. I inquired about it a while ago, but never went through with it. Pics of it are on the white patrol in the thread below, and info from George at the end of the thread

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=8492&start=10
Thanks IanT, unfortunately shipping it to Nam would probably cost about the same as what it's worth. Does it only use the towbal bracket or does it also attach to the chassis rail somewhere?

Thanks for the thread link..I will have a read through as soon as time permits

So the verdict is that it's not to bad idea I take it?

Thanks guys

User avatar
Peter Connan
Moderator
Posts: 6164
Joined: 10 Sep 2010 07:21
Full Name: Peter Connan
Nickname: Piet
Home Town: Kempton Park
Current 4x4: 1996 Patrol 4.5SGL
Home Language: Afrikaans
Location: Kempton Park
Has thanked: 637 times
Been thanked: 610 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by Peter Connan »

Personally I doubt it can be any more robust than the door mount.

Only difference is, if it breaks, it only breaks itself and hopefully not the car (assuming good mounting to the chassis.

Even most of the steel bumpers I have seen don't mount to the chassis well enough to fill me with confidence.

I would keep it where it is, or tie it to the roof rack (bad for the centre of gravity but good for the rear suspension).

:mytwocents:
Mag ons ons kenniskry met lekkerkry aanhoukry.

IanT
Patrolman 1000+
Patrolman 1000+
Posts: 1360
Joined: 17 May 2013 10:43
Full Name: Ian Temperley
Nickname: IanT (aka) "The Joker"
Home Town: JHB
Current 4x4: 1995 GQ 4.2 Petrol (Turbo Charged) (Hell Boy)
2008 4.8 GRX Umkombe
Home Language: English
Been thanked: 85 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by IanT »

Ruan, it only attaches to the tow hitch (if memory serves correctly, using 4 bolts) I have some photos on my phone send me your cell number and I will whatapp them to you, sending to Nam not a problem we send our products up to Windhoek on a weekly bases

User avatar
offroadbiker
Moderator
Posts: 3140
Joined: 25 Jul 2012 08:36
Full Name: Dirk de Clerk
Nickname: ORB
Home Town: Krugersdorp
Current 4x4: Patrol GQ 4.2 ST
Home Language: Afrikaans/English
Location: Krugersdorp
Has thanked: 153 times
Been thanked: 192 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by offroadbiker »

Peter Connan wrote:
09 Dec 2019 16:53
Personally I doubt it can be any more robust than the door mount.

Only difference is, if it breaks, it only breaks itself and hopefully not the car (assuming good mounting to the chassis.

Even most of the steel bumpers I have seen don't mount to the chassis well enough to fill me with confidence.

I would keep it where it is, or tie it to the roof rack (bad for the centre of gravity but good for the rear suspension).

:mytwocents:
If it mounts on the tow bar should it not be strong enough? tow bar is usually properly mounted.

I want to get the weight of the tire of the door and if I can do that without fitting an aftermarket rear bumper would it not be less weight then as well?
Dirk
1996 Nissan Patrol 4.2 ST

User avatar
offroadbiker
Moderator
Posts: 3140
Joined: 25 Jul 2012 08:36
Full Name: Dirk de Clerk
Nickname: ORB
Home Town: Krugersdorp
Current 4x4: Patrol GQ 4.2 ST
Home Language: Afrikaans/English
Location: Krugersdorp
Has thanked: 153 times
Been thanked: 192 times

Re: GU Tow hitch wheel carrier

Post by offroadbiker »

IanT wrote:
10 Dec 2019 10:43
Ruan, it only attaches to the tow hitch (if memory serves correctly, using 4 bolts) I have some photos on my phone send me your cell number and I will whatapp them to you, sending to Nam not a problem we send our products up to Windhoek on a weekly bases
If Ruan is passing please let me know I might be interested...

Tx
Dirk
1996 Nissan Patrol 4.2 ST

Post Reply

Return to “39. Vehicles Accessories Wanted”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests