Defender Rear Dual Wheel Carrier Review

Defender Rear Dual Wheel Carrier Review


G’day Brett here. A recurring problem for
Defender owners interested in remote area travel is where to place a second spare tyre
or carry jerry cans to extend the fuel range. For many years the only choice was carrying
a spare on a bonnet which obscures frontal view or to mount a spare on a roofrack, which
can be a back breaking job to get the tyre on and off.
I’ve found a solution here in Victoria Australia. This is a Rijidij Offroad rear dual wheel
or jerrycan carrier. It is an Australian made product designed to withstand the punishment
of Australian outback conditions. The dual wheel carrier fits all Land Rover
County and Defender 90 and 110 models and is available in 2 combinations. Either 1 wheel
and 2 jerry cans, or 2 wheels. It is made to fit 33 inch tyres but can be
adapted to fit up to dual 35inch by order. The frame is manufactured from 4mm laser cut
steel for strength. The original Defender lights are reused and blanking plates provided
along with a new extended wiring loom. The Left hand side carrier is secured with
a heavy duty latch and locks open with a pin. When the second wheel or jerries are not required
the carrier arm can be removed to reduce weight. The Right hand carrier opens automatically
with the rear door and is locked open. To close this lever is pushed and the locking
pin retracts. Telescopic light pole mounts are standard and there is the option to purchase
a 30 watt LED telescopic bar to suit. The carrier is mounted using all original
holes. One downside of the unit is having all the
weight of the spares at the very rear of the vehicle. This may cause the rear wheels to
bog down more often in soft sand if the rest of the vehicle’s load is not distributed
evenly between the axles. The price for a Rijidij dual wheel carrier
is around the 2500 Australian dollar mark. For more information visit Rijidij Offroad
at www.rijidijoffroad.com.au

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