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Spare Wheel on Gen4

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16 Mar 2020 20:45 #219952 by CC Baxter
I felt this comment from GeorgeC on the subject of removing the spare wheel on a Gen4 was worthy of sharing.
"Another benefit of removing the spare wheel is a big reduction in "pendulum effect", like the tail wagging the dog, steering response is more precise at speed, less over-steer, I now feel safer".
Food for thought. Chris
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16 Mar 2020 21:47 #219957 by Busta
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If George C is experiencing oversteer at high speed he either needs to slow down a bit or take up drifting.
I can't say I've ever noticed the pendulum effect, nor the lack of it on the few occasions I've not had the spare attached.

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16 Mar 2020 22:33 #219958 by 300bhpton
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Unless the driver is Colin McRae reborn and on a special stage of a rally, I do not believe even modest to good road drivers, driving at sane (possibly speedy) road speeds would notice any difference at all.

Plus I have to say removing the wheel makes the vehicle look rather unfinished at the rear.

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17 Mar 2020 05:28 #219968 by Lambert
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Sorry but the only time I notice any difference in the handling dynamics of a Jimny is when I take a trailer off the back not the spare wheel off the back door, quite simply the forces involved with the removal or not of the spare wheel are fractional percentage points of the weight of the whole system and far too small to be detected.

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17 Mar 2020 14:32 #219989 by Bob1050
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I've never driven the Jimny without a spare wheel on the back door - so not qualified to make an informed comment.

I have often driven the Jimny with and without the weekly shopping from ASDA in the back - other than the audio soundtrack of a few booze bottles rattling together there is no discernible difference to the behavioural dynamics including polar moments of inertia or pendulum swinging of the rear end. Then again I don't drive the Jimny like a Subaru on a World Rally championship stage.

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18 Mar 2020 09:37 #220013 by Daniel30
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Think my subwoofer weighs the Same as the spare wheel :woohoo:

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18 Mar 2020 15:43 #220028 by facade
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I had a bit of difficulty with the Landrover once, when I filled the tub with hardcore (probably it was way over weight, and I hate to think what the axle weight were :whistle: ) It was quite frightening to drive, I was convinced that the front wheels were leaving the floor over bumps, that seemed to understeer a bit :) Likely would have oversteered if I had dared go over 20 mph...

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)
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18 Mar 2020 16:44 #220030 by RumbleAndSway
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911 owners pay a fortune for a wagging back end. Another Jimny win.

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