I've been wanting to build a spare wheel carrier for a while now. The plan is to build something along the lines of this: I managed to source a pair of spindles from the states: They are made from 1 1/4" stock, come with timkem roller bearings as well as grease seals and a zerk for greasing them up. They look and feel pretty solid. First mission was to fit the spindles to the bumper. I have mounted two spindles, one on either side. The wheel carrier will be mounted on the one on the left. the one on the right will be used to make up a swingout jerry can holder. Planning on a trip to Morocco next year and with being a petrol and all I'm no doubt going to need to be able to carry a little extra fuel. Spindles tacked in place. Once checked all was square then came the fun bit of melting metal... Bit tricky getting in there with the stick. I eventually started bending the rods which worked seemed to work pretty well. I also still need to add a few gussets in there to make sure the bumper doesn't start to flex. Then went on to weld the topside of the spindle. So spindles are done, just need to add the gussets on the underside and then it's ready to be painted. Next mission is start building the wheel carrier.