Retrofit spare wheel for Vito long

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JohnI

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Vito w639
Hi there,

I just joined this forum since purchasing a
2009 Vito 109 CDI long (W639) with "hatchback" tailgate.
I love my Vito but one thing it is missing is a spare wheel.
Instead it comes with a Tirefit repair kit. However I would be much
more comfortable with a spare wheel.

So my question is: can a spare wheel be retrofitted behind the rear "axle"?
I looks like the carriers are easily available, eg: on ebay.co.uk,
and there seems to be enough space under the rear of the vehicle,
but I cannot see any holes in the bodywork
where the carrier might attach.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

John Isles
 
Possibly not much help as I've only had the LWB, and they both came with the underslung spare.
But I've read here that the compact must carry a spare inside while the other 2 can have the underslung.

I guess you really need to hear from somone with a long that already has the underslung.
The tray is dropped by a long shaft socket that passes through the body work just below the tailgate rubber (above the horizontal flat of the bumper. If you see the torx bumper bolt to the offside it's just to the o/s of that, so you might have the hole already.
Anyway that operates the winch to lower the wheel when in place.
 
In the UK a Long (or Extra Long) would have had a 16" steel spare hung behind the back axle as standard (the only exception to this I've heard of is Sport X version with Brabus alloys). The Compact doesn't have enough room behind the axle. I see you are in the Netherlands ... I guess it's possible non-UK vehicles are different, although I'd be surprised.

I think the winch mechanism itself is behind the bumper (where the hole that m80 mentioned is), with the steel cable running out horizontally to a small bracket bolted under the floorpan. This is what takes the weight of the wheel. If the cable had snapped (or been cut) there wouldn't be much left to see under the van ... just this bracket and the tube that the cable runs through. Have a good look to see if the winch mechanism is there.

If not retro-fitting should be possible, although it wouldn't be a 5 minute job! You'd need the tool that goes through the hole to operate the winch, and there's also a loose plastic cover that goes over the top of the spare wheel to stop it filling up with dirt/debris over time.
 
Sorry I meant ExLWB in my answer.
 
You were right first time - the Extra Long is the only LWB Vito :)

Compact and Long have exactly the same wheelbase (despite lots of places advertising Longs as "LWB"). The extra length in the Long's body is behind the axle.

Vito lengths.jpg
 
Hi there,

I just joined this forum since purchasing a
2009 Vito 109 CDI long (W639) with "hatchback" tailgate.
I love my Vito but one thing it is missing is a spare wheel.
Instead it comes with a Tirefit repair kit. However I would be much
more comfortable with a spare wheel.

So my question is: can a spare wheel be retrofitted behind the rear "axle"?
I looks like the carriers are easily available, eg: on ebay.co.uk,
and there seems to be enough space under the rear of the vehicle,but I cannot see any holes in the bodywork
where the carrier might attach.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

John Isles
Hi again,

After quite a bit of work I managed to get a spare wheel fitted to my vito.
I first took it to a Mercedes service centre to get a quote.
The hole in the bodywork for the tool is there but the big missing thing
was the frame crossmember under the car that holds the weight of the wheel.
It seems that vitos that are sold without a spare wheel are also built without this
cross member.
The quote from the workshop to weld in a crossmember and add the lifing gear (cable and winch)
was about 900 euro, so I decided to do the work myself.

Getting the winch and lifting gear from ebay was easy and cheap, about 60 euro.
The hard part was adding a crossmember to hold the wheel.

Below you can see the pictures of my finished job.
There were some holes in the longitudinal frame members behind the axle,
so I inserted a 12mm stainless steel rod into those. I also drilled another set of holes
to take a second rod.
To these rods I attached an 8mm thick steel plate with stainless steel
U-bolts. I then bolted the black wheel hanger (part of the winch/lifting gear kit I bought on ebay) to the plate.

Total cost was about 200 euros.
It works well, but it took quite a bit of time!

Anyway, I hope this might be of some help to anyone else who is thinking of doing this.

John I
 

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