Prolonged driving in heavy conditions batters the hell out of the bonnet and radiator panel if the spare is mounted on the bonnet. It's always been a problem on Land Rovers although it usually only manifests itself after many years as most vehicles don't get a very heavy pounding off road on a regular basis. It will help with visibility too for shorter drivers.
There are a fair few girls and boys who have difficulty getting the wheel off the side, so that wasnÂ´t a success was it!!!
Apart from the Ambulance, which has a reinforced bonnet, you are not supposed to walk up the front of the Rover, like the olden days either.
And who can remember all the added gash put on the front?
Seem to recall it was seen as a handy place to stow your tow cable on the inside of the spare, not to mention (esp the series 3s which had straps on the spare wheel) to wrap your exhaust extention around the spare.
IÂ´ll have to think a bit, but IÂ´m sure I have seen other bits and bobs strapped to the spare.
Including, thinking aobut it, PRC-320s. With the handset in to the cab!