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Old 07-05-08, 01:54 PM   #1
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Well.....Nice Rack!

I've been wanting a hitch rack for my Xterra for a while now and my unemployed status has not helped matters. I was roaming around in Harbor Freight this morning and saw they had hitch mount cargo racks on sale for 39.99.........hmmmmmmmmmm. I got to thinking,I worked for years as a mechanic/fab guy. I have an awsome set of tools,I can fix it! I brought it home,pulled out some old 1" square tubing I've had for a while and after about an hour and a half....new bike rack. I've still got some little design tweeks to make but it's pretty much done.

The basic cargo rack........


An old hacksaw and some tubing.....


A little trial and error design work......


Nice rack......
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Old 07-05-08, 04:02 PM   #2
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Awesome, you just gave me an idea for a hitch rack for my XTerra. Thanks!
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Old 07-05-08, 05:27 PM   #3
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You might could throw a moto tie down over the wheels, then it'd be bomber for those trips down to GSO.
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You might could throw a moto tie down over the wheels, then it'd be bomber for those trips down to GSO.
I'm glad you got the joke. I picked up a new pack of 4 ratchet straps just for this little project. I'm not rolling down your way until everyone is able to ride.
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Nice rack indeed!

If I may ask, what are the dimensions of your rack mtnbiker?

I'm wondering how practical it would be to extend it to fit another 2 bikes....then the whole family could ride!

I've seen 4-bike standing racks sold commercially, but much prefer to make it at home.....do you think your design would work if it were extended?

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Good work. And for probably far less money than something commercial. Looks to be able to handle a fair amount of abuse.
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Good work. And for probably far less money than something commercial. Looks to be able to handle a fair amount of abuse.
Knowing the way the TGMBG abuse themselves, i shant care to think of the slaying their bikes must get. I'm positive that due time will tell this one.
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If I may ask, what are the dimensions of your rack mtnbiker?
I think he's somewhere around a 36 D.
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I think he's somewhere around a 36 D.
You beat me to it!!!!!!!!! 44DD

It's a 20"X60". I'm sure if you have the know how you could make a 4 bike rack out of it.I have around 50 bucks in it so it's a good bit cheaper than a store bought rack.
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WOW!!!

That is a huge rack! I think that will do just fine. I should be able to manage the extra materials, I have large hands....good for working with big racks!

Thanks (in all seriousness) mtnbiker!

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Great job!!

As for adding on, you may be able to find some square tubing that will fit inside the rack tube. Then just slide maybe 10-12" in the back of the "truck side of the rack", then after you shorten the 2nd rack, slide it over the "extender adapter" about 10-12", and run a couple grade 5 bolts on each portion.

Another thought: A fork mount could be bolted to the rack for about $10.00/ each fork mount. Just a thought.

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