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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......
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Awesome, you just gave me an idea for a hitch rack for my XTerra. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    I have an awsome set of tools,I can fix it!


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post


    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.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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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?

    Cheers

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by misteremanca View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    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.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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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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