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Old 03-16-08, 01:02 PM
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Home made hitch rack...

Anybody ever made one? How did you do it?
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Old 03-16-08, 01:37 PM
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explain. like for a car, for at home, a homemade bike rack, or like one that lifts the bike off the ground?
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Old 03-16-08, 02:15 PM
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A hitch rack to be put on my SUV receiver (2") and carry my bikes around
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I've been kicking around the idea, just haven't gotten the materials yet. Shouldn't be that bad though. I'll be using 2" square stock, no less than 3/16" wall thickness. I just haven't come up with a cushy material to protect the paint.
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Old 03-16-08, 04:10 PM
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My friend made a ski rack for his hitch, not pretty, but does the trick quite well...
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why not just buy one?
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^^ This way you can personalize it, and make it as burly as you want.
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Originally Posted by zx12rider View Post
why not just buy one?
The main reasons usually include:
  • Cost
  • Stouter stock than flimsy factory-mades
  • Custom applications/modifications
  • Cost

I have fabricated a receiver hitch for a minivan I had but have not done a hitch rack yet. I might modify my Thule soon because it does not fit my 1" hitch socket and I hate how wobbly the 2"-1" socket adapter is.
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One of my friends welded it up for me out of thick walled gas pipes, stronger then it looks. The yellow padding is one of those foam swim noodle things that I just cut up and glued on. The rest is just standard pipe insulation. Holds two bikes no problem.
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I am sure that I could make one up in my Metal Fab class.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
The main reasons usually include:
  • Cost
  • Stouter stock than flimsy factory-mades
  • Custom applications/modifications
  • Cost

I have fabricated a receiver hitch for a minivan I had but have not done a hitch rack yet. I might modify my Thule soon because it does not fit my 1" hitch socket and I hate how wobbly the 2"-1" socket adapter is.
That's true, plus you could make it higher incase of getting rear-ended.
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Old 03-17-08, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by JonnyV View Post
I just haven't come up with a cushy material to protect the paint.
It sounds like a good job for old inner tubes.
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