I wanted to share with everyone some pics of my tailgate mount cargo basket I made for my TJ. My jeep is a daily driver so I wanted a little more cargo space. I already removed my spare tire to save some weight driving around town so the rear tailgate was an ideal mounting place for a cargo basket. I want to eventually build a cargo basket to go on top of my jeep and relocate my spare tire there. . I also plan on making a lock box for behind the rear seat and on top of the wheel wells. Here are some details on the basket.
The skin is made from .125 5052 aluminum with a 1" square .125 wall aluminum tubing frame. It is mounted using the factory bolt holes from the spare tire carrier and the rubber bumpers. I added a .125 reinforcing strip where the bolt holes are to bring the thickness up to .250 to better distribute the weight. I mig welded all of the frame work together and this fastened the skin with Lords adhesive and rivets. The Lords adhesive is industrial adhesive we use at the sign shop I work at to glue the skins on large monuments and signs. It's suppose to be stronger than a weld. The rivets were pretty much just to hold it all together till it dried and mostly because I really like the riveted look. I actually measured and drew the the tread pattern from my ProComp Mud Terrains and scaled it up to use from my mesh pattern. I also cut out "Jeep" in the middle of the face and made a matching acrylic piece fitted with red LEDs so it lights up when I hit the brakes. This is actually the second one I made. The first one was 16" deep and had square corners. Once I got it mounted up I just didn't like the way it looked. It stuck out way to far so I made this one only 12" deep and made the corners 45 deg. I was really happy with the outcome.
So tell me what you guys think.
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