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.
nice work!!! I think you just came up with another career for yourself!
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."
I'm glad everyone seems to like it. I was really pleased with the way it came out. I'm lucky enough to have access to some pretty cool equipment. I program an 8' x 12" CNC router at a sign shop so thats how I cut the tire pattern out. We have pretty much everything you need to fabricate with aluminum and thin steel and what we don't have I have access to at my local state tech machine shop and welding department.
I've been thinking about making a few to sell but I would need to have a few people put a deposit down first to cover the materials. There is about $175 in materials in the basket alone plus about 1 hour cnc, 1 hour prep and welding, and a couple more hours assembly. If I made some more I would probably have to charge at least $300 for one that's unpainted.
I plan on making an Aluminum front and rear bumper some time soon.
That sounds more feasible, worth it in my book! How much would it be if one wanted one made in thin gauge steel? Be sure to post pics of that roof rack!!!!!!
Unfortunatly I can only make them out of Aluminum since all we have at work is a router and it's usless on steel. I could make one with out the tread pattern otherwise I would have to have some one waterjet the tread out and that would probably cost a few hundred in it's self. There talking about getting a hi-def plasma cutter at work so maby one day.
Thanks again for all of the good reviews. After driving around with it mounted for a while now it comes in pretty handy. Iím thinking about adding a locking top that will be removable so I can secure smaller items but can still stuff bigger items in it.
After checking through my metal rack at work I've get enough aluminum set aside to make three or four to sell on the cheap. I'm going to list them for $150 with out the Lighted Jeep logo. Iím going to try and get to them next week. Iíve been so busy at work I havenít had much time for me personal projects. Does this seem like a fair price? I believe I can get the time down to about 3 hours with out the lighted logo. Normally I would have about $100 in materials but Iím buying the material for this batch at scrap prices from my work.
I'll try to post some pics of the build process later tonight
that loooks fantastic! can i order one? but i need it to attach to my tow hitch.
Shouldnt be a problem. I actually have one that was my prototype that is I belive 18" deep and has square corners in place of the 45deg corners that the one I have mounted has. I'll post some pics of it when I get off of work. I think it would make a better hitch mounted basket since it's a bit bigger.