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Old 08-08-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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Stock tire carrier converted into bike rack.

looking at bike racks i quickly found that they are WAY too much money. the other day i was loading up crap into my dads truck to haul to the dumb and i found my stock tire carrier which had been laying in my garage for the past 6 months. had this idea to make this into my bike rack. since i never carry a spare unless i go wheeling, and even then, i throw the spare in the "bed" of the jeep.

tossed some ideas around with my friend who can weld. this is what we came up with.

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just some DOM cut in half, and a piece of flat steel.

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and it's tied down using the extra bungee things from my spiderweb shade. this holds my back VERY well. we tested it by going way too fast over train track which bucked my back end into the air (thanks to my annoyingly stiff shocks) had my friend looking back at the bike to see if there was any movement during "flight". bike didn't move a MM. no bouncing, no sliding rocking, nothing. it's not going anywhere.

i have since painted it back, and used rubber cement to attach pads where the bike frame sits to avoid scratching my bike. total cost was $0.00 because it was all scrap metal.

very pleased i didn't have to pay 180 bucks for a Yakima!

sorry my pics are link. photobucket got all changed up so now i have no clue how to post pics normally. :/

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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I like that a lot. Perhaps an upgrade would be to use another half of the tube to go over the top making a clamp that can be locked. Then you really won't have to worry about bungee cord failure, but more than that, you can have a locked solution.

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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yes, that was in my plans from the start, but not sure how to make it work. i was thinking a steel gate hinge could be welded? but i'm at a loss as far as the lock goes. i could also just use a normal bike lock and wrap it around the whole thing.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #4
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you could weld two tabs with holes in them on each tube one on the top one on the bottom then just put normal locks on
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:14 AM   #5
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ahhhh!!! great idea! if i could weld i'd get right on this. lol it's hard to buy my welder friend's time.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Ill weld it for ya.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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Very nice, here are your pictures. Great idea to get integrated into a mount that doesn't compromise the tire carrier. Yo can use a couple of clamps from Genright or fab your owns.







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Old 12-31-2012, 11:57 AM   #8
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Now, relocate your license plate to the middle of your tire carrier so you dont get a ticket for having it blocked by the bike.

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