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. :/