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cbauman79 06-26-2011 12:24 AM

My tailgate mounted cargo basket for my TJ
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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JeeperJake 06-26-2011 09:35 PM

nice work!!! I think you just came up with another career for yourself!

jwillig11 06-26-2011 11:35 PM

looks cool. your tire looks way over-inflated though.

andreafahy01 06-27-2011 01:58 AM


Originally Posted by JeeperJake
nice work!!! I think you just came up with another career for yourself!


Outlaw Jeeper 06-27-2011 07:23 AM

That is one of the most creative and awesome appearing fab jobs i've ever seen. You need to patent this before some steals your idea. FANTASTIC JOB!!!!!

airborne*yj 06-27-2011 08:26 AM

I Love IT! Looks great, wish I came up with the idea...
Just shows that the never ending projects are only limited to what you have availible to ya...

99Wrangler4x4 06-27-2011 08:44 AM

Nice job!

sickboy433 06-27-2011 02:01 PM

So when dose production start!?!? Was that a programmable laser cuter? And how do we get one? BAD AZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!

cbauman79 06-27-2011 02:16 PM

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.

cbauman79 06-28-2011 02:09 PM

After running over the numbers again I belive I can make a few for $250 unfinished. $200 if it didn't have the light up Jeep logo on it.

sickboy433 06-29-2011 10:25 AM

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!!!!!!

phritchey 06-29-2011 11:50 AM


allen456 06-29-2011 03:59 PM

That is awesome,nice work!

monkeee2002 06-29-2011 05:10 PM

That looks fantastic!! You should definitely market those :thumb:

cbauman79 06-29-2011 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by sickboy433 (Post 1340252)
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.

hcarlgolden 07-26-2011 08:13 PM

Nice I want

DonC72 07-26-2011 08:26 PM

Protect your idea man, patent it! That is sweet! If you ever start making them, I am sure you'd be well covered with down money from this forum alone.

cbauman79 07-29-2011 12:12 PM

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

KKhamesi 07-29-2011 05:20 PM

that loooks fantastic! can i order one? but i need it to attach to my tow hitch.

cbauman79 07-29-2011 05:40 PM


Originally Posted by KKhamesi (Post 1421069)
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.

cbauman79 07-29-2011 10:08 PM

I uploaded a couple pics of the first basket I made. There are not the best pics but I'll try to get some better ones in the daylight tomorrow.

DonC72 07-29-2011 10:25 PM

Looks great. So you are planning on doing some for the hitch mount??? That is a great idea.

cbauman79 07-29-2011 11:43 PM

I hadn't really planned on makinf any hitch mounted ones but since there is some interest I'll probably make a few.

KKhamesi 07-29-2011 11:45 PM

yes please! all i have to say is wow

DonC72 07-30-2011 07:30 AM

I'd certainly get one for the hitch receiver.

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