Join Date: May 2004
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The best part of these tire carriers is that my Dad knows a local business owner who build steel trusses and that sort of thing. He told us to sort thru the scrap and take what we please! After buying a 3' stick of 3"x2"x 3/16" @ $20 (for the mounting brackets) we were more than happy!
Any way, the materials we are using in the design are focused around what is free to some extent. We have alot of 2x2 and 2.5x2.5 tubing in 3/16 and 1/4 thicknesses. I want to keep the weight to down where possible but don't want to redo this either so we will use 3/16 or 1/4 for everything. The design will be a 3x3 for the main bumper, 2x2 or 2.5x2.5 for the swing arm, and 2x2 for the uprights. My design will be similar to the LOD brand carriers, so a triangle without a center upright.
I am thinking about using two latches for the Jeepster because the carrier will be tilted to match the angle of the body, and I don't that tilt to twist the hinge too much. What do you think?
We do plan to have the cargo rack, one gas can, and a 25lbs CO2 tank on the carrier. The accessory holders (gas can and cargo rack) will be removable and I don't plan on carrying heavy items on the cargo rack. I may never need the cargo rack, but I don't know because I currently carry my 33x9.5 spare inside. It will be nice to have that real estate back!