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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 08:35 PM
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Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

I logged on to the web site http://www.carrlane.com and found the clamp I have been looking for. It is the one that Bulletproof uses. All of the dimensions are listed there as well. My design is similar to Bulletproof's but will not look as nice since I don't weld that great and I do not have access to a tubing bender. My only problem is the hinge on the top of the bumper. I do not know how to make a strong one that will not sag and is servicable.

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

I found a place that sells a similar one to carr lane, except the handle is red. It is called austin hardware.

Also, if you search you can find some info on using a trailer hub and spindle for the pivot. I have done that on two carriers and can't say enough good things about how well it works. Here are a couple of pics:





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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

Rayno: I like your set up. I have read about the hub as a pivot. How much does it cost to machine it down? Does it sag any? Does it have a grease zerk?

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

Just wondering if those home grown D-rings strong enough for exstacting out of a bad situation?

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

Which clamp is that and what are you using it for?

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

The clamp is on the latch clamp page. It is an adjustable U bolt right angle type. I will use it to close the swingout tire carrier to the bumper.

Also, six states sells the "home made" looking D rings. The weld them to trucks. I know quite a few Jeeps with them and they are strong.

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

...a little info:

I was able to find a machine shop to cut the flange off for $15 (that's really cheap for just one). On the first tire carrier I made, I cut it off myself using a cut-off wheel, sawzall, swearing, sweating and about 2 hours including the grinding it round. It was no fun and is why I searched out a machine shop for the second one.

I haven't put a zerk fitting in. I am going to put a 'bearing buddy' that is commonly used for boat trailers. It would be easy to drill and tap a hole for the zerk, however.

As far as sagging goes, I can stand on the end of the swingout carrier and bounce without it affecting the arm. I welded it at a slight angle (only like 1%) back to compensate for the weight of gas cans, tire, rack.

On the D-rings....these are forged rings commonly used on dump trucks for saftey chains when towing a trailer with a backhoe or bobcat. They can be purchased at heavy truck supply places. I was dragged backwards up a steep rock sliding on my skid plate by one of these D-rings.

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

http://www.rockstomper.com
These guys sell the spindle you are looking for with all the bearings and zerk fitting ready to go. The whole thing is $42 approximately. I know its $49 shipped to my house. The page with the carriers is down but they work great I've built two carriers with his hinges. Also the guy that sells them is #3 on TTC ballot.

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

Which latch is the one you are talking about?

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CL-170-PA 1200lb

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Re: Found ultimate clamp for tire/bumper combo.

The nice thing about Rockstomper's hub other than being cut down already, is that it is steel. Most of the trailer hubs out there are cast and it is hard to weld the steel tubing to the cast hub. It can be done with the right type of rod, but the steel one is available.

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