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post #31 of 38 Old 07-18-2013, 09:05 AM
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lol with this bomb can thing again.


That rack is one of the nicest home made racks I have seen. Great job.

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post #32 of 38 Old 07-18-2013, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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That rack is one of the nicest home made racks I have seen. Great job.

Thanks man, I really appreciate that. If you look close, you'll notice that around some of the welds theres some weld-burnt paint spots, as if the steel was already painted before I welded and then I painted over it again. Well, yeah, thats pretty much the truth. Every bit of the 1" square tube I used was actually on its way to the trash heap when I salvaged it. Those lengths of steel were once upon a time used as area rug display racks at Macy's Furniture. They downsized some of the display rugs, disassembled the displays, and were planning to trash it all. Sweet! Free steel! But the bummer part, all of it was powder-coated a thick layer of cream white. Every single welded joint had to first have the powder-coating ground off, which added a ton of time to the build. Those burnt-looking spots under the black paint are from the the edges of the powder-coating getting cinged by the weld and then my obviously-half-assed sanding job before I repainted. It was so much extra time and work, I'm not sure I actually saved anything by using the "free" steel.

If anyone is interested, I can build a rack like this to your specs and spare tire size for about $450, which would include the mounting hardware and off-road lights. But, your rack would be much more refined, the one you see here was basically the lab test sample. Shipping will be much easier with the spare tire hold-down rod shortened to mount the spare face-down. Shoot a PM if interested, would be about a 2-week wait.
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post #33 of 38 Old 07-18-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and yes, it will be bomb-canned to whatever color you want.
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post #34 of 38 Old 07-20-2013, 01:25 AM
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Great job! I always thought if i got around to building one, I would add a "swing-out" light mount to the sides. That way if I needed to do any night-time repairs, I would have a good source of light. Maybe with a pivot on the light itself...
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post #35 of 38 Old 09-27-2013, 02:34 PM
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Hey, do you have any build plans for this rack. Thinking about building my own. How much did the material cost too.
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post #36 of 38 Old 09-27-2013, 08:48 PM
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Nice Jeep.
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post #37 of 38 Old 09-28-2013, 01:43 PM
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Hey, do you have any build plans for this rack. Thinking about building my own. How much did the material cost too.
Might wanna read above ^^ He got it free from the trash at Macys

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post #38 of 38 Old 09-28-2013, 02:43 PM
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Really nice rack. How are you planning to route your cables from the lights into the cabin? I'm at the same stage as you, lights mounted but need to wire in.

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