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Unread 10-31-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Building a Sierra rack

I am building a rack similar to the olympic sierra rack. I am by no means a fabricator but what follows is my DIY project. I want a rack to carry a cooler and free up space in the jeep. I was looking at the OLympic Sierra rack and thought I could make one myself. I want something that is easy to install and remove, also the rack can't interfere with the opening of the tail gate. This is my first build thread so if I miss something or if anyone wants me to go into more detail let me know.

First thing I did was remove the spare tire and mark the lug pattern on a piece of cardboard.


I layed out my pattern on a piece of 1/4" plate the same size as my spare tire mount.


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Unread 10-31-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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I marked and drilled my holes.

And installed the plate and the spare tire so I could mark the center of the tire.

I bought a 2"x1 1/4" hitch adapter from Harbor Freight which will be used as the mounting point for my rack. This will allow me to easily install and remove the rack. I didn't like how far the reciever stuck out so I cut about half of it off.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 08:04 PM   #3
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I wielded the cut adapter to the plate.

And here it is with the spare tire.



As you can see I now have a very sturdy reciever in the center of my spare tire. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. For now I am just going to build the cooler rack but this would work for a Bike carrier,Hi lift mount, jerry can mount, and the third brake light that I will show next.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 08:15 PM   #4
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I bought a 2" reciever LED brake light from Harbor Freight. The reciever I Just insalled is 1 1/4" so some modification is in order.
I cut the 2" insert part of the light off. This is made of plastic so no problems here.

After the cut this is what I had (from the back of the light)

I opened up the light and removed the circuit board from the housing.


I placed the housing on a peice of heavy guage sheet metal I had laying around the shop and traced around it.

I cut it out with the angle grinder and cleaned it up a bit.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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A little primer.

And I marked and drilled the holes to mount the light.

Next I cut a piece of 1 1/4" square tube to size and tacked it to the light mountin plate.


Here is the light reassembled and the wiring going in.

I marked and drilled the holes for the hitch pin.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 08:28 PM   #6
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And here is the finnished product.
The skull was my wifes idea and very fitting for halloween. I will post more tomorrow when I start work on the rack.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 10:24 PM   #7
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Really?!? All that work, and you finished it off with zip-ties?

Aside from that, I love it!

Edit: I missed that part about the skull idea... great job!
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Unread 11-01-2010, 05:42 AM   #8
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Thanks. I will either figure out a way to mount the skull or I will take it off. I was thinking Hot glue? would that hold up? any better ideas?
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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:04 AM   #9
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Great looking project!
Was the skull removed after Halloween?
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Unread 11-03-2010, 04:04 PM   #10
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The skull was removed. I may do another one with the skull in the future. It was pretty cool. I had a buddy of mine do the Jeep logo in vinal for me.

This is the finished product.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 06:46 PM   #11
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Nice! That looks really good.
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I know this is a very old thread but I used this idea and built my own out of a 1.25" surco rack. I had to make my mount a bit different since I still have stock Moab wheels and the center hole is a lot smaller. It works the same, i just swapped the male and female ends. Let me know what y'all think!
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Unread 05-17-2013, 10:31 PM   #13
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I know this is a very old thread but I used this idea and built my own out of a 1.25" surco rack. I had to make my mount a bit different since I still have stock Moab wheels and the center hole is a lot smaller. It works the same, i just swapped the male and female ends. Let me know what y'all think!
I like it...where did u get the actual rack?
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