So I was thinking of a cheap way to gain some storage space and be able to keep my backseat in my TJ. So I had an idea to make/hack a Harbor Freight tow hitch rack.
First I stared with this
This rack comes in 5 pieces. Two halves of the basket, and square piece of steel that would slide into the tow hitch. Then the two sides of the basket bolt together through the square piece, and two support pieces that go across the top of the basket for rigidity.
So I set the square piece aside and placed the two sides of the basket together. I then got shorter bolts and bolted the two sides of the basket directly together.
After the two parts of the basket were bolted together I had to drill more holes for the two support pieces because the ones that were pre-drilled in the basket are to close together since the center square piece is now missing.
After the basket was all bolted together I took some old square 1" stock and cut 4 pieces. Now I don't have pictures of this so I will try my best to describe it. I cut the square stock into 4 pieces with two pieces being longer than the other two. I then bolted them together with a pivot point with the longer pieces on the "top" with the shorter pieces "pivoting" towards the bottom. I then bolted the two longer pieces to the bottom of the basket.
I then took four pipe clamps similar to this
and put them in the four corners of the rear of the roll bar. I then cut the square stock to length and drilled two holes on the ends of the longer pieces and one hole on the bottom shorter pieces. I then connect the square stock to the clamps with wing nuts for easy off and on.
After all of this I finished with this
Now please excuse my poor photos and explanations this is my first "write-up". But over all the whole project cost me around $60. If you have any questions please ask.