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Unread 09-05-2010, 08:25 PM   #16
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Why not just weld a bead on one side of the hitch part that slides in and do away with the u bolt. Just grind bead down till it slides in perfect. I've had to do this a couple of times with the cheap receivers.

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Unread 09-05-2010, 08:26 PM   #17
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ty very much for the info, ive never seen or heard of that retailer in my life
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Unread 09-12-2010, 07:09 PM   #18
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I love it! I was trying to come up with something like that for my ZJ but couldn't picture anything. Nice work man!
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Unread 09-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #19
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Can you post some pictures of the tire mount area without the tire mounted? I really like the simplicity of this carrier and I want to build one myself like it.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 07:04 PM   #20
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Sorry it took me so long... here are photos of the top end.

I had previously cut the spare tire mount off my utility trailer, so I had it laying around, and decided to use it for this. If I were building one from scratch, it would be a little heavier, but I'll have to admit this one is holding up just fine.





I hope this helps!
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Unread 09-24-2010, 10:22 AM   #21
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I hope this helps!
It does, thanks. I was curious what the mounting plate looked like.
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Unread 09-29-2010, 09:18 AM   #22
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I have been looking at doing something like this for ages. This is probably the best and most useful design I have seen yet. I would like to honor your design decisions by totally copying the hell outta it, and making my own (with Props to you of course). lol

If only I could weld?

Thanks for the detail pics, if I ever get this done (project 44 of 365 or so) I will post up some pics!! Nice work man!

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Unread 09-29-2010, 04:28 PM   #23
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Looks great! how does it hold up with rough wheeling?
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Unread 09-29-2010, 06:54 PM   #24
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Looks great! how does it hold up with rough wheeling?
Well, by my standards "rough wheeling" is fire roads, and the occasional dry stream bed with bowling ball sized rocks... and for that it's held up just fine.

I haven't made my heavy duty replacement for that u-bolt setup yet, and surprisingly, it's still rock solid!

I think this carrier could handle more rough wheeling than I'm ever likely to do.
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any write ups on how you made it?
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You can do the commercial style route for that clamp, which is essentially a bolt though the hitch pin hole, with a threaded insert. It just tightens the hitch to the side of the receiver. I have one, and it locks too. Of course I lost the insert, but made one (5/8" nut welded to a 1.5" square piece of tubing).

Would be harder to make from scratch so it locks though.
Pics of that? I'm in the process of a hitch carrier as well and I'm trying to figure out a good way to eliminate the wobble.
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Pics of that? I'm in the process of a hitch carrier as well and I'm trying to figure out a good way to eliminate the wobble.
We had bought a kit that locks it down, but my dad left the hitch with the aluminum insert in it in the reciver without the pin and drove away. We never saw the hitch or the insert again, so I made my own insert. However I am sure you could make a similar setup without too much effort. Minus the locking part.


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perfect depends on how far away you are when you look at it:D
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:04 AM   #28
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How well did that work? I've seen those before, but I'm not sure how much weight they'd handle.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 01:59 PM   #29
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Well I have used it for a 4 bike rack, towing a 3000lb boat, and with a hitch rack. The bike rack didn't move at all for 1340 miles (round trip on a vacation), or else it would have driven me insane rattleing. Hitch rack was secure. It usually keeps the hitch from clunking with the boat on too, on harder stops it may slide a tad, but 99% of the noise is eliminated.

I wouldn't want to tow without something like that to keep the clunking down.

I don't know what it is rated to handle.
Here is the one I have http://www.amazon.com/Valley-76820-Silent-Hitch-Pin/dp/B000BO8VG0.
I use a full size wrench to save my hands, and get it tighter.

If your receiver has the double hole you can use a J pin too. Same concept, no insert needed.
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