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post #1 of 27 Old 08-20-2006, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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gatmog presents: el-cheapo mountaineer

i was contemplating on how to get more storage space as well as hide my sub--so the idea hit me, what about a light duty rack out of reinforced pvc?




now i know the rack wouldnt be as rigid as the metal variety, however, i would only put light and soft items up there anyway (in case of a collision).

the materials used are
30ft of schedule 40 pvc 3/4"
pvc cement and primer
9 elbows, 10 tee fittings
some plywood (just enough to reinforce the rack stresspoints)

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first i sliced my cargo mat so i could access my tie downs to anchor the rack


then i started to shape up the rack


the rack is purposely made just low enough to clear the sub


i incorporated an opening for a bus pan for hauling small items


to strengthen the pvc, cut strips of wood small enough to fit the pipe and use your bfh to mash that sucker in..


then select a paint of your liking and go at it!

my paint is currently drying so more pics to come later

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-21-2006, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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finished pics--structurally, i'd say the rack is well suited for duffel bags, groceries (in the tray), and the like--wont hold a spare tire, but nothings stopping you from putting a spare under it!

here are some finished pics!








oh yeah, weighs a good 6lbs or so...much lighter than its steel counterpart..
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that is freakin sweet!!!!
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post #4 of 27 Old 08-21-2006, 12:55 AM
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heck yea i love it alot!
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i would include measurements, but i gave up on them and just winged it--took about 3hrs to make cause i didnt know exactly what i was going for, cost to build was...11dollars for piping and fittings, 5.48 for cement and primer. home depot sells contractor bags for the fittings, 10 of each per bag you save a little bit of money there.
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i would include measurements, but i gave up on them and just winged it--took about 3hrs to make cause i didnt know exactly what i was going for, cost to build was...11dollars for piping and fittings, 5.48 for cement and primer. home depot sells contractor bags for the fittings, 10 of each per bag you save a little bit of money there.

Wing'ing it is the best way to go !!!! lol
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post #7 of 27 Old 08-21-2006, 05:21 AM
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very nice! i made one out of 2x2 and a "metal" shelf system component for a few dollars. it has served my needs. but the next time i replace it i may try this one. an even sturdier one could be made with the cast pipe, but it would be harder to fit exactly probably.
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very cool

what did you use for paint?


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post #10 of 27 Old 08-21-2006, 11:43 AM
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easier to take out if you want to haul a cooler.

Really wants another Jeep

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very cool

what did you use for paint?

i kinda skimped on the paint, i used some rustoleum flat black that was laying around.. i applied it with a sponge cause i got impatient
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how did you tie that into the tie downs?
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post #13 of 27 Old 08-21-2006, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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i havent tied it down yet--but i plan to drill holes in the bottom bracing of the pvc to run bolts or zipties
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I like it, I bet it would be a lot stronger if you used copper tubing though.
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I work for an irrigation supply store, and in my opinion, the pvc will hold up better than copper tubing. I don't remember the price, but you can also get a sch80 pvc pipe, which is thicker walled, and will hold more weight than the sch40. Great DIY project
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