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Unread 12-06-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Future Dirt Bike carrying Rack!!!

Ok so I've been looking into the scrambler tops for my jeep the regular cab ones made by Gr8ttops
(the have a website gr8tops ).

I race dirt bikes and I don't want to pull a small utility trailer everywhere.
I looked at the "home made" forum and all i found was a few trailer hitch racks, they don't impress me at all ( too weak )

so I have thrown out a few drawings with my buddy that has a bike and a jeep and is also tired of pulling a trailer.( he already has the scrambler top)
I will try to get a nice hand drawing up or a C.A.D drawing

I will describe what I want to build.

( if you see this without pictures I hope you understand, I will have detailed drawings as soon as I get my CAD programs back, I will do a rough computer paint drawing if I can.)

it will need the scrambler top, custom roll bar from front -back ( running up the side of the windshield housing, over the roof, and to the back corner of the "box" now that it has a regular cab roof on it)
have a ramp in the back connected to bogey wheels inside the roll bar( role bar using 4" diameter 1/4" aluminum tubing with a channel cut into the inside part of both side tubes of the roll bar, using one on each side to make a cross bar to mount between the roll bars and to attach the top of the ramp, and then remove the tailgate or make a mounting bracket that locks the ramp in the bed ( I have a few ideas floating around for this. )

also have a few ideas for storage with this system.

Let me know what you think of the idea and if I should even pursue it to an actual project.

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Unread 12-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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Whats wrong with the hitch carrier?

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Unread 12-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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here is a picture i did on paint to give you an idea
paint-scrambler.jpg  
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Unread 12-06-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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I dont want all that weight on my rear end it gets a little squirrely.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 07:34 PM   #5
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it gets a little squirrely.
I feel like your idea will do the same. Seems rather top heavy. How are you going to get it up there?

Edit: I've read good reviews on the hitch carrier, FWIW.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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Drop down tailgate?
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Unread 12-06-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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The hitch carrier is unrealistic for the Yj unless there are several frame supports that you can weld on. The stock rear crossmember cannot hold that kind of weight without something bending or breaking. The MS Paint idea isn't as farfetched as I thought to be honest. If you can maintain the integrity of the roll cage and add a foot or two to the cargo area via a drop down tailgate plus extension plate then you may have a solution. I must say that having a trailer is the very best option overall.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #8
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How are you going to load unload the bike by yourself?
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Unread 12-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #9
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How are you going to load unload the bike by yourself?
Ramp, or better yet air bag suspension!
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Unread 12-06-2012, 10:32 PM   #10
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What about building something like the hitch mounted rack, but incorporate it into a custom rear bumper? Make it so that there are two mounts for the rack ( one on each side of the bumper ), and then make a support for the bottom using the hitch?

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Unread 12-07-2012, 03:13 AM   #11
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I dont want all that weight on my rear end it gets a little squirrely.
Whats your bike weigh? 250? Less? What 20/30lbs in metal?

You think under 300lbs it gets squirrelly? Really?
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Unread 12-07-2012, 05:04 AM   #12
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here is a picture i did on paint to give you an idea
I would pay good money to watch you load that.
I built a dirt bike rack out of an old front bumper off an early Bronco way back in the day. It used two short pieces of elliptical springs to bolt it to the back of my CJ.
I carried a dirt bike on it for many years with no ill effects.
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Unread 12-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #14
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Maybe the TJ is different, but I've never had a problem hauling my RM on a hitch carrier. Before I had that, I considered adding a drop down tailgate, removing my spare tire & the back seat. Then tie down the front of the bike in the back of the jeep & letting the rear sit on a cargo carrier I had. I came to my senses & realized that I could buy a hitch hauler for 100 bucks on Craigslist. Now when I remove my backseat, I can load it full of all my gear.

I've seen a picture on here somewhere where someone took out the passenger & rear seat & stuffed a bike in a jeep.
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