Originally Posted by rondog
The door would be the only somewhat tricky part. What thickness material are you thinking?
oh and BUMP, still for sale! Someone offer me something
Yea, I've been thinking through the possible solutions. The frame of the box will actually be .125'' wall 1.5''x1.5'' square tubing. The rest of the bed cage will be round tube, but this portion will be square.
Instead of running the supports for the bed cage down the sides of the bed, they're going to go down the middle, centered, about 12'' between each square tube. They will run parallel to the bed sides, about an inch lower (same height as the front portion of the bedcage) and then turn down towards the back end of the bed. The tire will mount on the turned down, angled portion. The square portion created is going to be boxed in with aluminum sides (probably 1/8th or 16th inch wall) to create a space for my battery, air compressor, fuse box, relays, and tools. There will also be a slot for a gas can to drop into.
Goal is to have all my recovery gear and battery/associated junk in the center, leaving two "lanes" for dirtbikes. The tire will mount horizontal on the angled down portion but will be able to be stood up vertical and pushed between the two tubes in a vertical position when I want to haul bikes.