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jacobigindi 03-23-2013 10:40 PM

Headache rack aka "the bat-rack"
 
I posted this on the TW facebook page, but I thought I'd post a few more pictures of the build here. I can't take credit for all of the welds, my friend did most of the welding for me :D

Getting the mounting plates water-jetted:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...psa8236893.jpg

Main frame:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0796b6f6.jpg

Grating, mounting plates, and one of the diagonal bracing:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2529ddc7.jpg

Test fits:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...psd2923347.jpg

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...psba26bb97.jpg

Fab work done:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps08e44f3f.jpg

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0f9e1e94.jpg

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps935327a6.jpg

Back from the powder-coaters:
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps002138c8.jpg

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2da73798.jpg

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1eceb4a6.jpg

Now I gotta lift it and get some bigger shoes so the rest of the truck can match the beefy rack haha

Forster46 03-24-2013 10:37 PM

Wow, that thing looks awesome. I have been meaning to build one myself forever, basically the same design just not as fancy. That thing looks clean and functional though.

OZ-T 03-24-2013 10:41 PM

Nice job OP

jacobigindi 03-25-2013 11:43 AM

thanks guys :)
I'm gunna be strapping our SAE baja car to it and driving up to Bellingham, WA, so that should give me a pretty good idea of how solid it is

Forster46 03-25-2013 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jacobigindi (Post 6644363)
thanks guys :)
I'm gunna be strapping our SAE baja car to it and driving up to Bellingham, WA, so that should give me a pretty good idea of how solid it is

Thats about a half hour from me lol

Nick82 04-07-2013 08:19 PM

That's a good looking rack! What gauge and size is the expanded metal mesh? I am thinking about making somthing very close to what you have. Very good looking.

cdk 04-09-2013 08:34 AM

looks good. any plans for lights?

jacobigindi 04-09-2013 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick82 (Post 6710577)
That's a good looking rack! What gauge and size is the expanded metal mesh? I am thinking about making somthing very close to what you have. Very good looking.

Thank you. It's 3/4" expanded, not sure about the gauge :confused:

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdk (Post 6717494)
looks good. any plans for lights?

Thank you. I have led strips under the bed rails which are bright enough for now, but i'm thinking of adding some small led spotlights later on. I'd like to find a way to add them without welding anything on and ruining the powder coating, but we'll see. I haven't put that much thought into it yet


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