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Critique my bed bar design

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Geem750, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Apr 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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    Geem750

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    Ive been trying to think of a secure way to carrier a full size spare around in my truck so it wont get stolen and also be easily removed in case i want to throw something in the bed of my truck. I love the idea of a rear bumper tire carrier but i cant afford a 1200$ or more bumper. A lot of the bed bars ive seen have the tire sitting on an angle and taking pretty well most of the bed space and rendering it almost useless for anything else. Then there's roof racks and bed racks and thats even more money and from what my brother tells me, the roof isnt a great place to store a spare. SO

    i love the idea of a bed bar at the back of the cab to mount multiple things such as bed lights, backup lights and CB antennas. with this ive created an idea via MS paint (lol). im not a fabricator and i dont design anything ever as you'll probably notice by the picture but im wondering what other members think of this, what are the flaws and such before i ask my uncle to fab one up for me.

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    after taking a measuring tape the the bed of the truck it looks like the tire will cover most of the back window and leave enough space for the two mounting brackets in the picture. should also clear the wheel well in a double cab.

    Fire away!
     
  2. Apr 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I like it. Like you already pointed out, the only thing I would really worry about is the tire blocking all my view. But if you have it far enough to the side then there isn't much to worry about. You could probably mount a second light on the right side of the tire, if there is room.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM
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    It looks good but i would build it in such a way that the tire would rest on the bed of the truck standing up, I don't think the bedrails would handle that much weight alone.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2013 at 12:29 AM
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    Not a bad design Subd for finish product
     
  5. Apr 15, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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    This is good for not only relieving the weight off the rails but also dropping the tire as low as possible for more visibility.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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    I'd love to see this actually made. Looks good.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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    I'm not sure the measurements but keep in mind, if your current design has the tire touching the floor of the bed it won't be compatible if you go to a larger tire size.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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    I concur, the weight would be too much.

    +1

    The plan is to keep the weight of the tire on the bed of the truck. My brother made a suggestion as to keep the slots instead of just a circle, make it a slotted cicle if that makes any sense, so i can move the bolt to hold the tire up or down, makes me think i should have the bars going vertical, spaced apart for a 6bolt pattern rim, with vertical slotted holes so i can have different sized spares there. boom, problem solved
     
  9. Apr 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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    Might be easier to make a separate rack that you can bolt onto the bar with slots to adjust the height of the rack and keep the bolts in a fixed location.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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    sort of like having an extra hub that can bolt to the rack?
     
  11. Apr 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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    Pretty much, like make a separate piece that the wheel bolts onto. And where that piece has holes to be bolted on to the rack, cut slots so it's adjustable.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2013 at 1:18 AM
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    This. The bigger the tire, just raise the "hub mount" 32 inch tire? Have it in one spot. 33 inch tire? Slide the hub mounting plate up slightly with the slots, in order to make room for the extra inch down below. As far as different bolt patterns, just make a different plate all together. Easiest solution
     
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    I like your design as it is, except I would put the spare on the drivers side so that it would obscure the view less.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    i had also thought of this when i was sitting in the bed of my truck holding the tape measure.


    I probably wont be building this until i get a proper spare tire. and ive decided to hold back on new tires til next season. Ill post back here once i have something to show for it.
     
  15. May 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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    What size stock are you going to use, gussets and weld spec? Have you figured out both the bending and fatigue loads in your design, not to mention the vibration spectrum.

    Or you can just build it big and heavy enough and repair weld when needed...

    Howard
     
  16. Jun 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM
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    I really like it but blocking the back window is an issue for me!
     
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