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luv2skyski

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Posted: 03/11/09 09:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw a JoeChiOhki reply the other day in a post about receiver mounted cargo carriers. His picture showed a two tube mounted carrier. Now I've never been a big fan of the one I own. It has always bounced (not a lot but enough where I never felt really confident with it). The two inch square tube is 1/8” thick and it says it’s rated for 500 pounds. I’ve never even come close to that with my Honda genny and it’s aluminum box but the flex was always present. I decided to copy Joe’s idea. I used 1/4” thick 2” square tube for the supports and I purchased two 18” long receiver tubes from Northern Tool (18” because I was going to bolt it on and wanted the extra length for picking up the extra holes).

Here is one with the bumper removed showing the front receiver:
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I had to modify the bumper mounting plates to accommodate the receiver tubes which I mounted inside the frame rails:
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This is looking up at the bottom of the right hand frame rail after I installed the receiver tube (the front two bolts are threaded into the receiver tubes to give me more length for the carrier mounting tubes):
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This is looking down the receiver tube at the mounting bolts:
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Here is the bumper reinstalled:
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And the front license plate back in place:
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Finally one with the genny box and cargo carrier installed:
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I decided to use removable pins because it was always so hard to line up the cargo carrier with the receiver (even with two people). Now I can easily lift the carrier and then worry about removing the mounting tubes. We went to the race this past weekend at AMS. It wasn't a long drive but long enough to find out that it doesn't move, bounce, or flex at all. I'm extremely pleased with the results. Later, Dave.


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That looks pretty slick. Nice pics too.


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Nice JOB!! Very sturdy and I like your pin mounting system, I always had issue getting mine in on my old Ford. What is the distance from the grill? Does it cause any cooling issues that you know of? Capt PJ


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Posted: 03/11/09 10:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dave, Looks great, sure wish I had the energy to do that one to my truck. Maybe later.

What was the "modify the bumper mounting plates"? I couldn't tell from the picture if it was a before or after shot.
On forth look, it looks like the top of the opening was enlarged, correct?


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pjay9 wrote:

Nice JOB!! Very sturdy and I like your pin mounting system, I always had issue getting mine in on my old Ford. What is the distance from the grill? Does it cause any cooling issues that you know of? Capt PJ
I don't know the exact distance from the grill but it is the same as the original (I would estimate 6-7 inches). Last year we made a trip from Georgia to Maine to Michigan then back to Atlanta starting on July 2nd and ending on July 21st. No cooling problems whatsoever.

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What was the "modify the bumper mounting plates"? I couldn't tell from the picture if it was a before or after shot.
On forth look, it looks like the top of the opening was enlarged, correct?
That is correct. The hole used to be square. The end of the two new receivers stop just behind the bumper. I had to slightly modify the bumper and plasic bumper trim (you can see that in the "Here is the bumper reinstalled" picture) to accept the mounting tubes. Later, Dave.

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Thats awesome. I want to do something like that to the front of my truck.

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Nicey done project.


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Man that is sharp!
Do you have a picture of the whole thing from the front?
I have a front mount already but want to do almost exactly what you did.
Is the plug mount upfront for your generator?


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Posted: 03/11/09 10:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All that and a bucket of chicken!! You da man Dave, let me give you my address to come for a visit, I have some projects maybe you can show me how to do while I watch...all your projects are so clean when done. Another good job!





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That looks great! Very clean and practically invisible install when the carrier is not on there. Way Cool, I've gotta do something like that! It'd be great to get a little weight out of the back, and onto the front axle.
Nicely done!

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