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76Scoutman

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When I bought my TC the previous owner threw in a set of 4 bed rail tie downs and a box of misc hardware, hooks, chains, turnbuckles, etc. I've wanted to build my own set of tie downs since I'm cheap and have all the materials/abilities to do so. After a lot of creeper time under the truck scratching my head on how I wanted to go about doing this I came up with a solution.

For the rear...
The bumper brackets have a rectangular hole in them that was just about right for a piece of receiver tube. I cut holes in the chrome bumper to let the tube stick out and trimmed it with edge trim. I had some cool pins that didn't have a project yet so I used them here and rivited the lanyard to the bumper bracket to keep them from getting lost.

The rear insert you have to slide in before putting the TC on cause the tie down and the camper jack want to occupy the same space. Once on, just slide them out and put the pin in.

I'll let the picts do the rest...

My rear end is naked!!
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The brackets I started with.
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Trimmed a little material out of the hole for the tube to fit in.
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Once the bracket was done, I marked where the tube was going to come out, drilled the 4 corner holes from the inside, then connected the dots with the plasma cutter. The hole is not square since it's on a complex curved surface which is why I did it this way. I had a flexible straight edge clamped to guide the plasma tip and it cut much better through the chrome bumper than I imagined it would.
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The finished hole.
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Ignore the dent in either end of my bumper. [emoticon]

After the hole was cut in the bumper I could then slide out the 2.5 x 2.5" tube to mark the wierd cut for the outside.

Holes prep'd and ready to go.
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Painted only the parts that wouldn't get paint when assembled.
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Tack'd in. C-clamp holding things firm and parallel to the bracket and bumper.
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Burned in.
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Mostly finished. Blue tape on to keep from scratching truck paint when putting the bumper back on.

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Finished.
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The inserts...

I did a quick model of the end plate to make sure it was how I wanted it. Once I had tweaked the part to my liking, I printed out to scale, center punched the holes and traced the outside for the plasma cutter. I tap'd the holes for the fold down step. They're really only used when the TC is off, if I wanted to leave the inserts in. Not sure if I'll keep the steps or not.

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Shot from the rear.
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Oh and the rig I'm working on. [emoticon]

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So now on to the front mounts...
I'll save ya'll the fab steps and get right on to the mounts. I'll have to go out and snap a few shots of them on the truck as I just put them on last night.

Pre paint, passengers side.
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Pre paint, drivers side.
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The finished product after paint.
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Nice design and very good looking welds!


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Posted: 10/10/11 01:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice job on the layout, cutting, prep, fitting and welding. [emoticon]

For future reference, you can buy seamless 2" i.d. 1/4" wall square hitch tube at most metal suppliers, to use for nesting tube projects, rather than buying generic seamed tube and grinding out the inside seam. You can also buy it as a pre-fabricated receiver tube, with the 5/8" pin hole already drilled and the collar around one end. Check DiscountHitches.com, in their hitch fabrication parts section for the tubes.


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Posted: 10/10/11 02:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very good... I did my own custom tie downs, but yours take the cake. Impressed...It won't be long before someone else copies your design...

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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

Very nice job on the layout, cutting, prep, fitting and welding. [emoticon]

For future reference, you can buy seamless 2" i.d. 1/4" wall square hitch tube at most metal suppliers, to use for nesting tube projects, rather than buying generic seamed tube and grinding out the inside seam. You can also buy it as a pre-fabricated receiver tube, with the 5/8" pin hole already drilled and the collar around one end. Check DiscountHitches.com, in their hitch fabrication parts section for the tubes.


Thanks for the kind words...

Honestly I didn't want to pay the price for seamless receiver tubing, especially for a whole 20' stick. I had bought about 12' of this stuff a while back for various projects and it works fairly well with no modification other than drilling the holes you want, where you want them. It's 2.5" square but has a 3/16" wall with the seam. The .25" wall is a better fit but like you said, it's either grind the seam (an air powered 1/2" wide belt sander works good for this), pay for the expensive stuff, or go premade. Most projects that I use receiver tube for get a 1/2" jack bolt tap'd into the side to eliminate play in the hitch. Since these wouldn't be in full time, and when they are they'd have tension on them anyway, I didn't bother.

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Here's a quick side shot and one of them mounted.

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