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Old 07-22-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
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I refuse to pay almost $1,500.00 for a rack to carry my yak and bike. Sooooo I decided to make my own from components from trusty old Harbor Freight and on hand items. I already had the aluminum cargo basket (https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb...ier-92655.html maybe ~$90.00) and dual hitch extender (https://www.harborfreight.com/dual-h...der-69881.html maybe ~$30.00) so all I needed to add was a pick up truck bed extender (https://www.harborfreight.com/truck-...der-69650.html) for around $70.00. Now all I need to do is figure out a way to add my bike as well? Any ideas you may have are welcomed. Mind you I am not speaking ill of any of the aftermarket solutions, it’s just that the price that comes with those is way too much ham for my two eggs… Overall height clearance of my rig increased to 10’ 4” with the yak mounted from a base of 9’ height. I am not proffering that this solution set is the be all, do all for everyone… However for under $250.00 I have satisfied my requirements. That’s almost a $1,250.00 delta… Your comments and opinions are welcomed.

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Old 07-23-2017, 12:34 PM   #2
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Nice.
I am the same way!
I don't buy nothing,do it all my self.
Do you weld? If so.
Get a piece of flat bar. Weld it to the rear of the basket.
Add a cross bar ,and whatever works to hang your particular bike on.
My yak is 14 foot,so I am kinda stuff with using the roof.
Nice too,that you have room to carry extra gear back there.
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:24 PM   #3
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Nice.
I am the same way!
I don't buy nothing,do it all my self.
Do you weld? If so.
Get a piece of flat bar. Weld it to the rear of the basket.
Add a cross bar ,and whatever works to hang your particular bike on.
My yak is 14 foot,so I am kinda stuff with using the roof.
Nice too,that you have room to carry extra gear back there.
Cheers
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I wish I did weld... I missed that class in shop! I just got back from a little spin on I-65 and my chase car reported that she observed a bit of wobbling from the receiver hitch as I switched lanes and turned corners. I plan on tapping in some aluminum shims into the receiver to see if it helps. I have tried those bolt on contraptions that claim to stop wobbling, but I never had much luck with them. I think by the time I crack the bike mounting solution and pack in the extra external storage spaces with fire wood, etc... the wobble will be manageable, anyway I hope it will. BTW I did not feel anything on the front end as I was doing 60 MPH. Anyway it's a work in progress and I'm still a BOAT load of money ahead! Thanks for the encouragement and idea about the bike mount. Best always. Shorty (aka Shore-T) sends...
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similar here.

I have strapped to spare tire and the stern sits in a "modified" plastic crate (think milk crate- but larger) U bolted to a Harbor freight rack.

this also allows easy opening of pass side rear door

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similar here.

I have strapped to spare tire and the stern sits in a "modified" plastic crate (think milk crate- but larger) U bolted to a Harbor freight rack.

this also allows easy opening of pass side rear door

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Hi Mike, could ya post a picture of that set up? I really feel I am on the edge of bustin this set up out! I have a rectangular milk crate that if properly trimmed e.g. cut, could be the base of the kayak when mounted on the HF rack. Then I could run a horizontal PVC piece with cut outs for the front and rear tire across the HF rack... strap it down fore and aft and viola... just thinking out loud. Best. Shorty (aka Shore-T) sends...
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Good idea. Make sure you secure it well.... air pressure at road speed can do funny things to large "aileron-like" objects. Also it is acting like a parachute, and will probably hurt your gas mileage. Give us a report!
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Good idea. Make sure you secure it well.... air pressure at road speed can do funny things to large "aileron-like" objects. Also it is acting like a parachute, and will probably hurt your gas mileage. Give us a report!
Yea thanks. I wanted to mount it reversed, with the bottom of the yak against the horizontal mounting rack but the horizontal straps would flatten/bend the bottom of the yak. I agree that the air flow is a concern but one that can be mitigated. I rarely travel more than 60 MPH. Thanks for your comments and observations. Best. Shorty (aka Shore-T) sends...
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I wish I did weld... ....my chase car reported that she observed a bit of wobbling from the receiver hitch as I switched lanes and turned corners. I plan on tapping in some aluminum shims into the receiver to see if it helps. I have tried those bolt on contraptions that claim to stop wobbling, but I never had much luck with them. ....
My husband took one of those "adult education" / weekender classes and learned to weld that way. I think it was two 8-hour sessions, for not much money. If you are serious about DIY, a Miller welding set-up will pay for itself in just a few nice projects, believe it or not. Relative to what you'd pay retail for the same outcomes, I mean.

As for the wobbling, we've had good luck with the Stowaway hitch stabilizer (although we don't necessarily like any of Stowaway's other products). The one thing I'd caution about is galling. It needs to be racked down pretty tightly to do its job, and one of our nuts ended up frozen and we had to break it off. There's some kind of additive you can put on the bolt threads to prevent that from happening, which we did with the replacement hardware.
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I'm on tour with the band- won;t be home for a month.
Sorry no pics.

I removed the cover from my spare and have an eye bolt I can strap to

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I'm on tour with the band- won;t be home for a month.
Sorry no pics.

I removed the cover from my spare and have an eye bolt I can strap to

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