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Old March 8th, 2015, 05:09 PM
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Home Made Rear Bumper/Receiver Hitch/Tire Carrier

I started this bumper quite a while ago and didn't finish the tire carrier portion all the way until recently. I wanted a tire carrier, receiver hitch for light duty towing, and some rear bumper protection that somewhat resembled a NAS step bumper but was a little different. This is what I came up with. It is made from 3/16" steel flat stock and .120 wall DOM tubing. It utilizes only factory drilled holes on my Richards galv chassis. I also utilized the tubular holes built into the crossmember like the NAS bumper. The pivot is a heavy duty spindle with angular wheel bearings made by 4x4 Labs. It has a spring loaded locking pin behind the tire carrier that holds the carrier open at approx 90 degrees, with a "J" hook that locks the pin into place. The pivot that attaches to the tailgate uses large greasable suspension bushings. There is a rubber (suspension) bump stop that keeps it secure when closed and keeps it from rattling. I made it heavy duty so I can add a spare mounted bike rack if necessary. I sort of designed it as I built it and changed a few things during the process so there are a few things I would do different on the next one. Anyway, here are some pics.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 05:20 PM
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Really nice job Macker

I like how it has the NAS look but has a bunch more clearance. I am guessing there are no rattles from the tire carrier with that big old bearing setup!
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Old March 8th, 2015, 05:26 PM
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Thanks don. Partially why I chose the big bearing spindle was so I didn't have to drill into my shiny tub. Had to drill into the tailgate but that's not as big of a deal.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 06:24 PM
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"Where's the beef?" Right there, baby!!! Nice work! That looks so tough with, amazingly enough, enough homage to look stock!
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Old March 8th, 2015, 06:50 PM
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Beautiful work.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 08:34 PM
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Great build, this is def a needed design, very impressive work
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Old March 8th, 2015, 09:39 PM
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Had to add another post after looking at the pics again. Lots of very nice details. Like how the plates have threads/nuts welded on and the bolt goes in from the frame out. Or how the beads go all the way around so less chance of corrosion. Not needing to drill into the body with that spindle yet the tire mount ties into the tailgate so there is no latch needed. And that built in bumpstop.

I can't imagine how long that bumper took to fabricate.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 10:23 PM
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Thanks guys. It did take a lot of time to build. But partially because I would do something and it wouldn't be quite right so I would re-do it. It would go a whole lot faster the next time if I wanted to build another one now that I figured it out.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 10:38 PM
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how does your lift gate latch ?
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Old March 8th, 2015, 10:41 PM
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It doesn't actually "latch", it's held shut by the tailgate like a NAS POE truck. I replicated the POE style plate that attaches to the liftgate
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Old March 8th, 2015, 10:43 PM
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Oh. Cool. Slick all around. Someone here is eventually going to ask you how much you would charge to make them one! I'll take the under on a week. I hope it won't be me, but I make no promises ;-) Again, great job!
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Old March 10th, 2015, 09:18 AM
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Macker, looks really good man. I have to meet you and check out your River the next time I am in SoCal.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 09:42 AM
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Impressive design and execution. Your new tub thanks you.
Hard to believe this started out as a SIII. Nice work all around.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:26 AM
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very nice work !

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