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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Fabricating a luggage rack

I needed a luggage rack for the weekend so I took a stab at making one.

It's kinda crude, but I think it'll work

I used 1/2" round bar bent to shape with a vise and and a snipe. I used 1/8 x2" flatbar for the brackets and cross members.

I just need to weld it and paint it now.

Bending the roundbar in the vise.


Final shape.



I bent the flatbar to make a bit of an angle bracket.


I trimmed the ends to match the bracket.


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What's supporting the rack in the rear?
The OEM rack was bolted in front like yours but also was bolted to the inside of the "sissy bar"....

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What's supporting the rack in the rear?
The OEM rack was bolted in front like yours but also was bolted to the inside of the "sissy bar"....
Down here in the south we call it a piece of 2x4. Who let the dogs out

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Im interested in what kind of tubing ya used Roach (specs)...I was gonna start fabbing some, but was gonna make em outta band....albeit heavier than tubing, but more solid IMO...I thought mebbe 3/4 for the frame, than 1/2 for the crosses....



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Looks like solid 1/2" cold rolled steel to me.
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Its tubing....look at the second pic....you can see the hollow in the cuts....



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Looked solid to me...

Pretty neat idea, easier to make than one of mine lol.

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its solid. blow the picture up and you can see it. besides unless he was sand bending tube, it would have folded tube making those bends

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Pretty sweet. I've been thinking about making one of these up to replace the half arsed one i made out of flat bar. Now that I've finally got a proper 20amp line run, I can actually start playing with the welder I picked up early this year.

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Im interested in what kind of tubing ya used Roach (specs)...I was gonna start fabbing some, but was gonna make em outta band....albeit heavier than tubing, but more solid IMO...I thought mebbe 3/4 for the frame, than 1/2 for the crosses....
As I mentioned in the original post, it's 1/2" round bar (solid), and 1/8"x2" flatbar for the cross members.

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