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    modified a free thule bike rack i got

    picked up a bike rack for free off a local facebook group and im making it a single bike rack made to fit my truck. first thing i did was cut 6 inches off the tongue, then weld the locking nut back into it. painted and put it all back together.

    today i added a cleat off an old pair of shoes so that i have an added mounting location and the ability of tilting the rack without taking off the bike.

    only thing left to do is cut the extra bike mounts off the end and im done. just thought i would share some photos of what i have done so far

    before i did anything
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    cut off 6 inches
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    welded the nut back in

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    modified a free thule bike rack i got-20160624_181104_zpsvnmiitud.jpgmodified a free thule bike rack i got-20160624_182656_zpsyndof3nl.jpg

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    Love this. Super clever with the cleat.

    Does that nut plate slip inside the square tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zef95 View Post
    Love this. Super clever with the cleat.

    Does that nut plate slip inside the square tube?
    yes it was welded back in

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    I bought that same rack and it stuck out way too far. Ended up buying another model Thule rack mixing and matching parts. Sold the leftover parts rack on CL. Thanks for the nut pic. I could never figure out how that welded that nut in.

    What's the cleat for? Do you clip the pedal in?
    2012 Specialized Camber Comp 29er
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    Quote Originally Posted by lastplace29er View Post
    I bought that same rack and it stuck out way too far. Ended up buying another model Thule rack mixing and matching parts. Sold the leftover parts rack on CL. Thanks for the nut pic. I could never figure out how that welded that nut in.

    What's the cleat for? Do you clip the pedal in?
    i do clip it in. i am able to fold the rack down with the bike on it and it also is an extra mounting location because the rack only holds the top tube

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    I think thule likes my rack .
    I don't think I have anything I don't modify somehow.


    "Good day Kevin,

    We do not recommend any modifications to our racks. This could void the warranty. Our racks are not designed for off roading and even with modifications, these could cause damages to the bikes or to the vehicle.

    regards,

    the Thule team"

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    cut 16 inches off the bars. so all in all i cut the rack down 22 inches that i didnt need

    modified a free thule bike rack i got-20160630_203558_zpsa0hzibbu.jpg

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