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    Roof trays --> hitch rack

    I had a Hollywood hitch rack and it was fine, light and easy to remove/install/load. But on a recent 20 hour trip to Moab the hooks that clamps on the frame rubbed my buddy's raw frame to a mirror shine .
    So I picked up two new Frontloaders for a great deal with the intention of hitch mounting them

    I took the Hollywood rack apart for the tongue and made a platform for the Frontloaders, all bolted together, no welding. It comes in at 42lbs, thought it will be lighter since it's all aluminum except for the tongue and trays.

    Total cost:
    Aluminum= $14
    Hardware=$14
    Frontloader= $200
    Time= 6 hours

    No pics of the bare platform, but it was basically an I shape |--------|


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    It has the option to mount a 3rd bike with my 1UP copy.

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    Nice. I was going to do something similar until I found an old version of the 1-up (the design was licensed to Jeep, so not built by 1-up) for $235 with shipping. The advantage with your setup is that you can switch the trays to the roof if so desired. Nicely executed.

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    Nice. I just bought a INNO tire hold roof rack, and it's awesome, but after using it for the first time I realized it's quite the reach getting the Horsethief (frickin' BIG bike!!) on and off the roof of the car (Volvo XC70).

    I found I have to lift the bike by the chainstay and absolute bottom of the fork leg in order to get it in/out of the rack. With a 31lb bike it's a bit wobbly doing that.

    I'm thinking converting it to a hitch mount might be the way to go.
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    ^ I have a Yakima high roller on the roof and for a short guy like me, almost impossible to load and unload a bike. But its only used for group rides where a 2nd person can help.

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    Re: Roof trays --> hitch rack

    What about caring a step stool with you.. That's what I did with my lifted Jeep cause I'm short lol

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    Inno makes a base that could be used like this also

    https://www.innoracks.com/details/up...H350option.jpg

    I almost went this route, but bought a T2 instead. I was wondering how robust rook racks would be mounted 90 degrees to their intended use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad_M View Post
    Inno makes a base that could be used like this also

    https://www.innoracks.com/details/up...H350option.jpg

    I almost went this route, but bought a T2 instead. I was wondering how robust rook racks would be mounted 90 degrees to their intended use.
    Nice, but expensive for what it is

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    Another MN man in a toaster. I would like to see this if you are ever at Leb or Murphy as soon as it stops raining. I run a modified bus rack on the back of my toaster. Seeing this makes me wish I had not sold my Frontloader, that thing will hold a fat bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    Another MN man in a toaster. I would like to see this if you are ever at Leb or Murphy as soon as it stops raining. I run a modified bus rack on the back of my toaster. Seeing this makes me wish I had not sold my Frontloader, that thing will hold a fat bike.

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    You have a closeup of that bus rack?

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    Nice work OP! I did something similar:



    No issues for me with the frontloader mounted sideways, but I have a full size truck with camper shell to block the wind.

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    Lunchwagon, do you have any detail shots of how you attached the crossbars to the hitch tray? I was thinking about doing the same thing and then found this thread through a Google search. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktj1 View Post
    Lunchwagon, do you have any detail shots of how you attached the crossbars to the hitch tray? I was thinking about doing the same thing and then found this thread through a Google search. Thanks!
    Build thread here: http://forums.mtbr.com/car-biker/hom...go-635030.html

    There's probably an easier way to do it, but this is what I came up with and it's been working well.

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    Previous thread on this topic with photos of the hitch rack I made to use existing roof trays:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/car-biker/roo...ch-864603.html

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    Thanks for the link! Very well done! I'm having trouble sourcing 1-1/4" exhaust clamps. Do you think 1-1/2" would work ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktj1 View Post
    Thanks for the link! Very well done! I'm having trouble sourcing 1-1/4" exhaust clamps. Do you think 1-1/2" would work ok?
    Local auto parts store doesn't have 1 1/4 exhaust clamps?

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    Yakima bars are 1" diameter, so the closer to that the better. Looks like there are some 1 1/8" clamps here: U-Bolt Clamp - Heavy Duty

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchwagon View Post
    Yakima bars are 1" diameter, so the closer to that the better. Looks like there are some 1 1/8" clamps here: U-Bolt Clamp - Heavy Duty
    They are actually a hair over 1", so even if you can find 1" clamps, stay with 1 1/8"

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