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    Homemade rack for the newbie.

    Hi there folks, and merry Christmas to you all.

    Just got my TW on Saturday morning, hauled it to the eastern side of the state the same day and already found out I need more cargo hauling capability. Deciding on whether to build or buy a rack and wondering what size tubing is common for these? I can make the bender and mandrels easy enough, thick wall tube isn't tough to bend without collapsing. idk. Can't justify spending the 150 to 200$ I see some of them go for. Loren.

    Also didn't find where to enter in my profile other than color preferences? Weird. EDIT:: found it, data inputteded

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    congrats on the new ride. I believe the Cycleracks are 5/8" thick wall. I made a custom rack outta 3/4" square tubing (14ga). Just another option. TIM
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    I built front and rear racks out of 3/4" PVC pipe and fittings.
    I was originally worried about durability, but after 10K miles of pretty heavy loads on some rugged trails, I'm pleased.
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    Thanks guys. I suspected it was 5/8", will go with that. Loren

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    Not mine, but here's what somebody did.

    Yamha TW200 racks.jpg

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    I'm all for DIY

    if it weren't for that , we wouldn't have the aftermarket goodies to buy. Guys like Lizrdbrth, Tinman, Mr. Bracket, and the countless other TW'ers have helped pave the way for the mass produced accessories we less creative/resourceful folk enjoy. I say have at it. I attached a Rubbermaid action packer directly to my sub-frame, and have learned since then that you'll want to tie your DIY rack into something stronger than just the sub-frame. Can't wAit to see what you come up with. This is one of the many joys to be had on this forum, watching others do incredible things.
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    I think I'm going to hit up the local ATV junk yard and see what I can get there and cut/weld into my needs. OR, I may just buy one in support of the guys that make them. So far, I like the Moose Racing rack. The others are to small or to large, I wont be hauling enough to justify the added down bars. I hope...

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    Some good feedback here guys, thanks. I make a bunch of things for Infiniti G20's already so making a rack probably won't be a big deal.

    LoCoPerformance.com is my site, meager as it is..

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    What cal is the ruger 77 ?

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