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    Senior Member TWisty's Avatar
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    Last winter I made a rear rack out of PVC.

    After 5,000 miles of fairly rough roads, carrying 40+ pounds of gear, it worked flawlessly.



    So this winter, I made a PVC rack for the front.

    Unlike the Cycleracks that blocks the headlight, my rack sits above the light.

    Same basic construction using 3/4" PVC fittings and some steel mending plates.

    Total cost around $10.



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    nice job!...how does it do loaded?...does it flex much?

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    Nice job, I like it.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Point37 View Post
    nice job!...how does it do loaded?...does it flex much?


    I did a shakedown test with my 4-man tent (which actually sleeps 1 comfortably) bungied to the front rack. It weighed about 10 pounds. There was very little flex.



    The rear PVC rack flexes a bit when fully loaded but I view that as a plus. Things that "give" a little, tend not to break. I'm a huge fan of those little ball bungies for fastening things. Only the duffle bag is lashed with real bungies.



    Overall, I'm very pleased with both racks.

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    Cool. Like it! I have an old yamaha rear rack I was thinking of making into front rack like your above the headlight. One thing I'm worried about it is when riding thru streams or large chunk rocks on a rocky trail is I like to be able to look down to see where exactly the front tire is going. Have you had any problems with stuff on your front rack blocking your vision looking in front of tire?
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    This is perfect for a guy like me right now. I'm going to have to do this.

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    Lol We need to get you a mig rig...
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    Did you ever post pics or start a thread on your rear rack? Would love to see it AND where'd ya get the bags? They look just about perfect for the tdub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by importmech View Post
    Have you had any problems with stuff on your front rack blocking your vision looking in front of tire?


    So far, I've only had the test ride with the tent on the front rack, and it DOES limit your vision in threading your way through rocks, but no more than any other front rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fort Payne View Post
    Did you ever post pics or start a thread on your rear rack? Would love to see it AND where'd ya get the bags? They look just about perfect for the tdub.


    I did, but it was a year ago. I'll post them again.

    I've since repainted the bike in army olive and camo duct tape I got at Walmart. Got those ideas from lizrdbrth and ronnydog.



    The bags are East German milsurp, $5 each. They just hang over the rear seat and tank using 4 dog collars from the dollar store. The little jerry cans are also German milsurp, and each hold 1.25 gallons. In the pics, the PVC rack is attached to the factory rack with two hose clamps. The jerry cans are supported by a foot-long piece of wire shelving, which is also attached with two hose clamps. There's a couple of tool tubes bungied up underneath the rack. However, my aftermarket skidplate, made out of my wife's HDPE cutting board, did not work.



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