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Old 04-18-2012
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New Truck Rack

Just added a new truck rack to my 2011 Ranger Sport and wanted to share a picture.

Constructed of 6061 Aluminum Schedule 40 pipe it weighs on 40 lbs and has a capacity of 1200 lbs

Great addition to the functionality of the truck.
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Looks good!
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Very well done. What are you going to cover it with?
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Am I going to cover it?

I was toying with the idea of a 1/4 inch Aluminum diamond tread load deck with stainless tie downs, probably will stay within the 32 inch width of the top maybe a rolled edge lip lenghtwise.

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you could do a canvas cover. or use the sunbrella material or something. That would be pretty cool, lightweight, strong. Could have it removable, in sections, for putting larger things in the bed, camping, etc. or maybe just do the sides cloth, and a deck on top?

how did you get the 1200 lb rating?
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The rack was bought from a mechanical engineer and draftsman who does them as a side business. The larger tubes 1.5 inch sched 40 pipe and are mandrel bent and the smaller tubes are .5 inch and are one piece that run the full lenght of the rack. This process he explained to me provides some of the strength. I am not sure how he calculates the weight capacity but here is the tag on the rack.
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oh cool thought it might've been a home made deal.
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Wish I had the skills to make the rack, I am an electrician, welding is something I would like to learn. It was very reasonably priced and when I compared it to commercial racks such as Thule and Tracrac and Kargomaster this rack was the clear winner when I mapped out what I wanted for the truck. Buying local is always good as well =)
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Mounted Truck Box this weekend

Cut the lower bar and had a local machinist make some threaded caps to tie the toolbox to the rack.Turned out nice and clean looking.
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Nice!
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This sporty truck is perfect for a sports buff like me. I would love to own one. Good choice man! Makes me so jealous! I find your Ford Ranger Sport so stylish and tough. As for the truck rack all I can say is that it's nicely done. I can't believe it's locally done.

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Rack is nice, looks good, covering sounds great.
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Travelling back to British Columbia this month snapped this picture of the aluminum deck from the hotel room

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Hey thats new!...looking good
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Added Work Lights to the Rack New Years Eve

So I finally got the Bully Lights I wanted for Christmas and set to work adding my Work Lights and Auxiliary Reverse Lights. Although they are not automatic with reverse a quick flip of the switch provides plenty of light to supplement the Reverse Lights.









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Added Work Lights to the Rack New Years Eve Pt II

More of the install...







Relay is tucked up near the firewall behind the fuse box



All lit up not full dark but an overcast day more dark pictures soon

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Are you just gonna stick with reverse lights or are you going to add side facing lights as well?
Either way it looks clean, Very cool.
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I was smart this time when I ran the wiring and pre wired the engine bay to cab so I don't have to do that next project. I have thought about side lights and I have one free switch in the cab. I have been thinking about an ARB Awning and may put lights under the the deck for that or side lights at the front end of the rack pointing out at 45 degrees facing forward for lighting up the edges of the road or trail. I will probably use the same lights as they are good quality and low profile and not too expensive.
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Rack looks good. Building something similiar myself
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32vsnake tried to PM you don't know if it worked

If you want detailed info on my rack PM me

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