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My Rack. Thanks for all the help.

After weighing my options, I took the $100 Surco rack find from CL and custom mounted it. I used heat treated machine screws and some various mounting and eye hook bolt hardware. overall I am happy with my rack and tire mount assembly, which cost a total of $125 installed by yours truly. This is great considering I, only 5 months ago changed my own oil for the first time. As it turns out I am a touch mechanically inclined as well as handy. Special thanks to ,A49erFan, Huey, Cico (smart-ass but funny), and the many others who helped me. I included a couple of interior mods I did,,,,,sorry A49er.
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I centered and lined up the factory crossbars with the two support beams on the surco. I centered the rack and drilled three holes through each rack.
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Another angle.
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From the bottom of the cross rail. Due to the strength of these bolts and where they are positioned, I am not even close to worried about compromising the integrity of the rail or cross bars. These bolts are really tough.
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I had to saw off the edges , so that the knobs to tighten the rails to the commander are free to move around and tighten securely. I filed the ends and repainted the cut edges black
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I used four self tapping screws. This mounting could hold Oprah on a rough trail, if I was ever lucky enough to duct tape her mouth and tie her on the Surco. I ended up changing the mount a little and i used my Dremel tool to cut off the excess bolts sticking up, then put black rubber caps on each exposed bolt.
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I used an eye bolt and to fasten the tire, I used some conduit box material I had and a wing nut (painted by me).
Note: This in no way scratches the rim. The back of the tire rests against the back of the surco rail. This combination is EXTREMELY strong and secure.
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Some pictures right after the install.
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The shovel, I took off until I can get some real fasteners. Here are a few pics of some other mods that day.
Mag-Light holder. I really like it in that place. Another forum member gave me this idea. It does not get in my way, and is easily available for when I have to search for things in the dark. It also doubles as an effective weapon for the last month or so I am in the Chicago area!
I bought a camel pack at Costco for a great price and connected it to the rear of the drivers seat and in the head rest beams. The bite hose can be tucked in to the pocket as well. This was the best little idea I had yet for easily accessible water on the road.
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This shows where I placed my Uniden CB. I took lead from another poster here as well. I tapped the power from the fuse box and soldered the ground to the metal beam under the steering wheel column. I cleaned up the wires later. I also included the placement for the antennae wire that a snaked to the back.
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