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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.:headbang2:
 

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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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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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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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Nice work! I like seeing people doing things differently than the norm.

Where did you get the mag light mounts? That's a great spot for it, I might just have to mirror your install.

Once again, great job on all your mods.
 

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Thanks for the props & make sure you update your garage thread.
 

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Nice job man great install. I know you used solid hardware but, I might be a little worried by the lack of mounting surface those bolts use. In the wind and off road not sure the bolt heads are wide enough to spread the load out along the surface. Just something to think about it's cool when we invent are own stuff keep it up.
 

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Nice mods. I have some of those Mag-Lite brackets. I never could decide where to place them. Thanks.
 

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What, Who me??? I like the camel pack. Excellent idea!
The CB coax could be run behind the plastic, it is easy to get to. I can offer help there too.

Excellent ideas, but after Crunchy fell and broke his leg getting stuff of
the roof rack, can you put something on there to secure the ladder?

Great install and documentation.
 

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I would definately recommend routing that CB coax under the plastic. It would look much better and like cico said, its really easy to do.
 
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