2014 Baja Warrior

nightgrider

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#41
So for the sake of ease and to speed up the build on the luggage racks. I decided I'm going to forgo notching tubes, got some 3/4" wide, 1/8" thick flat bar coming. I still want to practice welding around a tube, but I just kind of want to get the racks rolling. It will make the racks a bit heavier, but still should look nice if I take my time and make sure everything is square. Planning to focus on the rear rack since it is the most functional/practical.
 

nightgrider

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#42
My flat bar came today. So I figured I better get to cutting. Right now the rack's about 15.5" x 18" I'm trying to decide if I like those dimensions. But that's about what is was shooting for on the size. I'll notch another piece of 7/8" tubing to run down the middle for a structural spine to support the flat bar in the middle to prevent flex. Now I have to decide on the spacing of the flat bar. Right now I'm thinking an inch in-between each flat bar, but I'll have to lay it out and see how it all falls.
 

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nightgrider

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#44
Thanks, yeah that flat bar is going to make it Heavy, with a capital H. I can't take credit for the bends. These pieces were pre-bent. I may switch back to notching tube. We'll see. Just was getting lazy. Haha nothing is even tacked yet the world is my oyster at this point.
 

nightgrider

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#48
Did a little CAD (cardboard aided design) mock up. Looks like about 2" spacing between the flat bar will look really nice. @sparkwizard the whole 72" piece of flat bar weights about 2 lbs. I'll end up using most of it. The other tubing is around 2 lbs, there will be some other tabs and the two support tubes. Which I haven't cut yet. Probably in the end it will be around 5-6 lbs all together. That's not too bad.
 

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