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Old 02-21-2016, 01:06 PM   #1
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Just picked up small estimate truck that i put removable ladder racks since i dont want to always carry a ladder or the rack. Truck has a tiny bed. (5' Bed..Please stop :laughing)...anyway i only really carry a ladder, sometimes some down spout, and 1x6 so no real weight will be on them. Have them on my f150 for 10 years and love them.



Since such a short bed the ladder hangs past the rear and dont want to drive with a flag all the time so going to customize the front rack and weld an extension on them about 3 feet so i can utilize the space over the cab. The way its set up now its is way off balance and will obviously bounce like crazy



The racks slide in out and out of a bolted down square stock sleeve and can be removed in seconds. Ive never seen this before on a single leg removable rack and could be a great or dumb idea.



Any welders on here have any suggestions?

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Old 02-21-2016, 01:07 PM   #2
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I like the idea, I am an around the farm welder, do good jobs with arc but no way a professional. With that being said, I like the idea you have, I would tie both uprights together for stability with the new over hang. You could still lift it out but some 2" square tubing from the front to back would help counter act the new fulcrum you create with the front addition.
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I agree. If they we're tied together longitudinally it would help the cantilever. Maybe you could just weld on a couple brackets so you could drop in the longitudinal piece and hold it in place with a couple pins. That way you could take out the racks off still.

Have you ever seen the trak rack cantilever setup. They are super flimsy because it isn't tied into the rear rack. My system one rack though, I can stand (200 lbs) on the cantilever and it doesn't deflect much.
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I'm an x-ray certified welder. Take my opinion for what it's worth.

I'd run two small pieces of square tubing out from both ends of the existing horizontal member, and a small one across the front butting to both ends. Essentially, you create a box.

Then, cut a couple simple gussets out of 1/4" plate and weld them up. It isn't gonna hold a car, but it will be at least as strong as the existing rack.
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I'm an x-ray certified welder. Take my opinion for what it's worth.

I'd run two small pieces of square tubing out from both ends of the existing horizontal member, and a small one across the front butting to both ends. Essentially, you create a box.

Then, cut a couple simple gussets out of 1/4" plate and weld them up. It isn't gonna hold a car, but it will be at least as strong as the existing rack.

Sort of what in having made. Guy at the yard is a welder. Having something like this made. Should be ready tomorrow


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Looks like you have the next gen frontier... I've been back aand forth between upgrading. But the thing has just been so reliable. I havent found an issue with my set up yet..and yes after my box I have a 3' bed. I could remove the racks and bed within 20 minutes if I had to.
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That's a funny looking truck. I like it
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Well over a month later my friend finally welded this up for me. Came out great. Exactly what I needed.

Gained an additional 3' of over the cab support on 5' bed. Can carry 28' no problem if I have to

Ended up costing $100 for the racks from harbour freight and a 50' gutter for my friends mothers house. Can't beat that.


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I know this is an old thread....But why was that extra 3' even needed? The ladder wasn't going to go anywhere without it. And you said it will obviously bounce, but it wouldn't have. Oh my, too early to be reading this post!
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I know this is an old thread....But why was that extra 3' even needed? The ladder wasn't going to go anywhere without it. And you said it will obviously bounce, but it wouldn't have. Oh my, too early to be reading this post!
I think he was referring to the down spout being a little bouncy due to it's flexible nature.
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I know this is an old thread....But why was that extra 3' even needed? The ladder wasn't going to go anywhere without it. And you said it will obviously bounce, but it wouldn't have. Oh my, too early to be reading this post!


Guess it wasn't really needed. Was one of my I have too much free time ideas. Used it for a few months but rarely ever carry a ladder around so basically just sits on top of my storage trailer.


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Guess it wasn't really needed. Was one of my I have too much free time ideas. Used it for a few months but rarely ever carry a ladder around so basically just sits on top of my storage trailer.


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I was thinking of doing something similar to me ladder rack, I need a little more piece of mind that my extension ladder isn't going to slam into the roof of my cab when I hit a bump.

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