The “I’m too cheap to buy it so I’ll make it” thread

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  1. Metalmagic

    Metalmagic New Member

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    I wanted a bed rack for my truck but I find they are way more expensive than I’m willing to spend. I am also a certified and experienced welder and fabricator so I’ll make anything I can if it means saving a buck. So I went on good old craigslist and found a guy selling a roof rack that clamps onto the gutters on a camper. Lucky for me he also had the brackets that are used to adapt them to something like a pop up roof. He had 58” cross bars and 78” so I took both.

    As of right now I have welded the brackets to pieces of 1-1/2” angle. The idea is to make the brackets so they clamp to the bedside. This will make more sense when I update this small project
     
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    Made my own Raptor lights...
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    And matching rear markers...
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    Underhood lighting...
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    I have made my own phone holder out of a belt clip to dash fixture. Made my own key fob cover out of an old leather glove thumb. Over the years i have made hundreds of my own gadgets and mods for house, yards, vehicles, boats, even did surgery on my self. LOL
    I find it unimaginable how people who cant even change a bulb survive.
     
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    WAIT WHAT??? Who told you those people survive? That doesn't sound right. Is that more of that fake news I keep hearing about?
     
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    The dems in Iowa are a good example. They do survive even in that frozen wasteland. LOL
     
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    i know i can buy this, but this is better

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    Try adding some of those small Hersheys chocolate chips on the top of those. Those really top off a brownie. :inlove: Darn it now I need to make brownies.
     
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    fresh update: I had to modify them a little bit and finish them up. Painted and ready to go. Going to put a small piece of neoprene on the inside of the clamp just to protect the bedside a little bit
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  9. rausa64

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    Greetings,
    Anybody buy or "make" some sort of cover to go over the gap between the bed and the gate? Pushing/pulling crap out of the bed seems like a break waiting to happen for the camera cable.
     
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    After a lot of tweaking and sanding and cutting and remeasuring, I finally was able to get the adapters to clamp on to the bed correctly. Here is the finished product. I have to say it actually came out better than I thought
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    Peragon bed covers makes/sells them I had one for my F150, I saved it and plan to trim it to fit my ranger
     
  12. Cdveltri

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    I also decided to make my own bed rack. I have the diamond back cover so I decided to attach the load bars to the cover its self since it's load rated. I ordered some black anodized extruded aluminum T slot from 8020 pre cut for the tracks and load bars. 8020 has TONS of different cross section options and brackets to make anything you can dream up. I am very happy with how it turned out!IMG_20200216_105912.jpg IMG_20200216_105841.jpg
     
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    Made my own bike rack.

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    Also, currently working on a bedside rack to maybe utilize that pocket on the inside of the bed.

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    Not the greatest pictures but I built my headache rack with side rails right when I got the truck. Very handy for multiple tie down points and mounting lights. I like the look of it as well

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