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Get your minds out of the gutter, not that kinda rack.
Can't figure out how to put more than one pic at a time.
This is to haul my kitesurfing stuff to the beach.
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Some up close pics of the rack
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I can't take credit for the work. Had a local welder in Wilmington help me design and create. He did a very nice job and it only set me back $200. Took about 4 hours including disassembling and designing a new plate to fit where the old rack bolted on. The bolts on top that are under the plastic peice near gas cap now have a threaded block of aluminum on the underside to provide more support than those cheesy threaded clips.
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I was concerned about the length till I saw how it was loaded. Have fun hitting the waves.

And remember no u turns in tight places.
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I'd mount a remote tail light at the end of the board. Cars will have a hard time seeing the tail light with it loaded.

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Very innovative!
Great job.
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I'd mount a remote tail light at the end of the board. Cars will have a hard time seeing the tail light with it loaded.

-Craig
Yes I do need to do that. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Damned nice bead broz!
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Great job!

I don't know if you have similar laws, but up here in Ontario, anything protruding from the rear of a vehicle by 1.5 meters (just over 4.5 feet) or more, must have a red or orange flag (daytime) or red light (night-time) attached to the back of the load. I assume your boards are probably that long..
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Re: Check out my new rack!
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Get your minds out of the gutter, not that kinda rack.


Cool!

Admore light strips are all I can think of. Good stuff, but will set you back nearly as much as the rack.

Love seeing all of the stuff people haul....Christmas trees, chainsaws..... who says scooters aren't practical?
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I'm waiting for a thread from Judy or Guzzigal with the same title. Laughing emoticon
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I'm waiting for a thread from Judy or Guzzigal with the same title. Laughing emoticon
Haha. All you can do is be hopeful. Laughing emoticon
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Great job!

I don't know if you have similar laws, but up here in Ontario, anything protruding from the rear of a vehicle by 1.5 meters (just over 4.5 feet) or more, must have a red or orange flag (daytime) or red light (night-time) attached to the back of the load. I assume your boards are probably that long..
Yes I'm sure there is some kind of similar law here. I'm going to affix a long piece of PVC w red flag to underside of the rack tunings sticking out past the board.
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I can't help but think that rack is going to have a rough time of it the first big bump you hit while loaded. Those top welds are going to be under a LOT of tension. Looks great though...
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Fogie wrote:
Great job!

I don't know if you have similar laws, but up here in Ontario, anything protruding from the rear of a vehicle by 1.5 meters (just over 4.5 feet) or more, must have a red or orange flag (daytime) or red light (night-time) attached to the back of the load. I assume your boards are probably that long..
Which is why lumberyards in the USA have red flags on hand that they tie on peoples lumber. it's the law here too!
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Fogie wrote:
Great job!

I don't know if you have similar laws, but up here in Ontario, anything protruding from the rear of a vehicle by 1.5 meters (just over 4.5 feet) or more, must have a red or orange flag (daytime) or red light (night-time) attached to the back of the load. I assume your boards are probably that long..
Yes I'm sure there is some kind of similar law here. I'm going to affix a long piece of PVC w red flag to underside of the rack tunings sticking out past the board.
Good idea. You could also attach a red light (like LED tail lamps for trailers) to the PVC pipe and run wires through it to a connector wired to your tail/brake lights.
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broz wrote:
Fogie wrote:
Great job!

I don't know if you have similar laws, but up here in Ontario, anything protruding from the rear of a vehicle by 1.5 meters (just over 4.5 feet) or more, must have a red or orange flag (daytime) or red light (night-time) attached to the back of the load. I assume your boards are probably that long..
Yes I'm sure there is some kind of similar law here. I'm going to affix a long piece of PVC w red flag to underside of the rack tunings sticking out past the board.
Good idea. You could also attach a red light (like LED tail lamps for trailers) to the PVC pipe and run wires through it to a connector wired to your tail/brake lights.
That's a good idea. Has anyone tapped into the wiring harnes for something similar? I haven't gone looking for the wires yet.
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I can't help but think that rack is going to have a rough time of it the first big bump you hit while loaded. Those top welds are going to be under a LOT of tension. Looks great though...
I'd apply braces somehow to it.
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Madison Sully wrote:
I can't help but think that rack is going to have a rough time of it the first big bump you hit while loaded. Those top welds are going to be under a LOT of tension. Looks great though...
I'd apply braces somehow to it.
Yeah the fabricator and I discussed it. Most of the weight is within the first 12". The board is pretty light most of the weight is in the hydrofoil. If it needs support would do one support bar like you illustrated going to rear center. But I have given it plenty of testing and there is no vibration or wobble. I didn't want to drill into the frame unless I absolutely have to.
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Here i am. I'd be worried that people can't see your tail light. When i put my rear rack down and had stuff on it i couldn't see the rear tail light. I put a strip of LED'S on the bike.Now i can see it. Also it will be top heavy. Kudos to you for thinking outside of the box. Where there's a will there's a way as they same. 8)
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Looks great! But yeah ensure you don't put any real weight all that far out and do add some lighting.

I believe we have another thread going for the other type of rack
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Saaaay, that is one serious...rack. (Sorry, can't keep this entirely innocent after that intro.)

And, yes, I was concerned about the tensile/ductile strength of something extended that far sans additional bracing, but it sounds like you and your fabricator did the math. Good luck with getting some serious use from it!
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