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Old 11-25-2014, 01:20 PM   #11
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I'm thinking a single tire tag axle would be sweet.

AKA: "Wheelie Bar"!
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:31 PM   #12
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AKA: "Wheelie Bar"!
I was trying to sound more official.
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Well-you've used it -so you can tell us if it works or not. But if you are welcoming critique ( ) , your designer/fabricator must have been a bridge builder! I'm guessing the rack alone is over 500 lbs? You could park a train on that. I build tube chassis race cars + roll cages-if you told me "build something to hold a 500 lb sled + 100 lbs of gear" i'd bet I could make something that weighs 1/4 of that.

A hard lesson learned: something has got to give. 1st learned by me at a young age. I had a Datsun 510 wagon-build up for hammering down dirt roads-pretending I was a rally driver. I had a piece of 3" pipe given to me. I thought it looked tough so i made a front bumper out of it. One nite out beating around, I blew a corner + went into the large rock with the right front. The bumper never bent-but the car was destroyed. The energy went from the bumper into the mounts-and the to the shell of the car-which was nowheres as strong.
With that thought in mind-what do you think it stronger, your deck or the Chevy its mounted to?
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Haha!! Oops...sorry. ;)
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Looking at the front wheel clearance in the before and after pictures, it doesn't seem that there is much new leverage on the frame. The conversion took off a decent sized section of body sheet metal and the rear cap is now much farther inboard. The bumper and seats are gone as well as the kids that once sat in them. All that lightened the weight aft of the axles. The new rack incorporates the original frame rails so that part's a wash.

The rack and snowmobiles probably put back all that plus some, but as said before, the weigh station will tell the tale. Otherwise we're just guessing (I certainly am ). There should be a sticker inside the driver's door frame listing maximum axle loadings. A quick trip to the truck stop is in order here.

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