Builds BUILD Thread - My Diesel 80 - Building for Overland Touring and High Country Adventure

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I modified a Recon rack to bolt on a Slee swing out this past summer for a friend. Originally it was a 4 bike unit with a receiver mount. Cut some steel off, welded some new steel on. Drilled some holes and here you have it. He has been super happy. I originally thought I’d go this route but just was not happy with how it positioned the bikes on my truck.

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Worked out the side/under panels over the weekend... got one side welded up.

I have a plan for attaching it to the chassis on the outside of the rail. Should work out.

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Also made the filler plates for top and back of the chassis rail where I cut it and installed some connection plates on the inside of the chassis rail. These pick up factory bolt mounts - the ones for the spare tyre carrier. These aren't as strong as the standard tow bar ones, so I'll add some gusset and weld in there as well to make sure the tow bar doesn't come out. Handy for dry fitting though and allows me to remove so I can paint the bottom of the car body before final fitment.
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Really happy with how tucked up the tow bar is. This is the Toyota 2.5 tonne towbar that I have cut the mounts off and welded to my mounting plates. The bend and the connection to the rear bumper give it a lot of strength. After final fitment and welding, it will perform well.
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I'm a bit stuck and haven't found any great solution for the last section of the exhaust yet. Anyone got any nifty ideas?
 
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Only a couple of hours spare over the weekend, but... a little picture update...

Welded up the wing, cover plates to the inside of the checkout for the corner of the panel. I used 3mm plate and put a couple of scores in the back of it them used a square head mallet to get the curve. Worked a treat. Tricky spot to weld though, will put this piece in first on the other side, before the under body plates go on.

Welding is slowly getting better, I've got solid wire and gas to hook up to the mig once I've finished this spool of flux wire. Looking forward to that!!

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Pull that flux core out of your machine and hook up the gas. Put the flux core on a shelf and save it for some future time if you run out of gas.

Ha,

Exactly what a welder mate told me to do yesterday!

I just need an adapter from the bottle to the gauges then I will do.
 

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love that bumper work you've done!

Can we see some pics from underneath? For those of us considering stealing your ideas. ;)
 
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Before 'adjustment'... I have since added a piece of angle each side connected to the bar mount plate and the chassis underside... that served two purposes.

1. To pick up the factory rated bolt holes for towing strength
2. To twist the bar so it looks straight from the sides. (amateur welder and got excited... got a bit of a twist on...)


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You can see now, the lines are straight along the wings ;)

Very happy with the look. :cool:
 
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This is the swingarm the 80 came with.... Solid, but makes my amatuer work look good.

My plan is to reuse the pivot in times of lockdown! and make a full width swingarm that will take the tyre and bike rack, as well as space for jerry can holder, recovery gear etc. on the other side.

This site has been awesome for scouting for ideas - thanks all for the inspo.

Here's what I tacked together yesterday... Don't stress yet, plenty of plates and gussets to be added to strengthen both the pivot point and the front to rear lateral forces!

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I modified a Recon rack to bolt on a Slee swing out this past summer for a friend. Originally it was a 4 bike unit with a receiver mount. Cut some steel off, welded some new steel on. Drilled some holes and here you have it. He has been super happy. I originally thought I’d go this route but just was not happy with how it positioned the bikes on my truck.

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Hey @Corbet... On closer inspection the bike rack you have mounted for your mate here, is it behind a couple Jerry holders? I ended up with a similar bike rack to this, but it is the full width. Worried about movement as I need to mount it clear of the tire on the back it will be a long way out back. Seems you got away with it here? No dramas?
 
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The only thing I don't like about your design is how much you cut off the chassis rails at the back. I get that you are trying to maximise clearance under there, but the whole back of the bar is cantilevering off those two mitred points. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it'll be fine, and I think you've done a great job with getting everything tucked in nice and neat! A rear bar has been on my to-do list for ages... maybe lockdown is the opportunity.

Flux core explains all the spatter! Get gassing as soon as you can, it makes all the difference (just don't do what I did and try to cheap out by using a bottle of pure argon so you can run TIG and MIG off the same bottle. Mig results are just as bad as flux core. :frown: )

Otherwise, looks like a nice base for a fix-up project! Have fun with it!
 
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