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Home made bumper mounted rod rack?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Anyone have some basic instructions on a home made rod rack? I am thinking of a cheesy PVC type mounted to a 2X6 or 2X8 and sticking it on the bumper of a Wrangler. Specific questions I have:

what size PVC (diameter)?

How long should the tube be to propperly support and transport surf rods?

How is the PVC mounted to the 2X6? (I have ideas on this but would like to hear how others did it)

How deep should the notches be cut that fit the stem of the reel to keep the rods from spinning while driving?

That is all I can think of right now, may come up with more later. I am trying to come up with a cost/effort comparison with buying an aluminum one.
post #2 of 17
Wrangler bumpers are a breeze with easy to access solid mounting for a rod rack.

what size PVC (diameter)?

2" PVC - which is 2 3/8" O.D. works great

How long should the tube be to properly support and transport surf rods?

Long enough (and mounted high enough on your base material) to keep your rod butts up and out of harm's way; 24" - 30" are typical tube lengths.

How is the PVC mounted to the 2X6? (I have ideas on this but would like to hear how others did it)

A pair of U-bolts makes for good, solid, bulletproof mount. You can cut off any excess thread and recess the nuts by counterboring the backside of your mounting board.

How deep should the notches be cut that fit the stem of the reel to keep the rods from spinning while driving?

3/4" or so is really all you need, but a little deeper's fine if you want.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bill , Showed my wife a picture of a Reynolds rack and received a resounding NO! I actually don't need anything like that right now but they sure look purty.
post #4 of 17
You're welcome. I ran for years with something much like you're putting together before I ever got a cooler rack. They work just fine and are a welcome addition to any beach buggy setup. Just remember to lay it out and do your drilling precisely as possible to keep the PVC neatly parallel. Few things look so dreadful as a rod rack with the tubes wandering off at odd angles, however slight.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Last question. Would you run a small bolt through the PVC near the bottom of the tube so a rod could rest in there and not fall through with no reel attached?
post #6 of 17
BTW, you can pretty it up vastly by using anything but a piece of pressure treated lumber for the base board. It's cheap and readily available, but the way it twists and cracks after a year or so out in the weather gets to be a real eyesore. A piece of varnished hardwood - oak or mahogany if you can score some - or painted douglas fir or pine looks a whole lot spiffier. Yes, it'll take the inevitable chips and dings being out there on the front bumper, but it will still look 98% better than a piece of pressure treated yellow pine does after a coupla years.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Springer
Last question. Would you run a small bolt through the PVC near the bottom of the tube so a rod could rest in there and not fall through with no reel attached?

I never did that, but it's a good idea. Gives you a place to rack the rods while you're setting up, changing / attaching reels, etc. In fact, if you're going to do that you could make that one a thrubolt into the base board and let that be your lower tube attachment point and then use just one u-bolt, towards the top of the board.
post #8 of 17
just remember to add a spacer inside the pvc to prevent crushing 1/2'' copper tubing works great
post #9 of 17
Here's mine... Aluminum channel stock, u-bolts, pvc, and the tops ordered from Surfcaster. Under $50.00

Chris

http://www.stripersonline.com/ubb547...s4/RodRack.jpg
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Because of the layout of my bumper I am limited on space. I am trying to fit 4 tubes on there and right now the best I can get is the tube centers 5 1/2 inces apart. Is this too close to each other? Will it cause problems like the rod tips knocking against each other while driving? Unfortunately I can't test fit everything right now, I am building this in MD and rods and reels are in DE.
post #11 of 17
Those centers will work just fine. Go for it.
post #12 of 17
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post #13 of 17
5 1/2 inches should be enough...
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey Bill thanks for the tips. I am happy with how it came out except I didn't think about the tubes in relation to my headlights until I had it all mounted up . Now I am not quite sure what to do about it and whether I need to move the two outside tubes???? The tubes are 30" which is quite long, I might cut them down but I want at least 2 of them to fit a heaver that I am planning on buying



post #15 of 17
I would cut the outside ones at 15" and paint everything flat black. The glare inside the truck would bother me. The outside tubes looks like a summons in the making...

Chris
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