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Been looking to see if anyone else made a swing out carrier for their rig but haven't seen much so I just figured I would get started laying out the parts for a swing out carrier for the X4. When it's done the plan is to carry the tire, rotopax fuel can, hi-lift jack and a fire extinguisher on the rack.

So far this is where it sits until I back home this weekend.
Had a local fab shop bend some 1.5" round tubing for me to make my 90°s that I laid out and tacked the height in place. the width is not finalized yet so only one side of the slug is welded in place.
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Rough layout of the parts that I'm going to mount onto it
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And I got it hung on the cage so that I can finalize the width but had to pack up the tools and leave it for a week.
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You're off to a great start! I'm excited to see this come together. Are you using any sort of back panel to reduce dust?
 

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That’s gonna be sweet.
Good work. I love seeing these kind of projects!
 

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. Are you using any sort of back panel to reduce dust?
at the moment nothing I'm curious to see if mounting these parts back there will affect the amount of dust blow in. I may add a chainsaw mount if there is room but we will see how it looks when I get the rest mounted.
 

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this is an awesome project! Great idea too!
 

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I agree that is a great idea. The nice thing is that it is a bolt on which gives it great appeal for an aftermarket item if you would want to sell them. Anxious to see when it is finished.
 

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I'll update more this weekend when I get back from SC, and get more work done on it.
Has anyone tried to match a paint to the factory ROP finish
 

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Don't know of that paint code. But can tell you I've had good results with a rattle can finish. High temp engine paint with the same clear coat.
 

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Rustoleum Hammered Finish is as close as I've come. It dries a lot harder than the bed liner in the spray can.
 

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That's bad ass ClutchXT !
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
got a little more work done on it today, I got the braces welded in and spaced so that they will hold the hi-lift jack in place, and devised a pin to hold it shut and support the non-hinged end, a piece of 2"x 1/2" flat iron with a 3/4" hole that will land on a peg with a linch pin as a retainer.

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I took a 3/4" hitch pin and chopped the end off and then inserted it into the plate and lined it up with the half clamp on the drives side roll bar. and welded it in place, placed 2 rubber washers on the pin to hold tension on the linch pin to hopefully curb some rattles.

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next up was notching a few pieces of tubing so that i could space them for the hi-lift, the braces will also function for support for the tire mounting and the rotopax

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Still waiting on my extinguisher mount to show up so I tacked the flange on for where it is going to mount, and welded up the panel for the fuel can mount and flap disked it to make sure there wasn't going to be any high spots that would rub on the jug and cause a leak
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then I went on to start making the flange for the spare tire to mount to, I ran out of 6" flat stock on a Sunday so it put a hold on the project until I can make it by the steel supplier for more material, but I did get the pattern drilled in the piece I had left over. I will get it bent up tomorrow after work, and grab four bolts to use as wheel studs on the way home.
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waiting for my 28" spare to show up with my other parts so all the mock up is being done with the 26"
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Completed just need paint, happened to have 4x 12mm bolts in the bin that were the right size so I didn't have to buy any.
For the bracket, I used the press at work to bend my marks, wasn't a perfect job but i got the basic shape in with only a little clearance issue on the press but I was able to work around it and flatten my mistake back out. welded in a brace to strengthen the mount and tacked the "bolts/studs" in place. my patterns got me very close and to make sure that I got the pattern spot on, I placed the mount into the spare wheel and put the lug nuts on to hold everything in place before tacking.
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Extinguisher mount came in and I had to readjust the mounting location to clear the release knob, but got it attached, and marked and drilled the 5/16-18 holes for the mounting taper head bolts. these will get a dab of blue loctite on assembly
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and finally mock up before I paint it, i decided to bolt the tire mount on in place of welding so that i could adjust the mount height or change it in the future if needed
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next project I have in the works is a quick detach bed extension
 

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That whole deal is a really great design. I look forward to hearing what you think of it after you get some good trail miles on it. Great job!
 
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Looks great a good thing to consider is maybe a rubber washer or grommets to quiet rattling down the road.


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Looks great a good thing to consider is maybe a rubber washer or grommets to quiet rattling down the road.


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that thought has crossed my mind whether I could source a urethane grommet for the pin latch and bore the plate out to fit the grommet
something like this with a 3/4" bore
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Heck some garden hose washers might take care of it.


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Actually had 2 rubber washers on there but I was at o'riellys today getting a u-joints for a friend's truck and happened to think of a PCV grommet with a 3/4" hole and it works perfectly
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And all painted up and installed

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Clean fab job! That looks really good. I have a question regarding the cotter-key for holding it in the closed position. I’m not exactly sure how much weight that will be fully loaded, but do you think that will be strong enough to hold it while bouncing around? I’d assume so since most the weight/stress would be applied in a upward/downward force as opposed to trying to pull away. I was just thinking that another option could always be a square lock pin or a linchpin (like those used on agricultural implements).

Either way, you may want to consider a thin cable lanyard on the pin. Those are things always seem to find their way on the ground.

Again, awesome job! I love how it turned out.
 
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