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The final piece of the puzzle...

The toggle clamps can get pretty hard to open if the weight shifts the swingouts slightly, and my wife sometimes has a hard time with them. I have been carrying a piece of aluminum tubing to use as a 'cheater bar' on the toggle clamps for this purpose.



I wanted to make it more accessible, so I added a set of clips to the top bar behind the fuel cans to hold the tubing, so it can be reached without opening the rear window. I also shortened it about 8" after taking the pics.

 

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The final piece of the puzzle...

The toggle clamps can get pretty hard to open if the weight shifts the swingouts slightly, and my wife sometimes has a hard time with them. I have been carrying a piece of aluminum tubing to use as a 'cheater bar' on the toggle clamps for this purpose.



I wanted to make it more accessible, so I added a set of clips to the top bar behind the fuel cans to hold the tubing, so it can be reached without opening the rear window. I also shortened it about 8" after taking the pics.

What a genius design, will probably do something similar but with the spare tire a tad bit closer to the tailgate. How much do you think it cost you in total material wise?


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Thanks!

How much do you think it cost you in total material wise?
Back on page 2, I posted this:

I added up the receipts today, and ended up at ~$475 including steel, parts and consumables. Less than I originally expected.
I probably spent another $30 on materials for the fuel can carrier (doesn't include the cans!). Steel has gone up quite a bit since I built the majority of the bumper, so I would expect to pay more for the materials today.
 
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