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sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted September 29, 2002 01:31 PM
I am wanting to add a tire rack to my flat open trailer.As most of all racers I would like to build it cheap(so I can afford more go fast goodies lol).What are your ideas?I have about 36'of 1"x1" 1/16 thick tubing.Scrape stuff ya know.Thanks for the help.

SLEEPY GOMEZ
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 199
posted September 30, 2002 09:43 PM
Hey Sideways, the 1x1 sq x1/16" will be strong enough when the trailer leaves home. Problem is the wall thickness is too thin. The shake and vibration with the weight of the tires will soon crack the tubing near the welds.

Now for the good news. Build your tire rack in the normal way, like a box. Gusset and angle brace ALL corners. This might work well. watch the weld joints near the bottom. If cracks show up weld and brace again. If you had some .095 wall you would be better off. Hope this helps, SLEEPY

sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted October 01, 2002 02:45 PM
That was my thought too thin.But I have always been accused of "over doing it".Thanks for the help Sleepy.Looking foward to the next article.

racerwilson
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted November 15, 2002 10:57 PM
Just check out www.speedwaymotors.com they sell a tire rack kit. I used this kit on 4 custom open trailers I built in last few years.

TRM38
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted November 24, 2002 11:56 PM
Just my $.02 worth.
I wanted a tire rack for my shop, and found some steel tire display racks at an auction for a gas station that closed. I got two of them for about $12 if I remember right.
These are originally a three row setup (two rows low and outside and one row high and in the middle.) I cut one of them down and made it a two row top/bottom set up. Each row will hold 6 IMCA tires. I bought some casters on sale from Harbor Freight to weld onto it so I can roll it around the shop or out to the trailer, etc. Anyway, there are two end hoops on each of these, and it would be very easy to weld or bolt them onto the trailer and either bolt or weld cross bars onto them to complete a tire rack. I think the tubing is of adequate thickness and size to stand up to the load and vibrations.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted November 25, 2002 01:00 AM UIN: 54865418
i have the two row rack on mine from speedway but instead of two rows we covered the front one up with sheet and made a little observation deck and still have the rear one that will hold 8 tires

rascaljc
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted December 30, 2002 09:46 PM
does anyone no if you bought the double tire rack and a single if you could weld them together to make 3 rows. how many late model tires would one row hold about 5

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