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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Default New sissy bar and rack completed and installed

Today I decided to make a sissy bar and rack.

I used only a tape measure, black sharpie, 4 inch angle grinder with zip disc and inch disc, and my buzz box welder, 7018 3/32 welding rods. I used inch cold rolled rod, and a piece of 6 X 3/16 flat bar for the material to be used. Total cost $28.

It had to mount behind the fender strut for a cleaner look when completed.
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The completed mock up. Note the sharpie marks this is how it will be cut.
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Welding is completed. The work took me about 2 hours so far today for entire project. Fairly easy project.
Now the grinding and buffing needs to be done.
I’m undecided on either powder coat or chrome, any suggestions. I’m leaning towards chrome as there is a lot of chrome on the JP.

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looks great man...what do you have in materials about $30? (just re read your first post - and it says $28 - I'm a retard)

not bad compared to 250 to buy a new one!
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looks great man...what do you have in materials about $30? (just re read your first post - and it says $28 - I'm a retard)

not bad compared to 250 to buy a new one!

The cost of the steel at the local steel yard for the cold rolled rod and flat bar was $28.63.

I already had the welding rods and grinding discs, never used up a zip disc.

The chrome is going to $$$$, as the last thing I chrome was a bush bar for a truck about 30 years ago and it cost $75.

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I completed the grinding and buffing and reinstalled on the JP today, Very solid mound I cannot mover the sissy bar at all, much more solid then the linby bar. It took about 3 hours today so the project took about 5 - 6 hours total, I did have to buy some flapper wheels for the grinder, cost $30 at Home Depot (more than the steel). Total cost so far $60, I still need to powder coat or chrome. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Note the bungee cord tie downs on the bottom of the rack. I cut lag bolts and welded them to the bottom of the rack.

The one picture shows the mount position behind the fender struts.

PS. the sissy bar is 14 inches to the top from the seat.

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Lookin' good. You've got quite a few options color wise with the powder coat. Not just limited to black, but that'd be my choice. Fabricating a pad for the backrest should be a drop in the bucket, if you decide to add one.

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I need one, Vegas - are you going to do any more? Looks real nice, as long as the weld penetrated good you should have no problems..
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Lookin' good. You've got quite a few options color wise with the powder coat
I decided to go with chrome and drop it off at a chrome plater today, they are very busy and was told 6-8 weeks cost $130, the total cost of the project is $190 plus my 6 hours of time.

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I need one, Vegas - are you going to do any more? Looks real nice, as long as the weld penetrated good you should have no problems..
My trade was welder in the oil business, so the welds are very solid. I beveled all the joints so there is lots of penetration also ran the puddle hot I know what I’m doing when it comes to welding, I tend of over build things, I made a receiver hitch for a ton truck about twenty years ago and was told it is over kill. My comment was “ the frame of the truck will break before the trailer hitch does”, I did break the frame of the truck but the hitch did not even bend.

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Miles, was wondering if you have pics of the finished (chromed) back rest. I see this post was back in march (allow 6-8 weeks for chroming). Sorry to hear about your ailment. Listen to your body as ritz said.

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