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Sky rack mounts that don’t mess up your pickup.

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by SamT1, Dec 14, 2017.

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  1. SamT1

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    I just finished my 3rd set of these for a friend. People see mine and want me to make them a set. It puts a sky rack in a new Chevy by removing the rear grab handles.
    When you trade vehicles it simply unbolts, you put the handles back in and move it to the new truck. No damage to your vehicle. Mine were built for a 13 1/2 Ton, but I’ve had them in a 15 1/2 ton, 15 1 Ton and now a 17 3/4 ton. I’ve yet to look into how far back these exact mounts would work on chevys.
    Does anyone see a market for these? They take some time to make, but I could make several sets pretty fast at the same time. I’ve not looked into other brands of vehicles or stuff like Tahoe’s and suburbans. It would be some money, the big sky rack is $100. I’m not sure if I could make the mounts for less than $50 and it be worth jacking with.
    The ones I made last put the mount closer to the driver seat. Mine puts it back pretty far so it doesn’t block the lights, but it’s too far back for short folks.
     

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    You could outsource your fabrication and save money if you can’t cut 6 pieces of 1.5”x1/4” flat strap, punch/drill 6 holes and MIG weld 6” of bead for less than $50 but yeah if you are only doing 1 of anything, it’s going to cost more.

    The part that holds the rifle itself is, likely the expensive part, as you are buying that vs building it.

    It was the most expensive part of my rack too but I used the same “no modification” approach, less work when the vehicle comes with a roll bar to mount to.

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    There is a market, google “roof gun rack” and you can see the results. There are patients on some of the designs though. The best market would be law enforcement, you don’t just sell one to Frank and his buddy Bob, rather outfit all of the squad cars in the entire department with a singe sale. Also more money to be made when the purchasers are spending someone else’s money....
     
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    Yea I’m just wanting to make mounts to use with the big sky racks for now. I may design a whole rack eventually that’s different.
    I could buy sky racks now and sell them as a package deal with my mounts.

    I don’t think $50 is crazy for something you can’t buy right now. If someone took a pic of my Mounts to a welding shop the shops gonna hit them for $50+ an hour with a 1 hour minimum. It’s probably going to take them 1.5 hours to make it since they will have to fit and measure. Then you’d still have to take it to the powder coat shop.

    I think I’d have to sell a ton of them to make them for less money and it be worth messing with.

    But yea if someone can weld and cut they can build a set for like $3 in materials and rattle can it in maybe 2 hours by the time you get the first set to fit right. I’m totally that guy.
     
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