Originally Posted by Wswkmw
Thanks for the feedback. If you don't mind me asking, what are the materials (and sizes) you used on your mounts? I had looked around for u bolts before without much luck, and I see that you improvised to make your own. I had my straps mounted to the I-beam but used self tapping screws without going through. It looks like you went all the way in, perhaps into the storage bay and used nuts to secure from in there? Which also answers the question of where you have them this time, up front rather than in back, right?
Sorry for all the questions, but I like many others on the forum highly respect your opinion and expertise on these matters!
1) The mounts were made with cut sections of 3/8 inch threaded zinc plated rod retained with stainless washers and stainless locking Nylon nuts. The cross bars were made with zinc clad 1x1 square steel perforated tubing. All these parts came from Lowes/Home Depot.
2) The steel vinyl wrapped cable, ferrules, and crimp tool were also from Lowes/Home Depot.
I had considered moving the tubes to the rear, but after I needed to be loaded onto a tow truck, I realized they would have been destroyed. They still reside right behind my front landing gear as pictured. This also made it easier to install by "through drilling" for the threaded rod (also as pictured).
I put cross bars top and bottom to clamp the tubes and to add space to clear a gas pipe running down one frame member.
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