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Old 04-18-2012, 07:02 AM   #11
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Did you fab the bike rack or was it something you purchased. If so do you have a link?

I purchased a bike rack that was manfactured by Allen.
I then fabricated and welded an A-Frame to the tongue of the trailer and welded the Allen Bike Rackto the frame.

I used 2" x 2" x 3/16" Angle and some 1/2" sch/40 Pipe to build the frame. If I would have had some 2" x 2" square tubing it would have been easier and quicker to build, but I used angle Iron because I already had several pieces at home.

I've added some additional pictures to help you see how it was made. Its nothing fancy, but it works great!
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #12
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I really like this mod! Did the Optix come precut or did you have to cut to fit?

Thanks!

I cut it to fit myself. The material cuts very easily on a table saw. If you don't have a table saw I think it would cut very easily with a circular saw if you have a new/sharp blade. I suggest using a blade with lots of teeth, such as a plywood blade. If you pre-measure the door before going to Home Depot I think they would cut it for you also.

I used a band saw to round the corners, but a jig saw should work just fine also. The Optix doesnít crack as easily as Plexiglass, therefore I donít think you would have any problems cutting the material using the tools stated above. Also, the edges sand very well for a nice clean look.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:21 AM   #13
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Thanks!

I cut it to fit myself. The material cuts very easily on a table saw. If you don't have a table saw I think it would cut very easily with a circular saw if you have a new/sharp blade. I suggest using a blade with lots of teeth, such as a plywood blade. If you pre-measure the door before going to Home Depot I think they would cut it for you also.

I used a band saw to round the corners, but a jig saw should work just fine also. The Optix doesnít crack as easily as Plexiglass, therefore I donít think you would have any problems cutting the material using the tools stated above. Also, the edges sand very well for a nice clean look.


Thanks for the info! I believe a new project is in my future. :hihi:
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Da Bud Man, I sent you a private message.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:54 AM   #15
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Nice mods, do you have a photo from the inside of the toilet handle?
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Nice mods, do you have a photo from the inside of the toilet handle?

No, but I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

I drilled a hole the diameter of the threaded piece that has the nut on it (I think it was about 5/8" not sure). It should be a very tight fit. I have a metal flat washer on the back side that goes against the sliding door & the square section of the flush lever. I then tightened the nut, and made adjustments to the rod on the exterior side to make contact with the door handle.

Hope I explained this well enough to understand. Again, I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.
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Thanks for the links!
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In the picture attached to your original post the toilet handle looks like it sticks straight out from the door....an unintended optical illusion. After studying the picture and your explanation I now understand how it works. The black part is bent at an angle and will contact the screen door when the inside handle is turned. I wish I had seen this about 2 weeks ago! I installed the old grommet and dowel rod lever method.

Thanks for the explanation.
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I may use your idea for the bike mount. Very nice.
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