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On 5/4/2019 at 1:47 AM, RainGoat said:

Zack, that table looks pretty thin (I’m thinking under rack mount). Who makes it?

 

It's definitely not gonna hold a whole lot of weight, but works well for just a few things! It was a cheapo, I got it at Walmart.

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Yeah, I meant thin in the low profile, make an under rack slide storage way. I love that setup but the stainless table that do it are $100s which isn’t going to happen.

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On 5/7/2019 at 11:09 AM, RainGoat said:

Yeah, I meant thin in the low profile, make an under rack slide storage way. I love that setup but the stainless table that do it are $100s which isn’t going to happen.

 

That's an interesting idea for a storage location... I'll have to check it out.

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Front Runner has a system for it. Looks useful (& space saving) but is expensive & made for expensive tables. I’ve thought about jury rigging my own version. I’m more than happy to have you beat me to it - though it does sound like the table may be more useful as a cargo bag protector for you.
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/us/table-brackets-for-mki-table-incl-latch-rrac097.html

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Posted (edited)

Alright folks, I finally got around to installing my tire carrier. Special thanks to everyone in the R50 Tire Carrier Mod: Lets Settle This! post. I thoroughly went through that and studied everything in preparation for this.

 

Special tools I picked up include the following:

 

First step was to mock up the carrier to get an idea of where the lower mounting hardware needed to be bolted.
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Then I took off the bumper to check to see if there were the OEM cutout locations-
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Indeed there were cutouts! I used a hot X-acto blade to easily trim out the holes.
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At this point I wanted to get the lower latch hardware finished first so I can use it to hold the carrier while I do the hinge portion. I trimmed 1" off one side of the 1.5" angle aluminum, that way it can tuck under toward the vehicle a bit. 
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I tested the rivnuts, seem to work well!
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I transferred my hardware marks from the metal bumper to my aluminum and used a step bit to drill out the holes, then finished them to the rivnut size of 13.5mm (17/32") using a hard-to-find bit. Both the M8 and M10 required the same hole size.
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I drilled two small holes to temporarily rivet the aluminum to the vehicle, then used the holes I drilled in the aluminum to drill the holes in the bumper for the rivnuts. 
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The aluminum was then removed and the rivnuts were installed-
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Then the aluminum went back on. The rivnuts have a washer-head that's larger than the hole, so when you put the aluminum back on it sandwiches the rivnut. I drilled out a bunch of holes and installed rivets to hold it in place. Took no time at all.
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From here it was as simple as bolting on all the lower hardware. Note: unlike some, I did not have the swing gate door ajar sensor wiring left in the bumper. 
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Hinge time. I put some protective tape down and removed the inner plastic trim to get access to behind the vehicle skin-
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With the carrier mounted up, locked into the lower latch, I marked out my hole locations. Using pilot holes, I started with the ones I could reach with the carrier closed. Lots of removing, testing, drilling, removing, looking, etc. Eventually I got enough holes in to start the rivnuts. 

 

The most aft two holes on each hinge are in very difficult to reach locations, I opted to just rivnut those.
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The side holes are accessable relatively easily from the inside so I fished nylocks with washers onto those.
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Fully assembled! I have a license plate bracket + light combo in the mail. I think I'll use the rivnut gun again and mount it on the hatch to the driver's side of the tire carrier.
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And of course, a tribute to the ruster that I pulled the carrier from:
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Junkyard bonus stuff- Got these 5' long Yakima crossbars with mounts that work on the OEM Pathfinder rails. Here I am testing them on a junker:
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Also scored me one of them fancy string dampers for the glove box.
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Looks awesome, I’m very jealous of those who can find the elusive spare tire carrier! I keep looking around here but none to be found yet. 

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Great idea with nut and washer. Turned out really well

 

 

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Posted (edited)

My parents came down to visit me and we decided on a little camping/kayaking adventure in the Olympics. The Pathfinder was loaded up with enough gear for 4 adults, one dog, and two kayaks. The vehicle worked great! I'm definitely itching to do some more updates/upgrades, trying to hold off until fall and winter though.

 

Parents next to the load out!

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Getting up to elevation.

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Cool side view. Tire carrier + heavy drawers (need to rebuild) + gear and the truck levels out. I'd like to lift the rear up more to compensate.

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At camp.

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It was fun to see the Pathfinder loaded out! I enjoy these short trips because it helps me practice planning/packing for future trips.

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haha those hatch struts also saved me many headaches.....the little things

On 1/31/2019 at 8:33 PM, zakzackzachary said:

Installed new hatch struts, such a nice upgrade and now I get around +1.5" of height to help reduce forehead damage!

 

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Decided to do the mud flap trim and removed the side steps. If I regret it I'll get some Rally Armor blanks and throw 'em on, but for now I kinda like the look. Truck is a trail rig so a little dirt damage'll be okay. Side steps might end up going back on since they're handy, I just wanted to see what they'd look like. Looks like it'd be easy to fab up some DIY sliders one day.

 

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Got handy with some wire brushes and a pressure washer, then hit a bunch of the rear with some Rustoleum style paint. Didn't really have any rust tbh, but with the new LR Defender springs in the rear I was tired of looking at a dirty axle!

 

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I've got my mind on tires now as the ones on it are kinda old. Based on my research and OEM rim style I'm thinking of going with 260/70R16 (30.3x10.2R16) as that seems to have worked for user erathge. Sound good?

 

 

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On 6/12/2019 at 12:16 AM, PATHYNDH said:

haha those hatch struts also saved me many headaches.....the little things

 

 

I wish there was a solution to push the hatch up higher though! I don't know if we can though without more interference. 

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