Originally Posted by BACKRDS
You mentioned that you welded 1 1/4” mini receivers (outrigger) supports to your black widow, which dramatically strengthens the carrier. Could you please post several photos of your setup? Thanks
I uploaded a couple of pictures of the full carrier which includes a modified HF cargo carrier between bike and bumper, as well as an extension for an HF trailer tongue box for recovery gear storage. I also welded in a gas can carrier is you look closely at the driverside near the bumper.
The pictures that include the rear cargo box probably convinced me that I need to add airbags.
With the box loaded and the 300 lbs of DRZ the hitch dropped about 1.5"; IIRC the front probably rose 1/4". As pictured I am probably at the 500 lbs limit but with the outriggers, it feels directly attached to the frame.
Here is a pdf with some photos giving an overview.
If you are an experienced welder you will know all this, however, this little project was by far the biggest welding /fabrication job I have ever done. It turned out well but it was a lot of work to maintain proper alignment on the outriggers.
The outriggers are 1 1/4" x 3/16" square tubing near the receiver. An I sectioned in 1 /1/4" x 11 GA (0.120") at the carrier.
I buy from Metal Depot. You can get exactly what you need although it takes about a week to deliver via UPS ground to AZ.
This project suffered from craping elegance and so I ended up using home depot 1 /14" x 1/16" square tubing for the box outrigger/supports. I will have to see how this works out. Worst case (I hope I don't lose the box
). It bounces a little because of the thin 1/16" material but it does not sag any and the carries seems unfazed.
One thing I could mention is when I had the bike on the carrier, I wanted to see how well I could load/offload with the box installed. As I was pulling off the straps, the rachet on the 500 lbs straps jammed and the van side strap completely slipped out. The bike would have fallen off (onto the ground) but it was captured by the storage box.