Pull Pal Rack Mount

I preparation for our next dessert adventure I added a Pull Pal to our off road gear a few weeks ago. After I received the Pull Pal I was at a loss for a place to mount it on the FJ. I figured I would just strap it down and be good to go. The problem is I wanted a stowage that would be a little more permanent and not rattle. I got to thinking;

I have an Africa Outback roof rack and each rail in the rack has grooves for nuts. This provides an unlimited number of bolt on hold downs that are available. I figured that I could use these, however, just bolting the Pull Pal down would create another rattle on the rack and would also wear the rack which is made of aluminum. I wanted to pad the Pull Pal.

To do this I ordered two 2x3x12 block of Polyurethane. One of the great things about these block is you can use a router to modify them. I marked the blocks with an outline of the Pull Pal.

I then went after them with the router to create a recess in the blocks that the Pull Pal will nest in:

Once I had the block fit to the Pull Pal I then drilled holes in them so I can bolt the blocks to the roof rack. I still need to hold the Pull Pal down. To do this I fabricated a hold down clamp for each block.

To get the bends I needed I ground a slot in the plate then bent and welded it. This works for me and seems to be strong enough.

To attach the blade I fabricated one additional hold down that goes though a single hole that I drilled in the blade. The blade is then mounted to the top of the Pull Pal.

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I will be adding a cable lock to prevent any unauthorized removal of the Pull Pal.

With this mount I will be able to leave the Pull Pal in place for ready use at any time

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tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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