So far, surprising little! I figured it'd move more than it does. I'll have to say that I haven't had it fully loaded off-roading yet. I should have results for that in a few weeks. If it does move, I already have a few ideas.
BTW -- Am I the only that thinks that ARB's $500 solution for holding a 5 gallon gas can is a little expensive? Yikes!
You do realize that is a swing out that only works on their bumper. You can't just add that to your stock bumper. Have you priced dual swing out carrier rear bumpers? That is about the going rate for a single swing arm with a gas can carrier on it.
Fuel cans easily mount on the roof with some tie down straps. Just get some nice cans that won't leak.
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Re: Jerry can holder
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Here's my solution. I built this up and have tested it a few times already with good results. Before anyone pipes in about how to get into the back, yes, it's a bit of a pain but this is just my test-mule. If I find that it functions perfectly, I plan to incorporate a swing-out. My criteria were that, I was able to hold 10 gallons of fuel, a cooler, and any other "dirty/wet" items I didn't want inside. Beyond that, I wanted as much clearance as possible and also for the set-up not to cover my brake/reverse lights or license plate. I wanted to be able to see out the rear window as well. So far all of this has been accomplished. I haven't tested it for extreme departure angle but what little I have done, I don't foresee any trouble. However, I'll find out for sure in a few weeks.
Nice setup. Many years ago I had a '90 Toyota pickup and an ATV. With the ATV in the bed there was no place for a cooler. A friend and I made a setup similar to yours. The arm and basket were 2 pieces for easier storage. The basket had a receiver on the rear of it and the arm came out a little farther than yours to reach the rear of the basket. No side can mounts. The bottom of the basket was even with the top of the tail gate and we welded a couple of little tabs so that they could "catch" the basket on top of the tail gate if it moved. They weren't needed as the single mounting point worked great and didn't have enough movement to need anything more. It didn't have a cross brace either.
I normally had a 40qrt Igloo cooler, two of the same gas cans as you do, and a Coleman stove on end behind the cooler, or a Volcano Stove or other gear in it with the cooler, but without the gas cans. I took several trips off road to different areas to camp and ride and had no problems with the basket set up moving or rubbing anywhere. I also used it on two trips of 2000 miles each for extra room to bring stuff back for my Mother when my Grandpa died. Worked great.
I used a locking pin at the hitch and where the basket attached to the arm. The basket was approx 4'x2-1/2'x2' going by memory. The arm came out of the receiver approx 8" and then angled out and up and at the end was a vertical section for the basket. The arm was made from square thick wall tube. The basket frame was 1"x1" square tube with expanded metal floor and sides. The receiver on the basket was made of square tube.
Just wanted to give you an idea of how mine worked going through ditches etc. since they are very similar setups just a different vehicle.
It did great. I have thought about pulling it out of the shed to see what it would take to use it on the FJ, but never have. I think I could just use a hitch extender piece to set it out far enough to clear the spare.
Later on I picked up a small trailer for the ATV and we welded a post on the front. The basket would sit down on it and was used for carrying fuel cans etc on the trailer.
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