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How To - Make a tire carrier for your toolbox!

Old 07-26-2009, 07:42 PM
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Default How To - Make a tire carrier for your toolbox!

Ever run out of space in your RC toolbox for extra items such as tires? Ever had to just carry them around in something else and they end up rolling around in your car during transport? Well there is a solution, and in this tutorial, you will learn to make a solution to that problem! (The number of tires this tire carrier will hold depends on the tires you use, for instance, it will only hold 3 LPR truggy tires, but thats only 1 tire you have to put in your tool box, with buggy tires or 1/10 tires it can hold 4 or more.)

Step 1 - Gather Supplies and Materials

You will need -

~ Empty 1 gallon nitro fuel bottle

~ Scissors, lexan body scissors or household scissors or kitchen shears will work fine

~ A body reamer

~ 2 small wood screws (or self tapping screws) (1/2' long or a little bit smaller)

~ Screwdriver

~ File

~ Fuel tubing

~ Your toolbox

~ Water source

Step 2 - Reaming and cutting

Start by making sure the 1 gallon bottle of fuel you are using is empty. Then, ream a hole anywhere along the upper red dotted line in the picture, ream the hole as big as your reamer can. Once you have done that, cut along the dotted line, all the way around the bottle, as shown in the picture below, but do not cut along the dotted line on the side of the bottle just yet.

Now the bottle should look like this -

Step 3 - Clean the bottle

Now that you have cut the top portion off of the bottle, take it outside to a hose and rinse out the inside of the bottle so that it is not really oily, then dry it off with a paper towel. The inside of the bottle will still be a bit slippery after you rinse and dry it, this is normal, nothing to worry about.

Step 4 - Cut the notch in the side of the bottle

Since the bottle is clean now, you can cut the notch in the side of the bottle. Cut along the dotted line. Don't make the notch too wide or the bottle will become too flimsy and wont hold your tires in. Cut the notch to be about 1 1/4' to 1 3/4' wide, that's just enough to easily lift the tire up so you can grab it, but not so much the bottle becomes flimsy. Cut the notch down to about 1 3/4' to 2 1/4' from the bottom.

The bottle should now look like this -

Now your tire carrier is almost finished! On to the next step!

Step 5 - Mount your tire carrier to your toolbox

Now it's time to mount your tire carrier onto your toolbox. Use 2 small wood screws or self tapping screws that are 1/2' long or a little bit smaller. Place the tire carrier anywhere on the outside of your toolbox that it will fit, and put the screws where the black dots are in the picture below, and screw them in with a screwdriver or cordless drill.

Step 6 - File down the ends of the screws

Since the tire carrier is screwed onto your toolbox, you will want to file down the ends of the of the screws sticking that are sticking into the inside of your tool box. File them down so the ends are blunt, then slip a piece of fuel tubing over them, this is to prevent you from cutting your hand on the screws. Remember kids, safety first.

Here is the end result of how the tire carrier looks on my toolbox -

And that's it! Make 2 of these and carry 6 truggy tires!

For smaller tires like 1/18 scale tires, you can do this same thing with a 1 quart nitro fuel bottle.

Old 07-27-2009, 01:42 AM
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Default RE: How To - Make a tire carrier for your toolbox!

Great idea there Chris, helps keep the "junk" out of the box. I should try that when my next gallon goes out [8D]

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