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Old 09-15-2008, 04:24 PM
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Question Surf rod Bumper Holder

Just picked ua a jeep JK with a reciever hitch on front bumper. Can anyone tell me why a "Jersey Surf" 6-rod holder would be twice the cost of a "Fish-n-Mate 6 rod holder? No doubt the materials but is it really that much better?
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:05 PM
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Are you talking about the cooler rack or just the rod holder?

I had the Fish n Mate 4 rod holder on my Exploer for 5 years.
Never a problem. Sold it and it is still being used.
7 years old and still looks new.
They work best on jeeps because of the solid flat space on the bumper.
I had it mounted to one of those cheap cargo racks for the cooler.
You don't need to use the reciever hitch for just the rod holder.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:24 AM
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i have a 2000 wrangler and made my own only holds 4 poles but te most expensive part were the stainles steel bolts used a piece of weather treated would ,pvc pipes and rubber pieces on top the pipe works awesome and cost about 25 bucks to make
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:53 PM
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Are you talking about the cooler rack or just the rod holder?

I had the Fish n Mate 4 rod holder on my Exploer for 5 years.
Never a problem. Sold it and it is still being used.
7 years old and still looks new.
They work best on jeeps because of the solid flat space on the bumper.
I had it mounted to one of those cheap cargo racks for the cooler.
You don't need to use the reciever hitch for just the rod holder.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:55 PM
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Yea just the rod holder. There's a $140.00 between the 2. Just wasn't sure. Thanks for the info I'm leaning towards fish mate.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:57 PM
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i have a 2000 wrangler and made my own only holds 4 poles but te most expensive part were the stainles steel bolts used a piece of weather treated would ,pvc pipes and rubber pieces on top the pipe works awesome and cost about 25 bucks to make
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Blazin, if you want to kickit up a notch, use some TREX instead of the weather treated wood and BAM!! What did you use to attach it to the hitech with?
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Blazin where did you get the rubber pieces from for the top of the PVC tubes?
I now have a custom cooler rack with pvc tubes with slots cut for the reels. It would be nicer with the rubber tops.
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Blazin where did you get the rubber pieces from for the top of the PVC tubes?
I now have a custom cooler rack with pvc tubes with slots cut for the reels. It would be nicer with the rubber tops.
Radiator hose.
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Get the radiator hose that the big trucks use. Go to a truck stop.
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Blazin where did you get the rubber pieces from for the top of the PVC tubes?
I now have a custom cooler rack with pvc tubes with slots cut for the reels. It would be nicer with the rubber tops.
You can also buy the rubber caps with the 2 fingers sticking up the are made to go on top of the tubes. They fit 2 inch pipe and don't worry, the whole on the top widens to hold all rods.
Available at The Surfcaster.
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yougot it radiator hose worked great had it on my truck for 2 years now with no prob.. really want a cooler rack but cant afford it right now might fashion my own ....i used those pipe clamps to attach the pvc to the wood dont no what they are actually called as long as the hardwear is stainless steel your good...... the cooler rack would really help with space inside the jeep that cooler takes up so much room...
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:30 AM
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You can also buy the rubber caps with the 2 fingers sticking up the are made to go on top of the tubes. They fit 2 inch pipe and don't worry, the whole on the top widens to hold all rods.
Available at The Surfcaster.
Maybe someday Joe when I get the stainless tubes.
Those are too nice for the PVC, plus I'd need 8 of them
I can't afford anything right now.
My rack was over $400 including the welds on my truck.
I still need some more important stuff and the PVC is working.
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I had made a nice 4 rod anodized aluminum rack a year ago for my truck but it went when I sold the truck it was on. For the tops of the tubes, I drilled a 5/8" hole about 2" down the tube in the center, then used a sawzall to cut vertically down to the sides of the hole, leaving a deep U in the tube. I got some plastic dip from the hardware store (about $8) and dipped the first 2-3" of each tube into it multiple times. The excess can be trimmed with a razor. Worked great, held up, and never scratched my reels so I'm sure these same techniques would work for PVC. Good for the budget minded folk, provided you own tools or have buddies that own them.
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