Inexpensive Rack for the front or rear, using an existing trailer hitch receiver.
It is called a Truck Extender. In the USA, Cabellas' catalog sold them for one hundred bucks (US$100.00), but Harbor Freight has them for twenty-five bucks. The Harbor Freight version fits two-inch square receivers.
The idea is so one can put long loads in the back of the bed of a truck.
This is how it is supposed to be used, but...
It can be turned around to work like this!
Of course, if you have a front receiver as well, this can also be the perfect front rack.
Here it is on the front receiver.
You can see it is tall enough for even a full-sized Ford Bronco.
Need a front trailer hitch receiver? Check with the trailer/ towing/ boating businesses. They may have a specialized bolt-on (or after-market) front trailer hitch receiver for you, which is a popular option for boaters.
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Front Hitch Receiver
You may wish to add guy-wire stays, to prevent swaying. A cable X-brace is about the best. Run each cable from the top end of the rack to the end of the bumper on the opposite side of the rack. Pip pins, tangs and clevises will make cable attachment to the bumpers easy.
If you have trailer hitch receivers added to your vehicle, have any necessary welding done by gas torch, not by electric arc welders or wire welders. Electric welding may damage or destroy the on-board computers. Take the chance if you like, but I recommend gas welding only, with todays' cars.
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