Here's my dilemma: I don't run a spare, I don't have a hitch, and the Jeep is my daily driver. I am buying a new bike today and I need to get it home safely, so I came up with this design for a bike rack that easily mounts over the tailgate with the rear window removed.
I bought the whole thing from Home Depot from the plumbing section and was able to put it together easily.
(4) 3/4" x 18" iron nipple pipe
(2) 3/4" x 12"
(1) 3/4" x 10"
(4) 3/4" x 3"
(4) 3/4" Tee
(4) 3/4" 90* street elbow
(2) 3/4" 90* elbow
(6) 3/4" pipe caps
(2) 6' sections of 1/2" iron pipe insulation
(2) 6' sections of 1-1/8" iron pipe insulation
(1) Bag of black zip-ties
(1) Can of black Rustoleum spray paint
I'll get some pictures up soon, I have to modify a piece of it so I'm off to Home Depot.
After getting put together, spraying black, and double-layering the foam, I got it on there. I used rubber bungee cords to secure everything. I git the bike home and noticed the weight turned some of the threads so I'll either have to tack weld all the fittings or tighten them all to hell and maybe a little Loc-Tite.