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Brad S
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: my custom roof rack Reply with quote

Here is my current project - roof rack.

I've only worked on it a couple of days, but I'm fairly pleased with how its coming out so far.

Here's the start of the first rail:


I've been using a torch and muscle power for the bends:


Here's the top rail completed:


And a mock-up of the two rails together.


Comments/Suggestions welcome
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good... Keep up the good work.. What are you doing for the floor???

gonna make a shovel and hi-lift mount for it???
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be using the expanded steel mesh seen to the left of the frame in the first picture. I'm pretty sure I will be adding a few brackets for things such as the ones you mentioned.
I'll be posting some more pics up after I get some more work done. I just hope it doesn't come out weighing a ton... Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont worry.. My first one weighed about 60# then I put a spare tire High lift , shovel, axe, and 6 lights on it.. And still didnt feel super top heavy when I went wheeling.. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think when i do my roof rack, im gona build mine out of aluminum....that way i can same a ton of weight.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woah, long time since i posted anything on this, but here's how the roof rack is turning out. I have done a lot of work on it- ran out of paint today though... Sad





Comments, suggestions? Oh, any ideas on creating mounting brackets? I have some plate welded on the bottom - inside, so I can drill holes for bolts.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you have factory roof rack???

If so I would suggest mounting to that I mounted mine by drilling holes straight thru the middle of the factory rack and used a large washer to keep it from Crushing..

Worked good for a while.. Til I put 35's on my jeep and that was the end of the roof rack... It is very very hard to put a 35 on the roof of the Jeep...


I have stood on the top of mine and had no trouble with it holding.. So the factory rails are much stronger than you might think..
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you referring to drilling through the rails or the cross bars. I don't want to go through the crossbars because that will set the rack pretty high off the roof. I'm wanting to keep it as close to the rails as possible..
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never tried it but why couldn't you use the mounting hardware from the cross bars to bolt the rack to the rails? Seems like you only need the right bolts to hold to the mounting points in the rails.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Corner bends info Reply with quote

I know its a little late but here is a tip on bending without bender. Fill the tubing with sand and cap the ends. This will help on the caving in. Hope this helps in the future.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: mounting Reply with quote

Fab up your own rails. Take off the stock ones. You will be able to mount it as high or in any fasion you wish then.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the tip, but i did all my bending with a torch and vice...

i ordered some channel this week, i will be making my own mounts. will post pics then.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:02 pm    Post subject: Tip Reply with quote

This tip is if you are using a torch and vice in the future for your bends. You do it the same way you did it but the next time just fill the tubing with sand first. Just find an easy way to keep the sand in it like capping the ends. Let me know if you need some thoughts on the design for your rails.
Good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup sand will work and Pipe caps from Lowes or home depot will hold it in pretty good..

If you are going to do more stuff like this I would suggest getting a cheap pipe/tubing bender... It will keep your corners from flatening and is not as hard to clean up as sand..

Sand always seems to find its way into everything.. Shoes, pockets , Buttcrack.. . rofl rofl



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Before I got all the cool tools I have now.. I used to buy prebent 90's and weld them in ..That is also an option... If you weld it up good and grind it smooth you cant even tell there is a 90 there....

Keep up the good work.. Its looking great..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will have to try the sand thing - thanks for the tips. Hopefully my channel will come in tomorrow.

I got my daylighters today! Mr. Green
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