Direct mount square tubing for cross rails?
I have read through LOTS if not all of the cross rail threads on here after discovering on Sunday night that my Rail-grab feet won't work on the Commander's flush rails. I have seen the welded and fabbed variations of homemade cross rails.
It got me thinking why not just put a spacer and direct mount some square tubing to the rail? So I test fitted it last night and it seems to work just fine. In essence I used a large washer to grab the inside of the channel, a 3/8" x 3" grade 8 bolt, then 9 grade eight washers as a spacer (will replace with an aluminum spacer today), the square tubing and a nut + washer on top.
It isn't pretty but it works and I can make it largely with things I have in my garage. For a cost of less than ten bucks and by simply making two cuts on my tubing it seems like a winner. Why NOT do this???