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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-28-2008, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my roof rack on. I had to make the "crossbars" since standard ones would not allow me to get in the garage. I sort of used some ideas from EMACK and some other people and made mine out of metal tube. and made the brackets, etc.

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Looks great, I have to take my rack off this week as I cannot get into the parking garage at work with in on.





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that looks pretty good. i'm been thinking about one as well for longer trips, but i wouldn't be able to fit in the garage.
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I am also working on a cargo rack as we speak. I went ahead and bought the brackets from Off-Road Unlimited -mainly because I can build the rack to resemble something on a production line, but I didnt want my bracketry to look homebrew. Thats just my OCD kicking in I guess. The Defender racks they sell (like the ones used on the ultimate adventure commanders) are only 16 gauge and I will use 14 so I should have a strong setup. Not to mention they are 430ish plush shipping vs me building one for -+100.00 or so. Either way, I just needed something to toss the canoe on top of and occasionally some random camping gear, I will have to get pics up when I get done.

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I am also working on a cargo rack as we speak. I went ahead and bought the brackets from Off-Road Unlimited -mainly because I can build the rack to resemble something on a production line, but I didnt want my bracketry to look homebrew. Thats just my OCD kicking in I guess. The Defender racks they sell (like the ones used on the ultimate adventure commanders) are only 16 gauge and I will use 14 so I should have a strong setup. Not to mention they are 430ish plush shipping vs me building one for -+100.00 or so. Either way, I just needed something to toss the canoe on top of and occasionally some random camping gear, I will have to get pics up when I get done.

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I almost bought those brackets you are talking about. I then opted to not, and instead made the ones i got now.....i believe it was COMMANDERDRONE or some one that said they had those braket but they were weak.....It was recommende by other thread to by them and use them as a template to make stronger ones using thinker metal....or find some way to reenforce the strenght of them. I would be interested to see come close of photos of those brackets if you get them on since i almost went with those. its hard to know what to route to take when you are in the planning stages of a project.

I will say this rack i got is very strong. much more than i expected and the bracket/cross bars i made a very solid. I have even crawled up on it and put al my weight on it and it didn even show any signs of movement. i weight about 220. I got the rack (with the extension) from ETRAILER.COM for 199.99.Its far better than i thought it would be for a inexpensive rack.
I full expected my wife to come home today and say something bad about my purchase, but she said, "wow that rack on there looks pretty nice.".....who would have thought.........hehe....
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That looks great! No way mine fits in the garage with the rack on. But this is California, we don't use our garages for parking cars here.

Now Gone: TJ 00 4 liter, 2" RE Lift and shocks, a few extra skidplates, and not much else, 'cause all the money goes to:

Now HIS: XK 07 Limited Hemi, 2" RR lift and shocks, JK Rubicon wheels (255/75 r17 BFG MT), 1.5" Spidertrax spacers, Rocky Road Supersliders, Mopar heavy-duty rails and roof rack. Get Lost 4x4 Rear Tire Carrier. 4xGuard Belly Skid. Oh, and a spiffy dash mat.
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that looks pretty good. i'm been thinking about one as well for longer trips, but i wouldn't be able to fit in the garage.
I'd like to eventually get a rack but I want it to sit between the side rails and pretty much lay on roof but fastened to the rails.


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thats what i'd like mine to be like as well.

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