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So I was wondering if anybody had any ideas about how I could attach some brackets to the factory roof rails. The brackets I need to attach are the ARB awning brackets from Quadratec. I can't link them on my account here I guess...

They are for an ARB awning. The issue is, I'm not sure how to securely attach them to the roof rails without buying crossbars. Does anybody have any idea what I really need? It must be secure, but it won't support a ton of weight. Just an ARB awning and highway wind.

Even if you can't recommend a solution, I'd love it if somebody could tell me the name of the item I'm looking for. T-bolt? C-channel bolt/fastener? Something else? I don't even know where to start.

Any and all help very welcome.
 

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I remember someone posting about a homemade roof rack they built and had some neat little clips from lowes (i believe) that fit right into the channel. Not sure what exactly they were call but if I can find the thread I will link it.
 

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I remember someone posting about a homemade roof rack they built and had some neat little clips from lowes (i believe) that fit right into the channel. Not sure what exactly they were call but if I can find the thread I will link it.
If you do that's great, but even if you can't find them at least I have a place to start looking! Thanks. Seems like a simple fix but I just can't find the items or people with the knowledge.
 

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Another option is to simply use a bolt and large washers. You can use a nut to sandwich the washers around the factory rails, and it's a pretty solid system. It's what I used on my roof basket, but I had to use grade 8 hardware since standard grade 2 washers simply bent and let go of the rails. It's also not very easy to get a wrench down into the rail to hold the bolt while tightening.
 

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Oh wow, that is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you so much, at least now I know what I need to find. I have a lowes and home depot, I'll go and check this weekend and report back.
 

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Another option is to simply use a bolt and large washers. You can use a nut to sandwich the washers around the factory rails, and it's a pretty solid system. It's what I used on my roof basket, but I had to use grade 8 hardware since standard grade 2 washers simply bent and let go of the rails. It's also not very easy to get a wrench down into the rail to hold the bolt while tightening.
I may go with the spring nuts if I can find them, but thanks for your input here. I was a bit worried it wouldn't be solid. Guess I was right, I'll have to go with high quality hardware if I do this...

Do you find the rails are fairly strong then? Again, all I really need is to hold this stupid awning (which is amazing.)
 

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So I was wondering if anybody had any ideas about how I could attach some brackets to the factory roof rails. The brackets I need to attach are the ARB awning brackets from Quadratec. I can't link them on my account here I guess...

They are for an ARB awning. The issue is, I'm not sure how to securely attach them to the roof rails without buying crossbars. Does anybody have any idea what I really need? It must be secure, but it won't support a ton of weight. Just an ARB awning and highway wind.

Even if you can't recommend a solution, I'd love it if somebody could tell me the name of the item I'm looking for. T-bolt? C-channel bolt/fastener? Something else? I don't even know where to start.

Any and all help very welcome.
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I may go with the spring nuts if I can find them, but thanks for your input here. I was a bit worried it wouldn't be solid. Guess I was right, I'll have to go with high quality hardware if I do this...

Do you find the rails are fairly strong then? Again, all I really need is to hold this stupid awning (which is amazing.)
The rails are reasonably strong against clamping forces because of the channel design, but they're made out of thin material and can bend in and out fairly easily. That's part of why standard washers didn't work, between the washer bending and the rails flexing out of the way things just didn't stay together. With large grade 8 washers, though, I found them to be more than stiff enough, and as long as you can secure something to them, they'll easily hold a few hundred pounds of force.
 
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