Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Hardtop and torsions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TheAustrian, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    Someone said that the hardtop on a K5 may tend to break apart at the points it is sticked (glued) together. This only may happen under real hardcore offroad situations (Rockcrawling) I guess? :confused:

    The reason why I'm asking is, I've got a con-ferr 3-porthole roff rack which I want mount on my K5. As it is about 73" long it will overhang the hardtop to the metal roof quite much. So I think I want support it on the roof too, otherwise the unsupportet overhang maybe is too much and I cannot step on it or store a little heavier parts on the front part which may stress the hardtop-mounts too hard. What do you thing? Shall I support it from the metal roof too? If so, I am concerned about the different torsions the hardtop and the metal roof may have when offroad wheeling. May that be a problem and maybe break the hardtop or even damage the metal roof? :confused:
     
  2. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Posts:
    4,437
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dallas Baby!!!!
    Hardtop damage is possible. More possible if all of the bolts are not tight. I would think that mounting a roofrack to the hardtop and the cabtop would put stress on parts that normally don't see any.
     
  3. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    so, other idea...would it be a good solution, to mount the rack to the hardtop only and support it on the front only by mounting rubber bushings to the metal top? Then there is no stiff connection to the rack and it may flex.
     
  4. Bow-Tie-Boy

    Bow-Tie-Boy Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2005
    Posts:
    71
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ft. Hood, Texas
    Have you thought about putting a cage in it? That would take out a lot of the body flex.
     
  5. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Posts:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    VA
    The cab roof is THIN so would bow/dent easily if you just rest a weight on there. I'd fix it to the guttur somehow. The pod is bolted along the side where it meets the body but also to the cab back, so in theory...it can't flex independantly from the cab.
    I've heard a few creeks and groans from that area when getting really crossed up but if anything, a roofrack mounted properly between the two would stiffen it up.
    I'd use a gutter mount for sure.
     
  6. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    Yes, I plan to build a cage. Not a full cage incl. passenger area, but from the rear of the bucket seats to the rear end of the bed.
     
  7. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    Well, you are right...better fix it to the gutter of the cab.
    As for the hardtop...I know it is made from fibre glass and is quite thin as well. I would use selfemade metalstraps (full hardtop lenght), mounted along side of the hardtop where it is reinforced (upper edges). On the metal straps I'd weld roof mount brackets it's standard fixers.

    I think that would work...
     
  8. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Posts:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    VA
    When I bought my first Blazer it was from a film company who had used it as a filming platform. Mounted to the pod was a very substantial steel structure covered in chequer plate that a camera and crew would be on for filming (we're talking James Bond movies here...not hand held home porn movie stuff!!:D )
    It was mounted direct to the pod with bolts going straight through and a small steel square to re-inforce the outside where it rested on it. Two of us REALLY struggled to lift this thing (and we were 15 years younger then!) but the pod held up to it no problem and that was often used for the film work on rough terrain where their other vehicles couldn't go!
     
  9. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    when you say pod, you actually mean hardtop - yes?
     
  10. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Posts:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    VA
    Yes......think I picked up the 'pod' thing from people on here. I mean the REALLY heavy removeable bit!:D

    Hey, how's my gluvine search going?:D
     
  11. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    okay - saved to hard disc :)

    Yeah, got two packages. Will be in the post this week. Btw...there seem to be only one sort of such bags. There is another such bag but this is not to make glue vine but punsch. Maybe you drunk punsch too?
     
  12. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Posts:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    VA
    Sounds good to me...I'll try anything!!:D
     
  13. TheAustrian

    TheAustrian 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Posts:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austria
    but punsch it totally different to gluvine. You must add berries and some oder things (don't ask me what) it is mentioned on the package anyway. I will also throw in two of the punsch.
     
  14. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Posts:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    VA
    My wife had punsch when we were there and she loved it so , yeah, put some in and we'll give it a go. Thanks!
     

Share This Page