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Roof rack install

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scoutillac, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. scoutillac

    scoutillac 1/2 ton status

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    Hey I read a post a while back concerning roof racks and how to mount them. I made my own rack for my 88 burb. In the process I went to a local fastener shop and found something called a well nut. I got the rubber ones. They seem to seal up well and reduce vibration. Install is super simple. You drill a hole, drop the well nut in. Then align the hole is your rack with the well nuts. I used stainless bolts with some RTV on the threads. When you tighten the bolts the rubber expands and sucks up to the roof of your truck. Mine has held up wonderfully over the last 4 months. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I can get pics if you like.
     
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    hmmm...a pic would be cool. I have a leak, not sure if its the where the top meets the body or if it is the roof rack installation hole.
     
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    Send me your e-mail address and I'll get you some pics. stephen.braz@fairchild.af.mil I'll get some pics tonight and e-mail them to you. My roof leaked too before I used the well nuts. Now my headliner is F'ed up.
     
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  5. Yep, mounted mine the same way with 1/2 inch diameter well nuts. You need to smooth the holes after you drill them though or you will cut the well nut, I did on one of them, but I had a spare. I will get pics tomorrow, if anybody wants them.

    Mat
     
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    [​IMG]

    These are attached with well nuts 3 years old and still good.

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    How bad did that rack break the bank?
     
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    here is the well nut in action /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    $500.00 /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    OUCH! It looks nice and effective. I am a poor military guy. I had to build my own. $50 for materials.
     
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  12. This is pictures of the roof rack mounts on the roof of the Sub, and the well nut on the inside roof. Its a con-ferr 5x6x4 porthole rack.
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  13. If the pics dont work, click my webshots and look under the My Sub folder.
    my webshots
     
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    man, i need those. makes for a clean install.
     
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    COCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    so how strong are these well nuts? looks like its only the smooshed out rubber that is holding it on. i want to build a rack for my burb, but it needs to be beefier for ladders and light lumber.
     
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    I used a Nut insert. Works like a well nut but it't there for good. It would have to be drilled out. It's all metal. I used thos to put the rails from Jeep Cherokee (almost 6ft long) on the roof and then made some brackets to bolt to that.
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    I'll try and get a picture of the mounts sometime soon.
     
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    cool. got any pics or links to these nut inserts so i can try and find em locally? thanks,

    jason
     
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    found a mess of em. google rocks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif still interested in witch particular kind you used there are many different types
     
  19. The factory used those same metal wellnuts for the factory roof rack, which I had. I had to cut some of them off from the inside with a dremel cut-off wheel. I think the rubber ones seal up a little better, plus you can remeove them if need be. The way mine is installed is per con-ferr instructions, and its a very nice fit, and it doesnt squeak.

    Mat
     

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