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The finished/Mounted roof rack

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cbbr, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My first welding project 1/2 square tube bent with a pipe bender ans BFH in my carport. MIG welded at every seam. 3/4 square tube bottom support. Fits flush on the roof down the midde (4 rails) Truck did not have a factory roof rack so I mounted it through the roof and roof supports with 6 grade 8's (and plastic shims), rubber and fused washers and a ton of silicone 2. Walked on it and it feels very solid. Gonna mount the spares (two full size - H2 wheels are cheap) antennas (cb&phone) and gas/water cans today. :xmas:

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    Looks pretty good.
    Did you weld on some mounting tabs for the spare tires and water cans or are you going to use tie down straps?
     
  3. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Working on it now - using the mount from inside the truck with a plate and welding the nut to it. That way I can move them around if I need to.
     
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    good job :waytogo:
     
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    looks good. i wish i would have made mine bigger. i hope you dont to alot of trail riding and stuff with low branches. mine gets hung up on everything. good lookin rack though. how much does it weigh?
     
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    very nice, biggest roof rack I've ever seen.
     
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    Nice job!:cool1:
     
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    How much does it weigh? Can you post some pics of the mounts you fabbed? I want one of these for my SUB! Looks Great:waytogo:
     
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    Now you need to mount some light.
     
  10. cbbr

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    Thanks for the complements - In answer to the questions -I took out the headliner and drilled through the roof supports in the back. The middle rails sit flush with the roof, so it is bolted flush with some of the "camper strip" used between camper shells and truck beds in between.

    The front "mounts" are bolts through the roof supports and then through plastic shims I got from the "specialty bin" at Lowes. I just ground the shims down to fit. They sit on rubber washers toped with regular washers.

    Nothing techincal, but it feels very solid and was a lot cheaper and easier than the alternatives. Cost about $15 for the hardware and $125 for the steel/wire/primer/spray paint. God (and my wife if you asked) only knows how many hours, but it was my first welding/fabrication project so I took my time.

    The roof supports sit flush with the underside of the roof and I used large washers there also. Because the rack sits flush, the load is spread over the whole roof. The rack weighs about 65lbs.

    As far as trees - it will be interesting but the trips that I have planned right now are to AZ and the beach.

    Light is on the way as soon as $$$ permits.
     
  11. bradym

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    That's the biggest piece of junk I've ever seen. You should have had a friend help you with it ;-)
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would if I had any helpful friends that weren't jeep guys.:whistle: Glad to see that you got registered. T is registered as BURBicon.
     
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    Looks very nice. That's about the size of a rack I would rather have. Let us Know how the mounts to the flat part of the roof stand up to a load.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    If the roof can hold the load, the rack mounts should do fine. With all of the room in the Burb and my M105 I will probably never load the rack down like some guys. Just a great place for spares and junk.
     
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    ROOF RACK???? You mean "tree catcher"!! (good 1)

    That may very well be the biggest roof rack that I've ever seen too. I thought mine was big. It comes down to, if your rack is too small, you'll wish it was bigger, but if its GIANT, you can throw your buddy's jeep on top when it breaks down.
     
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    p.s. tree cather

    Your little white truck don't look so little any more. I remember when mine looked like that, but that was a lotta hard mile ago.
     
  17. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Watered it and left it in the sun. It grew.

    The tree catcher comment is only funny if you are not my neighbor with the low limbs that are being torn out of the tree. Looks like I build a duck blind on the roof everytime I back out of the driveway, but the Burb is winning so far.
     

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