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#1 Indrid cold

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 12:56 AM

I have an 88 dl, Wagon, nothing fancy, plain Jane. My son who currently drives it will be leaving soon so he won't need it. I bought it for me, but let him use it .... now that I can really call it mine.......

Would it be too uncool to put a Safari rack / light bar on top of my wagon without being lifted. I don't have the money to lift & Rack, but have access to welder and misc to build rack now. but if it would look stupid... maybe I will lift later and put rack on top after lifted.

3/4" square tube be sufficient or 1" ?

All I really use it for is mild back road driving so the lights would be nice to have and running around town on weekend, it's my play rig.

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off subject, took my 88, wagon for the first time up into the hills, raining cold and found some dirt hills to run up... *first time ever... I was amazed how the wagon pulled it self up.. :grin:, push the AWD button, point car at hill and up it goes... LOL...mud flying everywhere, it was fun! Big puddles were fun too, I thought it would kill the motor that much water in the air...but didn't slow down a bit. I am learning what all the noise is about and what I am supposed to be doing with these things!:brow: . Noob at the wheel.
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#2 TomRhere

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 07:45 AM

I think a roof rack improves the looks of a Wagon, regardless of what make it is. I say go for the rack now, do the lift later. I would say go with the 1" tube for the rack framing. That way you know it'll be sturdy enough for what ever you want to put in it later down the road.

Haven't played in the mud with any of mine, yet.. But I have had some serious fun playing in the snow with my '86 BRAT and the XT-6.

#3 soobmater

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 02:11 PM

Ya i agree, racks make any wagon look pretty cool. i know what you mean about more lights LOL. I'm pretty sure mine is made out of 1 inch square tube, i honestly aint sure, mudrat made it. but it is very very sturdy.

#4 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 06:04 PM

Never need an excuse to put a safari rack on your wagon. Definatly helps the look.

Here's a before shot of my Wagon with no rack:
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And this is a pic with the rack I had Tony (Soobme) build for me:
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I recieved it as bare metal. Not 100% sure what the spec's for the material he used was, but the rack is very sturdy. After I got it, I primered it and used a DIY bedliner kit and coated the rack in a truck bedliner :)

Here's a shot that might help you in your construction:
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#5 NoahDL88

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:37 PM

Go with the rack, there great additions, i have one on my 88 DL, i also have the lift and big tires, so watch out, its a slippery slope. But it sure is a fun ride.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:39 PM

Never need an excuse to put a safari rack on your wagon. Definatly helps the look.

Here's a before shot of my Wagon with no rack:
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And this is a pic with the rack I had Tony (Soobme) build for me:
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I recieved it as bare metal. Not 100% sure what the spec's for the material he used was, but the rack is very sturdy. After I got it, I primered it and used a DIY bedliner kit and coated the rack in a truck bedliner :)

Here's a shot that might help you in your construction:
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If you have a welder, I say there's no reason not to do it.

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Can you give more pix of how that's mounted? I am gonna build one and I am not sure how to mount it.

#7 NoahDL88

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:56 PM

Can you give more pix of how that's mounted? I am gonna build one and I am not sure how to mount it.


I also have a Soobme rack, i can take some pics when it gets light out again. If i was to do it over, i'd probably get a Yakima or Thule rack bars and just build my own basket to attach.

#8 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 10:53 PM

Here's some closeups of the mounting hardware. Its mounted to my gutters. EA82 gutters are different, so maybe Noah can get some pix of his since his is an EA82.

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