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#1 Markus56

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:37 PM

I am thinking hard about making a roof rack. A big one.

30" x 60"

Anyone done something similar to this?

I'm trying to decide what to use a slats. maybe wood?

I appreciate all ideas. Even the ones that say dont do it. I'll ignore those :lol:

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 04:39 PM

Ok ignore me.

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Why reinvent the wheel?

What are you planning to carry on the roof. there is a limitation as to how much you can put on the roof, and where you need to put the supports.


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Posted 14 May 2009 - 06:35 PM

My brother in law and I made a small one for my hatch a long time ago, we mounted it using Yakima bars... It was used a lot, as a hatch doesnt have much room inside :)

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 11:43 PM

Redneck roof rack:
Strap a pallet to the crossbars! :lol:
Seriously, though, I'd keep it as light weight as possible. Something like the old VW bug racks with the wood slats, would be killer. 1X3" teak or oak, wet sanded with teak oil... :slobber:

#5 Markus56

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:33 AM

I want something big enough to hold 2 28" tires. and i have all the stuff i need just laying around waiting to be used

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:18 AM

my rescue wagon roof rack is that big, or bigger. Had my 2 SVX tires up there all the way from Chicago back home.

#7 Markus56

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:12 AM

Its gonna be mounted on 4" Thule racks. anyone have a fairing sitting around they don't need?

#8 Markus56

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:21 PM

I had a change of plans and now I'm going to build a roof mounted tent. :banana:

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 11:17 PM

something along the lines of a frame made of small square tubing welded together with a decently strudy metal mesh floor would work... may be heavy though. Size it to be the size of the base of the tent size. You may need a place to lean a ladder up against the car.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:29 AM

I was going to use an old bed frame and beef it up.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:24 PM

I'm a wood guy and I like the wood rack idea. Teak is rather expensive but the price of Jatoba fluctuates a lot. $3.30bf to $5.50 range. A little heavy but way strong. Teak is like $18bf. Clean vg cedar w/o knots Kiln dried, oiled well will have the lightness and the strength, weather ability to do what you need, it will ring if its a good un-damaged piece. All my racks have been cedar but I just scored a 5/4 rippled stick of figured jatoba for my next rack. :banana: I broke my last rack, I used home despot green undried knotty cedar mounted to the factory rails. It broke when I loaded a carpet roll on the top, I let it land too hard. It split right on a knot. I should have known. Still using it with a replacement stick.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:14 PM

i hauled a sectional sofa on mine last night. the corner piece was half way out the tailgate too. sorry, no pics.

#13 Markus56

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:06 PM

I am going to use a piece of painted plywood as a bottom with 4 supports equal lengths apart. The plywood will be attached to the metal somehow... then i'll figure out sides and a roof.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:25 PM

HAHA!! :headbang:

it's been six months but i finally have a cargo rack! :banana:
its the same size as the roof of the car so i have plenty of room for stuff like 2 full size spare tires, high jack, cooler, lawn chair, BBQ, etc...


its almost finished. i ran out of paint and daylight

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and for when i have more money:
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i put 4 light tabs across the front :cool:

so when i install all of them, my car will have 12 headlights :grin:

wal mart has some decent ones for 22 buck for 2

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:40 PM

You can have a party on that thing!!!!

lol


I like it......lets see it installed...

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:59 AM

I wanna see that thing mounted.

Remember center of gravity, the lower the better. You dont want it 6" off your roof sitting ontop of thule x-bars. Not only is it high and looks real goofy, but your gonna need a ladder to load & unload it.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 08:25 AM

Is that a Bed Frame? I spy bed frame ends. Dont worry I use bed frames for a lot of stuff. They are cheap if not free.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 10:07 AM

where would one get free bed frames like that.
I got a plan to fence more of my yard in for the dogs, and that would work real nice attached to posts along the yard perimeter

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 10:41 AM

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Looks like you got a little of the shop pantied too...........:grin:

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#20 Markus56

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:52 PM

all painted up! :banana:

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and it is made out of a bunk bed frame that i got for free!

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 09:44 PM

WIth that last pic I thought to myself, dang that looks familiar. Then as I read, a bunk bed frame! Ive got the exact bunkbed for the kids. And I am going to be taking out the lower bunk. Now I know what I can do with it. Thanks for the idea. Are you going to put any walls around it?
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:54 PM

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i built my rack out of an old hospital bed frame... i can put my 29x8.8 super swampers up on it just had to do alittle welding and grinding :banana: but i put a few pictures up..... but it shouldnt be to hard to build one or you can get a yakima one....

#23 Markus56

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 06:45 PM

finished!

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 08:55 PM

looks good. Motivates me to hurry up and get mine built.:banana:

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:38 PM

That looks pretty slick man! Plenty of room too. How did you end up mounting it to the roof??




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