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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby smote » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:34 pm

BigSwede wrote:Great job on that rack BTW, especially noticing the curve in the roof before you got too far along.

For those interested here is another homemade roof rack: http://myweb.cableone.net/bcanderson/tr ... frack.html
He didn't install a basket, but the fab of the mounts is the key interest.

Thanks for that link. I love seeing how others have done what I'm planning to do and comparing it against my thought process. Plus i need all the help I can get.
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby mas94isuzutrooper » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:57 pm

Are the holes 1 9/16 apart from center?
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby redneck1 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:51 pm

This is a most excellent thread. Thanks for thinking for me! I needed a roof rack for canoe hauling and various other possible uses but didn't want to drop a bunch of cash on some "name brand" rack. So, I commenced operation trooper rack. Couple of problems surfaced almost immediately. I busted more of those fragile moulding clips than I care to admit and the fixed hard plastic trim at the rear of the rain gutter moulding was so brittle I busted the edges of both pieces. Is there a source for replacement moulding clips (besides the salvage yard) you might direct me to? And I can only assume the fixed plastic ending trim is glued/epoxied to the roof? I can't see how to remove them. No matter! The operation will continue and thanks so much for the ideas!

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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby Carob » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:19 pm

That's a great looking rack system you made up. I've just purchased a Trooper myself and am looking for a rack system. Is there any chance you have the measurements and the angles written down on the brackets you fabbed up?
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby Howington2005533 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:19 pm

Double moo, could I talk you into (name your price) either getting your machinist, Russ, to fabricate me a set of 6 mounts just like yours (or at least the front 2, since they are the odd ones), or could you provide a detailed set of instructions (measurements, angles, et al) so I can have them made here in Colo. Spgs.?
I am a new Trooper owner (2000 Limited), and have run into the same roof rack issue...after I bought the Surco Inc. mounts and attempted to install them and mount my ARB rack to them. Good on you for seeing that problem ahead of time! I am out of ideas and yours is the best one I have seen.
My trooper is almost complete...except for the rack. I currently have a Yakima rack on the factory mounts on the rear of the truck, but would like a full-length rack that can carry more than just skis. I have installed a 3" lift, bull bars, running boards, and multiple lights and other accessories (additional fuse panel, power, compressor, et al), but the rack is stumping me.
Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to contact me directly, call me at 719-200-5533 or email me at [email protected].
Thanks for your ingenuity - mike
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby mtman » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:39 pm

Have you had any issues with this mounting setup? How much have you loaded it up? Thanks.
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby BigdaddySD » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:02 pm

I'd also like to know how this setup is holding up. I want to load a RTT on my roof, but am unsure if I should just go the Thule route...
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby mtman » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:53 pm

I've thought about this a lot, but having 6mm bolts holding this much weight??? I don't know. I just bought one of these steel racks for my cruiser and it is HEAVY.
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby harrisong » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:29 am

Yea i have considered that but was trying to avoid bolting directly on the roof, although the mounts i would order are good quality and heavy duty. Also was trying to avoid paying for installing as that way would require temoving headliner etc etc and i wanted to avoid that haha. Also, the bolt holes are about 47" apart which seems kind of far as if there is weight in the center it may affect it a lot?
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby BigSwede » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:37 am

The bolts don't have a ton of stress on them, the roof holds the weight and the bolts just keep the rack from flying away.
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby harrisong » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:16 pm

thats true, if i get a rack that is 3.5 feet wide or 4 feet wide (42,48inches) do you think that is too far apart? I wonder what sort of load it could carry. now I just need the angle of the gutter and I can begin making them!
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Re: Mounting a full length rack

Postby alabamaoverland » Wed May 03, 2017 11:09 pm

Double moo Thanks for the great information! I will be making some mounts for mine soon. Any chance you ever measured all the angles? If you did, I can draw them up in CAD and share with everyone! :D
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