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roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:44 pm

I've been looking for the cross bars for my roof rack for a while now. I would like to find a used set, but that is proving difficult. New ones are too expensive... so what do we do when we can't afford something? Make more money? no! Sell some things? no! Make it yourself? yaaaaaaaa!

I want to entertain the idea, anyway. I'd like them as low to the roof as possible without a bulky clamping mechanism on the ends.

I found this Mercedes rack:

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which is neat except for the huge knob.


Let's start mixing ideas!
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Re: roof rack

Postby wide_load » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:01 pm

If the rack is not so much for functional use, I wood consider would.

Usually the stock rack's have quite a small limit of capacity anyways.
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:02 pm

I was trying to think about how I could get some cork up there 8)

maybe machine it from solid with a groove in the top for a cork strip? idunno
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:14 pm

I think cork would deteriorate too quickly out in the open.
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:36 pm

that's not what the cork tree said :D

I was surprised after I left some scraps from the floor outside all summer and they didn't show any negative signs.

Cork was pretty far fetched, I admit.
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:05 pm

started... need to drill six more holes in the roof rails and insert six more riv nuts.
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:25 pm

ooh.. looks like a solid unit!
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:55 pm

I think the picture makes it look big... the bar is only 3/4" OD which is basically the height of the inner surface of the roof rails.

I just hope there's enough height between the roof and the bottom of the tube for the clamps on the roof box!
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:22 pm

I'm going to take the whole thing off... it's pitted so bad and one of the front caps flew off because the inner clips disintegrated.
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:30 pm

Sand it down and paint it?
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:51 pm

I'm missing one of the front caps and it blew off because the internal clips are no longer there. It's either a new rack or no rack... New chrome rack ~$900, black ~$450.
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:35 pm

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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:12 pm

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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:50 pm

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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:03 pm

The other thing I'm thinking about doing is making up a rack with some tubing, and using the six studs that mount the factory rails to bolt it down. Or just use the rear four studs?

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Re: roof rack

Postby Mandeep D » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:43 pm

Ooooh! Rear 4! Half-rack :)

Ps - your car looked dope leaving my place the other day :)
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:52 pm

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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:50 am

I guess you guys REALLY hate the whole wagon without a rack idea eh? :)

I'm having a hard time visualizing the rear-rack thingy... if anyone's willing to slap a steel frame rack on using the powers of computer, that would be helpful. Otherwise, tell me I'm stupid and I'll lay this to rest. For a while.
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:23 pm

Machine the missing cap and paint it.. is that still an option?
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:38 pm

I'm calling the missing cap "unreproducable"... remember, even if I can get a new cap, there's nothing to attach it to because the clip on the rail is no longer there.
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:24 pm

Pic of missing cap or cap area?
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Re: roof rack

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:06 pm

1) fill with expanding foam
2) carve into cap shape
3) skim with body filler
4) sand
5) paint with plastidip
6) ???
7) profit
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Re: roof rack

Postby tripwalking » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:26 pm

tripwalking wrote:I guess you guys REALLY hate the whole wagon without a rack idea eh? :)
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Re: roof rack

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:44 pm

Hahahaha I'd keep my wagon with a rack. Luckily this is your wagon!
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Re: roof rack

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:06 am

The roof looks a little bare without a rack on top.
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