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Drop-in Basket Concept

So I'm thinking about building a drop in basket of my own and thought I would bounce the design off some of you guys before I pull the trigger and order the steel. The entire thing will be made out of 2"x2"x1/8" angle iron and 1"x1/8" flat bar with an expanded metal floor. I wanted to make it as deep as possible so things aren't sticking too high up when its loaded and the plan is for it to sit on only the bars of the roofrack and not the end mount plastics. I was thinking if it is between raised plastic parts of the roof rack I could weld some low-prow unistrut on it that extends from the front of the wetbox to the very back of the rack. I'm hoping to use exhaust clamps and carriage bolts to mount it and keep a smooth looking top without drilling into the factory rack but I might just end up drilling instead.

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1) Do I have the right dimensions? Yesterday I measured right around 32" between the bars but saw 31" mentioned in other custom basket threads. Likewise I measured 3.75" from roof to top of factory bar but haven't seen it mentioned in other threads.

2) Do you think it will hold together? The heaviest thing I will ever throw up there is a small Honda generator (~30lbs?) or a couple 5 gallon gas cans.

3) Any improvements to add to the design before I start building?

Here are some pictures of my design and an attached drawing pdf as well:



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This is what I meant about the unistrut along the roof rails which would then allow you to use a fey more pieces of unistrut as movable cross bars for accessories like kayak rack and roof top boxes.


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My rack is basically flush with the top of the factory bar as checked with a straight edge. I can measure anywhere from 3.5" to 4.5" from the roof to the top of my rack depending on where I check.
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Just gonna throw his out there.... MaxGear Drop in basket. Don't know what the price is, but they're butch.
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My rack is basically flush with the top of the factory bar as checked with a straight edge. I can measure anywhere from 3.5" to 4.5" from the roof to the top of my rack depending on where I check.
Thanks! I figured on keeping it around 3.5" deep just be safe

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Just gonna throw his out there.... MaxGear Drop in basket. Don't know what the price is, but they're butch.
Looks like he's shooting for around $400. Got his latest catalog the other day and he has them listed now. Looks pretty sick and a good contender to the Dephep one. Love how he's taken into account all the stuff people usually strap onto the bars from the get go.



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Thanks! I figured on keeping it around 3.5" deep just be safe
Going off of my measurements 3.5" deep would touch the roof. I'd suggest taking something with a straight edge, like a 4' steel rule, and attaching a 12" rule to it sticking out 3.5" and putting that on the factory rails so you can see the clearance you've got. If my 3.5" measurement is indeed right I'd only go 3" deep at the most figuring you may have sag with weight on the rack, the material the rack is made of won't all be straight, and the body also flexes. I'd be real unhappy if I rubbed the paint off my roof
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Just gonna throw his out there.... MaxGear Drop in basket. Don't know what the price is, but they're butch.
I think I saw what you're talking about, does he have a website or something I haven't figured out how to order his products. Also the materials for this should only cost around $150 with the expanded metal floor and unistrut so that's kind of a hard price for anyone to beat and then they would have to ship it.

I'm not trying to knock anyone's products (I'm pretty sure a blind woodchuck might be a better welder than me) I just enjoy building things and saving a few bucks and figure this should be a simple enough project to learn on.

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I think I saw what you're talking about, does he have a website or something I haven't figured out how to order his products. Also the materials for this should only cost around $150 with the expanded metal floor and unistrut so that's kind of a hard price for anyone to beat and then they would have to ship it.

I'm not trying to knock anyone's products (I'm pretty sure a blind woodchuck might be a better welder than me) I just enjoy building things and saving a few bucks and figure this should be a simple enough project to learn on.
He doesn't have a website but you can get a product catalog by emailing him. [email protected]

I think he has an instagram too but I'm not sure of it as I don't use IG.
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