This is my first thread since the intro one a while back. But @29erClan
suggested that I should start one to discuss the roof rack we are currently collaborating on the design.
So a big thanks to @29erClan
for his help! Without his help I wouldn't be resurrecting this project any time soon and I am extremely happy to have his assistance on this!!
I want to make this like the roof rack and bed rack that I built for my Hummer H3T:
It's constructed out of 3/16th aluminum, 80/20 aluminum extrusion cross rails and stainless 1/4x20 bolts.... that is it!
What this project means for you
Once this project is complete & if you like how it turns out you should be able to download the file, cut it yourself or pay some local shop to cut it for you, order the cross rails to length and pick up the hardware that you would like to use from a local fastener shop (or online) and bolt this rack together for a fraction of the price that companies are charging for a similar product.
- A lower profile then the OEM rack
- take advantage of 80/20 aluminum extrusion to have a more modular rack (I find the round tubes too bulky and difficult to work with)
- Keep the weight down as light as possible without sacrificing its functionality
I am hoping to end up with something along the lines of what is available from Prinsu (now CBI) for the Toyota line up:
80/20 is a company that manufactures extruded aluminum bars and their site has lots of useful info and calculators to find what will suit your needs. I will be using this bar specifically: LINK However it is cheaper from: LINK
I got my cross bars cut to 42" with two 1/4x20 threaded holes tapped on each end (I previously did this before in my garage, but then I broke a tap in the hole and had to scrap that piece and replace both the tap and the bar.... which led me to decide to have them do it the next go around).
Tonight I will follow up this post with an image of the first "draft" of the rack and depict the changes that need to be made to fix the design.