2012 Metallic Blue Xterra Pro-4X
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Quad Cities, IL
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.
My main questions are as follows:
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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