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05-14-2019 05:08 PM
Hawk136439
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You ever finish version 2?
So not to dig up a dead thread but I finally decided to model up the V2.0 idea I had. This option might be about the same cost as V1.0 but is all bolt together so a little more DIY friendly.



This is the general shape with some added length over V1.0 so as to maximize usable area.



This is with V1.0 overlayed to show the difference in length. The plan would be to also include a piece of aluminium angle at/around the back to prevent cargo from sliding off.

According to my modeling software, V2.0 would be about 5lbs lighter than V1.0 but the hardware was not accounted for in this calc and might make up that difference. V2.0 would also place the cargo a bit higher than V1.0 so there's that too.
01-08-2019 11:13 AM
Hawk136439
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You ever finish version 2?
No I never got a chance to put Version 2.0 together most due to budget. the current one has been working just fine.
01-07-2019 12:28 AM
visualsuplex You ever finish version 2?
06-11-2018 11:10 AM
Hawk136439 Found a good deal on some Wavian NATO style jerry cans and picked up a 10l and 20l last weekend and decided see how ell the basket could be packed with what I have for camping gear. So far it seems that 2 Plano 30" Truck boxes, one 8gal. Action Packer and 2 20l Jerry cans fill it up pretty well.







There Is still some wasted space and I need to come up with a good cargo net to hold everything down but it was nice to load it all up and see what would fit.

I have some ideas for a version 2.0 that bolts together and is made of low-pro unistrut that will use a little more of the roof space available.
11-04-2017 09:38 AM
Hawk136439 Well after a good few months of use I thought I'd update this thread. The basket is still holding strong and worked like a dream for a road trip to upstate New York in July. That trip was one of the biggest reasons for building the basket because I knew I needed a place to store a generator as well as gear. Using the unistrut crossbars allowed us to mount a Yakima Rocketbox and still have enough room to sit a generator next to it. Here are a few photos of test fitting everything up there and then a couple shots when we were on the road to New York.





06-07-2017 09:38 AM
Hawk136439 Just a little update on the basket, I've been using it to haul kayaks the last couple Fridays with the wife and threw a dewalt tough box up there for giggles:







I did mess up and get bolts that were a little too long but found that they can be easily shortened on a bench grinder. If anyone is interested in the correct length bolts to use in lowpro unistrut I can get a measurement later.
05-25-2017 02:52 PM
Hawk136439 Photobucket is back to working!!!!

Here's the basket all bolted to the roof:








And here are the low pro unistrut cross bars added. I made sure to tighten these down with my tool kit under the back seat so I know I can adjust their position anytime I need too. Also have one more extra in the garage that I'm thinking about using for a bicycle fork mount in that back of the Xterra.





05-25-2017 01:51 PM
Desert-X-Guy
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Yes I ground the finish everywhere that I welded but that still wasn't enough, During welding the finish started flaking off from the heat so I held my breath, kept the garage door open, and got it done as quickly as possible because welding on galvanized material is a big no no and makes some fumes you don't want to be around.
Lol, you should be wearing a respirator anytime you weld anything (they make low profile ones to fit under your mask) and I only weld galvanized outside and with a couple high cfm fans to help with fumes.

I figured that finish would be a nightmare. Great stuff for lots of things but welding... Not so much

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05-25-2017 01:33 PM
Hawk136439
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Did you grind off all of the electro galvanized finish off the superstrut to weld it? I love that stuff but never considered welding it because of that unique finish they put on it.

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Yes I ground the finish everywhere that I welded but that still wasn't enough, During welding the finish started flaking off from the heat so I held my breath, kept the garage door open, and got it done as quickly as possible because welding on galvanized material is a big no no and makes some fumes you don't want to be around.
05-25-2017 11:53 AM
Desert-X-Guy Did you grind off all of the electro galvanized finish off the superstrut to weld it? I love that stuff but never considered welding it because of that unique finish they put on it.

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