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WKdeuce 11-29-2006 04:07 PM

Homebrewed Gutter-Mount Roof Rack
 
Before we went to the beach this summer, I spent the day with my old man building 4 metal bracket thingers to create a roof rack. I'm not going to get too far into detail on exactly what we did, unless someone wants me too, then I will. Pictures are worth 1000 words. For more info email: brburckhardt@yahoo.com

I have *.pdf files of the pieces that you can print out and trace onto some steel if you want. I also have the CAD files for all of you that can get hooked up with CAM work... (THANKS CHRIS!!!)

here's the pictures:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...%20rack/rr.jpg

original sketch, never did get that tiny skull & crossbones sticker...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...rack/partA.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...rack/partB.jpg

These are screen shots of the *.pdf's... e-mail me for the full size ones

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...ackbracket.jpg

CAD file, I was bored at work so I did 'em in 3D...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...20rack/rr2.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...20rack/rr1.jpg

final product, this is only 1, obviously we made 4, they arent interchangeable, each set was custom, even though they were all CAM cut to exact tolerances from 11 gauge steel, our home bending and welding wasn't quite as precise... the crossbars are aluminum tube, ordered online, and yeah that's a magic hat cap on there...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...kha/jeep-1.jpg

All finished on the XJ. The rack held a 9'6" longboard for 10 hrs. from NC back to PA, so it's definately on there. Can't wait to throw the snowboard up there this season!!!

Thanks in advance for posting pics for a newb.

ddoffroad 11-29-2006 04:19 PM

Thats a hell of a contraption and you're a good artist, but Im not sure how strong mounting that to the rain gutters....cant u fig a way to mount it to the existing rails?

-ddo

drm4633 11-29-2006 04:42 PM

I have a Wenonah canoe and they sell brackets similar to your design.

You can see them @: http://www.wenonah.com/ under accessories/transport equipment.

balloo93 11-29-2006 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ben1.8t
Before we went to the beach this summer, I spent the day with my old man building 4 metal bracket thingers to create a roof rack. I'm not going to get too far into detail on exactly what we did, unless someone wants me too, then I will. Pictures are worth 1000 words. For more info email: brburckhardt@yahoo.com

I have *.pdf files of the pieces that you can print out and trace onto some steel if you want. I also have the CAD files for all of you that can get hooked up with CAM work...

here's the pictures:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...%20rack/rr.jpg

original sketch, never did get that tiny skull & crossbones sticker...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...rack/partA.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...rack/partB.jpg

These are screen shots of the *.pdf's... e-mail me for the full size ones

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...ackbracket.jpg

CAD file, I was bored at work so I did 'em in 3D...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...20rack/rr2.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...20rack/rr1.jpg

final product, this is only 1, obviously we made 4, they arent interchangeable, each set was custom, even though they were all CAM cut to exact tolerances from 11 gauge steel, our home bending and welding wasn't quite as precise... the crossbars are aluminum tube, ordered online, and yeah that's a magic hat cap on there...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...kha/jeep-1.jpg

All finished on the XJ. The rack held a 9'6" longboard for 10 hrs. from NC back to PA, so it's definately on there. Can't wait to throw the snowboard up there this season!!!

Thanks in advance for posting pics for a newb.

Cklick free. VERY nice setup. I saw something like that awhile back, but not that nice at all. If you don't mind, I'll add it to the Tech/FAQ sticky!

toledotimber 11-29-2006 07:13 PM

Man, that's awesome. Good job on the mounts, and thanks for posting the pics. Well done.

red96jeep 11-29-2006 07:57 PM

haha yeah magic hat! your cad skills are pretty good, where did you learn them from?

WKdeuce 11-29-2006 09:46 PM

Thanks Balloo!

ddo: I'm pretty sure the gutters are one of the stronger spots to mount roof racks, anybody want to clarify?

red96: I took some classes at ITT tech a while back, now I draw crap in CAD all day...

Jeepernick 11-30-2006 12:40 AM

when they up for sale?

orchimaxi 11-30-2006 12:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ben1.8t
Thanks Balloo!

ddo: I'm pretty sure the gutters are one of the stronger spots to mount roof racks, anybody want to clarify?

red96: I took some classes at ITT tech a while back, now I draw crap in CAD all day...

Yep, gutter mounts can actually tolerate a larger load than the stock roof rack!

VR6NH 11-30-2006 01:36 AM

nice touch with the magic hat caps. Looks good.

orchimaxi 11-30-2006 01:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VR6NH
nice touch with the magic hat caps. Looks good.

Whoa, nice catch!

WKdeuce 11-30-2006 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeepernick
when they up for sale?

haha, that would be nice, but by the time I made them and shipped them, they'd be more than yakima towers...

Oh and, side note: Pep boys sells door trim (the stuff to protect your door edge) I cut that into strips to cover the bracket edge before it went down into the gutter, you can kinda see it in the one pic. I would definately do something like that to protect from rust. Only probalem is it comes in 25' lengths (I have a little bit left over)

Jeepernick 11-30-2006 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ben1.8t
haha, that would be nice, but by the time I made them and shipped them, they'd be more than yakima towers...

Oh and, side note: Pep boys sells door trim (the stuff to protect your door edge) I cut that into strips to cover the bracket edge before it went down into the gutter, you can kinda see it in the one pic. I would definately do something like that to protect from rust. Only probalem is it comes in 25' lengths (I have a little bit left over)


This picture shows what your talking about
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...20rack/rr2.jpg

Very Nice, great work man
:thumbsup:

ddoffroad 11-30-2006 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by orchimaxi
Yep, gutter mounts can actually tolerate a larger load than the stock roof rack!

Well thats good...i didnt know....i just know ive gotten my gutter caught in some tree branches sometimes and its been ripped off! Haha...:laugh:

dedbo1t 11-30-2006 02:33 PM

.....makes me almost wish my xj didn't come with the stock roof racks.....almost.


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