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Unread 08-04-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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My roof basket build

After much research and reading other threads, I decided to finally make a roof basket for my Cherokee. I made a few plans and got pricing from lowes before even buying anything. So far I don't think i've spent over $40. It is just made out of EMT tubing that I bent and screwed together with self-tapping screws.

Testing it up there before I move on.


The sides are aluminum pieces of metal that I cut at 5 inch.


I think it adds a nice look to my Jeep


I will add a few more sides pieces to brace it more, but already it is super sturdy. I was quite surprised at how sturdy it is. I also plan to paint it black soon. This week's forecast is filled with rain, so I have no idea when I will be able to paint it. Eventually I will also have a light rack on the front of it.

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Unread 08-04-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Looks awesome, my xj wants one now! Did you use a tube bender? did you flare one end of the tube to slide it into the other end? Bungees and chain hold it on good?
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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do it right and dont use the stock rack as mounting points. I dont imagine that basket will support a lot of weight with it mounted like that
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Unread 08-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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Looks awesome, my xj wants one now! Did you use a tube bender? did you flare one end of the tube to slide it into the other end? Bungees and chain hold it on good?
Yeah, I just used a tube bender, then I just used emt connectors to hold it together. Very sturdy so far.


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do it right and dont use the stock rack as mounting points. I dont imagine that basket will support a lot of weight with it mounted like that
Using the stock rack is only temporary, I will soon make gutter mounts to hold it. The bungees hold it good for now, but I wouldn't trust too much weight with that.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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unfortunately rain won't be letting up until thursday/friday. So I definitely won't be getting it painted but still hope to get it braced some more. Has anyone seen an easy to build gutter mount system? I don't have a welder or anything, just basic tools, and materials I can get at lowes is my best option.
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Unread 08-19-2012, 08:24 PM   #6
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Alright, FINALLY got around to finishing it up. Primed, then I painted it and I think it looks fantastic. I do not know how long the paint will last since the metal was previously galvanized and I'm not sure if I got all the galvanized material off. I also added a few more bracings in to support it more and now it can easily hold my weight. I still do not know how will bolt it up there as it is still temporarily bolted up.






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Unread 08-20-2012, 11:12 PM   #7
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Unread 08-21-2012, 08:09 AM   #8
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Nice. It looks just like one I built for a Montero I had. BTW, they make primer for galvanized metal/aluminum. I used it and painted my rack with chip resistant wheel paint.
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Unread 08-21-2012, 10:48 AM   #9
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Nice. It looks just like one I built for a Montero I had. BTW, they make primer for galvanized metal/aluminum. I used it and painted my rack with chip resistant wheel paint.
They have galvanized primer?! darn! I took a couple hours to try to sand as much of the coating off. Oh, well. now I know what to do next time. Thanks for the tip.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 12:58 PM   #10
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Sorry for the long wait for an update. I finally found a permanent mounting solution. I was searching craigslist and I found a Thule roof rack, the gutter mounts with locking cores, and load bars for only $40! Then I got some u-bolts and bolted the basket onto the thule rack. Once I figure out how I want to run my wires into my Jeep, I'll mount some lights up there.





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Unread 10-09-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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I like the design, looks pretty light! It just sits too high off the roof for my taste. Good job though!
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Unread 10-09-2012, 05:55 PM   #12
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Thanks! Yeah, I was really hoping to get the 5 inch Thule towers, but these were such a great deal I grabbed them. I might keep looking for shorter towers and then sell these ones. Not sure yet. As for the weight, I can easily lift it over my head with one hand. It's quite surprising despite the size of the basket.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #13
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Can you give me your address? If you come home one day and it looks like a truck drove up your stairs...........it wasn't me..
They look fun
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Unread 10-10-2012, 08:18 AM   #14
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Looks great, but how did you fab the cross-members? Did you taper and form them by hand?
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Unread 10-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #15
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Roof "basket" sounds funny

I pictured the easter bunny basket strapped to your roof.
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