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.
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.
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.
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.
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.