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post #16 of 31 Old 08-17-2012, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Heres some updated pictures from tonight.







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I decided to have the back side hinge open and keep the front locked in place.







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post #17 of 31 Old 08-18-2012, 01:26 AM
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looking nice when will it be ready to mount.
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post #18 of 31 Old 08-18-2012, 01:27 AM
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I also made little supports to help spread the weight out. Made out of angle iron and flat bar.
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I have to run to the store to get some bolts. But I am hoping to be done except for paint today.

Those little brackets are a good idea.
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-18-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some more pictures. The rack itself is done. I decided to keep the front portion stationary and have the back portion hinge open.









I am up in the air about painting it back or leaving it the sliver color.

Here is the bracket that I am using to secure the rack to the jeep. There are 4 spots for a bracket.



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post #21 of 31 Old 08-19-2012, 03:06 PM
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looks good i m going to try and make a homemade roof rack.
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post #22 of 31 Old 08-19-2012, 04:04 PM
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Where did you find those brackets at? They look like they were almost made for this application

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I was in lowes and in th asile with the unistrut they are directly below the strut. They are called "top beam clamp 1/4". They fit very nicely and have a pre tapped hole on the back side and top in addition to the front screw that it comes with. I am going with a total of 4 crossbars so between clamps and 2 10' sticks of strut its about $45.
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post #24 of 31 Old 08-19-2012, 09:08 PM
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Thanks for that info. Have a rack in my mind but the only thing that was stalling me was a way to mount it to the rails. Your way looks really good!!!

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No problem and thanks. Using those mounts and the uni-strut keeps the rack nice and tight to the roof. I was a little worried about putting the rack up on the factory cross bars. Post some pictures once you get going.
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post #26 of 31 Old 08-20-2012, 09:12 AM
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looks pretty slick. How can I get ahold of one of those crates? Pretty solid recycling right there
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A little big for my taste but nice work it looks pretty good looks pretty sturdy to!

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post #28 of 31 Old 08-20-2012, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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They are called IBC short for "Intermediate bulk container". I actually picked mine up from a plant in new jersey that cleans them out and recycles them. I would check with a junk yard they may have some there or any big factory in your area. Even check with the city water department they should have some. I cant quote a price since I got mine for free but when I googled it they were around $100 for just the cage.

As far as the height I kept it a little on the large size for fitting suitcases in and locking it up. But you could easily cut it down and add a top rail. There would be enough left over to possibly make another rack if you make it with out the top portion. I am still kicking around the idea of chopping it down and losing the top cage. I am waiting to test it out before I make that final decision though. I have a long trip coming up so it should be a good test.

Through out the build I was standing on the cross bars in between the supports and it didnt give at all. I am no small guy so it should be able to take a pretty decent load strapped down. I even bounced up and down a few times with no worries.
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Paint it black and call it a day

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After all said and done.

I ended up hacking it in half and leaving the back open for oversize items. Its held up pretty good. The unistrut brackets have not moved a bit from the day I installed them.
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