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Unread 06-04-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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JcrOffroad Protyping: Crusader Roof Rack! Revisted!

Many of you might remember our attempt at prototyping a new roof rack. We built it out of all flat and the prototype was WAY to heavy and the idea just wasn't coming together.

This was our the design we failed at making into a viable product:


So we finally decided to hit the drawing board again!

Our #1 issue was to be able to make it modular to allow for being broken down for shipping. Our last Low profile rack would cost us $175 for UPS ground :icon_sad:

After some brain storming, we came up with a nice hybrid idea between our old tube design and our new flat steel idea:



Possible options:
No Lightbar
Led Lightbar
Halogen Lightbar
Adjustable TireMount
Hi-Lift Mount
Half Sides (for front or rear section)
Full Sides
Middle Extension (for full length)
Mounts for different vehicles (TJ/YJ/CJ/LJ/JK/ZJ/KJ/ect)

Turn into metal:


The hoop is a bolt on deal, the rack bolts together in the middle.

These are some optional sides we are kicking around:


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Unread 06-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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looks way to tall IMO. id really like to see the light bar mount similar to a visor, like a mix between the rigid mounts for JKs and what heavymetal runs with his cage
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Unread 06-07-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Personally, I like it. Any ideas on cost?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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What did you do with the first prototype? Want to sell it?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Just a small update.



FAQ:

Q: Light bar option?

A: We have plans to make something available but at this time nothing is in development.

Q: Why not full length?

A: Shipping; and this is the same size as our previous low profile utility rack. We plan to also offer an extension for those who would like to go full length, but again nothing has being designed.

Q: Is that too tall?

A: As you can see a spare tire still sits higher than the light bar its self, and the clearance with the lights that are mounted on there is about 3/4" if you move the back closer to the tailgate you lose the slope of the roofline and fall all the way down to about 1/4"-3/8" of clearance.

Q: Highlift mount?

A: Unfortunately this picture didn't capture it however there is an optional highligt mount on the opposite side.

Q: Can I see the tire mount?

A: The tire mount uses a similar mounting and adjustable as our rear bumper tire carriers so you can keep it as close or as far away as possible.

Q: Rotopax?

A: We have kicked around a couple ideas and we should easily be able to make a mount for 2-4 cans easily.

Q: Price and Availability?

A: At this time we don't have a ball park for the pricing, as this rack is modular it will vary greatly in price. You will be able to start with the base rack (a front and back) and build it to however you want.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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I'm absolutely interested in one just like that, perfect for pre-runner style XJs. Even if this doesn't go to production I'd harass you guys for that one specifically.
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Looks like if the front half was offered separately it would fit on MJ roofs too.
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Made some more progress. Tire mounted, put some bigger lights on it!
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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:18 AM   #9
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looks nice but i wouldnt run it. its to tall. That thing is going to get caught on everything on the trail.
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How much does it weigh?
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How much does it weigh?
Haven't weighed it yet. It's not that bad at all!
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how much does it weigh? and can I get it without the light bar or sides?

And how about some sort of system so tie downs can actually grab and have something edge to edge on the rack?
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looks nice but i wouldnt run it. its to tall. That thing is going to get caught on everything on the trail.
really? have you not seen other roof racks? just seeing the sides and how close it is to the gutters show how low that thing is. im betting its sitting much lower than stock roof racks and most roof racks out there
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