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Xride 06-11-2013 07:35 AM

Low profile, lightweight roof rack? Design ideas?
 
I find myself putting a lot of weight on my XJ roof surprisingly often, and my stock rack is coming apart now. I don't want something chunky looking that is going to cost me 3mpg just to have up there. And I want something that can hold a sheet of plywood still.

Anyone seen anything like this?

S8NNG8 06-11-2013 09:41 AM

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This was only about 10lbs of material. You could make it twice as long and be at 20lbs

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Xride 06-11-2013 11:19 PM

Looks like the mounting and cross bars are factory though?

S8NNG8 06-11-2013 11:39 PM

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Ya, its a stock chrome rack off of an '89

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I notched the ends of the tube to make it sit as low as possible.

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Xride 06-12-2013 08:17 AM

Ah, I'm pulling the stock parts off the roof. So need a complete system.

S8NNG8 06-12-2013 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Xride (Post 15551115)
Ah, I'm pulling the stock parts off the roof. So need a complete system.

Do something with all the screw holes. If you don't intend to ever use them again, fill 'em with silicone.

DNFJ 06-12-2013 09:53 AM

Wait til JCR releases their rack.

S8NNG8 06-12-2013 10:03 AM

I can spin 4 screws things on my stock rack, and pull the whole thing off, in one piece, by myself, in seconds. And put my ski rack on, in seconds;) I got what I was after.

Xride 06-12-2013 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by DNFJ (Post 15551459)
Wait til JCR releases their rack.

Impossible to get a sheet of plywood on it.

JcrOffroad 06-13-2013 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Xride (Post 15552420)
Impossible to get a sheet of plywood on it.

Unless the dimensions of plywood have changed our rack is 48.5" wide and 55" long (sold as the base parts) if you add the optional extension it will be 48.5" x 72" which can't be any larger simply because the size of the roof. XJ roofs come in at about 7' so you are going to have overhang somewhere for your plywood.

Our rack sits as low as a half inch at it's lowest point and can easily hold a spare tire or a man jumping on it with no problem. Lightbar and sides are optional.

Xride 06-13-2013 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by JcrOffroad (Post 15555502)
Unless the dimensions of plywood have changed our rack is 48.5" wide and 55" long (sold as the base parts) if you add the optional extension it will be 48.5" x 72" which can't be any larger simply because the size of the roof. XJ roofs come in at about 7' so you are going to have overhang somewhere for your plywood.

Our rack sits as low as a half inch at it's lowest point and can easily hold a spare tire or a man jumping on it with no problem. Lightbar and sides are optional.

Price? Availability? Weight?

I didn't realize you could get it without the light bar and sides.

You should make a system to allow tie downs a place to grab even with say a sheet of plywood on it. Since even at the best of times it sucks attaching most tie downs to pipe.


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