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post #1 of 11 Old 06-11-2013, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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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?


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post #2 of 11 Old 06-11-2013, 08:41 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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Looks like the mounting and cross bars are factory though?

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

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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.

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Wait til JCR releases their rack.

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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.

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Wait til JCR releases their rack.
Impossible to get a sheet of plywood on it.

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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.
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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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