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Unread 10-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Roof rack,cargo basket,Roof basket or whatever you call them

I believe my next mod is going to be a roof rack or cargo basket or roof basket whatever you call it.I'm looking to spend around 150 which Isnt much I understand but I'm on a tight budget. This means more than likely ill be shopping at 1 of the 2 favorite places I shop, Amazon and the other being Craigslist .I been checking around and it seems that I need one as close to 72x52 for what I'm going for on my Cherokee .A roof basket that goes from the front to back or as close to it as I can afford.I plan on carrying me a gas jug/jerry can for when I go on long trails. Spare parts,full size spare tire,mounting all my lights on it including the backup lights I just ordered. Shovel and everything else you need when you go on a long trip thru the mountains. I sleep inside the jeep so I really need the extra room inside plus I like taking my 5 year old son with me when I go somewhere local.I'm hoping someone can post a link to a rack for a good price. Another great link would be greatly appreciated and If I have to go smaller I will as long as I stay within budget and not to small.I have some many ideas for this XJ and so little money.I'm still waiting on my lights. I'm owned this XJ since Sunday of last week.

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Unread 10-14-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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Unread 10-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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http://www.amazon.com/Curt-18115-Roo...ords=roof+rack

Then extend it.

http://www.amazon.com/Curt-18117-Mou...ords=roof+rack

Not as wide as you want to go, & I'm sure you've already seen this since it came off of Amazon.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thank you sir but I believe im going to go with this one.Its a little shorter but since its wider im hoping it will fit on my stock roof rack bars better.Im going to scan craigslist for a few weeks before I do anything http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004HE...110_SY165_QL70
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Unread 10-14-2013, 09:27 PM   #5
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The rage rack is a good deal! The only thing i have found is that the bigger the rack, the more crap you put up there. On rough trails, it can be an issue. I ued this... http://www.amazon.com/Lund-601011-Bl.../dp/B0002Z9QRQ. I think i will look into that rage one though.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
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You could always build your own too. I built mine for about 70 bucks.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Something to keep in mind: all those racks mount to the existing Cherokee roof rails, which limits the cargo capacity to 150 pounds (Assuming the rack itself is rated that much).
Factor in the weight of the rack itself (20 to 30 pounds plus) and the spare tire (50ish?) and you've made a huge dent!
Then figure in the fluids you want to carry. 6 or so pounds per gallon of gasoline, 8ish for water. That's another 30 + 40 (using 5 gallon Jerry Cans each).
You've just maxed out the rack No spare parts, lights, tools or whatever...

A typical "Safari" rack, mounted to the gutters, can have up to a 300 pound load.
Here's the one I want to get:
https://www.trailduty.com/product_in...d2185527b18fc5
But at FOURTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, it's very LOW on my list :/
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Unread 10-15-2013, 12:27 AM   #8
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I'll be gutter mounting a electrical conduit rack. Gonna go with 1" or 1.25" fully welded...yes I know galvanized which will be stripped!!!
Anyway, gonna make my own using 3 gutter feet per side...my idea is have the rack sitting on the stock slider rail things..so about 1" off the roof. Its goings to Resemble the gobi rack.. Single layer with some expanded metal in it so we can sit or lay up there if we want.
Not really a fan of the "basket" type of rack.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:09 AM   #9
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I just built one a couple weeks ago
Used 1" x 1" x 14 gauge steel and 1/8" by 1.5" flat stock to attach to the jeep (took off the factory roof rack and bolted the flat stock directly to the jeep, then welded to the flat stock from the roof rack)

I found the steel for $.95 / foot cut to length but had to use up 24ft pieces. I have about $125 into the rack counting the steel/paint/etc.

Pics of the project here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...80/index4.html

It was pretty easy, did the entire project in about 8 hours over a weekend.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 11:41 AM   #10
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I just put the Curt rack on my XJ. I bought the rack and the extension. In fact the extension just showed up today. I am going to use Three of the stock Jeep cross rails. I've put an 80 pound kayak on two rails and it didn't even flex. Adding another cross rail with the Curt rack should increase my structural weight limit by a small amount. I am going to see how much it will hold for sure. I made a video showing the unboxing and me putting it together. Not hard at all. It looks great and from amazon.com I paid $130 shipped for the rack and extension. Can't beat that. I'll post video on YouTube later and post it up here.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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Just finished installing mine A few minutes ago! Freakin Sick!!!
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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:38 PM   #12
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Very nice! How much did it cost you out the door?
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Unread 10-15-2013, 10:49 PM   #13
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$130 shipped to my front door. Got them from Amazon.com
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Unread 10-15-2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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Gorgeous. I just made one and put ut on as well. Just finished...how do i post a photo? It says my file is too large
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Unread 10-18-2013, 12:13 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by sAe23 View Post
A typical "Safari" rack, mounted to the gutters, can have up to a 300 pound load.
Here's the one I want to get:
https://www.trailduty.com/product_in...d2185527b18fc5
But at FOURTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, it's very LOW on my list :/
I bought my whole ZJ for not much more than that!
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