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Unread 01-17-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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Roof Racks: Gutter vs. Rail Mounting

Been looking at different light bars and roof racks, and I was wondering what the opinions on gutter mounting vs. rail mounting are.

Seems to me the best option would be to get something that will mount to the stock rails, as anything mounted to the gutters is going to chip away paint and cause rust.

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Unread 01-17-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Gutter mount is much stronger than mounted to the stock cross rails.
Gutter mount may chip the paint, but that should be pretty easy to touch up.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 09:08 PM   #3
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Gutters are definitly stronger.

I'm doing both, because I am going to literally hang a tire off the back of a hombrew idea I've been hoping to make soon.
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Gutters are definitly stronger.

I'm doing both, because I am going to literally hang a tire off the back of a hombrew idea I've been hoping to make soon.
Are you thinking a add a hatch as a swing out too? I came up with this idea at school(welding major) and my teacher fell in love lol.

As for my the Rack Im makeing Ill be fabing up gutter mounts for. I will make sure to check for paint cracks and touch up accordingly... but its the strongest method other than drilling holes and bolting it straight to the roof.
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Unread 01-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #5
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Gutter mounting is how did it, and I would recommend it to everyone, it works well, is easy to do, looks good, and is strong.
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I had a Surco mounted to the stock rails. The Wilderness rack I have now mounted to the gutters is much nicer, fits down closer to the roof and if very secure.
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I'm going to be making some of the 2-piece channel brackets that mount to the stock roof rails, NOT luggage rails... I dont like the look of the gutter mounts, too long or something...

But anything you do to keep the weight off the plastic crossbar brackets will be a big plus!
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why not just get some duplicolor spray on bedliner and spray it where the gutter mounts will be so you dont have any paint chipping/rust issues
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why not just get some duplicolor spray on bedliner and spray it where the gutter mounts will be so you dont have any paint chipping/rust issues
Good idea.

This is probably a ~duh~ question, but that stuff adheres to paint, right? I've never used it, but I've never heard anyone that has used it mention sanding before they sprayed.
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you should probably sand/etch it up a little bit where you are going to apply the bedliner....it will adhere to that better than smooth shiny paint
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