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Unread 10-18-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Stock roof rack or drip rail rack?

My XJ didn't come factory with a rack and I'd like to put one on. There's a great salvage yard near me and I can probably pull one, but wasn't sure how good of shape it would be in after the transfer.
I've considered a drip rail rack, but wasn't sure how strong the drip rails were? I don't plan on storing my spare up there, probably just fishing poles, etc. but might put luggage on a long trip. I'd also like to mount a couple of lights. I'd rather stay away from the one with straps that go into the doorways.

I was looking at one like this, and mounting a small basket on it.
http://www.prolineracks.com/proline-...ter-racks.html

Any suggestions? Thanks, Tony

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Unread 10-18-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Racks that mount to the drip rails are far stronger than the factory rack that bolts to the roof. But it doesn't sound like you'll be carrying too much weight up there so I wouldn't worry about using the stock style rack. That being said, if you can afford the drip rail rack and it fits your needs, get it
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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Cool, thanks. I had used a rail rack on an old Cutlass years ago but didn't put much on it other than surfboards.
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Unread 10-18-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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If I can ever afford the body/rust work that I want done, my stock rack is going bye-bye. Eventually I'll get a proper rail mount rack for the times I need one.
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Unread 10-19-2012, 09:20 AM   #5
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Something I noticed of my roof, which I'd like to fix before I put a rack on is there are some spots where it's either sagging or has a slight dip in it. Any suggestions on how to fix that or strengthen it from the underside? I need to replace the headliner anyway, so working from the inside won't be a problem.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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Drip rail mount

The rain gutter are by far the best way to mount racks. I build these daily.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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Nice looking racks!
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Unread 12-14-2012, 12:01 PM   #8
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when i get back to our ambulance deployment ill snap some pics of my roof rack it is mounted on the roof not to the drip... but none the less it is strong as hell
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The rain gutter are by far the best way to mount racks. I build these daily.
I'm building my own right now and I can't get an accurate measurement of the distance between the drip rails. I need to know so that I know how far apart to mount the gutter mounts. Do you know the width between the rails? Any help is appreciated.
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