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post #16 of 68 Old 12-28-2009, 07:21 PM
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Cross bars

Hey has anyone been able to locate these clamps anymore and if not is there another type I could use.

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post #17 of 68 Old 12-28-2009, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'll look around, may still have 2 or 3 of these around somewhere. But you will still need the 1 or 2 more to complete the cross bars. Thats if I can find the ones buried in the depths of boxes in the garage.

If no one else chimes in with some extra's - about the only thing you could do is call every Harbor Frieght in a five state area - one at a time & ask them to search thier inventory for that part number.

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post #18 of 68 Old 12-29-2009, 07:53 AM
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Ok thank you
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post #19 of 68 Old 12-29-2009, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Let me know if you come up with 1 or 2. Then I'll start digging.

I do know of one person that had success with calling a ton of Harbor outlets, but he did have a unlimited plan on his cell and a lot of patience.

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post #20 of 68 Old 03-04-2010, 05:32 PM
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tee fitting availabilty

I feel everyone's pain trying to find the tee fittings that at this point Harbor Freight doesn't remember ever having I too had a bit of trouble locating them. That is until I happened to look at the scaffolding we were using to paint the house and then, much to my amazement, the hand rail at the store we rented it from. It seems both use the same tee fittings. Check out these sites

Rail Fittings then scroll down to item 160

Quik Klamp Clamp-On Tees - FarmTek

The price may not be $0.87, but hey, we can't all be so lucky I picked mine up from boundary fence for five bucks each and scored free shipping. They work great so far for carrying my canoe, and not to restart an old argument, but I didn't have to bend the pipe Some of the other fittings they carry look pretty interesting too. I'm thinking of some custom light mounts from #185.
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post #21 of 68 Old 03-05-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Si Fi - first post here, welcome to JF

Excellent find! I'm sure many folks have given up on tracking these down.

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post #22 of 68 Old 03-05-2010, 07:04 PM
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roof rack

Thanks for the greetings

I figured a few folks might appreciate some help finding those tee fittings. And besides, I spent countless hours tracking them down so I wanted some recognition
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post #23 of 68 Old 07-31-2010, 10:50 AM
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I think I will make some of these for my Liberty tonight!
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post #24 of 68 Old 07-31-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Go for it! One of the most useful mod's I've ever done. As has been posted B4 - test fit your pipes, you may very well be one of the fortunate ones that fits without needing to bend the pipes.

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post #25 of 68 Old 10-15-2010, 12:15 PM
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I recently made these and absolutely love them. Turns out that the company that makes the "tee clamps" is a short drive away from me so I just went to their warehouse and picked them up along with a couple of miscut sections of the fence rail. The folks that I dealt with at Farm-Tek (Dyersville, Iowa) were great. Super nice and very helpful. Highly recommended! In my case, bending the cross rails wasnt absolutely needed but I still gave the a very slight bend due to the fact that I only had 1/4" clearance in the front. A couple of shots of rubberized undercoating and I was done.
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post #26 of 68 Old 10-15-2010, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I recently made these and absolutely love them. Turns out that the company that makes the "tee clamps" is a short drive away from me so I just went to their warehouse and picked them up along with a couple of miscut sections of the fence rail. The folks that I dealt with at Farm-Tek (Dyersville, Iowa) were great. Super nice and very helpful. Highly recommended! In my case, bending the cross rails wasnt absolutely needed but I still gave the a very slight bend due to the fact that I only had 1/4" clearance in the front. A couple of shots of rubberized undercoating and I was done.

I still like these things better than most mods I've done.

Sure beats the absolutely crazy prices for big brand name cross bars.

Great to see the Farm-Tek Tee Clamps do the job.

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post #27 of 68 Old 10-23-2010, 06:42 PM
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X3 on the rack- nice job. I have the Yakima set up on mine and it looks a bit "top hattish" especially when loaded.

I like the low profile set up on yours that still allows for a deep tray for gear. Nice job man.
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post #28 of 68 Old 01-21-2011, 07:57 PM
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Roar....

These homemade crossbars look great but they sure are noisey! I drive about 98% highway and they are just too loud to leave up there unless you need to use them. Seems like the air is forced down onto the roof and I can feel the vibration from this inside with my hand on the headliner. Amazing how loud it is once you reach 40mph or so.
Anyone else had the same issue and maybe a fix? Seems like the conduit is a lot bigger than needs to be so maybe a smaller size would cut down the noise and drag?
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post #29 of 68 Old 01-22-2011, 05:20 AM
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Anyone have any updates as to where we can get these T-fittings at??? Just got a Libby and would really like to get this mod installed asap...would be great for our snowboards
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post #30 of 68 Old 01-22-2011, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any updates as to where we can get these T-fittings at??? Just got a Libby and would really like to get this mod installed asap...would be great for our snowboards

Check post number "20" - Si_Fi posted a link as to where he found them.

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