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Unread 06-02-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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AtTheHelm's KK roof rack

Nothing fancy, just a nice and sturdy steel rack. The side rails are 1.32" x 0.133" A500 pipe size tube with 1" x 0.095" HREW tube cross rails. I'm going to add another front and rear cross tube with the 1.33" stuff that has bends in it for maximum space. I decided to make it a flat top to keep it low and also so I can still haul plywood up there. I have been really pushing my luck with the factory side rails and homemade crossbars. The last and probably sketchiest thing I hauled up there were the pieces of 21' tube. The distance wasn't far and all slow back roads but it still made me nervous.
Building this is a lot easier than I thought. All I planned on doing was bending side rails and I ended up with this:
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Most of the rack


It weighs about 50lbs hopefully it doesn't affect handling too much. Looks like the weak point will be the studs coming out of the roof. There are 8 of them but they are only 6 mm. Haven't heard really anything about them breaking, but I wonder about them shearing in an impact or hard flex.[/quote]

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Unread 06-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #3
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Sparked my interest for sure!
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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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Me likey. How much $$??
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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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According to ups' website they would be too big to ship. Shame because i'd be able to sell them at a pretty good price. I'll look around at other options to see if they can be shipped at a reasonable price.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 11:15 PM   #6
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Nice rack At the Helm
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Unread 06-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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Looks good. Ever think of selling just the side rails? Surely UPS wouldn't consider that too big. It'd be a nice alternative to RRO side rails, and possibly Rock Lizard(I know they make KJ rails, idk about KK rails).
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Unread 06-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
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Added the extra bars. The front will likely get removed or modified because there is now a lot of wind noise. The rear also needs adjusting because I managed to put it right were the antenna sits. Sh*t.





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Unread 06-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #9
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You know what could help eliminate the wind noise a simple fairing similar to Yakima or Thule or something you can make up.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #10
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According to ups' website they would be too big to ship. Shame because i'd be able to sell them at a pretty good price. I'll look around at other options to see if they can be shipped at a reasonable price.
all you need to is make it able to be cut on half, like a male and female parts on the middle or instead welding the cross bars they can be bolted in so you have to esmable it your self if you buy it.

you know i am in. love your recovery system and love this rack as well
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Unread 06-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #11
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I'll try and think of some way to make it broken down and still clean looking and stout.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #12
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Took off the front bar, now wind noise is cut down 90%. Can hardly hear anything.
Also took care of the rear antenna issue. As my first tube project I gotta say its way more fun than plate!

Notched out

Small piece of tube replaced

Ground down and finished


Nice and low
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:17 PM   #13
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AtTheHelm, some of us around here have Sky Sliders ya know!
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Unread 06-04-2013, 11:28 PM   #14
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AtTheHelm, some of us around here have Sky Sliders ya know!
That's why I asked if he would sell just the side rails lol
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Unread 06-05-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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Slick solution for the antenna! I enjoy watching your fabrications evolve. Awesome
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