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Unread 04-18-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
inmate001
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DIY YJ roof rack

i would like to build a roof rack like this one http://olympic4x4products.com/utilit...01-sports-rack I have access to a welder, a chop saw and possibly a tube bender. I was wondering if any one has built one.

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Unread 01-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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I'm in the process of learning what I need to do as well. I'd say look online for cheap tow receiver baskets to get started. I saw some on Harbor freight that looks mod'able to make into a rack.

They once you've got the rack on there put some baja light up there for good measure
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Unread 01-30-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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I'd change it a bit to make the front portion complete without interruptions and make it into a light bar with half tubes welded on it directed opening up to the rear for mounting the swing-out portion. I'd use lockable pins (if is security is not an issue) for keeping that joint together and add a little reinforcement to avoid rack all-around movement by adding another mounting plate (16ga steel 2"X4" or so) between front part of the rack and sides of the windshield frame about a foot down from the roof to secure it.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 05:42 AM   #4
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For the effort involved, it's probably best to just buy whatever rack is closest to what you want, and modify from there. I'm kind of partial to the Congo Cage from Kargomaster; it is probably the heaviest duty of the different racks on the market, and it's easy to modify and adapt to whatever kind of basket you want, which is what I did.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 06:57 AM   #5
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didn't rustywrangler make a few at some point? I thought I recalled a thread he did about his progress... maybe he'll see this and chime in. I honestly don't see how it can be done for less than the purchase price... I'd suggest what Netpackrat said.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 09:15 PM   #6
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For the effort involved, it's probably best to just buy whatever rack is closest to what you want, and modify from there. I'm kind of partial to the Congo Cage from Kargomaster; it is probably the heaviest duty of the different racks on the market, and it's easy to modify and adapt to whatever kind of basket you want, which is what I did.
perhaps. However they don't do a hell lot of products for YJs and in my case, I do like the idea but I'd like to tweak it a bit to my understanding and functionality. I prefer to do that from scratch rather than red someones work.
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