I got bored one weekend and made a rack/basket that attaches to my hardtop. It is definately light duty only, but seems to work well for tossing camp chairs/sunshade/tent/ect on the roof.
I can't remember the cost, but it was a pretty simple project.
Rattle can for paint
a few 10' lengths of PVC pipe (I ended up with an extra one
8x 3 way corners (two directions are smooth fittings and the third was threaded)
6x T fittings
8x threaded corner pipe adapter things
foam pipe insulation
6x bolt/nut/washer combos
bag of pipe hangers
- Assembly was easy, measure how wide/long you want it and cut PVC to length. The nice thing is that you can assemble it and set it on the top to get a feel for it when it is all together. When you are happy, take it apart and glue it together with the pipe glue.
- When that dries, spray a couple coats of paint for some color.
- After it dries, set it on your hard top and tape off the points where you will drill the mounting holes. Then mark and drill for mounting. This is where my install got tricky. The pipe mounts were bigger than my pipe, meaning my rack would rattle and just be sloppy. I did a little creative bending/reshaping and added the insulation to the bottom of the rack which took up the extra space and added some protection between the rack and the hard top.
- Last step is bolting it down with the rubber washers on top to prevent any leaks. I was not successful my first go-round so I added some silicone and have been through some good rain since then without any leaks.
Pics after it was on the Jeep: