Bowfin rack on 60 series

Godwin

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I ran a homemade rack on my 60 for 8-10 years and found that have a roof rack was very useful at times. The old rack needed some work so I pulled it off but as I looked it over I did not want to reinstall it. Having seen the Bowfin rack I knew that was what I wanted to go with and I'm glad I did. The Bowfin has a low profile, solid full length gutter mount, and is extremely versatile. Patrick @dogfishlake has been great to work with. I installed it a few weeks ago and immediately put it to use.

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First use was to deliver a palllet with a Cruiser part for shipping. The pallet was bulky but not heavy and the addition of the roller on the rear of the rack made placing the pallet on the rack easy. At first I was unsure of the need for a roller but having drug multiple items across the rear of my roof over the years I think having the roller is a very worthwhile addition. It should be very useful when loading canoes this summer.

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On a recent trip to Louisiana for turtle research I loaded the Bowfin with a few turtle traps. I could have towed a M416 and carried the traps but for where I was headed a trailer would have been an impediment. Having the rack was much more useful. Multiple crossbars of the rack made lashing down the traps an easy process.

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Using the rack for a light lumber load was preferable over a trailer and a sheet of plywood fits on just right with a little overhang. Again the rear roller made loading much easier.

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Prior to installing the Bowfin, having a clean roof, my interstate mileage while running at 65-70 mph was consistently 12-13 mpg. Since installing the Bowfin rack I've made several long interstate runs and the roof rack has had no negative effect upon fuel mileage.
 

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I sometimes get into spots with low hanging limbs and the most feasible answer is to push on. The low profile plus front fairing on the Bowfin allows branches and small limbs to ride over the rack without hanging up.

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I sometimes get into spots with low hanging limbs and the most feasible answer is to push on. The low profile plus front fairing on the Bowfin allows branches and small limbs to ride over the rack without hanging up.

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The bowfin rack has pushed many branches out of my way along trails. Works as intended.

The Bowfin rack on my 80 held up well against my garage door header. Had a road shower attached to it and forgot it was there…subsequently attempted to drive into the garage. Roadshower brackets bent…Rack didn’t budge.

Damn good product.
 

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Prior to installing the Bowfin, having a clean roof, my interstate mileage while running at 65-70 mph was consistently 12-13 mpg. Since installing the Bowfin rack I've made several long interstate runs and the roof rack has had no negative effect upon fuel mileage.
Your truck is gorgeous? Is that mileage with a 5 speed?
 

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What’s the height of a Bowfin on a 62 ( roof to top of rack) I’m very limited on my garage height.
 

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