New home made roof rack project

Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
This is my nearly done home made roof rack, made out of 3/4 inch alumininium box, it is the full length of the car, I have more aluminium to add to strengthen it up a bit, but feels really sturdy at the moment.

When finished I am having it powder coated dark grey, I will keep you posted on the project
04042008298.jpg
04042008297.jpg
04042008296.jpg
 
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
Cheers Box... It's a bit boxey, (no pun intended) but once it's powder coated it will look a lot better :)
 

fj80toyman

...One Landcruiser at a time
Joined
Sep 21, 2005
Messages
1,030
Location
So. California
Do you have plans to triangulate the braces to the top rail? I'd say, especially if you're thinking about a RTT in the future, that's a must. Even if you will use those top rails as tie-points for cargo, they'll need to be pretty strong.

I'd also be interested to know the estimated weight savings by using aluminum - substantial no doubt. Wish I could weld aluminum.

Nice work.
 
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
mmmmmmm you have me thinking now Toyman..... perhaps I will need to strengthen the top up a bit, even if they are removable tie bars that went from one side to the other when needed.

The price so far for all the aluminium used is £70 (I live in the UK) not to sure how much the powerder coating will cost, I have a friend that has a galvanising and powerder coating company, so unsure what it will be to have it done.

The weight of the rack so far is very light indeed, I can actually lift it with two fingers easily, but at the same time it does feel really suprisingly sturdy
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2008
Messages
93
Location
Victoria
Website
www.enviroimports.com
im not sure if you have any 1x4 box kicking around, but here In Canada I make roof rack brackets from 6061& 6063 t6
I know the gutters cant handle the weight, but we have stacked 1200lbs on the ONE bracket I think they would be a nice attachment with your basket, Im not saying to buy them from me, im saying you clearly have the skills to weld butter . take a look, they are a nice simple design. and CRAZY strong
rack.jpg

and this one i like to call , mine vs theres
IMG_1474.jpg
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2008
Messages
93
Location
Victoria
Website
www.enviroimports.com
thanks, the black ones are the all to comon "swedish" brand and the others are what we make, but we have changed the design a bit now so they look nicer.,
sorry , not trying to thread hijack,
Noel
 
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
I like the idea of the wide aluminium roof bars, I will have to have a go at making some, at the moment I will have to stick with the swedish ones that I have.

The workshop is where I work, so have full use of it for things like roof racks :)
 

WarDamnEagle

SILVER Star
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
5,340
Location
Riyadh and Auburn
Snowwolf,

Looks good. We just drove through part of Kent last night on the way back from skiing in France. We live up in Cheshire.

Just curious, what are you putting this on? Your profile doesn't say what you're driving in the Toyota family.
 
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
Hi Eagle

oh...sorry about the lack of info on my profile, I will have to get that sorted out, thought I had all my info on there :-( glad you mentioned it.

I live in a place called Wouldham it's a small village on the river Medway, I just tried adding a google earth link to where I live, but you can't add anything other than a photo on the site :-( so added a picture :)

I have a 1996 VX 4.5 petrol which I had converted to LPG three years ago
GoogleEarth_Image.jpg
 
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
590
Location
Kent England
Roof rack all finished

Finally finished the roof rack, had it powder coated which cost £60 and also had my wheels powder coated and they came out great! they cost £50 a wheel, I wish I had had the wheels done in black now, but it's to late to worry about that :)

Sorry about the green tinge to the car, it was soooo green in the forest when camping, it cast a green hue on everything :)
CIMG6116.JPG
CIMG6117.JPG
CIMG6119.JPG
 

Red Beard

Cruisin'
Joined
Aug 23, 2007
Messages
673
Location
Philadelphia, PA
what is the length? I'm pretty sure I made mine 86", and it went from front to back perfectly. It looks nice, and aluminum is good! Good job!
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top Bottom