Do you mean you’ve found better ways of routing the cable to the roof than through it? If so, could you give some information on that?The WeBoost unit itself was just mounted on the QPM that some nut makes. The antenna from the WeBoost I wanted smooth transitions so I opted to pop a hole in the top of the QPM and added a grommet. This cable just runs thru the roof. The current setup will be changing as we've found better ways.
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Ditto. My tires are louder than the roof rack. It starts getting loud when I load it up with gear, but it’s great for everyday when it isn’t loaded.I’ve got a bowfin. Honestly, noticed very little increase in noise.
Compared to when I put a Gobi on my 4Runner that was incredibly loud, I am very happy with the Bowfin.
That's what I made my first rack out of too! I put it on my 1987 Syncro Vanagon I had at the time and it was awesome. Mine wasn't loud at all...in fact was almost thinking to make another one for my 80 but ordering your Bowfin Rack is a lot easier (more expensive too of course. )Funny story,
The first rack I built for myself I made out of 1" conduit. Kind of a flat rack with a mesh floor with a raised part around the front. That thing was soooo loud. It even sent vibrations down through my shoulder belts! My solution was a double row light bar on the front for a wind deflector. That worked wonders and made the noise level much lower. Fast forward a year and my buddy and I were headed to the UP to go fishing. On the highway, out of the blue, the 80 started making a wicked squealing noise. I got out of the gas and listened and started mental diagnosis. Alternator bearing?, Idler? water pump? transmission? No issues on the scanguage and good oil pressure so I kept rolling for an exit as we thought through ideas in our heads. I opened the sunroof and it instantly was obvious it was the rack . The light bar tipped up and allowed the noise. I reached through the hole and pulled the light down and voila'! all better. Was so strange the rack noise was that hard to pinpoint.
You won't have that with a Bowfin though, lol.
I'm hoping to buy a Bowfin rack once there is some stock available but would like to confirm that I'm still be able to fit into my garage. Is it possible to measure how tall the rack sits off the drip rails? That way I can determine my clearance especially when considering adding a lift and tires in the future.Oh jeez no. Definitely not in my wheelhouse. Too many people making racks and I don’t need to compete in that niche of a niche for a niche.
That's a good point about the rear. If its generally the height of the factory roof rack I should be good, looks like its 70" to the gutter +5.5" for the rack (stock tires/suspension) = ~76" I have 6'-6" clearance or 78" since my garage was designed for 1920s Fords.The highest point of the 80 series roof is almost to the back. The rack rises above the highest point in the center of the roof about 2 1/4" from there. Almost the same as the factory rack. My 80 has 35" tires and a 4" Slee lift on it and it clears the header in my 7' garage opening by a couple inches.