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Old March 11th, 2018, 17:03
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roof rack build for my daily

Decided a while back that I wanted a roof rack for my daily driver. Wanted to get my spare out of the inside to free up some space, and have a bit of added cargo options. I bought 3 24' lengths of 3/4" 11 gauge wall square tubing and went at it. I knew I wanted a light on the front of it, and eventually I want to add a floor to it. it's 50"x 80" x 5" and as you can see takes up the entire roof. some of them I've seen are only half or 3/4 racks, but I wanted the whole roof. Built my spare holder right into it.

initial layout


top, bottom, and most of the side supports


C Channel for the mounts


test fitting, and getting ready to weld on the light brackets


Sat up on the roof for a test fit before primer/paint


tapped the legs for the rail mounts


cleaned all the oils off, ready for primer


primer, sorry for the crap quality.


couple coats of black


ready to mount, getting it spaced right


Spare up there


Side view


mounted, and using it that night already


lights wired up


all in all, between a roll of wire, steel, primer, paint, light bar and relays, I'm under $200 in it. took more time than anything getting all the little support posts in. overall, considering its the first rack i've ever made I'm pretty happy with it. what are your guy's thoughts?
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Re: roof rack build for my daily

I like the simplicity. Does it catch much wind on the highway?
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Old March 12th, 2018, 11:05
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Re: roof rack build for my daily

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I like the simplicity. Does it catch much wind on the highway?
A little bit yeah. I was planning on gears as my next mod anyway. Below interstate speeds its not too bad. Lost about 1mpg roughly
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