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Old 09-17-2010, 04:59 PM
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Default Recieved the Rack

Ok, got the rack today, here area few pictures. Initial impressions are that its pretty decent quality, considering where it came from. Its actually fairly sturdy, but I think it will get reinforced on the ends with another small piece of aluminum bar. I also think 2" square underneath may get trimmed in half.






This is aprox. where the rack will sit. if I trim the 2" bar underneath I can move it in a bit. Then I need to figure out yakima attachment points.


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Old 09-18-2010, 06:12 PM
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Default Got the rack on.

First modification to the rack was a short-side middle additional support. Had some extra aluminum bar laying around so just cut and drilled a few holes.

After that it was drill 8 more holes for the yakima hardware. I had to use longer bolts, but no big deal. I also decided to use standard bolts on the two outside(visible) attachments in hopes that may deter anyone from stealing my cheap roof rack

I opted not to trim down the 2" box section underneath, as it seems to add quite a bit of strength; hopefully it won't add too much extra wind noise, but I drive slow anyway. I may also be able to use that space for storage of....something. Can't really think of anything off the top of my head that would be useful and fit in there, but maybe the super siphon to keep any gas stuff outside.

Overall it seems pretty solid. I wouldn't go 500 pounds (yak rak wont even take that) but I think 2 full gas cans and some chairs will work just fine, and keep the gas out of the cab.

Total cost so far, ~85 dollars for the rack, 90 for the 2 mfc's that have yet to arrive.









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Old 09-20-2010, 07:12 PM
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Default Got the MFC's today

I only ordered 2 cans and it looks like the rack will fit at least three laying down, but I don't plan on doing any trips in the near future that would require 3 extra tanks.




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Old 09-20-2010, 07:13 PM
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Rack: $69+$10 shipping.
Hardware: $5
2 Gas Cans: $94
TOTAL: $178.

Not too bad, though maybe not "cheap"
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:36 AM
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Pretty impressed with what you could do with that rack

I think the reflectors on the sides adds a nice touch too
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:43 AM
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Looking good.. so are you going to get fancy with the hold-downs, or just straps?
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:53 AM
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I was going to go with a few straps to hold them down. But out of curiosity, what hold down's are you speaking of?
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:18 AM
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I was going to go with a few straps to hold them down. But out of curiosity, what hold down's are you speaking of?
I don't have one in mind, but there are straps and brackets out there specific to jerry cans. I'd probably just do straps myself..
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Looks good, but I would sugest adding a 3rd yakima bar to the roof. It would suck to remove the rain gutter from your rig.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:45 AM
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Looks good, but I would sugest adding a 3rd yakima bar to the roof. It would suck to remove the rain gutter from your rig.
LOL that would indeed suck to have roof separation, at any speed I haven't gone that route yet as the PO (don't get me started) literally had a rack that weighed 150 pounds EMPTY on those bars. It was made out of solid 3/16 steel grating covering most of the roof, with an aluminum truck tool box mounted on top. It had to come off all as one piece and took two people.

So...yea I very well might look into another bar just because overbuilt is cool (and why I bought a cruiser).
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