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Old 05-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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DIY roof racks

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Old 05-08-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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Started mine by buying this cage from trail fx on amazon for 285 bucks. My goal was to eventually build a sleeping platform on top as we do a good bit of camping with our grandson and our extended family and friends. I bought 2 pallet wire racks they use in big warehouse structures and stores like Home Depot. I got 2 racks for a total of $30. They are 52"x36". My son is a welder by trade so he did the welding of them together which gave us a 6' long platform. I'll add a couple more pics this weekend of how we attached them. Here is what I have for now.

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Old 05-08-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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And one more up close pic of it

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Old 05-09-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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Close up of the mounting from the underside. We have plans to add a ladder up the back corner as well as rails on the sides and across the back. Right now the platform sits 6'6" off the ground. Rails another 4" will still be under 7' total height which is my goal.

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Old 05-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #5
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Nice. Do you have an estimate of the weight so far?
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:51 PM   #6
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Welding the corners for our jeep homemade roofrack to the side rails 1" is what we are using.

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Old 05-10-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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Nice. Do you have an estimate of the weight so far?
The weight of the flooring is 52 pounds. The weight of the cage is about 75 from my memory of the shipping weight of the trail fx j020 I bought off amazon for 285 bucks. Free shipping too.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:30 PM   #8
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Top rail taking shape.

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Old 05-10-2014, 05:41 PM   #9
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My son @fab_meister on Instagram welded a washer and nut into each leg of the #roofrack rail he is fabricating for my jeep

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Old 05-10-2014, 05:46 PM   #10
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:57 PM   #11
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Final weld

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Old 05-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #12
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Makin it look nice now.

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Took both cans with a little left over for future touch up.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:11 PM   #13
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Finished the rail today just need to fab up a ladder for my grandson and I to climb up there easier.

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Old 05-11-2014, 12:54 PM   #14
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:20 AM   #15
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pretty cool rack modification!
I just picked up one of these base racks J020 Trail FX 4-door brand new in ebay for $206 shipped, but I am concerned that it may have been a scam... Time will tell...

Question: do you need to keep the rear bumper off for this rack to fit???
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #16
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pretty cool rack modification! I just picked up one of these base racks J020 Trail FX 4-door brand new in ebay for $206 shipped, but I am concerned that it may have been a scam... Time will tell... Question: do you need to keep the rear bumper off for this rack to fit???
If you use the mounts they provide which attach to the sides of your jeep then you don't need to remove your factory bumper. I chose to remove my factory bumper and mounted it to the frame. I need to have my son fabricate up a rear bumper now. He plans to add tow hooks and a towing hitch. I'll post pics when that gets done. Here is the top view I just took this weekend.

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Old 05-20-2014, 02:28 PM   #17
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Nice Job !!!!! I need one of those with quick disconnect capabilities. Very Cool build Jim.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #18
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Very nice!! How does it mount in the front? Does it use the factory bolts on the outside of the A Pillar?
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:47 PM   #19
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Very nice!! How does it mount in the front? Does it use the factory bolts on the outside of the A Pillar?
Yes it does
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Took it to the Grand Canyon this weekend as my sons hiked rim to rim in 1 day. Slept on top and watched the shooting stars and had a blast! Best utility build satisfaction ever.

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Getting the rear bumper finished soon. My son added towing hooks and hitch to this fab job. I'll take close up pics when it's all done and painted.
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I cut out the backside of my factory bumper and cut a round hole in the top and did the fame mount on mine
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:09 PM   #23
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That's a great option.
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All painted and sun drying now
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Took a little work but this is how mine turned out
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Drilling the frame mounting holes and it is almost done.
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Took a little work but this is how mine turned out
Very nice.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:27 PM   #28
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Thank you. I like your new bumper your building. Only thing I had to do was put a little piece of fuel hose on the antenna to stop a rattle and I will live with the wind noise.

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