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Old 10-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Custom Cargo/ladder rack

Ok so I know this is going to just sound sad but my 04rubicon has become a work truck. I need to build a ladder rack on it so I can put my passenger seat back in. Yes it's out so i can haul 12 foot boards and a small ladder. It's going have have to be strong enough to hold about 500 pounds safely. More if i can get it too. Has anyone built a roof rack that comes off of the frame not the windshield? Any pics info would really help me get started on some designs. I have some great ideas on how to build it and still be able to take the top off at any time I just might have to unload the rack first. It seems to me that I could build one twice as strong as what's out there for less then half the price.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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I've got a cargo master rack that I really like, and it's rated for 500lbs - you can take the top off with it on as well, the rack hinges back. Don't know why you don't want to attach to the windshield, if I were you I'd take a look at craigslist. I see rack's going for well below new cost all the time (less that $200 occasionally).


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Old 10-02-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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Really I just don't feel the windshield is strong enough. I want to be able to load it with a ladder and prices of 4 by 8 plywood. My problem is it can't be a box I needs to be open on the ends so I can slide a ladder up and have sides so it won't come off. I'm planning on building it out of 1" by 2" thick walled sq tubing. It should be under 200 bucks and support a lot of weight I just won't be seeing where it fails at.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:38 AM   #4
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Really I just don't feel the windshield is strong enough. I want to be able to load it with a ladder and prices of 4 by 8 plywood. My problem is it can't be a box I needs to be open on the ends so I can slide a ladder up and have sides so it won't come off. I'm planning on building it out of 1" by 2" thick walled sq tubing. It should be under 200 bucks and support a lot of weight I just won't be seeing where it fails at.
The basket on the top of my rack unbolts - most rack systems make you buy the basket separate so that's not a problem. If you want to carry that much weight a trailer might actually be a better solution - especially if you're going to be dealing with a lot of odds and ends, tools, supplies ect...
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Really I just don't feel the windshield is strong enough. I want to be able to load it with a ladder and prices of 4 by 8 plywood. My problem is it can't be a box I needs to be open on the ends so I can slide a ladder up and have sides so it won't come off. I'm planning on building it out of 1" by 2" thick walled sq tubing. It should be under 200 bucks and support a lot of weight I just won't be seeing where it fails at.
I know this is an old thread but what did you end up doing? I am in the same situation as you right now. I'm turning my jeep into a work truck.
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