Originally Posted by bookman46
I would appreciate more info on how you modified and mounted the rooftop cargo carriers.
Here are two diagrams that hopefully will make it clear. The basket halves look exactly as pictured below when they come out of the box, the cross bars are all connected together in the center by a metal strip.
First, an exploded diagram. The original HF parts are in gray, the added metal is in magenta.
And here's a detail view of the clamps that secure the basket to the XJ rack:
If you've got any more questions, please ask, I'll be happy to try to explain.