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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-13-2001, 01:41 AM
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CJ5 Roof rack

I am thinking of building a roof rack for my 5. Anybody out there have some good cheap ideas on style? What I had in mind was one inch square tubing up the windshield, and some attached to the rear quarter going up and then just a simple tray on top. Put some tabs on for lights... Just curious if anybody else has made a homebuilt and had it turn out decent.


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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

I've seen only a couple of racks like you are planning. I just wish I'd bookmarked the sites. Fabing one is on my project list for about 2004... it will be something to do that summer! I like the idea. My only concern is a tendency to put lots and lots of stuff up there. That can raise the center of gravity even more, making the CJ a bit more unstable on off-camber situtations.

Please share the plans when you're done and of course... Photos, Photos, Photos!



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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

Matter of fact, I just cut my steel this weekend. I am building a cargo roof rack which will clamp to my roll cage. I considered the style you are talking about, but wanted to be able to lay my windshield down still, so I went with the summer only option (clamp on roll bar style). The need for a cargo rack in the winter is minimal. It will measure 33" X 48". I will use U bolts to attach to the roll bar. I will be able to use this same cargo rack on my Durango.

Ill post pictures when done!

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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

What size material did you end up using? I built an inside rack for my CJ and the thing weighs 70-80#s. Couldn't believe the weight after I had it all assembled. Just never gave it any thought when I was buying stock. 1x1 tubing and 1" expanded metal. 24x51" interior size. Pretty much takes up the whole back of the jeep. Make sure you take some pics and post them so others can steal, err, I mean be inspired by your ideas.

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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

Im using 1x1x.120 square tubing. Its about as thin as I can go and still make a decent weld (stick welder). I also made a trail rack over the spare and used the same material and it got pretty heavy also. Ill surely post picts when completed.....

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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

Humm, looks like 1" is about right for size, I will have to start planning. I know what you mean about stuff piling up there, but I am not going to make a full rack, or at least don't plan to... I was just thinking enough to hold a few recovery tools, have some light tabs and possibly a place for the ol beer cooler for camp

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Re: CJ5 Roof rack

bought the steel, ended up getting 4 sticks of 20' .083 1". Pics when I am done!

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