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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I was thinking about making a roof rack to mount to my rollbar. I was going to use exhast hangers to secure it to the cage. Is it worth it to go through the trouble. I do kind of need something to tie my canoe to but Im not sure if I should put the money and time into it. My cj6 has a good amount of storage space. Those that have them, do you think they are helpful or do they just get in the way.

69' Jeep CJ6, 225 v6 buick, turbo 400, dana 18
 
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I don't know if this will help or not but I just put my canoe over the roll bar and windshield tie both ends to the bumpers and tie the middle off to the roll bar and I have never had a problem with this,on a CJ-5 by the way.

 
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I think that making and adding a roof rack was one of my best mods.
As a scoutmaster and going on camping trips every month, I needed
to have a place to not only carry my stuff, but some of the troops as well.
I made the rack from a retired store display rack and added side rails
to it made out of electrical conduit that's easy to work with and can
easily be re-enforced. The only thing I would do differently is to have it
welded up instead of bolted together. I initially mounted it onto my
hard top. Because I have a pre-92 YJ, I also had to plan ahead
if I wanted the rack to be sturdy enough to hold my weight and more.
I welded on some extensions towards the rear of the vertical roll bar so
that I could secure the back of the rack. Keep in mind that before 92
the roll bar angles down. I used muffler clamps to secure the rack to the
roll bar.
I tried to attach a recent pic so that you can see what it looks like,
But it doesn't show up, E-mail me and I'll send it to you that way.
You can also see it mounted on my hard top in the Members picture page.
I highly recommend that whether you're building or buying one, that you
make sure that the corners are rounded or at least chamfered. My last
trip thru the brush and low hanging branches made me glad mine are.
-Gus-

90YJ 4.2L NV4500 456:1 33's Twin ARB's XD9000i - San Diego, Cal.
 
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I just mounted my roof rack on my cj5. It sucks when it rains cause I cant get my bikini top on..very good anyway. It does go over the top of the rack but it doesnt fit very good. It looks great! I used u-bolts to secure it to the roll bars (padded) and I had to add an additional 1" to the front of the rack to level it out. Ill post pict later.

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***, I needed
to have a place to not only carry my stuff, but some of the troops as well***

Don't the parents get a little pissed when they find out you are packing their kids on the top of your Jeep???? /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

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Re: roof rack - worth it!

I'm surprised the picture worked. I obviously need to work out some of the details.
Like the size of the pic, not file size, since that was my first problem, but image size.
Anyway, I use the rack to mount my 9'4" surfboard and a 12' Kayak with ease.
On one of our recent trips two of us jumped up on top as a look out perch.
You can be as creative as you like when you make it yourself and add any
accesories to it. You can't see it, but on the other side I have a shovel mounted
along it's side and I plan on mounting my High Lift Jack on the drivers side.
Good luch with your project!
-Gus-

90YJ 4.2L NV4500 456:1 33's Twin ARB's XD9000i - San Diego, Cal.
 
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Re: roof rack - worth it!

The same rack I use on the cj5 can also be used on our Durango. I mount it on the family rig for winter and it stays on the 5 in the summer.

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Re: roof rack - worth it(one more pic)

***Don't the parents get a little pissed when they find out you are packing their kids on the top of your Jeep????***

Not if you make sure you remind the boys to brush the bugs out of their teeth before they get home./wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif

Here's an earlier pic of the same rack on the hard top.
-Gus-

90YJ 4.2L NV4500 456:1 33's Twin ARB's XD9000i - San Diego, Cal.
 

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Re: roof rack - worth it(one more pic)

Hey thanks for all the help. I like the idea of using conduit. I bet it makes it a lot lighter.

69' Jeep CJ6, 225 v6 buick, turbo 400, dana 18
 

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Re: roof rack - worth it(one more pic)

I used to have Yakimas mounted to my wrangler via the roll bar. I used pipe hangers from Home Depot. They come in almost all diameters and have a nice flat mounting spot with a hole. I could put anything that fit up there with no rattles/movement. I attached a pic of what I am talking about. They are about $1.

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Re: roof rack - worth it(one more pic)

Raymo, I wish I would have know about those clips when I was building my rack.
I ended up drilling a hole thru the conduit and securing it to the sheet metal for support.

Coleboy, Yeah, electrical conduit does make the rack a lot lighter, and you can
pick up a conduit bender that will give you nice radius corners, but keep in mind
that if the entire rack was built out of the conduit, it would NOT hold my weight.
The bottom of my rack is all steel and I have several sheet metal straps supporting
the conduit all around the perimeter. Although I can grab onto the conduit and pull
myself up and over the rack, I would only try to do that next to a sheet metal
support. I would not try that say at the very front or back in the middle where
there are no sheet metal straps. If I did, I'm certain that the conduit would bend.
Keep in mind that each of the corners are wrapped with the sheet metal straps,
that's done not only for appearance, but mainly for strength.
Best of luck!
-Gus-

90YJ 4.2L NV4500 456:1 33's Twin ARB's XD9000i - San Diego, Cal.
 
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