Homemade Roofracks.

Box Rocket

Adventure Fan
I saw that but figured you were referring only to the rack over the spare. I'm good now. Good work thinking outside the box.
 

Brewtus

Adventurer
Many... many great ideas here. Just picked up a canopy for my 2nd Gen Dodge Ram Short Bed. Will be building an accompanying roof rack and drawer system in the near future. Debating now whether or not to make the rack integral with the canopy. Leaning towards yes so I can have one wiring harness for all the lights and provide some additional support for the canopy. Also thinking about going into the bed rail pockets and going all the way down to the frame for supports, I take after my father when it comes to over-doing things. Build thread to start soon.
 

jeepdreamer

Expedition Leader
Whipped up this lil guy in a couple days for my XJ. I'm about 80% happy with it given I rushed more than I should have. It's made out of gas pipe and 1x1 16ga tubing. Probably weights about 40lbs?
 

TeamDoty

Cpt. TeamDoty
This is a cargo rack that I made out of 1/2 and 3/4" thin wall conduit. (EMT) Just get yourself a conduit bender and have at it. Plus a welder. I use gas welding which I like more than electric.
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I've looked through this whole thread (all 50+pages) more than 3 times! I've sketched out and worked up numerous designs in CAD and I haven't been able to settle upon anything yet. But ^^^ this ^^^ design... very nice - I thank you... this is most likely the inspiration I needed to get mine all figured out. I was going to use E-Track between 1" tubing but it would create large regions of un-level floor for the rack... but using uni-strut like this would allow you to get tie downs around individual items in the rack - thus avoiding having to unstrap lots of items just to get to a single item - plus it keeps things relatively level. THANKS!!!
 

hansshanks

New member
I was thinking about using etrack for the tiedowns like I do in my trailers but I wanted a flat floor. Thought about the airplane seat mount stuff. But was worried about mud thrown in the roof from the trail plugging it up. With the addition of the DIY beadlocks and 35s, it throw mud now



 

hansshanks

New member
Finally got around to building a new roof rack for my 94 jeep grand Cherokee. Have about 200$ tied up in it with the light bar. It's 1x1 .90 square tube frame and 3/4 expanded metal decking. I wanted the light bar tucked up under neath to keep it protected from branches I often encounter on the trail. I also wanted it as close to the roof as I could get and keep it flat. I used the factory roof rail mounts. Got the idea from TheKsmith's wj a while back. Needed a place to put my tent cot for the over night trips and a few bundles of firewood. I am not in love wroth the tire downs but they are strong and effective. Also not living the look of the square corners. I think I'll be making a version 2 at a layer date once I get my tubing bender up and running.

The base mounts using factory rivnuts



Perimeter 40 inches by 60 inches



Building the base



Getting it low





Adding color



Somehow missed a tiedown on passenger side.



Drivers side had it



37 inch single row light bar tucked underneath nicely. Set back so there is zero glare on the windshield or hood.





Completed







Test fit of planned load. My trailer park math worked out. Load fits as planned. It's low to the roof as planned, and the light bar is protected.

 

hansshanks

New member
No. But it is based off the flat land 4x4 plans. But I modified it a bunch. Incorporated a rear winch, and remove able Jerry can mounts. I also don't like the post style mounts like are most commonly used. I wanted a cradle style to roll my tires up into. I also incorporated lights into the bumper. I just figured it out as I went.







 

530

New member
Here ya go. This is my first over the shell rack for my RTT. Built it last winter and worked great all summer. I'm building a 2nd gen version with some improvements. Going to go to aluminum or a thinner walled steel for weight savings (.120" is overkill!) plus some other minor adjustments.

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rayra

Expedition Leader
I searched and didn't see anything dedicated to home built roofracks. ...
? The Storage subforum has several examples both pictured in the stuck topic and featured in writeups.


I modified the factory rack on my Z71 to have a solid deck, mostly for the shade on the vehicle roof. It also breaks down into two backboards. And the handhold holes are placed over the added crossbracing in such a way as to create tie-down hook locations. See link in my sig for my build topic.

 
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Whitecloud

One day at a time
? The Storage subforum has several examples both pictured in the stuck topic and featured in writeups.


I modified the factory rack on my Z71 to have a solid deck, mostly for the shade on the vehicle roof. It also breaks down into two backboards. And the handhold holes are placed over the added crossbracing in such a way as to create tie-down hook locations. See link in my sig for my build topic.

That is really well thought out. What was the material that you used?
 
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