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Old 09-22-2019, 06:47 PM #1
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sosueme-Gobi Roof Rack

After a 250 mile trip to Glacier NP loaded with camping gear for 5 of us and a 800 mile trip to the Tahoe Area with just my wife and 2 year old, I decided it was time to get a roof rack. Couldn't justify $1600 for a Gobi and wanted something more substantial than a Curt w/ extensions.

So, here is my sub-$300 full length roof rack. Inspiration was pulled from:
Inexpensive Full Length Roof Rack (Curt Rack)
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Not the first mistake, but probably the biggest one... Bent the top tube too short and had to add in 5 inches.


Extending the factory rails




After the 2nd day of fab work. Still have to put in a few more feet per side and vertical bracing on the front and back.
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Looks good man! Probably going to end up going the same route, no way I can drop 1600 on a roof rack either.. Couple questions: what did you use to bend the tubing? What size/thickness tubing did you use?
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Always funner and more satisfying to do it yourself, nice work !
Did you do the rivnuts on the front section of the factory rails ? They come close to the sunroof but line up out of the way so you don't hit the drip pan. Make sure to seal them when you're done.

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Looks good man! Probably going to end up going the same route, no way I can drop 1600 on a roof rack either.. Couple questions: what did you use to bend the tubing? What size/thickness tubing did you use?
I used 3/4 round tube with 0.065 wall from a local metal supply company. You could use the 1/2 EMT conduit from a big box store, but welding galvanized metal is bad for you. Plus, 1/2 EMT only has a wall thickness of 0.042.

I used a 3/4" conduit bender from HomeDepot.

Marked the tube and did all the bending on my lawn. Nice soft area. Took each bend slow and steady. It took a bit of tweaking on a level rack to get it square and flat.
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Looks good. Plus I always like it when people don't buy from Gobi (RIP WMW).

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