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Old 08-14-2019, 06:52 PM #16
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Pricey option here but check out upTOP Overland. They make Al2+ extrusion racks as well but they add a few wrinkles that make it a little unique, more functional, and more than just another also-ran. They also have a lot of accessory mounts as well. They're from Castle Rock, CO if that matters.
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Just buy an SSO, you get stronger crossbars, stronger crossbar mounting point (3 dedicated holes vs a long slot), and light cut outs.
To respond to some of the comments related to our price and comparison to our competitors. We are offering a stronger side plate both in thickness and alloy. Our racks mount using rubber spacers and bonded washers to form a OEM quality seal rather than using silicone. Our mounting brackets bolt into a narrow track (1/2" longer than crossbar on each side to allow for proper fitment between vehicles.) All other crossbars bolt into longer sliding tracks so that you can adjust your load rather than having them in fixed points along the rack.
Our racks use entirely stainless hardware so you aren't battling the rust that can go along with zinc over time.

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Ahh, makes sense now.

I was like, damn these guys will make a killing selling racks for $879 with a fairing and black powdercoat. But at $1,100 it just another aluminum extrusion rack option at a similar price point.

curious to see what happens to lead times...
For the last two years lead times have floated around 2-3 weeks for raw and +1 week for powder coating. We have actually been chipping away at our lead times and hope to reduce it even further.

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That reply makes no sense. You have cut outs all over the rack. I don't see the utility in 4 hand holds, 2 or 3 would be more than enough if placed at the right locations. You could easily convert a hand hold to a work light cut out or you could make the hand holds work for either a hand hold or a work light.
We have played with the idea of having light mounts in the past. From our experimentation, and looking at what is out on the market, having flush mount light pods typically requires a taller side plate. The other downside to having the flush mount holes is that everyone who buys our rack would have to have an open hole, assuming they don't install a light.

From day one our design aesthetic has always been to keep the number of large wholes in the side plate to a minimum and keep them as thin as we can.
Our design team spent time playing around with the truck here in the shop and made the intentional decision to place the handles in very specific locations based on a some of the most common ways people load their rack.

We did some community testing with customers in the past and the majority preferred having the lights externally mounted on the rack, so they could adjust where the lights were directed.

You make a great point about making the handles adaptable. We may need to reinvestigate some of the lights available on the market as a lot has changed in the last couple of years. When we first tested a couple of lights it was hard to find one that came close to the profile of the handles.
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How much does your roof rack weigh? I looked on your website but didn’t see it.
It does vary slightly with options but with a half fairing and powder coat the rack weighs in at 51.5lbs. I'll get that updated on our website.
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Can i purchase just the side rails and full fairing in black without the cross bars?
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Can i purchase just the side rails and full fairing in black without the cross bars?
We are more than happy to put together a custom package for you. If you fill out a quick contact form on our website a member of our team will reach out and get you squared away tomorrow.
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It does vary slightly with options but with a half fairing and powder coat the rack weighs in at 51.5lbs. I'll get that updated on our website.
Awesome! Thank you for the answer. I appreciate it.
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Located on the front range of Colorado, we are a couple of adventure-seeking, Toyota loving, videographers. On our travels, we needed a rack that would live up to the workload of our adventure video production. We were traveling with large amounts of equipment and camping gear but had a very little place to store it. We found that the rack systems available on the market left us sacrificing either strength or modularity. We set out to combine all of the features we wanted into one rack system. We are now pushing to create new products that are both strong and affordable so you can worry less and explore more. We have brought the same great quality to the 5th Gen 4runner Market
Can you put up some pictures of the front mounts? I am curious where the rubber feet sit on the roof. I am hoping they sit on the rubber part of the rain gutter.
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Can you put up some pictures of the front mounts? I am curious where the rubber feet sit on the roof. I am hoping they sit on the rubber part of the rain gutter.
We will track down some pictures for you, we do not have them sit on the rubber, we found that it was not ideal for our application. They sit just inside the ridge on the roof to provide the most strength with our custom-molded rubber to protect the paint.

Here is an idea of it on our 3rd gen 4runner rack, 5th gen is very similar just do not have a picture on hand.
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We will track down some pictures for you, we do not have them sit on the rubber, we found that it was not ideal for our application. They sit just inside the ridge on the roof to provide the most strength with our custom-molded rubber to protect the paint.

Here is an idea of it on our 3rd gen 4runner rack, 5th gen is very similar just do not have a picture on hand.
Thanks, for the quick response. I'll stay posted.
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We are running a Labor Day Sale on Monday and Monday only. All rack systems will be $75 off.

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As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have, we will do our best to get back to everyone throughout the weekend. Monday it may be hard to reach us so plan ahead.
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Thanks, for the quick response. I'll stay posted.
Was finally able to track down a quick phone picture of how the mount sits in the front of the rack. Apologies for the delay. Would also like to note that the rubber on our current production model is black.

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Why is that mounting bracket two pieces? seems an easy way to cut out an unnecessary connection even if it means unique footpads for each car.
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Why is that mounting bracket two pieces? seems an easy way to cut out an unnecessary connection even if it means unique footpads for each car.
The front mounting foot is two pieces so that you can adjust the amount of pressure on the front pads. According to simulations and calculations the strength of the connection exceeds that of whats recommended by Toyota for their roofs.
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Was finally able to track down a quick phone picture of how the mount sits in the front of the rack. Apologies for the delay. Would also like to note that the rubber on our current production model is black.

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WOW, that looks amazing!!! I can't wait to get my rack (ordered on labor day) on my 4Runner! We are a family of five and it will be awesome to throw a few things up on the roof to get some space back!
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WOW, that looks amazing!!! I can't wait to get my rack (ordered on labor day) on my 4Runner! We are a family of five and it will be awesome to throw a few things up on the roof to get some space back!
Appreciate it! You'll be very happy! It is always nice to free up some space inside the cab, seems to fill up fast!
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I’d really like to see more pictures of this rack on other 5th gen 4runners.
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