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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby albrow100 [OP] » January 31st 2019, 4:33am

97cargocrawler wrote:Nice work :thumbup:

No tabs for lights or antennae?

Any plans for a rooftop tent?



Thanks! I used your rack as inspiration!
No I don’t really go off road at night so I don’t have any plans for lighting yet
And my bed is inside so no roof top tent either
It’s a pretty nice stargazing platform though
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby TurnNburn » January 31st 2019, 9:20pm

albrow100 wrote:It’s a pretty nice stargazing platform though



Are those floor pieces strong enough in between ribs of the rack to support body weight?
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby AstroWill » January 31st 2019, 9:56pm

Looking good man!

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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby albrow100 [OP] » February 1st 2019, 4:58am

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albrow100 wrote:It’s a pretty nice stargazing platform though



Are those floor pieces strong enough in between ribs of the rack to support body weight?



they are plenty strong enough to support body weight. they flex a but its fine.
I can walk back and forth on it without paying attention to where I'm stepping and I barely notice any sagging

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this pic kinda shows the support lattice i have under the panels. there is maybe a 12 in or more gap between metal supports in most places

I have tested the strength of the squares on a scrap piece with a ratchet strap and put a ton of force on them before they failed.
I really had to wrench on the strap
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby TurnNburn » February 1st 2019, 5:49pm

That's good to know. When I finally finish building mine I was planning on using expanded metal as my floor, for strength, but its heavy, and probably lots of wind noise. This seems like a cleaner, and more comfortable, option.

Can you fix that picture link? Im getting a big red X on my end.
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby sixsix » February 1st 2019, 10:49pm

albrow100 wrote:No I don’t really go off road at night so I don’t have any plans for lighting yet

Really ? ... should I hold your purse?

:confused:

I swore off road lighting , too. Moonlight and Rain-X is where it's at.



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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby albrow100 [OP] » February 2nd 2019, 5:19am

TurnNburn wrote:That's good to know. When I finally finish building mine I was planning on using expanded metal as my floor, for strength, but its heavy, and probably lots of wind noise. This seems like a cleaner, and more comfortable, option.

Can you fix that picture link? Im getting a big red X on my end.


here is the only pic I have of the supports. I already posted it but if you zoom in you can see the vertical smaller tubes
Its really not supported very well and doesn't need to be for my use

I don't know how much a sheet of expanded metal weights but this stuff isn't super light.

now that I'm thinking about it I don't think my rack weight measurement was correct. I bet the flooring weights 50 lbs or so by itself
I forgot to factor that in.
I used it because of cost. I was going to go expanded metal but was quoted $300 for a 4x8 piece and my rack is over 9 ft x 4 ft

It is much nicer to touch and lay on tho. if I want to support something heavy I strap through the floor into the metal tubes.


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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby sixsix » February 2nd 2019, 5:00pm

I am so sorry, but...

When I Zoom in - it is STILL a
sixsix wrote:stylish Gray and White motif Minus Sign...


To be truthfull - I never did like the "Big Red X" - as it came w/ soooo many connotations , not unlike some hats lately...
And I still think you have one of the best roof racks around - who needs those damn minus signs these days anyways...
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby Wiley » February 4th 2019, 6:11am

Hey I have had 1 of those for roof flooring in storage forever, and was just thinking of tossing it as it does flex a bit....glad to see it is sturdy enough to support you, maybe I will finally throw it up top.
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby 97cargocrawler » February 4th 2019, 6:08pm

TurnNburn wrote:.. I was planning on using expanded metal as my floor, for strength, but its heavy, and probably lots of wind noise.


Expanded steel is heavy, lots of drag and damn near impossible to keep quiet and prevent rusting. It also dents easily.

This cage flooring is also a serious wind drag so plan for some crafty aerodynamic deflectors as has been shown here.

For me the aluminum tread plate floor fit every category I required: Reflects heat and extreme weather, flexes but supports my weight with a minimal subframe, virtually no wind drag, non-slip surface, easy to shape with common tools, rustproof and about the same weight as the cage flooring.

The cage flooring was my second option but decided against it after reading about noise and drag and I found it nearly impossible to purchase here in CA and shipping was hella expensive. Sometimes place utility wins!
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

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If you host your pictures on the site, they will show up for everyone.

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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby WoodButcher » February 7th 2019, 2:14am

sixsix wrote:I am so sorry, but...

When I Zoom in - it is STILL a
sixsix wrote:stylish Gray and White motif Minus Sign...


To be truthfull - I never did like the "Big Red X" - as it came w/ soooo many connotations , not unlike some hats lately...
And I still think you have one of the best roof racks around - who needs those damn minus signs these days anyways...
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Ditto that,
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby gmangman is online! » May 5th 2020, 6:24am

How much did this cost you?
What level of welding is required to do this?
Do yout hink it's possible with super beginner tack welds?
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby 97cargocrawler » May 17th 2020, 6:03am

gman wrote:How much did this cost you?
What level of welding is required to do this?
Do yout hink it's possible with super beginner tack welds?


Yes, it is possible. I couldn't weld for **** until I built my rack. I was still making booger welds.

MIG is key. You need gas to make something like this look incredible. Once you practice a bit you will figure out how not to burn right thru the tube.
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby albrow100 [OP] » May 17th 2020, 7:35am

I’d say it cost me $200 in materials.

And it would be a great project for a beginner

A few YouTube videos and a couple days of practice
Plus a mig welder with shielding gas and have at it!

I have the harbor freight Vulcan mig and it’s great!

I’ve heard good things about the lower level titanium ones too


Once you can weld you can make bumpers etc...
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Re: Diy Full length roof platform

Postby sixsix » May 20th 2020, 11:47pm

Learning to weld & getting " Set up " is like a boat.
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