roof rack options for no roof rack

roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby AstroJake [OP] » March 17th 2018, 10:09am

Hi,

my astro did not come with a roof rack and I'm trying to figure out my options. I know the factory ones are not that great, but from what i understand if you replace the crossbars with aftermarket ones then it should work fine. heres what i see as my options. any thoughts on these would be appreciated.

-oem roof rack either 50 bucks online new or 20-30 from salvage yard if i can get it off. also on craigslist someone nearby has suburban roof racks already taken off, will these fit? if this can work its probably the cheapest way i can get out of this...which would be great.

-add aftermarket roof tracks--- a little more expensive than i would prefer, but definitely an option. even though get 50% off yakima/thule it still comes out to over 300 dollars

-those all in one bolt on crossbars that you see on work vans. I've seen these as cheap as 100 dollars, but i don't see a lot of people using them and i can't figure out why.

-theres also a guy near me that builds custom 4x6 cargo racks for 290 dollars. pros: would look badass.

thanks in advance for the input,

-jake
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby WoodButcher » March 17th 2018, 4:10pm

My take on it for my '93

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=17922&start=340#p910386

I built a ladder rack for my work van the '97 that I moved onto my new to me '02. The build thread is in my sig and only a page or two, easy to find. Not hard to build if you want that style.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby AstroWill » March 17th 2018, 5:00pm

AstroJake wrote:-oem roof rack either 50 bucks online new or 20-30 from salvage yard if i can get it off. also on craigslist someone nearby has suburban roof racks already taken off, will these fit? if this can work its probably the cheapest way i can get out of this...which would be great.

$50 for a new one(great deal btw) or 20-30 from salvage yard. That really wouldn't be a choice, go with new.

AstroJake wrote:-add aftermarket roof tracks--- a little more expensive than i would prefer, but definitely an option. even though get 50% off yakima/thule it still comes out to over 300 dollars

Where do we get this 50% off deal, could use another one for my truck.

AstroJake wrote:-those all in one bolt on crossbars that you see on work vans. I've seen these as cheap as 100 dollars, but i don't see a lot of people using them and i can't figure out why.
-theres also a guy near me that builds custom 4x6 cargo racks for 290 dollars. pros: would look badass.

Custom rack bolted to the support members = the ultimate solution and that sounds like a great price for a custom built rack.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby AstroJake [OP] » March 17th 2018, 7:36pm

WoodButcher wrote:M take on it for my '93

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=17922&start=340#p910386

I built a ladder rack for my work van the '97 that I moved onto my new to me '02. The build thread is in my sig and only a page or two, easy to find. Not hard to build if you want that style.


dope! surprised that didn't show up when i searched "roof rack"

couple questions, could i get away with bolts instead of rivnuts? and just make sure i seal them. is the weather strip necessary? cost?
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby AstroJake [OP] » March 17th 2018, 7:41pm

AstroWill wrote:
AstroJake wrote:-oem roof rack either 50 bucks online new or 20-30 from salvage yard if i can get it off. also on craigslist someone nearby has suburban roof racks already taken off, will these fit? if this can work its probably the cheapest way i can get out of this...which would be great.

$50 for a new one(great deal btw) or 20-30 from salvage yard. That really wouldn't be a choice, go with new.

AstroJake wrote:-add aftermarket roof tracks--- a little more expensive than i would prefer, but definitely an option. even though get 50% off yakima/thule it still comes out to over 300 dollars

Where do we get this 50% off deal, could use another one for my truck.

AstroJake wrote:-those all in one bolt on crossbars that you see on work vans. I've seen these as cheap as 100 dollars, but i don't see a lot of people using them and i can't figure out why.
-theres also a guy near me that builds custom 4x6 cargo racks for 290 dollars. pros: would look badass.

Custom rack bolted to the support members = the ultimate solution and that sounds like a great price for a custom built rack.



i get pro deals on most companies associated with the "outdoor industry"...that being said unfortunately the cargo boxes don't end up being worth buying with the pro deal because of the cost of shipping. cheaper to find on on craigslist.

i also thin the custom rack would be amazing but if possible id like to get out of this a little cheaper.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby WoodButcher » March 17th 2018, 7:54pm

Bolts are what I intend to use if I ever pull the head liner.
I would use some form of weatherstrip between the body and rack regardless of the type of rack you choose. Not just for water intrusion but to protect from wear. Metal to metal will move and cause the paint to chip that will rust.
I spent less than $200 for everything but I did the fab work.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby WoodButcher » March 17th 2018, 8:05pm

#35 head rod molding is what I found on the web.
https://www.trivantage.com/Head+Rod+Mol ... m+8+251044
Cool part is it will allow you to tie an awning to it.

More from my '93 thread,


WoodButcher wrote:So,
it's been a while since I've updated.
I quoted myself to save a bit of typing and point you in the right direction

WoodButcher wrote:I'm working on a rack idea myself now. I removed an awning frame from a house recently and part of it as an aluminum extrusion used for attaching the canvas and framing to a house.
#37 molding-
http://www.trivantage.com/webapp/wcs/st ... +12+251037" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I bought 2 8
' pieces from a local shop, it was just under $5.00 a foot. I figure if I can get a little arch on it so it will lay on the roof front to back It will be great for mounting crossbars and an awning tarp as well.

The parts that I got from the job were from a 20' x 12' awning. The #37 trim was in odd lengths so I bought new but I will use the hardware.
48985
The straight clips will hold a 1/2" rod with the canvas in the J bend and the others I may use for crossbar attachment. Might weld up cross bars w/ a foot to mount to the track, dunno yet.



Well that's what I did, 3 crossbars, I'm finishing the third now and taking pics so when I finish and mount the third I'll get all the pics up at once.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby AstroJake [OP] » March 17th 2018, 9:08pm

WoodButcher wrote:Bolts are what I intend to use if I ever pull the head liner.
I would use some form of weatherstrip between the body and rack regardless of the type of rack you choose. Not just for water intrusion but to protect from wear. Metal to metal will move and cause the paint to chip that will rust.
I spent less than $200 for everything but I did the fab work.


I'm probably removing the headliner anyways so that wouldn't be a problem. and the crossbar you built yourself? also, how did you attach the crossbar to the tracks?
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby WoodButcher » March 17th 2018, 11:10pm

This is a pic of the hardware I scavenged on an old section of track, I polished the old nuts and bolts but you can get new with the track for a few dollars.

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And a naked crossbar before paint. I made 3 that will bolt in anywhere along the tracks.

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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby highfigh » April 29th 2018, 3:26pm

How much wind noise are you people willing to tolerate? My van had the white ones with square tubular steel and an air foil at the front- one of the first things I did when I got it home was remove it. Another reason I removed it is that whoever installed it used blind nuts and they leaked when it rained. Not a problem in Phoenix, but it is in Milwaukee. What I would really like is a plate with threaded holes, sealed to the cabin- that way, I can bolt the frame on when needed and remove it when I don't. I don't think a low profile plate will make much noise but I haven't seen anything specifically for what I want.
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Re: roof rack options for no roof rack

Postby Yellowstone2Yukon » April 29th 2018, 3:57pm

I made one. Probably similar to your $290 option.

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Sealed with RV flashing, self-leveling putty, and then a bead of RV lap sealant, so I don't think it will leak.

I haven't noticed any problems with weight and wind noise, but my van came with a crappy tall ladder rack and had a bunch of steel in the back that I removed at the same time I installed it, so I may not have been operating from the best baseline.
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