Mounting a roof rack to an existing bar?

Mounting a roof rack to an existing bar?

Postby Allergictostabwounds [OP] » April 13th 2020, 11:00pm

My safari has some extra bits added to it from a coachbuilder company after leaving the factory. Chief among which is this aluminum luggage bar on the roof which also doubles as a television and radio antenna. The bar itself is kind of lackluster as far as actual storage goes and i am wanting to upgrade to a system with a luggage basket and possibly solar panel. I'm wondering if there's a way to integrate such a thing on top of this stock bar as it's already mounted in several spots.

Is it worth trying to make it work or should i just tear it off and start fresh? Are there any universal bars i could fit across this?
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The bar over the back half of the roof
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Bar is in a U shape with no crossmembers
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The mounts, about 8 of them with 2 bolts each
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Re: Mounting a roof rack to an existing bar?

Postby Rockridge » April 14th 2020, 1:07am

It looks like something someone ordered from a JC Whitney catalog as opposed to a factory option (not that the factory racks are that big of a deal).

If you plan on carrying some weight, I'd start over. Locate the supporting towers for the rack on/over the van's structural body supports in the roof. Find a good way to seal the existing and new holes.
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Re: Mounting a roof rack to an existing bar?

Postby AstroWill » April 14th 2020, 5:16pm

x2, odds are the holes aren't where you want them anyway. I would rather tie them into the structural supports like Rockridge stated, even though it's a bit of work, it would be worth it IMO to have rock solid mounting of your new rack.
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