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    Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 7:27am
Has anyone on here had luck with homemade roof racks? if so, what did you use and what are your horror & success stories?
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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 7:53am
I'm guessing there are more horror stories. Who makes a roof rack at home? Is it even legal to drive with a homemade roof rack?
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  Quote joemac84 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 7:57am
I've made racks for bikes and kayaks in my pickup, only horror stories are making multiple trips to hardware store.
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If you have a factory roof rack running down the length of your car, you can buy 3/4" or 1" tubing, cut to length, and mount horizontally. I suppose you can secure it by using hose clamps to the factory bars. Then you can mount a traditional Yakima or Thule style snowboard rack on. I haven't done this before, nor would I ever do it, but I think it would work.
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  Quote nautika96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 8:21am
I use factory base bars but i made my own rack that attaches on top if that. Its made of wood and was based in the design that old school vws use on their racks. I only use it during the summer though. Ill try to post a picture tonight. Only bad part is the wood gets dirty quick from drivng and i have to sand esch piece to clean it properly.
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 8:34am
If you're handy I do not see any reason why it wouldn't work.

Personally I am not handy and plunked down the cash for a Thule box and bars.
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  Quote nautika96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 8:41am
How much did it cost for the thule box? All in all my add on rack cost about $50 in parts. I think something equivalent would have been twice as much.
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 8:47am
^ I spent over $600 on the Thule box, bars and towers.  You can easily spend over $1000 depending on what model you get.
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  Quote Witty1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 9:04am
I've seen a neighbor of mine use 2x4's... nothing wrong with them.. just heavy and looks funny. 
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  Quote Blur510 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 9:37am
I would never use home made roof racks.. Thule or Yakima racks are cheap enough.. you can get them used on cl for even less.. just make sure to close them, my friend forgot one time, we ended up picking up boards on the side of the freeway.
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  Quote Witty1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 9:39am
I found a board on the side of the freeway once! I saw what car it came off of... they just took off... didn't return. Even waited for half an hour (while taking off chains)
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 9:42am
Originally posted by Witty1

I found a board on the side of the freeway once! I saw what car it came off of... they just took off... didn't return. Even waited for half an hour (while taking off chains)

Haha. maybe they didn't noticed?  LOL  Did you picked up the board?  LOL
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Helz yes!
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 12:50pm
^ What kind of board & bindings?
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  Quote bootleg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 1:01pm
I was going to DIY for the snowboard attachments but turns out it's completely unsafe and not DOT approved,my buddy mention CHP will ticket you if caught ghetto rigging your racks without the proper roof carrier and brackets.best to shell out the money and have it done the right way if you really don't want to loose that expensive equipment.
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  Quote rye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:04pm
Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

Originally posted by Witty1

I found a board on the side of the freeway once! I saw what car it came off of... they just took off... didn't return. Even waited for half an hour (while taking off chains)

Haha. maybe they didn't noticed?  LOL  Did you picked up the board?  LOL


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  Quote anna.chan18 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:13pm
hahhaa maybe it was a beater board and they didnt care to stop the car
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  Quote chillwill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:20pm
^ Probably that, and they also probably figured it had to had been ruined from the fall.

Still, I would have stopped if that was me.
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  Quote coolz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:24pm
honestly, they would have probbaly not realised. 
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  Quote chillwill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:34pm
Yeah, you're right.  No one in their right mind would just leave it if they knew it fell off.

I'm always paranoid to use a board roof rack. No matter how secure I know it is.  Last time I had to use one was years ago.
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  Quote coolz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 3:47pm
well it is very useful especially if you have a small car, but yeah that would be my worst nightmare, gears+ box =$$$$
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/07/2013 at 8:03pm
Originally posted by joemac84

Has anyone on here had luck with homemade roof racks? if so, what did you use and what are your horror & success stories?
I've welded a frame before to place in my truck bed for holstering large tools, tool boxes, bicycles, and possibly snowboards if I were inclined to. It only works in the truck because the bed can contain it securely. Based on my experience with making a rig, I strongly recommend that you do not make your own rig for roof mounting. It will be incredibly difficult to fabricate a roof rack assembly, with precision, that will fit securely, remain lightweight as to not crush the roof, and be modular and easy to use. Time and cost of gathering the parts and materials, alone, makes it a pointless endeavour, its illegality altogether notwithstanding if not professionally fabricated nor safe.

The best you can do is fabricate a hitch-mounted out of basic mild steel. Use a TIG or an arc welder to weld it. If MIG welding is all you have, do not use flux core wire; use a copper filler metal and paint the joints for weatherproofing. But, again, reliability and the cost of materials make it a lost cause unless a custom-shaped assembly is absolutely required for your vehicle.

Just buy a roof rack assembly. Thule sells hitch-mounted racks as well, if that's your flavour, but only to the American market as I recall.
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  Quote Blur510 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/08/2013 at 5:23am
Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

Originally posted by Witty1

I found a board on the side of the freeway once! I saw what car it came off of... they just took off... didn't return. Even waited for half an hour (while taking off chains)

Haha. maybe they didn't noticed?  LOL  Did you picked up the board?  LOL

In our case, we didn't notice till another car drove up beside us and pointed up..  that's when our hearts sank, looked at each other and said, did u close the rack?  
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