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 Post subject: DIY crossbars (40 bucks)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:46 pm 
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8- feet of aluminum square tube
4- 5/16th (3 1/2 - 4 inch long) ubolts
8- star tooth lock washers
8- 5/16th nuts

partial can of black engine enamel
5/16th drill bit and drill
any other materials you desire for whatever attachments

1- cut aluminum into 4 foot sections
2- measure location on roof rails that you will mount the crossrail
3- center measurement length on crossrail and mark with dry erase marker
4- center span washer from u-bolt on the marks and mark holes
5- drill your holes and wallow them (could also use 1 step larger drill bit instead)
6- paint them and let them dry
7- install
8- spend the 100 bucks you saved on buying something else you want from a LOST member ;)


photos include attachments that i added to the crossrails for mounting my cb antenna and ground plane


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I bought enough stuff to make two crossbars, but I think I'm just going to stick with one since I do not plan to actually use them as crossbars, simply something to attach my antenna/ground plane to

so for one crossbar, it would have been about 20 bucks

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Nice. But I would have used shorter bolts, or cut down the ones you used.

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oddball wrote:
Nice. But I would have used shorter bolts, or cut down the ones you used.


those act like mini transformers to boost his CB output!

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if i had used ubolts that had less than about 1 1/2 inches of being tightened down, i would have never got them bolted up, but i am considering cutting off about half of the extra, now that the ubolts are spread a bit i think if i were to take it down a 3rd time i'd be able to get it back together with half the extra length

in other words if i had gone with ubolts that had like an inch extra i would have not got them together the first 2 times without stickin a prybar across my roof

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