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 Post subject: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:02 pm 
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I'm getting ready to buy a new fishing kayak soon, so I decided to try and build some temporary cross bars for my KJ. I saw an idea of using wood and U-bolts that looked sturdy enough for a kayak, so I decided to go into home depot and look around. I ended up finding a 10 ft piece of superstrut framing channel that looked pretty strong, and would look a little less redneck than wood. the u bolts were 1 1/4 in.

http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1vZarcd/R-100183826/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=Strut&storeId=10051&superSkuId=202891091

Here's a few pictures of the installation.

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I cut the channel with a hacksaw into pieces that were long enough, and placed a piece of bike tire inner tube on the part that would make contact with the rails.
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Here it is on top of the jeep.
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I know with it being galvanized, it will star rusting from the salt water, but for 15 dollars, it will be easy to replace. Any ideas on how to improve it?


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:09 pm 
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Oh and I need to add some sort of foam pieces in the middle to protect the kayak. Maybe pool noodle or pipe insulation?


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:13 pm 
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This is mine on my KK I used noodles cheaper and more padding than pipe.
Mine are mounted the other way up too. The. Noodles are daisy shaped and fit in u channel. Zipped tied on.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:17 pm 
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Looks good, don't know if I could do neon pink though, lol. Maybe something more manly like neon green or blue.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:40 pm 
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It's a pink thing and no you wouldn't understand

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Pipe wrap flattened out, so I went to noodles


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Did you consider putting the ties through holes in the middle of the noodles so you'd have some padding on top of the ties. Just a thought.

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I tried that before= failed for me. I'm thinking of a way for round bars. But can't have bolts that stick up, and damage kayaks.
I'm hoping that if my idea makes sense a friend will make it for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
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offshore, how about you flip the channel over so it is open on top, run the ubolts through and cut the thread off below the top of the channel. Use some pvc pipe or higher density foam or styrofoam painted any color you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:54 pm 
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offshore, how about you flip the channel over so it is open on top, run the ubolts through and cut the thread off below the top of the channel. Use some pvc pipe or higher density foam or styrofoam painted any color you want.

that makes sense. gonna stop in at Home D tomorrow and get some. My Rola came in a couple of days ago so I need to Git r done

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade roof rack cross bars
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:54 am 
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What's the gunwales made out of? what ever it is, use a softer material that will sacrifice. I remember seeing bumpers made of painted heavy styrofoam. Go by a motorcycle shop. The bikes come knocked down with big chunks of dense styrofoam between the components.

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While I was surfing the net I found these: http://www.northeastmarineelectronics.com/malone-canoe-foam-block-4-x-4-75-x-6.aspx They have other shapes and sizes.

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