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    Default Home made roof racks ?

    I have an old 4 runner that didn't come with roof racks. I've looked in to the aftermarket jobs by Thule and the like and I'm not impressed. They've got the cheezy clip system that goes under the rubber molding inside the doors. How that's not going to leak is beyond me. Plus they're flimsy. And expensive.

    So I'm almost ready to release my inner Bubba and make my own. lol. .. Screwed or bolted through the roof! There's sturdy areas near the body posts and I'm thinking why not just make some out of wood that fit and sit perfectly, weatherproof with epoxy, glue down with sikaflex or such and either bolt up from the inside (hastle need to take whole headliner out) or just with body screws from the outside.

    Any of you guys defaced a vehicle like this? Or otherwise figure out some home made roof racks? I'd be for packing a canoe, ff pram etc. ..

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    I would reinforce (maybe use plywood).

    I would BOLT for sure!

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    I've seen it done before. I would overbuild it so it there aren't any problems with anything you put up there, and I would definitely bolt in down. Just remember it probably won't be pretty and it will be a permanent fixture on your truck.

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    Ya I realise that this is a don't turn back kind of thing. If I do this whatever I come up with will live there. lol ,

    That headliner looks like a real pita to remove. Maybe I'll use a holesaw for access from inside?

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    just remember that roof racks without a load strapped to them tend to set up a howl like a banshee if you go faster than 50 kph. That's the best reason I know of to pay the price. As for worrying about leaks, I have the clamp on style and have not had any leaking issues. You, on the other hand are planning to drill holes in your roof. Good luck with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professori View Post
    just remember that roof racks without a load strapped to them tend to set up a howl like a banshee if you go faster than 50 kph. That's the best reason I know of to pay the price. As for worrying about leaks, I have the clamp on style and have not had any leaking issues. You, on the other hand are planning to drill holes in your roof. Good luck with that.
    Prof, you do have a way with words

    But they'd be my holes. On my terms. This truck is done like dinner in the not distant future. And Bubba is restless

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    Salty.

    Then do not even worry about the headliner.

    Paint your reinforcing piece(s) a similar color to the headliner/roof.

    Drill the strongest points that meet your measurements.

    Bolt her down.

    Too good.

    I luv ya for it.

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    Default Sorry bud, one more thing.

    And this is important..

    Buy a quality sealant to sandwich everything together.

    Something that is made for headliners and painted metal.

    Spend the money for the best sealant.

    Paint her up....And be proud.

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    You know what though eagledays I'm 49 so youth is no excuse for this stupidity

    I'm going to Red Green this sucker together and make you guys proud. Bolts through the headliner? Freak'n brilliant man

    I'll go with Sikaflex for bedding.

    This will be our finest hour

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    I'd go with something in 2 parts so you can take the thing off when not in use to avoid wind noise. The thru roof mountings will then be all that sticks up. In fact you could customize different racks for different loads to attach to the common thru roof mounts.

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