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I guess your right about the roof
 

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Price is not that bad when you start to compare.

On the orsdirect.com site the Yakima kit with 58" bars, towers, landing pads, fairing and a mega warrior comes out to $726.

That setup will not fit in my garage, it stands really high and looks like it doesn't belong. It is also half the square inches of hauling space.

I goofed around with the Surco, loadwarrior and mega warrior, but none of those really look great and the overall height is so high it really isn't functional. Once you add 5" for the bars and 5" for the rack try throwing a ladder up there and bungee it down. I had to use another ladder.

For the $$ I get something that actually looks like it should be there. This rack puts the E in the class of the FJ and Pathfinder.

This thing is functional, too. Earlier this week I hauled 4 - 26" HDTVs still in box and a 6' ladder up there with no worry.
It's a nice rack, I wish I had the budget for it! Thanks for the review.
 

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Wow! There has been a lot of activity on here since I posted. Well I have Pics and they are much better than the PS job. Nice though!

Some notes:
All american vehicles can support their own weight upside down. Although this rack can support 600lbs if not more, you should never drive with that much weight throwing off your center of gravity. It's more about being able to get up there, walk around and hand your bike/kayak/canoe/lumber/ladder down to someone.
wow, that looks great. i love the fit to the roof curve!

but be careful walking around up there. i broke one of my mounting point welds while walking around on my loadwarrior.

(anyone know how to fix a seperated mount? i went to a muffler shop, and they wouldn't weld it for fear of igniting the headliner)
 

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First off...let me compliment you on your color choice of E :D

Second, I never did see what exactly you paid for the rack. Not sure if being the guinea pig E added or subtracted from your cost.

Lastly, you posted about a ladder being included in the design phase, but didn't see you comment on that in the final product posts.
 

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....but what about the price....

Wow. That's fantastic. I LOVE the low profile of it.

The one aspect of the load warrior and other cross bar mounted baskets I really do not like is how high off the roof they sit.

It looks great, but I'm still curious about the price.
 

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Lastly, you posted about a ladder being included in the design phase, but didn't see you comment on that in the final product posts.
The ladder is coming. The rack is the first phase, but the ladder is necessary. Between SEMA and the holidays Gobi didn't have time to fabricate the ladder. I'll keep you posted.

I'm not sure on the final cost of the rack and Gobi hasn't posted it yet. Anyone who is interested can contact them from the website. They are really good about responding.
 

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roof rack just in.

been working on this one for months, didn't notice your post till today. I thought I was the only E with big rack needs..
 

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My custom roof rack

I have been re working this for months.. pics of proto type in raw alum. finished version is black powder coat.

22' ladders, two full size kayaks, plywood, lumber, any aftermarket bike, ski rack or carrier box will bolt directly to rubber padded cross bars.

See pics posted on my 1st reply to this thread (pg.3) re: gobi rack.

I've been on this site for about a year not sure why I can not ad pics to this response ? Fixed that issue; It's all about practice.
 

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I have been re working this for months.. pics of proto type in raw alum. finished version is black powder coat.

22' ladders, two full size kayaks, plywood, lumber, any aftermarket bike, ski rack or carrier box will bolt directly to rubber padded cross bars.

See pics posted on my 1st reply to this thread (pg.3) re: gobi rack.

I've been on this site for about a year not sure why I can not ad pics to this response ?
Your pics are posted in your previous post. As for having issues posting an image, length of time on the site has nothing to do with it. If you don't upload the image in the correct file type and size then they won't post, otherwise you need to find an outside picture hosting source.



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it's all practice, you must click on "download" to complete the task.

Thanks,
Mike
 

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I like the Element rack you did Mike are you planning to offer them for sale? Drew:)
 

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Short answer is yes, I need to have jig completed to make sure it fits every E and will be able to ship via UPS. So far cost $600 with out powder coated finish. It is all one piece aluminium tube. Strong like bull.
 

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powder coated finish ... one piece aluminium tube

Mike
Approximately how much does it weigh, how quick to put on and take off? Interested to see if it's a one man effort.

Recommend you offer an option with either E colors (e.g. GGM), or prepped for us to have it done, like hiker chick did with her teardrop trailer.
 

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I have taken off and put this rack on many times, the last three times solo. I think it goes about 15 mins to install or take off, 8, 10 mm bolts. I have an off set box end ratchet wrench. "Craftsman isle at Kmart".

Weight might be 25 lbs, I'll take weight next time I remove as I need to get the UPS answer as to shipping size etc. I remove 4 roof panels and place two feet same side of E rack standing up on side, then move my arm under center and lower to other side right to the factory mounts. I stagger the first two bolts far end & opp side, get all eight started then go to town on ratchet.

Colors are not the favorite subject of powder coaters... they are getting good at matching black.
Why not ship it raw alum, I have thought of leaving the bright alum finish that some of the parts had on them. The bright finish looked alot like the wheels on my E. We had to acid dip those parts to strip the clear coat off to powder coat them. I don't know what would be best for the honda paint colors or the cost of spraying a rack. Powder coating is tough and ads $90 to the project. Ordering all parts stock in clear bright finish also adds to cost about $70

I think this rack is great and every E should have one, just send money.
 
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