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Hi Everyone,

Been a lurker and owner for years, and finally decided to start posting my build and the projects I've been working on. I recently posted in the ‘show me your rack’ thread and wanted to do an individual post. Hope you enjoy and sorry in advance if I ramble as I type this all up and remember the last couple of years.

Being an avid tinkerer and customizer, I definitely wanted a certain look and worked pretty hard to get it. But I found a lot of inspiration from this site and other off road vehicles like the Jeeps and Toyotas.

First (years ago) I modified and tinkered with a Z71 Tahoe Rack, mostly because I think its the best factory rack out there and saw one available on craigslist, and I got the itch to be creative with that vision. It had built-in backup light spots and I liked the full length adjustable rails. Took a lot of work to figure it out, but I made it work and ran it with light bars, kayak bars and a Thule cargo box that I already had. I ran this setup for over a year and it looked and worked great!

Until I got the itch to do something better...

I saw these Toyotas and Jeeps roll around with these bad-ass roof racks and I got reinspired. So I started planning. I’m around design and manufacturing at work and knew I wanted to use aluminum sheet metal to do it one piece, but tried to figure out forever what to use for cross bars. Then 80/20 hit me and Boom! Problem solved! Coincidentally a co-worker came in one day with one of those racks on his Tacoma and I had to check it out. Surprisingly (or maybe not) the setup was exactly what I had envisioned in my head, so at least that confirmed I was on the right track.

It definitely didn’t happen overnight, actually took quite a while, designing, guesstimating, manufacturing, fit checking, revising, testing, more revising, and everything to get it where it is today. But overall I’m happy with it and get a lot of compliments around town. Added back on the light bar and new rear lights and that’s how it sits today.

It uses the 4 main OEM rail mounts, plus 6 additional others, for 10 total mounting points to the roof. And one of the cool features I built-in was a second set of bolt holes on the cross-rails. So it’s modular to make it a basket style or platform like you see in the pics.

Enjoy the pics. Cheers!
 

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Deezy, it's uncanny how much your rack and the one in this vid resemble one another, are you affiliated with them? I'd love this rack for my Element!

 

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Cool. Thanks for sharing. No - I'm not affiliated. And at the same time not surprised something else has popped up. I've had mine on my car since 9/2017.

But that's a good looking rack and it looks well built.
 
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