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My current project is designing a rooftop-mounted tent system, kind of a poor-man's E-Camper that can be removed. It's gonna be a lot of work and REALLY ghetto :D
Get a two person tent-cot from Sportsmans Guide and attach it to the rack with conduit clamps. I'm thinking about it but I have to see if you can get in from the moon roof first. If not I'll have to make an aluminum ladder that is stowable.

http://www.tentcot.com/double1.htm
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=445906

...or here is one that will work with a kayak rack.;-)

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=357972
 

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Nice rack , good DIY for the average weekend time frame , I will be building soon.:smile:
 

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You may have noticed in my sig that I've abandoned the home-made rack approach. It served me well for 4 years. But then I got sucked into buying a set of Yakima TK9 adapters from a going-out-of-business store (GIJoes). Having made that commitment, I had to follow up with buying a set of Control Towers (only 20% off). Since I already had Yakima bars, and home made fairing I didn't need anything else.

The big plus for the full Yakima setup - ease of removal, leaving only the TK9 adapters with covers on the car.

A minor plus for Yakima - the crossbar spacing is wider than my homemade rig. That's because it uses the front 2 holes in front, and back 2 in back. In theory I could have done that on my homemade rig. But having gone to all the work of trimming my brackets, and the garnish fillers, I wasn't in a rush to make that change.

Another plus for Yakima - no rusting of screws or bolts. Finding stainless steel hardware of the right size for my home rig was a pain, and even the ones that I found were not fully stainless when exposed to year around weather.

The Element is well suited for home made racks. If you have skill and tools you can make a great one, perfectly suited to your needs. If you are just trying to pinch pennies, homemade may not be worth it in the long run.

There still are pictures of my homemade rig on my pbase galleries.
 

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So are you selling your old rack Paul? :D
I'm still using the Yakima bars. My old rack consisted of Yakima bars, the pieces off of Yakima gutter mounts, and some Yakima bar clamps. The home made parts were the aluminum brackets that screw to the car. So there are not that many parts of the old rig to sell.
 

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" remember , if the women don't find you handsome , they should at least find you handy "

not that I am calling anyone ugly ;-) but being in the garage building things is way more fun than riding the couch surfing TV .... keeps the brain busy and out of trouble. :) and I need to keep one step ahead of trouble ... :D
 

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" remember , if the women don't find you handsome , they should at least find you handy "

not that I am calling anyone ugly ;-) but being in the garage building things is way more fun than riding the couch surfing TV .... keeps the brain busy and out of trouble. :) and I need to keep one step ahead of trouble ... :D
I like that philosophy, only problem is trouble likes my garage just as much as he likes my couch :lol:



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Yes it does , but usually fun trouble and not unlike ' Tim the tool man Taylor ' I find a few bandages will cover the ' trouble ' I get into ... here is the rack , I posted more picks on your roof rack 2.0 thread ...;-) thanks again for sharing your idea ...
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This thread seems worth digging up. I may soon tackle this (in my own way... its gotta be brutal n stuff).

I have a few questions... but i would imagine if i went through the pages again i could find the answers out for myself.
 

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Much thanks. Looking into the new one as i type.
 

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can i buy one of these sets from you guys? or are there pre fab parts i can assemble from a hardware store? ...if not can anyone recommend a a cheap place to get a roof rack and basket? thanks
 
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