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I came across this awesome idea/build and wanted to share my version.

I could have used just a single 10' section of SuperStrut, but I wanted my cross bars to extend out past the riser posts. Potentially could cause injury to us tall folx. I'll get some end caps to lessen the damage to my skull.

It really would have been best to use a drill press when drilling out the mounting holes in the small sections of SuperStrut that are used as the posts/risers. I don't have one, and I had to go back and re-drill some holes since the walking drill bit made them a little too off target. Total pain in the ass.

I also used red LocTite on all hardware, I don't want it going anywhere, and things disappear if they're not firmly locked down in my neighborhood. I painted the SuperStrut pieces with Rust-Oleum "truck bed coating". It's durable. Do not use their "undercoating", for it never seems to completely cure. I also used the Gorilla brand "waterproof patch and seal" just to keep moisture away from the mounting points, even though I used stainless steel mounting hardware.

Now I can get a full-size spare, keep it up top along with other things, and use the spare area inside for gear.
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Looks like I should have placed this in another sub forum? Either the DIY sub or the "Racks Hitches and Towing" forum. Mods, please feel free to move to the correct location. I'm new here!
 

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I came across this awesome idea/build and wanted to share my version.

I could have used just a single 10' section of SuperStrut, but I wanted my cross bars to extend out past the riser posts. Potentially could cause injury to us tall folx. I'll get some end caps to lessen the damage to my skull.

It really would have been best to use a drill press when drilling out the mounting holes in the small sections of SuperStrut that are used as the posts/risers. I don't have one, and I had to go back and re-drill some holes since the walking drill bit made them a little too off target. Total pain in the ass.

I also used red LocTite on all hardware, I don't want it going anywhere, and things disappear if they're not firmly locked down in my neighborhood. I painted the SuperStrut pieces with Rust-Oleum "truck bed coating". It's durable. Do not use their "undercoating", for it never seems to completely cure. I also used the Gorilla brand "waterproof patch and seal" just to keep moisture away from the mounting points, even though I used stainless steel mounting hardware.

Now I can get a full-size spare, keep it up top along with other things, and use the spare area inside for gear.
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What basket are you using?
 

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What was your investment?
****... I need to do that math. Cheaper than buying the OEM racks, cheaper than a Yakima or Thule rig. I didn't consider the many knockoff versions of the OEM racks on Cramazon, because I don't trust them. However, there is the time taken to make them in that equation as well.
 
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