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Old 10-09-2009, 11:28 AM
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Poll- Interest in custom Safari Rack?

Hi Y'all,
Since Tad is no longer making racks, what kind of interest would there be if I had my welder make a batch of safari racks?
I talked to a shop in AZ that makes some beautiful safari racks, and the price was fairly reasonable, but after $100+ for shipping and ~$150 for powder coating they would be like $700 and that's just way over my budget.
I'll be taking some drawings to a fabrication shop in Houston that has done some really nice work for me to see what he would charge to make racks similar to the picture, but about 48" x 66" x 6".
If there is enough interest I could build a jig and get a quote for a batch of them.
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:36 AM
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I think that I would make mine before I bought one. that one in the pic is pretty cool though I would make it so mine hooked onto the raingutters and I would put some brackets for lights on it.
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:49 PM
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Hey Walt, I'm in Houston too.

Whats wrong with the Surco racks? Is there something about their design that you don't like?
http://www.surcoinc.com/R-BR_SR5.html

I would be interested if your fabricator can make swing-out spare tire carriers. Even if they end up being the same price as BJs, atleast I will not have to spring for the shipping since I can pick-up. LOL
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:05 PM
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Hey Walt, I'm in Houston too.

Whats wrong with the Surco racks? Is there something about their design that you don't like?
http://www.surcoinc.com/R-BR_SR5.html

I would be interested if your fabricator can make swing-out spare tire carriers. Even if they end up being the same price as BJs, atleast I will not have to spring for the shipping since I can pick-up. LOL

I want a solid welded rack that I can stack a few sheets of drywall on without worrying and I don't think I would be happy with any rack that is held together with screws. My reasoning is that a rigid welded rack will spread the load out a lot more evenly than a flexible screwed together one.
I was impressed with Defender racks: http://www.defenderrack.com/products.asp?id=35
They have one piece welded racks that look pretty solid for $435 from 4wheelparts. But the longest size they offer in 48" width is 60" and I'd really rather have 66" length (I think I said 60" in the original post but I've looked at my notes and remember that I settled on 66" for the length...).
I will probably go with defender if the shop does not give me a price I like.
He's a one man shop in league city called Zeb's Metalworks. I've had him do several small projects for me and I was impressed with his work. I was especially impressed that he would take on my piddly little jobs at all... nice guy.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:27 PM
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that one in the pic is pretty cool though I would make it so mine hooked onto the raingutters and I would put some brackets for lights on it.

X2 I would be very intrested in buying one as long as the price is reasonable. Plus I would like some brackets for lights and mounting to the rain gutters is a great idea. If it costs more than a couple hundred bucks for a rack it may not be worth it as you could just buy a trailer for what most folks want for a rack.

Why does'nt Tad make racks anymore?
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:36 PM
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I have an old Con-Ferr rack. It bolts to the raingutters. It's pretty stout. In fact, I stand on top of it to take pictures.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:51 PM
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I've read good things about Conn-Ferr, but I think they were bought up by a competitor and shut down.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:26 PM
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X2 I would be very intrested in buying one as long as the price is reasonable. Plus I would like some brackets for lights and mounting to the rain gutters is a great idea. If it costs more than a couple hundred bucks for a rack it may not be worth it as you could just buy a trailer for what most folks want for a rack.
That design lends itself to gutter mounts as well. I guess you could get some commercial gutter mounts clamp them to the rack.
Yeah, I would probably be better off with a trailer, but I don't have a good place to keep it until I get around to putting another gate in the fence!
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we carry both the surco and the defender, and we can usually match or beat 4wp prices.
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I would like a rack, and would prefer bolt on to gutter mount. But either way, some provision for mounting lights would be key.
let us know what you come up with, depending on price and quality, I'd be interested.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:08 PM
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we carry both the surco and the defender, and we can usually match or beat 4wp prices.
If the custom rack doesn't work out you'll be hearing from me!

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I would like a rack, and would prefer bolt on to gutter mount. But either way, some provision for mounting lights would be key.
let us know what you come up with, depending on price and quality, I'd be interested.
Light tabs would be easy enough. Would they just be tabs welded to the underside of the front bar?
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we carry both the surco and the defender, and we can usually match or beat 4wp prices.

Why is a roof rack so expensive? BJ's has them but they are from $420 to $720 bucks. Everywhere I go it's pretty much the same but I have yet to see them made from gold so I can't figure out why so much for a rack.
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Why is a roof rack so expensive? BJ's has them but they are from $420 to $720 bucks. Everywhere I go it's pretty much the same but I have yet to see them made from gold so I can't figure out why so much for a rack.

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Why is a roof rack so expensive? BJ's has them but they are from $420 to $720 bucks. Everywhere I go it's pretty much the same but I have yet to see them made from gold so I can't figure out why so much for a rack.
If you had ever tryed to fabricate something like that you would understand why they cost so much There is a lot of time involved and materials aren't cheap.Plus the overhead of their business.Nobody gives away,workspace ,tools or utilities.
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If you had ever tryed to fabricate something like that you would understand why they cost so much There is a lot of time involved and materials aren't cheap.Plus the overhead of their business.Nobody gives away,workspace ,tools or utilities.
I am involved with a little project making wind turbine towers. The price of steel is through the roof, electricity insurance and equipment to do first clas work are expensive and You can't sell anything without the option of powdercaoting. Since every SUV has different roof curvature and suitable attaching points a good one must be vehicle specific. Then there's design time and jig construction. All these expenses have to be spread out over the production run and the demand is questionable.
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I made my roof rack out of unistrut / super strut from Home Depot. I'm able to mount it to the rain gutter. I can carry anything I want on it. I believe its stronger than anything you can buy that comes out of a box.
I had 2 16' kayaks 2 Nato 5 gallon gas cans my camp chef stove bbq propane bottle and a 6' table.
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I made my roof rack out of unistrut / super strut from Home Depot. I'm able to mount it to the rain gutter. I can carry anything I want on it. I believe its stronger than anything you can buy that comes out of a box.
I had 2 16' kayaks 2 Nato 5 gallon gas cans my camp chef stove bbq propane bottle and a 6' table.

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I made my roof rack out of unistrut / super strut from Home Depot. I'm able to mount it to the rain gutter. I can carry anything I want on it. I believe its stronger than anything you can buy that comes out of a box.
I had 2 16' kayaks 2 Nato 5 gallon gas cans my camp chef stove bbq propane bottle and a 6' table.

Again....PICTURES PLEASE
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How do I post pictures? It says to enter URL link isn't that a web site?
Wow I didn't think this was a old post didn't look at the date.
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How do I post pictures? It says to enter URL link isn't that a web site?
Wow I didn't think this was a old post didn't look at the date.
When you click the reply button a box pops up to enter text. If you scroll down a little, there is a button that says "Manage Attachments". You can upload the pictures from your desktop there if they have been compressed using a photo editor.
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