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Cars these days don't include the cross bars to go with your roof rack. The factory bars can cost upwards of $350 a set.

My mission was to make cross bars from readily available parts you can find at any hardware store.

The design is simple and easily removable.

Step 1: Gathering The Parts

After deciding on a general design in my head, i headed to the hardware store's plumbing section to see what i could find.
What i ended up with was;

1 - 10' 3/8"x16 threaded rod
2 - 5' 1/2" EMT conduit
2 - 5' 3/4" NSF poly black water line
4 - 3/8" hex nuts
4 - 1" galvanizes Clevis Hangers

this all comes to about $22
With due respect, I think that you have to go back to the drawing board with this one; I think it is important that people do not attempt to implement it.<br> <br> The problem is the way you have attached the crossbars to the siderails. Admirably, you have made a low-profile rack. But at the cost of a huge loss of strength.<br> <br> <strong>You really have to extend the crossbars</strong> so that they can rest on top of the siderails and transfer weight directly to them.<br> <br> You'd be better off just taking two long poles, laying them across the siderails, and tying them down with cord.
I agree but perhaps the general design could be salvaged by using longer crossbars then a longer bolt through the clevis hangers could go through the bar.
Agree with Jason and dstand completely. I'm sorry, but this is just bad engineering. Building everything in tension, and suspending your load between the lateral rails (rather than using them for support) is asking for trouble. <br> <br>For a much more sound solution, see for ex.: http://www.jeeppatriot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105929
I agree with dstand 100%. <br> <br>I would say this could be used for skis (or less). But for the same cost you could build something far more secure.
Great idea! I can't believe how much dealerships charge for these.
Nice, and the cost is great, Maybe you'd want to paint the clevis hangers black too, to match the car's original rack a bit better, but obviously that's not critical. Very nice instructable. Thanks.
Good job on the ible.<br><br>just a few questions.<br><br>have you loaded any weight onto this set up yet?<br><br><br>how well do the clevis hangers work as connectors? (is there any sag there once weight is applied)<br><br>have you noticed any noise from the crossbars when you get up on the highway?<br><br>that 3M tape looks ideal for a project I am planning. where did you get it?<br><br>
Well done, d311_5uxor. I suggest you an improve: add some hooks along the cross pipes. That makes very easy to tie anything, without pass all the rope under the pipes. You can read <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Portaequipajes-para-auto-Roof-car-rack/step6/Agregando-quotdedosquot-adding-quotfingers/">this instructable step of mine</a>
y'know, i wondered why they stopped including the crossbars and once you said they charge $350 for them it all made sense. greedy jerks.<br><br>this looks like a great workaround, though. good job.

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