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Old 03-03-2015, 04:55 PM
DanTheMan16 DanTheMan16 is offline
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Default Boat Rack Ideas

I never seem to have enough space to haul all of my crap so I think I need to get a rack that fits around my cap built.

Here are a couple of pics of what I have come up with so far:

I have mounting tabs for lights in the front and was planning on getting a set of these for the rear. I have also left enough space for a 20" light bar between the two main beams.

I might like to put a boat up there some day so I found this to put on the back.

This thing is pretty heavy duty. I have run a couple of simulations and it is good for 2000lb+ on the main rack and 350lb on the overhang. I don't think I would ever put that much weight up there but it is good to know that it could support it if needed.

The angle on the bottom that serves as the base is 3" x 3" x 1/4" angle. The square tubing is 2" x 2" x 3/16" and the C-channel is C3x4.1. Everything is 6061-T6 aluminum.

As it sits now the whole thing weighs 162.5 lbs.

Next up is to make up some drawings and get some estimates for fabrication costs.

Anyone have any suggestions for additional features to add?

Forgot to mention that I have this (with the extension) for the top.
[2003 Ford Escape Limited 4x4 3.0L V6]
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[2003 Ford Ranger XLT Fx4 4.0L V6] - Build Thread
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:15 PM
Jswifto Jswifto is offline
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Why not look at Kargomaster they make racks for trucks with caps.
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