how strong are the roof bars?? - Page 2 - Nissan Xterra Forum
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
#11 Old 01-27-2013, 01:25 PM
shu2kill
Seasoned
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 140
2002 Xterra
shu2kill is on a distinguished road
well, i havent decided yet on the type of basket.... i thought a square one to fit between the rails and the cross members... but maybe that one will be too small for my needs, and the space on top of the crossmembers would be useless... so maybe removing them and making a longer basket?? i know i want to keep the roof rails, but the crossmembers i dont mind removing them...

im not sure, im still researching, looking for ideas and opinions...
shu2kill is offline  
2002 Xterra
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#12 Old 01-27-2013, 02:07 PM
birddog01
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Blue Grass, Ia
Posts: 78
2001 Xterra
birddog01 is on a distinguished road
Talking

No worries on the rating of the rack. I hauled a 230lb couch tied down with 4 ratchet straps up there for 30 miles at 60 or so MPH in 15MPH crosswinds.
The truck would have flipped before the rack gave out.
Yes, it was a bone chilling drive.
Yes, if Aunt Edna dies you'll be able to strap her up there and dump her at Cousin Normy's place.

Ever meet someone that accidentally bought a set of 35s?
They call me Birddog. Master of the Sawzall.

01 XE/SE
5 speed
Currently
PML
35x12.50x15 BFG A/T on Legos
De-Plastified and Blacked out
birddog01 is offline  
2001 Xterra
#13 Old 01-27-2013, 02:09 PM
robcarync
Phreak
 
robcarync's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Garner, NC
Posts: 1,622
2004 Xterra
robcarync has a spectacular aura about them robcarync has a spectacular aura about them
Garage
the way i would look at it is...

if you do a basket that is square between the side to side cross members....what would you do with the extra length of the roof rack? You would have some space at the end and at the front probably...does that extra space give you any benefit? I would think it would just be wasted space...

Heck, you could even make the basket the entire length of the roof...u bolted to the roof rack...so it hangs down below the roof rack...and still have room to put the cross members in place...maybe use the cross members as a sort of divider to wedge a cooler against the side of the basket or keep things from sliding around...or extra security on top to keep something laying flat, etc...the cross members being adjustable allow you to move them anywhere you want...I'd try to integrate them into your basket idea maybe


2004 Xterra 4X4

32" Cooper Discoverer ATP | Lokked and Dropped Front Diff |2.125" Lift Shackles | 3" UCA's | 3" Bils | 2" BL | TC IAB | Bandit 4x4 Idler Arm Bushings | Custom Bumpers | Shrock Sliders | RSB Delete | Snorkel | Cobra 19 DX III CB | 4' Firefly

Building my X


How To: < Remove Rear Sway Bar > < PML > < Re-Index Torsion Bars > < Lokk and Drop >
robcarync is offline  
2004 Xterra
#14 Old 01-27-2013, 05:40 PM
shu2kill
Seasoned
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 140
2002 Xterra
shu2kill is on a distinguished road
well, it seems i still have a lot of research and thinking to do... im picking the truck tomorrow, so i havent been able to give it a good stare and begin picturing things... i could even do a mock up of the regular equipment i carry to give a better idea...

as soon as i decide i will try to do a sketch, but most probably i will end up just building it and taking pics...
shu2kill is offline  
2002 Xterra
#15 Old 01-28-2013, 12:38 AM
slightlywicked76
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Fairfield, CA
Posts: 89
2012 Xterra
slightlywicked76 is on a distinguished road
O.k. I have attached pics of my rack which is similiar to the DEPHEP rack. I had to build mine because DEPHEP's wouldn't ship (too big) to where I live. I normally (when going camping) carry a 5 Gallon Jerry Can (40lbs), a full size spare (50lbs) and two large North Face bags (total of 80lbs). The roads that I drive on here would be considered horrible by US standards and camping consists of 30KM of trerrible roads/trails that are rutted from trucks with 18inches of ground clearance. Additionally, I stand on the rack while packing it and have never had the rack I built or the factory rack flintch.

I have topper tape between the my rack and the factory rack to prevent slipping and only four hooks securing it to the factory rack. I think that this is the best way to go since it distributes the weight to the entire factory rack. Anyway it works well for me.

Oh. one thing to keep in mind if you go this route. The factory bars on the xterra are not flat. There is a bow in them and when you build your rack you will have to factor that in or you can pull your factory rack out of the roof with the aftermarket rack. Let me know if you have any questions.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2374.JPG
Views:	51
Size:	230.8 KB
ID:	9422   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2380.JPG
Views:	50
Size:	281.7 KB
ID:	9423   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2382.JPG
Views:	52
Size:	270.5 KB
ID:	9424   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2384.JPG
Views:	49
Size:	246.3 KB
ID:	9425   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2387.JPG
Views:	52
Size:	288.8 KB
ID:	9426  



"African Family Truckster"

2004 Xterra

[x] PML
[x] 265/75R-16s
[x] Light bar w/KCs
[x] LoPro Roof Rack (self made)
[x] Front, Engine & Trans Skid Plates (self made)
[x] Bilstein 5100s all the way around
[x] Warn Manual Hubs
[x] Idler Arm Brace
[x] Transfer Case Skid Plate (Shrock)
[x] Replace Headliner

Life in the Congo is tough, it is tougher with a weak truck!
slightlywicked76 is offline  
2012 Xterra
#16 Old 01-28-2013, 06:34 AM
ShiftingSkys
Phreak
 
ShiftingSkys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Raleigh
Posts: 1,751
2002 Xterra
ShiftingSkys will become famous soon enough
Very Nice design there. Can we get a picture from the side or front?

2002 Nissan Xterra

Lifted and Ready to Roll!

Build Thread-http://www.clubxterra.org/forums/showthread.php?t=38877
ShiftingSkys is offline  
2002 Xterra
#17 Old 01-28-2013, 07:23 AM
shu2kill
Seasoned
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 140
2002 Xterra
shu2kill is on a distinguished road
thank you for the pics... in fact i had already seen them, and its one of the ones i like best...

what do you mean the bars are not flat?? where is the bow?? i guess ill have to use a carpenters level to find out??

thank you!!
shu2kill is offline  
2002 Xterra
#18 Old 01-28-2013, 08:03 AM
slightlywicked76
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Fairfield, CA
Posts: 89
2012 Xterra
slightlywicked76 is on a distinguished road
Yes, there is a bow. It is ever so slight however when you put flat steel on curved aluminum you can guess which will win. I made the top portion than put a small bow in it using weight and a forklift! Also, the topper tape helps fill the gap if you don't get the bow exact. Put a 4' or 6' level on your bars and you will see it. Here are some more pics.

One of the pics show the rear of the rack that is made for a steel 20L/5gal jerry can. The loops that you see on the top of the rack are for the rachet strap that holds the can down (offset because of where the nozzel is). I don't worry about the wind resistance of it too much since when the jerry can is up there it has a full size spare that sits in front of it and the can is only a couple inches taller than the spare.

You can see when I was testing (still in primer) it with the cooler, spare and can on it. I could have fit another cooler up there, it has a lot of room.

I am looking at doing a bolt on shovel & machette (the thing to have in Africa) mount for it one of these days.

Any questions just let me know.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	compressed IMG_2375.JPG
Views:	41
Size:	86.1 KB
ID:	9427   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2374.JPG
Views:	39
Size:	230.8 KB
ID:	9428   Click image for larger version

Name:	Comp IMG_2384.JPG
Views:	43
Size:	246.3 KB
ID:	9429   Click image for larger version

Name:	Xterra #2.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	104.6 KB
ID:	9430  


"African Family Truckster"

2004 Xterra

[x] PML
[x] 265/75R-16s
[x] Light bar w/KCs
[x] LoPro Roof Rack (self made)
[x] Front, Engine & Trans Skid Plates (self made)
[x] Bilstein 5100s all the way around
[x] Warn Manual Hubs
[x] Idler Arm Brace
[x] Transfer Case Skid Plate (Shrock)
[x] Replace Headliner

Life in the Congo is tough, it is tougher with a weak truck!
slightlywicked76 is offline  
2012 Xterra
#19 Old 01-28-2013, 01:22 PM
shu2kill
Seasoned
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 140
2002 Xterra
shu2kill is on a distinguished road
ok ok, thank you!! i thought they were leveled...

anyways my idea was to put the rack inside the rails, not on top of them... this way, the bow will not be a problem... however nothing is decided yet, so i will keep this in mind in case i decide to mount it on top...

thank you!
shu2kill is offline  
2002 Xterra
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Nissan Xterra Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode


Forum Jump

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On