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  • Decent Full Length Roof Rack Recommendations

    Hi,

    Has anyone got a recommendation for an affordable yet decent full length roof rack for a 120? The ideal would be the Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform on Backbone mounting, but at $1400+ it's not happening. I've seen the 4wd Supacentre type ones are a lot cheaper but i'm hoping to do the Gibb River Road next year and am after something that can handle a fair load over rough terrain. I'd plan on having a second spare stored up there along with awning, two swags, water pipe and other stuff so I don't think a no name Chinese basket would be suitable...

    Does anything like this exist for perhaps sub $1000?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Just watch out for anything made of steel, they are heavy and eat into your weight allowance very quickly. I have a Tracklander 1800. Great bit of gear and very light but also expensive. Maybe keep an eye on gumtree for a second hand alumium rack?
    My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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    • #3
      Rhino rack also do a simple flat mesh rack for about $200 plus mounting hardware for either the roof rails with cross bars or the heavier duty cross bars.

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      • #4
        Super cheap have the large prorack voyager basket for $550, this with 3 bars should keep you under $1000 depending on what bars you get. I have the smaller basket on 2 s wing bars and love it (fits my swag perfectly) and is very lightweight being alloy. The only thing with the s wing bars is you need to get a fitting kit as the bars are curved.

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        • #5
          I've had a 1500x1200 Rhino alloy tray that has stood up extremely well to years of abuse, including a punishing 20,000km outback trip with a moderately heavy load. You have to screw the alloy tray together so in principle it shoudn't be as sturdy as the pioneer tray (which I think is one piece), but so far its never shown any signs of fatigue or looseness.

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          • #6
            I've had a 1500x1200 Rhino alloy tray that has stood up extremely well to years of abuse, including a punishing 20,000km outback trip with a moderately heavy load - recovery gear, tools, spare water, etc. You have to screw the alloy tray together so in principle it shoudn't be as sturdy as the pioneer tray (which I think is one piece), but so far its never shown any signs of fatigue or looseness.

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            • #7
              If you go with roof bars get the Toyota ones. They are genuine rhino/thule aero ones (don't remember exactly which) but cheaper than aftermarket ones.

              i always worry about the cheap ones for remote touring. What happens if it breaks, where do you put your gear with no rack? I would look for second hand quality one if possible.

              Cheers, Nova

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              • #8
                Yeah, i've already got the standard three bar setup installed. They seem ok, but could be wider and the fittings themselves are made of nylon (albeit with a steel bolt to secure them) which is a bit of a concern.

                As for the rack itself, i'd need something strong enough to take a spare tyre among other things so would probably steer away froma basket type one. Cheers for the replies, will keep an eye out...

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                • #9
                  If they are the Toyota/Rhino rack the bars will be fine. I have these and have had zero issues on multiple outback/desert trips. I have a basket attached to the 3 bars. Likewise no issues ever and I have a spare wheel, an awning and 4 maxtracks up there. Keep in mind the fact that there is a weight limit imposed by Toyota which will apply whatever the rack maker says - 80 kg I think- check handbook. I suspect that people pay way too much for racks that are capable of carrying way more than you are allowed.

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                  • #10
                    and the quoted weight is always a static weight, so when yr roof rack is getting pounded on corrugations, weight goes out the window anyways

                    wait till xmas or easter, rhino have a 20 or 25% of sale

                    i waited and saved

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