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    happy new year to everybody out there,

    does somebody already put a "backbone" instead of the 3 rhino legs on his prado?

    http://www.rhinorack.com.au/products...rado-150_rtpb1

    looks interesting. more sturdy than the feets.

    I was wondering if the wind noise decrease.
    there is also no cover of the mointing points. probably dirt will settle in there.
    2015 shortwheelbase prado 155

  • #2
    I've only just seen this product thanks to your web link suki.
    I am soon to purchase a Rhine platform, however have not seen the backbone mounting system and will make some enquiries.
    I was planning on using the dedicated feet to mount directly to the platform.
    I wonder if the backbone system has been developed due to issues with the feet?
    kind regards,
    B
    SE Qld: GX 150GD Auto, (Feb'16 build): TJM T15 steel b bar, 9,500lb TORQ winch, TJM s steps, Rhino Pioneer Platform (42102B 1928X1236mm), front recovery points, Wynnum towbar, P3 brake controller, TNN Underbody guards, UHF, TREKtable & LED striplight, Custom Fridge & Drawers, Waeco CFX50, 9inch illuminator 160W LED spots, 40mm lifted Dobinson Suspension (Zordo's), ScanguageII, 30 Sec Wing Awning

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    • #3
      My only issue with the Backbone is that I can't get my hand under the platform rack to pass straps under the planks or crossbars. But it looks good otherwise.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by amts View Post
        My only issue with the Backbone is that I can't get my hand under the platform rack to pass straps under the planks or crossbars. But it looks good otherwise.
        Not only to pass straps under the platform but also to clean and maintain the rooftop from debri etc... Whist the backbone system looks smart, your rack is still bolted to the same points on the roof I believe. I don't believe your load carrying capacity is any greater than the existing 3 feet per side setup.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by craigm View Post
          Not only to pass straps under the platform but also to clean and maintain the rooftop from debri etc... Whist the backbone system looks smart, your rack is still bolted to the same points on the roof I believe. I don't believe your load carrying capacity is any greater than the existing 3 feet per side setup.


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          Correct Craig. Load carrying stated on their site is still 100kg including the rack which is the same as my feet kit
          May look better but will be a real sod to get straps under.


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          • #6
            I have been chasing an answer as to whether one is being made to fit a 120 but no reply's at all. I will just go with the feet now.
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            • #7
              I've just been looking at swapping my setup over to it. Mine's fitted with the 2 clamps to the rails rather than the 3 foot kit which has always worried me a little. I was thinking of changing over to the feet to give me an extra inch in carparks, as well as make it easier to take the whole rack on and off if I wanted too. If I was taking the rack off occasionally, the backbone would look better than the 3 feet. I didn't consider the straps issue though. I guess the idea is to use the eye bolts rather than needing to strap around the planks but there's definitely times when you couldn't be bothered moving an eye bolt just for one load. I'll have to think about it a bit more now.
              150 Diesel, blue storm. Just added Ostrich Wing awning and ARB Diff Breathers. Also has ARB rear air locker and on-board compressor, couplertec rust proofing and rubber weatherproof mats throughout, colour coded ARB deluxe winch bar, outback ideas front recovery points and GME TX3540 radio. Pioneer Platform, TraxRax, Wet Seat seat covers, Dual Battery System, OME 2inch Lift, Safari Snorkel, ARB Bash Plates and a home made set of drawers.

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              • #8
                I have 6 eyebolts on mine but still find i want to run straps under the rack most times i use it


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                • #9
                  When strapping down long items like a few camp chairs and awning extension, I would strap it down over 1 plank. If using eyebolts, it would span over 2 planks and I may not have enough reach to get to the 2nd plank. So I would have to climb up to the platform to tie it down.

                  For some the Backbone won't be an issue. I just prefer the 6 legs which makes it easier to remove the platform if needed.
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                  • #10
                    I agree Amts, and whilst the backbone system looks interesting, I think it may add to wind noise perhaps, and it will make strapping things down a little trickier and cleaning the car roof a little more trickier than it needs to be, so I have decided to stick with my plan of getting a rhino platform and six supporting legs...at this stage.
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                    • #11
                      Hey gents, after looking at the standard feet vs backbone for mounting, which is going to provide a lower profile for those "harder to get into" carparks? I've been all over the Rhino Rack site but can't find much about height above the vehicle roof.

                      Really sux having these carparks to deal with.... especially the one I have at home

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                      • #12
                        Hey Guys,

                        Thought I'd jump in here and answer a few questions you - I'm a part of the engineering team at Rhino-Rack and had the pleasure of putting together the Backbone range for you guys.

                        Roof Load Capacity
                        Unfortunately it's been incorrectly listed online with a 100kg load capacity - an update to the instructions will be uploaded to the website with a correct 120kg capacity.

                        We have tested the Backbone system to far greater capacities (to AS1235-2000) however we're limited to vehicle manufacturer roof capacities. We're very confident of the improved strength comparably to the leg systems. Furthermore, the Backbone has a 360kg static load capacity.

                        Cleaning under the tray
                        This is definitely something we can see as a concern also. However it is easy to quickly undo the channel nuts underneath the Pioneer tray and remove it, clean the underneath and reinstall - there are a total of 6 bolts that are easily accessible.

                        Strapping down a load
                        Although the strapping is harder to get underneath a tray because of the lower profile and the 'filled' sides - with a Pioneer you have a plethora of options for top mounting options (eye bolts, pick up kits, jerry can holders etc.)

                        Height of the Vehicle
                        The Backbone provides a lower profile compared to the RLCP kits - The Backbone is ~50mm lower.

                        Prado 120
                        We're excited to say the 120 Prado is definitely on our list of 'Vehicles to get a Backbone'. Stay tuned guys.

                        Please, if you have any more questions I'd be happy to help you guys out. I'll leave you with one of our tricked out 150s with the Backbone.

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                        • #13
                          Hope you had nothing to do with the "clever" development and release of your TraxRax er I mean Pioneer Recovery Trackside Bracket?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by craigm View Post
                            Hope you had nothing to do with the "clever" development and release of your TraxRax er I mean Pioneer Recovery Trackside Bracket?
                            I never realised just how the same these 2 products are...
                            Spilsy
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Spilsy View Post
                              I never realised just how the same these 2 products are...
                              Uncanny isn't it? Same material, same angles and dimensions (apart from the mounting point) and bizarrely, same price!!! Unlike Rhino Racks other MAXTRAX mounts that are far more basic and not much good at twice the price? Mmmmm.

                              One is made in Australia, the other in China.

                              kicked down again.....
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