Anyone dealt with Aussie Car Parts in Victoria? Cheap Stuff.

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 06:13
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Hello All,
Im drawing on the experiences (bad or good) of you all.
My elcheapo imitation "Rhino" aluminium roof basket tore through it's structure during my last trip across the Simpson. Not overloaded, not poorly secured, just poorly made.

Anyway, I was surfing the net and ebay and came across this place called Aussie Car Parts. They have a roof basket that measures exactly what I'm after. (1.6M in length - not a common size believe it or not). The mainstream brands don't offer this size.

The price is right, but I'm also reluctant because of the price. Is it too cheap? Anyone dealt with these guys before?

Cheers.
FabAussie Car Parts
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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 06:14

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 06:14
Aussie Car Parts

Link Above....it was a bit hidden on my original post.
Fab.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 09:05

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 09:05
Fab, I don't have experience iwth the place you linked to, but have been looking for a decent roof basket setup for a while now.
I have sort of resigned myself to making my own, have some suitable dia exhaust tube mandrel bent and weld up myself.

The one in your link looks a better / stronger design than the other similar size they have on there http://www.aussiecarparts.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=100

Although the weight of the one in the link you supplied is 27.7kg, vs 41kg on the cheaper one ?
The one you are looking at looks like more steel involved, so not sure about why that would be.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:16

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:16
Good pick up Les. I noticed that too.
The 41kg one is too heavy for my little bus, hence I was leaning towards the 27.7kg one.

I did think of building one myself but my arc welder would burn through everything and I don't have a pipe bender. Mmmm....maybe SWMBO might buy me a mig and bender for my birthday?????

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:24

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:24
Fab, I will find some contact details for a bender up in the northern suburbs that my sheet metal guy put me on to. Another fellow 4wdr is making his own rack and this place does good mandral bends relatively cheap, and suppllies exhaust pipe too.

Yes, MIG is the go, you can get some fairly nice little units now form some of the tool places, keep an eye on catalogues in the post.
Gasless wire would likely be the best bet, as cyl hire and gas is costly if you're not using it much.

Be right back shortly with some info.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:28

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:28
Here you go . . . http://www.bdlholdings.com.au/
Mandral bends $10 per bend.
2" exhaust $10 / m.

Might be worth a look into designing and doing your own, can put all the things you want on it, keep weight down, a nice satin 2 pack black to finish, better than a bought one :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 15:57

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 15:57
Thanks Les.... I'll check them out for sure.
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 13:16

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 13:16
Fab
Mind saying what brand/make the imitation Rhino rack was? And which bit/s actually broke? Reason for asking is that as an infrequent user of a roof rack I bought an Rhino lookalike too some time ago - wondering if I have the same.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:12

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 14:12
Hello Krooznalong...I don't think there is an actual brand name, it was a cheapie $130 thing from ebay.

The floor slats which by design are bolted under the lateral lengths of the frame tore away from their mounts and the plastic corners cracked. The design was flawed to start with. See the link at the bottom of this reply.

I had about 20kgs of load on the roof and it was pretty evenly distributed along the 1.3 metre length of the basket.

I never intended it to last forever, but more than one trip would have been nice.

Fab.


Not this seller but the same product as what I bought


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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:33

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 16:33
Looks almost exactly the same as the one I had on my Patrol. Looks like different mounting brackets though. Similarly priced.

I had no trouble with it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 17:13

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 17:13
Thanks SDG.
I'm guessing they are probably just the retailer so there's a good chance other places sell the exact same racks.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: KennyBWilson - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:33

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 00:33
I found this one day while surfing the net

http://burtonstubeworx.com.au/

I think he is in Gawler

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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 06:16

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 06:16
Cheers Kenny ...I'll check them out too.
Fab.
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Reply By: mike g2 - Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 23:52

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 23:52
Haven't heard of Aussie car parts myself, but are there ARB dealerships in E.States? from what I've heard they make reasonable products including roof racks- need to check on sizes. quality in goods seems to be on the decline recently with competition on price. DIY using steel or Al mesh shouldn't be too hard if all else fails. I would imagine Simpson trip would give any rack a good work out, assume you did regular check of fastenings/bolts etc..-this often is cause as loosing creates repetitive movement and breakage even in so called 'good' equipment checked frequently as I witnessed myself on army deployment in my hey day. ( wheels/tyres in extremely rough country + with fast travel on gravel rutting -wheel nuts checked in AM found loosened by PM!)
MG.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 06:29

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 06:29
G'Day Mike and thanks for your reply.

I have done the rounds of ARB, Iron Man, Tigerz11, Rola, Rhino, Thule, ProRack etc. 1.6 metres is not that common a size. 1.3 is, then they jump to 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4 before heading into tradies van territory.

All of the above brands and many others are available in South Australia, but I can't find anyone who stocks a 1.6 .....at least not under the $800 mark.

Yep the Simpson is harsh, without a doubt. I took every opportunity to check tie downs, mounts, wheel nuts etc. Must be the truck driver coming out in me.

Fab.
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