Roof racks

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 06:54
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hello everyone, I have a 2012 Toyota Prado and need a good quality roof rack with a mesh floor etc can anyone advise on what i should consider?
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:31

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:31
You have two options.

1. Trawl the 4 WD web sites and pay serious coin.

2. Trawl the 4WD wrecking yards. They get a variety of roof racks off all sorts of vehicles. Your model may well be among them. Cheaper alternative even if you have to get mods done.

I got an aluminium rack of a Ford Courier and had it lengthened by 100mm. Bolted it to made up roof racks on my Prado. Its been around Oz, Qld and other rugged parts. Not the prettiest accessory but very practical. (2 spares, kayak and firewood box).

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Reply By: cruza25 - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:32

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:32
Hi , I have a GX 2010 . It had no roof rails . I bought 3 Toyota rhino (same) bars cheap of main dealer clearing some stock. I then got a used steel basket of gumtree . $350 all up .
If you have GXL then check loading capacity of rails . Many remove them and fit a full rack . Be aware of roof Ioad capacity . A steel rack can be quite heavy . Depends what you intend to put up there. Watch out for the cheap stuff - rust quickly and crappy welds. Remember you get what you pay for and you don't want to be half way across the outback when it fails. I saw a couple of alloy ARB racks on gumtree but they were too far away .
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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:56

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 09:56
You did say a good quality roof rack, then looking for cheap options as stated is not for you.
I have had two Tracklander roof racks and they do a great job, and No noise.
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 13:28

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 13:28
Have a look at the Opposite lock / Dolium aluminium racks.
It has a slat rather than a mesh floor but uses a captive nut arrangement to mount all sorts of accessories.
You can have a variety of leg heights depending on what goodies you want.
I have a stainless steel table mounted on slides under mine and it is so handy just to be able to pull it whenever needed, with out having to worry about things being on top of it.
The table is one of the standard accessories available.
My rack is 22000mm long and quite light weight compared to any steel racks available.
Also not having high sides it does make it easier getting into city car parks for those times you can't head bush.
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Follow Up By: cruza25 - Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 at 09:55

Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 at 09:55
22000mm must cover the van as well, haha. Still no edit button.

Sounds like a good system. I will have a browse next time i am near op lock.


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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 at 10:06

Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 at 10:06
I looked at a quite a few racks for my Prado & the one that I found to be exceptionally well built & aesthetically pleasing was the Tradesman brand, made in Bayswatwr in Victoria. I believe that TJM may be agents for them. They are available in both steel & aluminium.

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