Wire roof rack baskets ....

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:15
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G'Day all,
I'm thinking of fitting one of these roof rack baskets on the 120 Prado, for light camping gear, and wonder if any others have done the same. I'm looking at a long narrow one ( half width ) as I already have fishing rod holders fitted on one side of the bars. If anyone has them fitted .... any problems with them and are they prone to "wind wistle"? Also can they stand up to the elements, as they do'nt look too substancial? Someone mentioned to me that I may need to fit a wind deflector. Any thoughts?
Regards,
Bazza.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:22

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:22
I just fitted the small one (1 X 1.2m), and it does whistle at speed when empty.
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Follow Up By: Michael - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:43

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:43
Any particular tune!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:50

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:50
Way down upon the swannee river.....
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:47

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:47
I've got the Rhino Sportz racks with the 1200x900 basket, I take the basket off when not traveling as it saves fuel and is a 5 min job max.
I actually find that it's very bloody quiet, I really expected it to be a lot noiser. Mind you the surf has got supurb sound protection so it just may be that I can't here it, mind you even with the windows down it certainly doesn't whistle. It also has a long handled shovel attached to the side of it, a huge spring mounted to the front of it (for flag) and too long tent pols bolted to the side for my retractable shad thingymyjig which overhand about 1m behind it and it also has a bushranger rack sack on it. We load it up with HEAPS of gear, 2 tents, 2 double air matresses, 3 sleeping bags, a mates huge swag, 3 fold up chairs, a fold up table, 2 tarps all sorts of "light" crap that I imagine would end up weighing a fair bit, it has never missed a beat, cannot recomend them more highly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:54

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:54
"Mind you the surf has got supurb sound protection"
Jeff, is that a nice way of saying you can't hear the whistle over the transmission whine? ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:54

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:54
Sorry you must be mistaken, Bob... The Surf is Japanese made, not european!

It's a pain actually... I have to keep adding more and more air horns so I can here them without having to wind my windows done! :-P
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Reply By: cjd00b - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:53

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 11:53
I have one fitted to my Disco for long trips. Went around Australia for three months, no problems at all (including no noticeable extra wind noise). The basket has shown no signs of excessive wear - it's pretty strudy. Wind deflector? We didn't bother - I think that's a personal choice. The fuel consumption was no worse than usual, but then again it's not great anyway!

Regards

James
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:00

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:00
Actually that's one thing I forgot to mention was that fuel consumption was barley effected.
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Reply By: Peter Guy - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:13

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:13
hi I have been using one for 10 years -goes onto my Rola racks which are on permantly. The bread basket holds heaps and it is surprising just how sturdy it is. You can put heavy items in it like jerry cans and spare wheels-although I generally put these inside the vehicle and use the rack for bulky light weight items like tents and deck chairs etc.
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Reply By: Bazza - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:23

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:23
G'Day all,
Thanks for all the info guys, I think I will now go ahead and get one. I was a bit concerned about a few things but you've talked me into it.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:35

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:35
I have one on my 120 Prado ( see rig pic). fitted onto the Toyota "Rhino"racks. Surprisingly it is quiet. I say this because on the previous model there was still a bit of wind noise so I think the reason is that on the 120 the bars are fixed further back and also the design of the air flow over the windscreen is different.

I decided to get a full framed basket this time rather than the bend and fold ones.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 15:15

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 15:15
Actually what David says makes sense. I opted for the rivit/track style of rhino racks (because I have no gutters) but I know a lot of people use the clip over door style. Consequently my basket sits back a lot further so the wind deflecting off the windscreen would primarily be push up past the basket. That's probally why the fuel economy and noise is not an issue for me.
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Follow Up By: Nixon - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:18

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:18
Hi David,

I seem to remember you telling me this before, but I just had a look at your rig pic and noticed that you are running 265/75/17 's.

Did that require any mods to the existing set up before replacing the 265/65R/17s that came with the Prado?

Cheers, Nick

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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 09:47

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 09:47
Nixon,

they are only 70 series tyres. with standard suspension they will rub the plastic splash shield in driveways on lock ort suspension compressed. after fitting OME suspension they only rub on full lock and full compression but nothing to be concerned with.
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Reply By: madcow - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:42

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:42
Try putting something on the bottom such as a bit of carpet or rubber and hold it in place with cable ties. mine does not whistle but economy is affected a bit.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:56

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:56
Okay.......

I have one mounted permanantly on 2 Rola Racks. It is 1300 x 1000 mm.

Yes, It's noisy, but only really noticeable with the sunroof up.
Racks on their own don't hold much, the basket holds heaps.
I use a thick black vinyl zipped bag which is the same size as the basket.
I generally fold my swag in 1/2 and put my chair in there as well....( sounds like a line from Play School...whooops....Gay School!!...)
Don't worry about noise & fuel economy, beats towing!
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:59

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 18:59
I got the Rhino wire basket .. very surprised with how quiet it is!
We use it for firewood while we're camping as well as just carting gear, seems to stand up well considering the wood we put on it!
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Reply By: Nixon - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 23:21

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 23:21
David,

Just a thank you note to David re the info on tyres.

Cheers, nick
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