GU ROOF RACK

Submitted: Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 21:20
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Hi all..A question about the carrying capacity of full length ARB roof rack
I have just done a search of previous threads, but no luck
I rang ARB today and was told the rack was rated for 150kg but the weight carried depended on the rating of the GU gutters
I searched the manual but nothing in there either
Any clues out there?
My rack has 3 legs either side and is sitting in a full length channel fitted inside the gutter
Thanks in advance... Poppy
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:19

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:19
Can't give a definitive answer. My manual suggests the "factory roof rack" is Ok for 100kgs. Just read in aUst 4 WD mag the Patrol can take up to 200KGs. Personally Iouldn't want anywhere near 100kgs up that high. Put light bulky items up top , leave the heavy stuff in the car.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:29

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:29
Poppy,

150kg would be about right. Having a full length channel helps spread the load.

Keep the weight to a minimum and keep the load as low as possible.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:40

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:40
Poppy,

My understanding is that 200kg all-up is the rating for the GU's gutters if spread out along the length using the ARB-type supports. I'm not sure how much the rack itself weighs, but it's not light; I'd estimate 50kg. That should mean around 150kg payload, but as the others have said, you'd wanna be just driving on very straight roads with that much weight up top.
Cheers mate.

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 21:17

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 21:17
Roachie.. yeah I was concerned about the weight of the rack itself and I am aware that to carry too much weight up there is tempting disaster
But I would like to carry another spare wheel there along with my aluminium storage box loaded with awkward shape things like the seats out of my tinny and I know a spare wheel isn't light, just can't justify cost of dual swing away wheel carrier on back.
And as another response further down suggests 40kg is about all you have to play with
Any how thanks for your input
Cheers Poppy

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Reply By: Andrew - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:52

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:52
GU is rated at 200kg. GQ was 100kg
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Reply By: GUPatrol - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 09:40

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 09:40
Nissan rated the GU gutters to 200kgs initially but have downgraded it back to the GQ specs of 100kgs.

The ARB rack weights 60kgs (measured it) which gives you only 40kgs payload.

That is why I sold my ARB rack when Nissan downgraded the roof rating.

The downgrade was due to a centre of gravity point and not from a strenght point but I would not put any more than 100kgs on the roof...

I remember even with the empty ARB rack I felt the weight of the empty rack reversing out of the driveway as it lerched....

Mine was SOLD after two trips....
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 20:02

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 20:02
Did you sell your shockies to pay for the roofrack??????

Seriously though, a LOADED rack does affect the handling but you drive it accordingly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 21:21

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 21:21
Hi GUPatrol
What did you replace your rack with for carrying that extra gear?
Or did you just cut back on what you carry
Cheers Poppy
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Follow Up By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 13:18

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 13:18
Andrew,
The UNLOADED roof rack was felt believe me, sixty kgs up there are felt even empty (mine was the full lenght with the wire rack)...

Poppy,

I only carried the extra spare wheel and the kids sleeping gear etc in a roof bag up there.
I replaced it with two rhino racks for the spare wheel and a rhino boot (solid cover) for the kids sleeping gear.
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