New Opposite Lock roof rack option

Submitted: Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 18:14
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Looked at this new type of flat deck rack today released by Opposite Lock and thought it wasn't too bad an option.

OL rack

Makes sense being flat - with less wind noise when not in use and keeps height down - getting around those ignorant underground car park designers. :(

HD alloy construction, so only 25kgs and very flexible setups similar to rhino options.

Options incl holders for single/double jerries, shovel/jack, tyre, gas bottle, fishing rods, eye bolts for ratchet straps, purpose designed water tank holder ( they also do a flat pack type water tank which you could strap to a cargo barrier- 52lts), optional ground ladder.

Would hold space cases, roof sacks etc. They even utilised the area under the rack above the vehicle roof to hold a camping table.

Comes in various sizes 1.4mts ($1018) or 1.9mts ($1295).

Better picture of rack in this months 4x4 Australia pge 33.

Easier to pack I thought with lower loading height.

Any thoughts, it seems to do everything any other rack would do, am I missing something obvious here?

cheers
John
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Reply By: WheelTravel - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 18:45

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 18:45
The price is not very inviting. Apart from that, it looks pretty good.

Having a higher lip can be of benefit too though, in keeping things secure.

I'm sure it'll sell though.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 19:01

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 19:01
Price seems to be on par with ARB & TJM. ?
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Follow Up By: WheelTravel - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 21:54

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 21:54
Dunno, but if so, then their prices aren't very inviting either. I looked at an alloy tray just recently, full size, from Rhino through ARB and it was $800 or something. Even thought that was steep! I eneded up going with a steel cage for a few hundred, works a treat!

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 20:08

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 20:08
I've built my own low-profile racks for years - flat frame out of 25mm RHS steel and 100mm steel mesh. No sides. Dead easy to load without a lip, still gets into garages and carparks, and with the mesh, anything can be secured anywhere either using safety occy straps or tie downs. Weight for a 6' x 4' rack was about 20kgs.

I built my own on the 79series canopy - the mesh sits only an inch above the roofline.

The Opposite Lock one looks practical to me.

Cheers
Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 22:09

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 22:09
thks Phil
like the sound of that - espec the price :-)
what do use for legs?
any pics

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 22:43

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 22:43
Hi John,

Yeah price must have been about $100 for materials and a weekend to make it.

I used 5x40mm for the legs, and bolted them to the frame with high tensile bolts.

I've uploaded a few photos into my photo gallery.

Cheers
Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 23:09

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 23:09
cheers Phil
apprec that
bluddy handy that photo section
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