And Now....A stuffed roof rack

Submitted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 17:52
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And so to change the subject little.........some of you were getting quite hot under the collar a few posts back....LOL

I was talking to my mate, Uncle, today, whilst sitting in the truck and him being outside the truck and he glanced up and said. "Ahem...methinks your roofrack is cracked".

On closer inspection we found that four of the six legs were completely cracked through where the lower bolt passes through on to the rack itself and the back two legs are showing signs of cracking as well.

I had heard a noise up there whilst on my trip a few weeks ago but couldn't find the cause then. Was carrying about 90kilos on the rr.

The roof rack is just under two years old. I rang the manufacturer and was told that only one other vehicle has experienced such fractures in the roof rack. They have offered me the complete two sides(including the sill runners and legs for $100 plus freight.

Am thinking about it. I hate roof racks at the best of times but it is a handy thing to have.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 17:57

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 17:57
Bugga!!
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:01

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:01
Willem, are you sure it was only around 90k? Sounds like you are taking enough gear to rebuild a town !
I agree. I don't like racks and won't be taking one. "If it don't stow, it don't go "
I managed to put the rear tyre carrier on so I can carry 2 complete tyres outside. A rack would only encourage me to take more junk. And it wouldn't stop there, I'd probably buy a trailer :))

Just under 2 years old...doesn't sound very sturdy does it? But make it like a battleship and you risk cracking the roof pillers as you know.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:48

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:48
Are you sure that you didn't give a weatherman a lift on that roofrack ? *slaps own wrist*
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:34

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:34
Hi Willem,
Aluminium or steel?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:04

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:04
Phil

Steel

I have always kept weight on the rack down to minimum on trips but I will admit that my recent trip was quite hard with the vehicle rolling from side to side for a days on end and that may have been the cause of the fractures. Who knows.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:31

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:31
Willem, I guess you have no choice, if you dont buy the bits, you cant use it and you cant sell it. I think they have got you.. LOL!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:54

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:54
Not at all Michael

I have a mate who is an exceptionally good welder, and for a slab he will repair it for me.

So there is a choice....:-)
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 17:50

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 17:50
Ok!! I agree. A 70% saving is good value in anyones language!! Michael
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:08

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 21:08
Hi Willem,

Is that three issues now? If so, there shouldn't be anymore...lol

On a side note, I will be in Adelaide for two weeks in June (19th - 30th) for work, so if you are popping down to "the big smoke" before you leave on your next adventure, give us a call and we can catch up.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:51

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:51
HI Glenn

Leaving here on 20th JUne and there are no plans to get down to the Big Smoke soon.

We will have to catch up at THE PARTY in October ....lol

Regards
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:01

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:01
Without mentioning brands, my ARB half rack broke all six bottom lateral load-carrying rails where they meet the side rails at a full round-the-pipe weld. The rack had only been carrying a spare tyre and rim, plus a 9kg gas bottle for a year. We had them welded up again and are waiting for them to go again. Dang corrugations make everything look like junk - irrespective of brand.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:19

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:19
Mine wasnt the brand you didn't mention....lol
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:31

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:31
Willem,

I'm just glad that nothing let go on the trip mate as that would have a damn sight more inconvenient.

Those roofracks, trailers, LR tanks, spot lights and assorted mechanical components in vehicles all seems to have some sort of failure rate. I did notice from your previous posts that the trailer performed well so it was well made unlike mine. I had spring troubles in the trailer and the manufacturer also said that I was the only one with this issue but I found that hard to believe from him and no doubt you feel the same way about your rack man.

I just hate these businesses making outlandish statements as they continue to do business uninterupted (see LR tank post) and I reckon they deserve the adverse publicity these forums provide. I hope they catch on and pick up their game so I am impressed that they were at least prepared to negotiate with you after all this time - mind you I would think a rack should last longer than 2 years.

Not trying to be a smart @rse here but my rack is still intact after carrying the tinnie, OB, fuel tank and some sundry gear. It is aluminium and I thought it was well made and it seems it is. I was thinking of taking this post to the missus who nagged me for ever on why we had to spend all those $ on that rack.

Kind regards

Theo

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:49

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:49
Hi Theo

Yes, I am impressed with the trailer so far. Have double checked all welds and they are holding up fine. I do however, run only 20psi in the tyres normally and when out on tracks I drop the trailer pressures to 10. This makes the trailer bounce a lot less. The trailer followed me in and out (it had no choice...lol) to the Geo Centre and only once did it pose a problem when I was forced to drive down a dune at an angle. I got out of the predicament by accellerating.

My mate reckons that the steel of the roof rack is of inferior quality.However I can see the weak point as the cracks are where the lower bolt is placed on the rack frame. I will have it welded. Might leave the rack off for the upcoming trek to WA.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:11

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:11
also check your pillars and gutters, chances are you may have issues there.

has been reported that the A pillars crack with hard rack use.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:20

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:20
Ta mate

Will do today when I remove the offending parachute :P
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 16:48

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 16:48
Follow up.

I removed the roof rack and had a very good look at all the roof pillars but couild see no damage there. So hopefully all is well.
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