roof racks

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am looking at getting roof racks/tray with mesh floor for my pajero nm. choosing between arb and rhino on these two will be greatly appreciated.

currently have genuine mitsubishi (commercial) racks and often used to carry long loads up to 80 kgs.

would like to carry camping gear, luggage, etc. on the roof as well.

thanks folks.
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Reply By: Member - Chris (W.A.) - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 03:34

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 03:34
Hi Froilan,
Have a Opposite Lock Alloy roofrack on mine.
I'd assume you're just after steel?
If not, never had a problem with mine - despite the claims that you need a specialist welder to fix alloy racks in the middle of knowhere.
Mine carries 45L shower water and about another 20kgs in chairs, tables, and tent ie. 65 - 70 kgs. Rack rated over 100kgs.
Certain heroes push the boundaries of the ARB/Overlander(ARB sell the Overlanders) roofracks by putting their max payloads of 150kgs on top!! Please Explain!!
Love the bush.
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Reply By: wherethefugawi - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 08:09

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 08:09
I have had 80 and now 100 series cruiser and use it for work. Carry ladders aand other gear all day on rhino mounts. 80 series was gutter mounts and 100 uses the vehicles mounting system (3 off only on each side) Rhino mounts uses unistrut style bars to which i bolt down a roof rack when i go away...i think i went the wrong way going to rhino rack system and seperate roof ... i say this because a roof rack left open at the front and rear would have allowed me to stick ladders on the rack. The side rails would allow ample fastening points.... but the front a back rails certainly ensures that nothing can slide off ...but then again it should be adequately tied down.

reckon i could have saved a few dollars if i didnt get the rhino bits first...
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Reply By: Paul - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 10:39

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 10:39
Obviously you will think I'm biased, however I would also consider the Thule system...
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Reply By: crowe - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 10:57

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 10:57
the only point i would mention is the mesh, do you really need it? can you get awar with just cross bars. Mesh in my experience can give you an awful howling noise when the rack is empty. Drives me mad! Do you plan to leave it attached once purchased. The brands you speak of say they have anti-wind howl plates across the front, some work some don't. Im pretty sure the arb racks have an option of mesh or bars.

Worth considering, you wont have any probs with the bars alone.
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Reply By: Marty and Sam - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 12:04

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 12:04
We have an ARB deluxe steel roof rack with the mesh floor, on our GU it also has the wind deflector on the front. It does not make any noise at all and we have had it on for about two months now. Very happy with it but the true test will come in June five weeks in the NT.
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Reply By: Lyds - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 20:34

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 20:34
I had rhino bars and a steel basket and it was was fine, no noise, and the rack sack fit perfectly. as per the pic.

I have just replaced the steel basket with an rhino alloy tray mainly because I wanted to get a spare tyre on the roof and needed light weight and size. I haven't actually got around to using it in anger as yet.Cheers,
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Reply By: brett - Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 15:49

Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 15:49
If you already have the commercial bars , these are made by Rhino, so the alloy rhino tray would bolt straight on, or maybe a steel basket. I'm not sure ARB make a tray for the NM as the track mounting system is a bit tricky, as you'd know from the commercial bars. Opposite lock have some alloy tray on their NM, may be worth speaking to them, however I believe their rack requires some work on the mounting channels like drilling some holes maybe. Also remember your limited to 100Kg max with the NM, this includes all the rack and tray etc...
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 19:57

Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 19:57
This might be a little too agricultural for you.... but I find that a piece of ply that sits nicely in the rack on top of the bars works best so that you can leave it out when not needed. Royce
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 13:49

Friday, May 02, 2003 at 13:49

We had the ARB universal rack with cross-bars fitted to our NH Paj. Very well made, strong, stylish and functional. No wind noise at all. Also, it has full length runners which IMHO is a must on all roofracks which will carry more than the lightest of loads. Best part is being a universal rack, we can now fit it to our GU Patrol...a point worth thinking about unless you plan on keeping the MN forever.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 20:24

Friday, May 02, 2003 at 20:24
Have an ARB rack on an 80series, which we've used a couple of times. Well made rack with bars, but I'd prefer the mesh. Mig welder will remedy that one day. Roof racks are good photography/sight seeing platforms, and this where mesh, or marine ply is good, and safer.

Would have liked an alloy job, for weight reasons, but the ARB one will last for ever! Hooroo...
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