Discussion Starter • #1 • Feb 18, 2014. Kit includes to cross bars and the rubber protective padding for underneath. You are going to want to cut the cross bar flush with the brackets, so measure carefully. past the … Once dry, cut the rubber strip material provided by Front Runner to length and attach to the bottom of the cross bars. 04 DIY Roof Rail Install (on a Mercedes Sprinter) Removing hole covers on the roof (such as on a Mercedes Sprinter). High on that list of benefits is that you can attach roof rails across the top of tent tent, allowing you to attach additional gear and equipment to your rig. So i'm using the time to ready her for next summer. Use the track nut and bolt to attach the cross bars to the brackets. We used them on our Bosch profile/extrusion systems at previous work. Nice! Black Rustoleum Spray PaintYou’ll cut the bars down to length, so use this to cover the cut ends. We have a RTT but our 4runner came without roof rails so I needed to fabricate them. Here's a great write up for individuals with roof bars already installed. Do-It-Yourself Illustrated Guides. even better simplier and more clean solution then i did on 2001. but needs proper testing with load to see for sure. You should be able to line up the pieces loosely and measure how far in to drill. It’s not mandatory, but the washers cost about $0.70 at your local hardware store. Ensure that the roof rack is in position and properly adjusted leaving good space at the centre. 17% off. I have seen lots of people make DIY roof rail systems, some of which are far cheaper than this system, using parts from their hardware store. Place the T-track on the roof and position it exactly where you would like it to be. A roof rail is part of the roof rack and this is where items are stored on top of the car, this is usually for larger items such as suitcases and bicycles. question for DIY roof rails Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by spechuy, Jan 5, 2010. With everything drilled and cut, spray paint the bare metal on the cross bars to give it a protective finish. These plans are very user friendly which helps in making each woodworking project enjoyable and simple. With a minimum of tools, installing a Thule roof rack on your car roof is now quicker and easier than ever before. Apply two coats of paint on each side of all components. To make the cross bar mounts, I went to the hardware store and played trial-and-error in the bolts section. Again, they were cheaper there than from Front Runner directly. 4x Rubber Washers (optional)I placed rubber washers between the brackets and the tent body for some added protection. As luck would have it, 2 weeks later I see an ad on CL for OEM black roof rails and caps. Hard shell rooftop tents, like mine from Area BFE and the guys at Spirit of 1876, have a number of advantages over soft-shell tents. I used some 5/16” bolts, washers, nuts, and knobs to mount my ARB Tred Pro recovery boards. Slide mount bottoms on to the first, second, third, and … You can remove the roof rack and paint the rails or you can remove the rack and Plasti-Dip the roof rails. How to Make a Roof Rack. You just need to custom-fit your own rectangle of sturdy wood and strap it tightly to the existing roof rails. See more ideas about roof racks, roof rack, roof. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 13 of 13 Posts ... and now adapted to 2005 with integrated roof rails. Once you know the correct length, take a hack saw and carefully cut the cross bar down to length. Messages: 80 Likes Received: 0 Joined: Jul 11, 2009 Location: Michigan. FREE Shipping. A good view of the finished product. I used a little Gorilla Glue to make sure the rubber wouldn’t come off. High on that list of benefits is that you can attach roof rails across the top of tent tent, allowing you to attach additional gear and equipment to your rig. My mission was to make cross bars from readily … May I also suggest you try T-nuts or T-bolts? 41 Posts . Take care not to over tighten the bolt — a snug fit will suffice. With its strong steel construction and durable E-coat and black powder coat finish, it easily stands up to the tough trails and long miles ahead. By Hodakaguy May 6, 2020 December 8, 2020. Very nice job Arild. With the DIY Roof Rack No Roof Rails free woodworking plans package, you will get help to build all kinds of projects, be it furniture, sheds, beds or wind generators. This is how i did it... Hi there, It's winter here in Belgium and with all that salt on the roads the 4runner isn't going anywhere. User-friendliness defines every Thule product, and our roof racks are no exception. Insert bolts, provided with your van tech roof mounts, into your bottom brackets pointing upwards. With the third option, crossbars with side rails, you can secure an item to the side rails and run tie-downs from front to back securing them to the crossbars. DIY Roof Rails for Hard Shell Rooftop Tent Hard shell rooftop tents, like mine from Area BFE and the guys at Spirit of 1876 , have a number of advantages over soft-shell tents. I went round and round on what I thought I should do to get the roof rack securely mounted to the trailer lid using the Q-Towers I had, but finally decided they weren’t the right thing. ), costs half of what roof rail systems are normally sold for, and looks very professional when finished. Add Tip Ask Question Comment Download. Leave a Comment on Installing OEM Sprinter Roof Rails! Drill holes for eye bolts. You have “huevos grandes” to drill all those holes in your roof! The bracket kit will include two sizes of T nut — the smaller size should slide right into the track on the side of the tent. Then place the Front Runner cross bars on top of the brackets. The last Roof Rack Mount Adapter to consider for a DIY Roof Rack on your ProMaster is the Weather Guard ProMaster Channel Kit (2115-0-01). Using a flat head screw driver, assemble the roof rails to the top of the car by sxrewing the side rails and the cross bars together. For $20!! The best thing would be the exact same thing I had on the truck. 4.2 out of 5 stars 64. With both crossbars cut, it’s now time to measure the placement of the track nut and drill the hole in the cross bar to accept mount to the nut. And without the sometimes-major expense of a commercial roof rack. I can attest that this works on an Area BFE tent, but I’d assume it works on other brands like Roofnest and CVT. My ARB Tred Pro’s mounted to the cross bars, overlanding, overland, overland bound, offroad, Offroading, Off-roading, drone, dji, dji drone, jeep, Jeep Wrangler, jeep jl, dolly sods, Blackwater falls state park, Blackwater falls, West Virginia, Jeep, Rooftop Tent, Tent, Repair, DIY, Overland, Overlanding, Spirit of 1876, Area BFE, Area BFE Tent, Hardshell Rooftop Tent. The second option is the side racks. Using eye protection and the appropriate drill bit, drill four holes in the ends of the cross bars to accept the bolts. Roof rails are a handy addition to any Sprinter but not all vans were ordered with the rails factory installed. I recommend counter sinking the holes so that the bolt sits flush in the cross bar. Full Hole Imperial Rack Rail, Pre-Tapped to 10/32 UNF. The finished product is quite solid and I would feel comfortable attaching gear to it and driving down the highway. Most of those cheaper systems require welding or some more complex fabrication, and i’m not about that business. Steps 1. We also may occasionally put a gear bag, fishing equipment, etc on top of the tent, so having the rails is handy for those situations as well. However, until someone tests it and reports back, buy at your own risk…. The goal was to be able to fit our RTT in the first place and we don't need crossbars for that as they are prefitted on the RTT structure. Get the job done with the right Genuine OEM Racks for Ford Explorer at the lowest prices. Test fit to make sure you have enough space to slide your track nut underneath the bracket and between the side of the tent. Use a tie-down that wraps around the item and the rails. Again, I used stainless steel hardware to ensure a weather resistant product. A super detailed, step by step plan to making a DIY roof … I got a quote a few weeks back and one shop said "about" $350 to paint the rails black. 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