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Roof Basket on Camper Shell Easy Install

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by joeyzoolander, May 26, 2017.

  1. May 26, 2017 at 3:19 PM
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    joeyzoolander

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    I Wanted to share a MOD I did for the poor man and its pretty easy. Mounted a Yakima Megawarrior Basket with he extension on a shell with Yakima racks and no crossbars. Got this idea form fourfa on Expedition Portal. So much props for him for showing me this. Just wanted to share some pics and some info.
    I used 60' Yakima Rails for the shell.
    https://www.amazon.com/Yakima-Control-Tower-Tracks-60-Inch/dp/B0012SC1OM/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1495836786&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=yakima+ctracks&th=1&psc=1

    I added a third set of brackets like fourfa said to do got them off Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T89MUQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Measuring is pretty Important. Measure the basket before installing rails. I used Carriage Bolt 3/8" X 2 Stainless Steel Bolts and hardware for the brackets. I drilled them out to 3/8 because they are smaller and wanted to beef them up. Might have to wiggle them down the track. They are all not alike so some slide right in and some you have to move along the track with a flat head and rubber mallet.
    I Build some 1/2" Brackets out of square aluminum and painted them black. Lifts it up just a little bit more for weight in the basket and sagging. I drilled the top hole 3/8 and the bottom hole of the aluminum bracket a little bigger so a small part of the base of the carriage bolt sits inside of it.
    Going to work on some security bolts son.
    Let me Know if you have any questions

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  2. May 26, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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    Looks good. Kinda liking the black shell, Any plans to color match it?
     
  3. May 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM
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    I bought it Silver and painted it black. I like the two tone with the long bed kinda breaks up how long it actually looks everything else on the truck is black i just went with it.
     
  4. May 26, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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    Looks really good! Might do this with my snugtop:thumbsup:
     
  5. May 26, 2017 at 3:34 PM
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    Would like to install rack on mine as well but not quite sure I want to drill into it
     
  6. May 26, 2017 at 3:48 PM
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    Directions are pretty spot on with the tracks. They come with silicone to seal them up.
     
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  7. May 26, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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    Got a better pic!

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  8. May 28, 2017 at 1:21 PM
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    Nice work!
     
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    Great idea. Did adding the basket kill your MPG?
     
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  12. Nov 9, 2018 at 6:11 PM
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    lol, double cab 6cyl and mpg was already toast with the shell. Rack didn't help but also didn't make it any worse as far as I can recall :notsure:
     
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    I’m looking to do this exact mod! Do you remember approximately how far apart the rails were? I have rails pre installed on my cap, trying to figure out if they’re too wide, and whether to installed cross bars or drill to the roof..

    Thanks!
     
  14. Feb 25, 2019 at 10:52 PM
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    looks great. can I ask your height from ground to top of basket?
     
  15. Apr 16, 2019 at 3:36 PM
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    Big thanks for posting. This saved me from dropping $400+ on a roof rack setup. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Recently discovered the A.R.E Ascend basket which works with roof rails. Mounts spotlights too.
     

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