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Roof Rack/Tire Carrier
Since the Trailer Hitch carrier thread went so well (some sarcasm intended)... any advice about a roof rack/Basket that will mount on an existing factory rack ... I would like to put the spare tire on top ..... it is in the back hatch right now and I want to move it out... the underside carrier cable is shot, I want the room come season in the back area .... this is the SUV 4x4 it would go a top
I bought one on etrailers that works awesome. In reality they are all identical, they are just steel welded baskets. Does your rig already have the factory roof rack system and cross bars?
I kept a spare on mine for a year but elected to go back down below with it so I could use the roof rack for even more storage for fuel cans and dry bags.
I have no idea on the name brand on the one I have. Works great but does add some wind noise on the inside. Don't really notice it after a few miles. Just don't loose the mounting hardware if you take it off. Replacement hardware is about forty bucks from Amazon. Don't ask how I know this.
Yakima gets the nod for all my roof top accessories. I have a cargo basket with a tire holder and two different kayak mounts.
TEmbry, yes there is a factory one with cross bars, no basket
Can you find the specs on the factory rack? Stupid question but have you tried putting the tire up there?
I sat the tire on the roof, not on the cross arms just to check it out.... the roof has rubber ribs on it as you can see... I didnt like the way it sat on the roof itself as it depressed the roof, however the factory rack is rated at 165lbs .... the tires are 255/70/16's, so the factory rack is plenty sturdy for a basket, just need to find the right one .. ..
Will the wheel diameter cover the span of the cross bars? If it doesn’t I’d try to fashion a few straps, unless you’re looking for an excuse to get something new.
Or maybe 2 more parallel bars running from x bar to x bar.
That is the same type cross bars on mine. Just about any roof rack will mount right to the cross bars. After you get your hands on one you'll see how universal they all are.
I found a Curt Brand that Home Depot carries .... 41.5" x 37 that looks perfect .. $106
Got mine at WM for less than that.