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    Anyone build their own car top carrier

    I have been thinking of getting a car top carrier but dont want to fork out the $100+ for one. i have been thinking of building one myself. Want it to look nice and have a few idea in my head. Just though i would see what your creative minds have thought up. post pictures if you can

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    Are you talking about an enclosed one? I made one that looks like the tube type you can buy (basket type?). I made it out of copper pipe and painted it black. It looks pretty decent but, I paid almost as much in copper as it would have been to purchase one. I think I used about 90 to 100 feet plus T's and elbows. I also put on two of those front fork holder things to make it a bike rack as well as it will hold gear. I held it on with hose clamps with cut inner tube to protect any finish as well as not have to look at the silver of the hose clamps. If I were to do it over again I would just purchase a normal one. But, it was fun making it.

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    The cost of materials will be close to purchasing an entry level rack. Plus, I think a little enginneering and stress testing may be involved. One more thing to consider if you go MR. Handyman route: Should your rack fail, you risk killing innocent people for the sole reason of saving a few dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulder Pilot
    The cost of materials will be close to purchasing an entry level rack. Plus, I think a little enginneering and stress testing may be involved. One more thing to consider if you go MR. Handyman route: Should your rack fail, you risk killing innocent people for the sole reason of saving a few dollars.

    I know this but i am also an engineering student and have the technology to test this. also with the designs I currently have i will cost me under $20. I should have no problem with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare link
    I know this but i am also an engineering student and have the technology to test this. also with the designs I currently have i will cost me under $20. I should have no problem with this.
    Care to share what you are thinking? I'm curious about what you came up with that has such low material cost. It sounds like a fun project, keep us posted. Oh, and be careful not to poke your eye out .
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    I needed a third rack for my car once, and made one out of wood. It is similar to the standard fork mount / tray racks. The "tray" is made of some scrap hardwood I had lying around, and I used a fork mount for a pick-up truck bed rack. It is attached with Yakima adapters that fit my crossbars. Total cost was around $25, including what I originally paid for the board.

    It is very secure on the car, the bike hardly moves when it is attached. I will try to get some pics of it tomorrow.
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    i am thinking of getting some V shaped tube aluminum, and take a fork mount and attach it to the front. get some mounts that will attach it to my Thule rack and use it like any other roof mount rack.

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    Not a car roof rack, but i copied this guy's design.

    http://www.sixnall.com/pop-up-camper-bike-rack-2.php

    Use it in the bed of my PU and on top of my pop-up camper. Just made it from 6061 aluminum angle. Probably saved 50% cost of purchase.

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    Got my idea form this guy.

    http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/f...bike-rack.html

    but just going to convert it for my car top carrier.

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