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Has anyone made a full length rack for a suburban?
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Has anyone made a full length rack for a suburban?
I havenít, but Iím sure you already know, finding a decent one within reasonable price is impossible. I was going to make one out 1/2 inch box tubing for my 86 burb, but just havenít. Are you considering going for it?
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The only way I could afford one would be to build it. https://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/238.htm
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Thats what I'm wanting but still unsure if I am going with round or box tubing. Also I want to add a ladder to one side so that will affect what size and style of tubing as well. And I'm questioning how I'm going to mount it, the gutter or or support plates directly on the roof itself. If you have any ideas that will be better please throw them my way.
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Also I'm wondering what material, chromoly or steel or ?
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Regular mild steel tubing should do it. Square is easier to make "look nice."

The hard part is securely mounting it without punching holes in your burbans roof. Drop edge clamps are easy to figure out if it has a seam above the windows the length of the truck.
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I designed one for my FJ-40 back in the 80's. Never built it. Round tubing to fit in the rain gutter down both sides. Large clamp area at 6 points. Open mesh deck and sides.

For the ladder I would make a under sliding unit like the rental moving van ramps but under the rack.
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Tube is stronger than box for the same weight, steel might rust, mounting through the roof can cause leaking, and if overloaded can dent your roof. The rain gutter install should be just about as strong, without worry about leaks, and can be removed if desired, overload issues still exist.

Are you looking at a "basket", or just two crossbars and some longitudinal bars?

You can spend $200 on Thule rain gutter mounts and fab your own bars...Not cheapest, but secure. $70 will buy you the Surco mounts, they don't lock, but they are more DIY amenable, and there are others for less.
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I dont want punch holes in the roof but My worry is that the seams won't hold the weight of the rack and all the supplies that will be loaded on it. I plan on having a spare tire or two possibly a another fuel tank and other various supplies. I was thinking about welding 1/4 in support plates in each corner and the sides and then welding or bolting the feet of the rack to that.
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And yes I'm thinking the open steel mesh for the floor and sides.
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I've built a few. This one I used black pipe from home depot. If you could buy in bulk it'll be cheaper. Nice thing is it's steel and no galvanizing.


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I built one for my XJ also. I used the gutter mounts from JCR Offroad. I got 6 of them for $89, but I think they are cheaper now. Welded the frame from inch and 1/2" angle on the rear and sides and a scrap piece of chromo tubing across the front. I got a 4'x8' piece of 1/4" wire welded into 4" squares at my local steel supply and used that for the floor. I wanted it to be close to the roof and low profile. It sits about an inch off the roof. Mine measures 5' long and just a little over 4' wide, It covers about 90% of the roof. I drilled 3/4" holes in the vertical faces of the angle for straps or bungees and I can thread them through the floor to hold all kinds of odd shape stuff. I discovered on my first camping trip after the build that I can easily overload it. On the downside, it sounds like I'm hunkered next to a fence in a Wyoming wind storm when I drive on the interstate if its empty. I have not figured a good air dam for the front of it yet. I just take it off when I don't anticipate needing it, another advantage of the gutter mounts. It's just my opinion but if its too heavy for gutter mounts, especially 6 of them, its too heavy to be on top of my rig.
I also made a swing out tire/gas can carrier rear bumper. I have never regretted that. I think even a swing down in the hitch would be better than having the spare up top.
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I agree that on the rack is a bad place for the spare. Changes the COG and occupies space better used for other items. When I was brainstorming my XJ rack, I toyed with the idea of a swing Up tire carrier that would mimic the arc of the rear hatch. As an idea for how to counter the weight of lifting it I had the idea to mimic how a garage door spring works. Unfortunately I ran out of time on the build and that idea got shelved.



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Yeah you know you guys are right about the spare. I think a spare tire carrier will have to be built. I was planning on putting some reinforced bumpers on it anyway. I just want to avoid any weight on my back doors. If you guys could post a few pics it would be helpful.
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Well guys I have found the definitive model of how I want my suburban to be.
Check it out!

http://www.2040-cars.com/Chevrolet/S...p-king-871521/
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Thats a jungle gym not a subruban.
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Looks like one of road armors rejects. Lol.



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