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#5632019 - 03/03/15 10:23 AM Roof rack/basket for suburban
jrg_80 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/10
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Anyone built one? Looking at building one for mine, but would like some advice on dos/don't and any other advises far as size and materials to use. Also considering putting a ladder down the side for access to the basket. Thanks


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#5632170 - 03/03/15 11:58 AM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
clandr1 Offline
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What year suburban?

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#5632796 - 03/03/15 06:31 PM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: clandr1]
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Originally Posted By: clandr1
What year suburban?


'97


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#5635021 - 03/04/15 10:05 PM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
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My brother took out the last row of seats, left one seat in the second row and cut a hole in roof so two people could fit in. He built a lightweight aluminum cover for when he's driving it. Keeps the scent and noise to a minimum when setting up at night. It works great.
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#5635437 - 03/05/15 08:57 AM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
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Yep done it a couple of times
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#5635855 - 03/05/15 11:16 AM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
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Both the racks I've built have been 5'x10' which are great sizes for 3-4 people on top. The rack I built for The Camo Beast worked great but it was permanently bolted to the roof and the chairs screwed into 2" pipe collars. The rack for The Reaper bolts onto a luggage type rack that we built on the top so that it is removable. I much prefer the removable rack so that I don't have an air drag on top all the time.
If your suburban is only a half ton you will want to watch how big you make the rack, even expanded metal catches a ton of wind and in corners wind can do some wild things in a corner. That's why I always buy 3/4 ton suburbans, the extra springs help when the wind starts pushing you around.
I used the hold downs from the luggage rack on The Reaper and they work fine but if I redo it I will lower the headliner and run bolts through with LARGE washers like I did with The Beast.
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#5638474 - 03/06/15 06:49 PM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
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I like the ladder up the side, is it attached all the way back to the frame at the bottom?

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#5638597 - 03/06/15 07:40 PM Re: Roof rack/basket for suburban [Re: jrg_80]
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Used the bolts from the hitch receiver and built a receiver that mounts to the side so that it is removable
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