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Old 03-21-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Fullsize Bronco roof rack ideas please...

We've had this thing for nearly a month now, and I've got most of the little bugs worked out. However, over spring break, we noticed a serious problem. There's just not enough storage. Going from the 'burb's 5' bed to this thing's 2' bed is a major pain. Either we leave a kid or two behind and use the seats, or we move outside.

I thought about doing one of the cheesy hitch racks, but after a little looking decided it would pretty much be a waste considering it's got the factory spare carrier mounted on the back. I'd only be able to use half the rack.

So, that leads me up. We've got a nice roof bag, so keeping things clean and dry isn't a problem. The issue I've got is there's no way to mount it without a rack. We don't ever plan to take the top off, but I have no idea where to mount a rack, and I certainly havn't a clue as to where to get one. I have wanted to fab one for a while, but the design of the thing baffles me on this Bronco. All my drawings I've done have been with the idea of one for the 'burb.

Was there a factory rack ever built for Broncos? Where are they commonly mounted, or where is the support structure in the roof so I can design my own? Anyone have pictures? By the way, this will never pretend to be a wheeling rig, so I'd like it to look pretty clean and not so "offroadish".

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Old 03-22-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
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I've seen one a couple of Broncos/Blazers with a roof rack made by ConFerr, might check them out. I'll see if i can find a link to a custom-made rack on another site, hold on...

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Old 03-23-2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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sign up and search for roof rack on www.fullsizebronco.com .... just search and on the first two pages worth of reults i saw tons of stuff
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2x on the fullsizebronco forum. there was a factory type rack made that bolts between the top and the bed sides. the fiberglass isn't strong enough in most people's opinions to support a rack with any weight on it.
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Thanks jam... show us some pics of your rig please? I saw your other thread this morning too...


I signed up over there a couple days ago and saw the exo-racks. Those look pretty smooth, and after the rain we got the last couple days I won't feel bad about cracking the top off. I've got a couple leaks that need attention.

In the meantime though, would anyone have a "close-up" pic of the bed rails without the top on? I can't tell what kind of profile there is, and I'd like to be able to have my rack all fabbed up before I pull the top. Also, how do the pieces join together? Thru-bolts? I need to know how high the top will have to lift and leave enough clearance btw it and the rack. We're not planning on leaving it off for any length of time, and probably won't ever have it off after this.
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Thanks Jeff...

So, judging by views D and E there are two "step ups" before you actually get to the bed rail?


I'm gonna have to ponder on this a bit more.
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You can go to any dodge dealer and tell them you want the inserts to mount a roof rack on a caravan and they can give them to you. You will drill a hole. Pop the insert in and mount what every roof rack you want. These are made to go in and when you tighten the bolt they squeeze out and hold quite well. That's how we used to install all of the roof racks when people bought a vehicle without one at the dealer. They will work on anything. All you have to do is make a rack and bolt it down with these grommets. If you call Northwest Dodge 832-912-2500 and ask for J.P. in parts tell him Walter told you to call and tell him about these inserts I am talking about and he can give you the part number so you can go to the dealer by your house and get them.
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you could do the best of all and buy a Chevy roof rack and sell th ford and put a Blazer under it.
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you could do the best of all and buy a Chevy roof rack and sell th ford and put a Blazer under it.


Why Downsize????
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fatpipes--thanks for the hint on the fasteners. They do have their place, but I'm afraid to use them in the fiberglass top. I actually have two different sets that I picked up from Fastenal. They work incredibly well in my "practice" tests with them but I don't want to risk a crack in this old top.

I'm actually growing quite fond of this Bronco. I really had my reservations about it, and I still do, but it's a nice ride--even with the running boards. I really want to downsize and pick up a "wheeling only" rig before the summer run. Finances are picking up up for sure, and I'm keeping an eye out for a sub-1k rig. I think that'll be both a challenge and a good starting point.
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