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Old October 29th, 2008, 04:57 PM
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ROX RAX spy shots

We are doing the prototype for our new roof rack venture (ROX RAX, yes I know that is cheesy but I can't think up anything else). (This might need to get put in the vendors loft but I can't post there) Anyway a couple shots of the rack and rack support system.
The rack addresses concerns I had about other racks we have used:
It has an open front so that a roof top tent can be installed without mods.
The open front also allows for surf boards and long items to be carried flat
The side are vertical so that things can be strapped to them without falling over
It does no hinder putting driving lights on the roll cage
It has (not yet installed in the picture) a floor that is sturdy for standing or storing anything
The dual rear ladder is like the SD unit and that works well for soft tops or hard top NAS 90s
It has tabs for lights and CB antenna at the back
The sides have an open channel that allows for straps to be put on anywhere down the length or across the front and back
The middle has some open areas so that straps can be installed halfway if need be
It also is set up so that all Yakima rack products will go on it without mods. That means it can carry bikes, boards, kayaks... anything that Yakima makes will fit on

More photos once it is all done. We have 2 going on right now so we will have images on a couple trucks and the plan is to offer them mail order. Have not figured out the price yet. That will hit the ECR web site with the full sales pitch and images of it in action with bikes and boards and kayaks.

Though you guys might want the inside scoop first.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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Nice work Mike! What will you make the flooring out of? Starboard? Can't wait to see the finished product.

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What diameter is the tubing?
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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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That does look really nice actually. And exactly the look I was wanting as well. Now if only I had money.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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Very nice!!

I was going to get a SD replica made up, but I like this one much better.... I hope it's not too long in coming
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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Nice Mike! I don't have a use right now, but I may need to add this to the list of things I want to put on my future D90!
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:08 PM
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Nice! Great work as always mike. I'd for sure be interested in this setup...
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:30 PM
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What will you make the flooring out of?
The floor is stainless steel perforated (like expanded metal so that water can go through it, but it is small holes, not the nasty "exapanded metal") stuff.
Stainless so that it won't rust from salt water surfboards and such, even if the powder coat wears off underfoot.

The same flooring used in BR110 #2's rack on the ECR web site.

I didn't want to use a solid type of board in case you take the top off your soft top 90, the holes will still give you a soft top feel. The holes are small and you can still walk around up there without issue. The holes actually give you infinite mounting possibilities as well by using clamps that go through it to hold specific items you might carry.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:38 PM
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That is really nice. I'm not a fan of the fat tubes up top, but thats just a preference thing. If you remember my rack then you know I'm a fan of the open front.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Mike, why not call it an ECR rack. Your name sells itself and Rox Rack(as you said is cheesy) is,well, cheesy.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:05 PM
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I thought RAX was a place to get bad roast beef. A name change is in order.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:09 PM
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That is really nice. I'm not a fan of the fat tubes up top
I'd like it a little slimmer, but the reasoning was that with the larger top tube it could take a rub from a tree, and something smaller would get damaged too easily.
My 90 roof is scared badly from trees and such and I want this rack to be able to take some licks and not immediately fold up like the SD one.

OK, so I guess the "RAX" is out... its just a roof rack.

One other item I forgot to mention is that we will be selling just the basket, and as we are using the factory style supports, if you have a SD rack you can swap out your basket with this one if you desire.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:11 PM
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Hate to hijack Mike but any idea when you might have some of the oil cooler line stuff(for the 97) available to sell?
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I agree with Michael. The ECR brand is far more powerful than ROX. Cool rack by the way.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:15 PM
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Hate to hijack Mike but any idea when you might have some of the oil cooler line stuff(for the 97) available to sell?
Just need to put some more test miles on the set up. The test set up is on this same Black 90 (the one with the rack) so as you can see it is sitting getting the rack, lockers, etc so I can't put many test miles on until we get the rack off to powder coat by end of the week. Soon, very soon.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:17 PM
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Cool, thanks Mike. Please let us know. I just bought the wife a super nice 97 yellow soft top that would kill me if it were to burn
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I understand about the tree slider concept. When Shane made my rack, I just asked him to use heavier-wall tube on the outside rails. I assume he did it, but I'm not rushing out to lean my truck against a tree to test it!
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I agree with Michael. The ECR brand is far more powerful than ROX.
I third that. "ECR" has superb name recognition.
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Mike,

Any close-ups of the mounting points on the rear, and the cross bar brackets?
Do you plan on selling the other pieces separately as well:

ECR Basket
ECR Rear Ladder Kit
ECR Cross Bar Kit
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Mike,

Any close-ups of the mounting points on the rear, and the cross bar brackets?
Do you plan on selling the other pieces separately as well:

ECR Basket
ECR Rear Ladder Kit
ECR Cross Bar Kit

The mounting points are identical to the SD type, simple tabs with a through bolt. I will post that on the install instructions once they go up on the site in a few weeks.

If there is demand for "parts" (cross bars, rear ladders, etc) then we will sell just those parts. The jigs are all done now, so anything can be done, and small changes for customers can be done as well (more light tabs, tent mounts, whatever).

I can say this won't be a cheap alternative to the other racks on the market, but I think it adds more options (not knocking the folks making other racks (good for them) this is just our take on it). I need these racks for in house projects anyway, so if we sell some extras it helps offset the production costs... if we don't then it is OK as a long term investment.
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