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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:10 AM
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NEW Wolf Fabrication X-Mod Roof Rack

Here it is, over a year bouncing around inside my head: The new Wolf Fabrication X-Mod roof rack. There are several new concepts and designs which I can incorporate in to any of the racks I build. The point of this rack was to test each of these features:

1. Elimination of the traditional crossbars - they are integrated into the rack.
2. Complete rear ladder redesign - No holes to drill, mounts to rear bumper and spare tire carrier on STs (will mount to bumper on SWs), quick release pins mount the ladder to the basket.
3. The basket: All four sides are removable - this means you can have it open on any side, or take off the rails completely for the slick look or to get it into your garage.

Price you say? About $1700

If you still like crossbars and the traditional styling of the SD rear ladder, those can still be made.

I'm open to comments and suggestions.

See the new rack at MAR!
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Old October 1st, 2009, 11:29 PM
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Jon,

The rack looks awesome. Just curious, how much taller does the rack make the truck? I don't have much room to work with to get my truck in the garage.

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:01 AM
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I second the awesome! It has come a long way!
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:29 AM
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Nice addition to your rack design.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Totally sick. Best rack I've seen for sure.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:51 AM
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Digging the low profile of it. Can additional racking systems (Thule, Yakima, etc.) fit seamlessly on there? I know it would make it super tall, but just wondering if the rack cross bars could attach. Also just wondering why the basket top is squared off when all other tubing is rounded.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:21 PM
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with so many movable parts are there any rattles?
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:53 PM
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with so many movable parts are there any rattles?
I was thinking the same thing.
I really like the removable sides but not if they rattle every time you hit a bump in the road.

Will the front bars interfere with lights up front?

Is the hi lift mount useable without the basket?

Do you have an exact measurement from the top of the tub to the top of the base rack and a measurement with the sides in place and overall dimensions of the rack?

Sorry about all the questions, but I'm sure others will ask.
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I know it would make it super tall, but just wondering if the rack cross bars could attach. Also just wondering why the basket top is squared off when all other tubing is rounded.
Sorry, I have been at MAR!

Check the pics - the top rails are rounded too!

Not sure about Thule or Yakima parts mounting up, buy I assume so. I am building a rack shortly that will use Thule Kayak mounts. I'll let you know.

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with so many movable parts are there any rattles?
Just got back from MAR to test the new rack. All the sliding parts fit snug, so the only rattles came from the little hitch pins holding on the rear ladder. Those can be silenced with some zip ties.

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I was thinking the same thing.
I really like the removable sides but not if they rattle every time you hit a bump in the road.

Will the front bars interfere with lights up front?

Is the hi lift mount useable without the basket?

Do you have an exact measurement from the top of the tub to the top of the base rack and a measurement with the sides in place and overall dimensions of the rack?
There is no interference with the front light mounts, the mounts are squarely between each mount. Unless you are running 12" diameter flood lights!

Yup, the Hi-lift is on the base rack!

From the top of the tub to the top of the base rack is: 30.5" To the top of the top rail is: 35"

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Old October 3rd, 2009, 01:00 AM
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I want to see other pics of MAR. The tickford top looks awesome
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:57 AM
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I want to see other pics of MAR. The tickford top looks awesome
There's a MAR thread in the events section where I posted a couple pics.
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Sorry, I have been at MAR!

Check the pics - the top rails are rounded too!

Not sure about Thule or Yakima parts mounting up, buy I assume so. I am building a rack shortly that will use Thule Kayak mounts. I'll let you know.

Hey Jonathan,
Did you ever get that Thule kayak mounted to the rack? Any pics you could share? Gustavo's rack for sale keeps reminding me to ask.

Oh also I was asking about the top rails being squared off, because in this pic, they appear to be squared off.

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Old November 2nd, 2009, 09:07 PM
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I guy with the Thule rack has not made it to my shop yet. But since Thule stuff mounts to square bars 1" thick, I'd think it wouldn't be a problem.
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Will this roof rack set-up work with an external roll cage?
I have an imported D90 w/o the NAS bumper and wheel carrier, can this rack work for me?
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Also, do you have any pics without the basket attached? I'm curious to see how that looks as that's how I'll have to drive it around on a daily basis so it fits in the garage. When I go on an expedition/vacation, then I'll attach the basket.
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Will this roof rack set-up work with an external roll cage?
I have an imported D90 w/o the NAS bumper and wheel carrier, can this rack work for me?
I'd have to build you a different basket, like one that mounts directly to your external cage.

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Also, do you have any pics without the basket attached? I'm curious to see how that looks as that's how I'll have to drive it around on a daily basis so it fits in the garage. When I go on an expedition/vacation, then I'll attach the basket.
Sorry, I don't. I wouldn't drive around without the basket attached - that would leave the rear ladder very unstable. This rack is designed with removable sides so you can remove those instead.

As a update, I prefer not to make this rack this any more, it's "discontinued." In its place I now make a Stealth Rack.

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How more would that cost? I would think it would be cheaper if you're using less parts. Would it still have a rear ladder? I'm trying to get this Feb. or March 2013.
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How more would that cost? I would think it would be cheaper if you're using less parts. Would it still have a rear ladder? I'm trying to get this Feb. or March 2013.
It would be less. Depending on basket design, it would be about $800 for a basket, and another $150-$250 on a rear ladder.

I would need your truck here it ensure proper fit though.
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Here? Where are you guys located? I'm not sure about driving across the country for a roof rack. Plus, I'm not sure if I have the vacation time to make a Trek like that.
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Here? Where are you guys located? I'm not sure about driving across the country for a roof rack. Plus, I'm not sure if I have the vacation time to make a Trek like that.
Your location says "United States" which isn't very useful - his says "Quantico, VA" ...
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