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Old October 28th, 2012, 03:36 PM
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Brownchurch roof rack on my D90

Before the tropical storm gets up to Canada, I got my hard top and Brownchurch roof rack installed. I was surprised that most of the holes lined right up. It doesn't look to bad.

When I get my get my winter tires installed, I will get my spare mounted on the steel wheel on the hood. I will look even better them, in my opinion (I know that some of you don't like the bonnet mounted spare).

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Old October 28th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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Looks pretty good to me. Your truck, do what you want.
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Old October 28th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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shouldn't you be carful mount the roof rack on the fiberglass gutters?
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Old October 28th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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shouldn't you be carful mount the roof rack on the fiberglass gutters?
I think it will be OK, as long as I don't overload it. I am considering putting a metal rail to distribute the weight more evenly. I will also make a fitting to attach the front legs to the door top section of the roll cage
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Old October 28th, 2012, 05:43 PM
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Interesting look, you have the headlight surrounds painted body color. Looks more like a Series truck that way.
Is that a CDN spec thing, or something you did?
Truck looks good.
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Old October 28th, 2012, 06:06 PM
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i was thinking the same thing that with the brittleness of the fiberglass tops not sure if I would use them to support the weight of the rack - I have seen so many broken that I would be worried that if it gets broken you will be left without a top - I might look for a sd roof rack as a alternative
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That is going to stress crack and/or rip off.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 12:53 AM
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I thought about the tire on the hood too, but decided against it based on the lack of view over it especially when off roading over obstacles.

Then there's the issue of all that weight on the hood and trying to open it, my spare weighs 80 pounds. I hated how small the hood opened with LR's silly hood open rest (might be useful in a wind tunnel though) provided as standard equipment. I ended up replacing it with a Subaru support rod.

That said, I do like your "Snow snorkel" & your lamp guards !
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Old October 29th, 2012, 02:13 AM
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I would only have the roof rack on the plastic roof for show not to use.
Interesting grill can you post a better picture of it?
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Old October 29th, 2012, 06:36 AM
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Interesting look, you have the headlight surrounds painted body color. Looks more like a Series truck that way.
Is that a CDN spec thing, or something you did?
Truck looks good.
I did that, I used a SIII headlight surround and put a Wolf grill. Yes, it looks like a older truck than it is... but I like it.

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i was thinking the same thing that with the brittleness of the fiberglass tops not sure if I would use them to support the weight of the rack - I have seen so many broken that I would be worried that if it gets broken you will be left without a top - I might look for a sd roof rack as a alternative
I think I will fabricate a bracket like the SD rack for support to have most of the weight transfered to the body and off the roof. A front bracket will transfer the weight to the roll cage.

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I would only have the roof rack on the plastic roof for show not to use.
Interesting grill can you post a better picture of it?
It's a Wolf XD Steel grill, just like this one: http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...OR-GRILLE.html
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Old October 29th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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That is going to stress crack and/or rip off.
Yes, I think I will take it off for now, untill I find a better way to do this...
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