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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Roof rack clamps Reply with quote

So Iím currently volunteering in a welding shop as an assistant, and I plan to make a 1/2 length roof rack for my bus in my free time. I need to buy 6 clamps, although Iím not sure where to get them. OEM clamps seem very expensive for what they are, sadly I think I have to go aftermarket.

https://www.aircooledaccessories.com/Spare%20-roof...Rack%20cla

These seem like a good price, but quality may be questionable. Anybody have any experience with these/recommendations?

Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Roof rack clamps Reply with quote

go look at the salvation army or habitat for humanity restore. No modern cars have drip rails, and I see loads of these at the secondhand shops, on ski carriers, crossbar setups, ect. these old racks are usually only a couple of bucks, and you would get 4 of the clamps off one rack. Old school quality, aged to perfection.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Roof rack clamps Reply with quote

The flea market and Craigslist is also a good place to find roof racks.
That clamp you linked is spendy because it's made to look like an OG Westfalia clamp, if you aren't after that exact part make something else work. Have a look here as well: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/search.php...ton=Search
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Roof rack clamps Reply with quote

Great ideas thanks guys, Iíll have a look around.
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