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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject: homemade false gutter : a bit more versatile Reply with quote

Hi,

I just wish to share my last project: homemade flase gutter, which just give a little bit more versatility in the location of the feet and the load bars.

Then, i could change the location of the feet, depend on what i wish to load on the poptop.

I hope it could be useful for someones.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:28 am    Post subject: Re: homemade false gutter : a bit more versatile Reply with quote

Nice, will it work with Thule products?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job Martin. I did something similar (for same reasons) but as I have different racks I only needed to put up a simple rail.

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(couple more pics here: http://shufti.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/vanagon-kludgy-roof-rack-rail/)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, my feet are Thule 300 and my understanding is that Yakima and Thule fit on the false gutter of each one, so either yakima and Thule can fit.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, but what is it exactly (it's not a common piece I see at my hardware store) and how did you modify it?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice setup!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... i don't know the name of the shape, sorry.
Common use is a bracket for the installation of electric components. Then, they are used two at the time.

In fact, we cut the "bridge" part of the shape, then we got two future false gutter at the same time.

After that, we planned that we have to add something behind the bracket, for the lower part of the Thule feet. Then, we add a vinyl bar of 1/4 inch (this is the white bar behind the false gutter.

For the hole, i asked many questions as some to jack bombay, to put enough screw, with a big enough diameter. They are roughly at 8", except where the jack bombay strut arrive and the diameter of the screw is 1/4 inch.

I hope it can help.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That stuff is called strut channel (SuperStrut, FlexStrut, etc). It looks like the version used is solid half-height. My local Depot only carries the slotted & punched varieties, might have to go to Grainger...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strut_channel
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:48 am    Post subject: channel Reply with quote

Nice find Martin! That looks like a great application for gutters!! Would have done that! Too late. Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Brian!

i understood that you have been to Labrador and i believe that you haven't come until Montreal, but have you been to the Magdalen Island?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:02 am    Post subject: gutters Reply with quote

Hey Martin,

We drew trip ideas out of a hat and Newfoundland won! Madeline will have to wait for another year! Smile

We spent 3 weeks on the west coast and made it over to Labrador as well! A great trip!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this mod. thank you for posting. It looks great and is very versatile. I am confused as to how you were able to cut it in half and get two? It looks like the top lip was cut off, which wouldn't leave a flat surface for mounting the second one. Did you mean you chopped it in half or ripped it in half?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is the bridge that connects the two parties that have a hook that I took to get two identical pieces. I did it in two successive times on the table saw.

just ensure you have to right blade for steel.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. It's also available in stainless.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

.... i didn't know it, it would be my first choice, if i knew.

good to know and tanks for the share.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slick work. The added benefit of this design - for those of us with non-fiberglass tops (CHC or ASI), is that this long bar and backing plate would distribute the weight well and allow us to actually use a rack on our lighter and more brittle ABS shells.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: homemade false gutter : a bit more versatile Reply with quote

maco70 wrote:
Hi,

I just wish to share my last project: homemade flase gutter, which just give a little bit more versatility in the location of the feet and the load bars.

Then, i could change the location of the feet, depend on what i wish to load on the poptop.

I hope it could be useful for someones.

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3 years has gone by ... do you care to share your experience with that setup ?

I think I will shamelessly copy your idea Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tristessa wrote:
That stuff is called strut channel (SuperStrut, FlexStrut, etc). It looks like the version used is solid half-height. My local Depot only carries the slotted & punched varieties, might have to go to Grainger...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strut_channel



unistrut is another brand name of this gutter material
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