You'll never get me copper!
Homemade Copper Roofrack
Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:30 AM
Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:28 AM
Here it is, finished. The only thing I'll be adding is the back-up safety straps in the event of bracket failure. The straps themselves would hold the thing down rigidly, so this is in excess of market-available roofrack designs, but I definitely prefer being over the top with safety. The angled legs means if any of the feet sprung out it'd actually create increased downward force (ie, the brackets will increasingly hold the thing against the roof in this event); hard to describe what I mean.
Only an imbecile would make something that would cause an accident.
To answer questions over rigidity: it seems to hold over 30KG in any single place before any sign of sagging. I'll not be loading it with anything more than 20 - 30KG spread evenly across surface. Anyway, it's more for 'bling' and occasional use than anything, and for longer voyages I'll be using ugly Thule bars with luggage bag because my domestic boss is already complaining about it.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:19 PM
I have an aluminum (aluminium in the UK) commercially available roofrack that I can assure you is flimsier than that copper one and have used it to bring a full size extension ladder home on my Mini and go camping with a full load of junk. I think the concerns over strength are a little overblown.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:08 PM
Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:38 PM
Now you need to re-make your nudge bars in 22mm copper tube to match!
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