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 Post subject: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:53 pm 
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About to buy a new kingcab. :clappy:
Not decided on colour yet, hmmm, elec BLUE?Does RED look like an Npower/post office van?

However, there is obviously no roof rack. Therefore I was wondering if it is poss. to get a s/h rack and shorten it to fit. The reason for this is to provide protection for the roof when carrying long objects suct as ladders.

Does anyone have experience of fitting these racks, would it look odd?, appears to be a tricky job to do well. If you think a standard rack is best, let me know, or a simple ladder rack, to protect the rear window also.


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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:01 pm 
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You can't fit a roof rack like the one off the Adventura as the roof on your new Nissan is likely to be free of threaded mounting holes that is built into roof.
Your best bet is to fit some type of ladder rack behind the rear window.


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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:04 pm 
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Andrew, theres an aftermarket roof rack similar to the nissan one you can buy from Here

http://www.direct4x4.co.uk/p-27-nissan- ... rails.aspx

Or these and the tool to fit threaded inserts into the roof

http://www.powerfuluk.com/categorylist/ ... 40/?page=2

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:43 am 
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Have a look at Halfords for a thule roof bar set. You could use these with a pair of ladder locks. I once used a single bar on the roof of the cab to fasten my ladders to (with them stood upright in the bed) and they make a bit of noise when you pick up speed. Plus you can't cover the bed up when you carry them this way. :tongue:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:35 am 
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If you get some genuine or replica roof bars like in the links, they will need to be cut down a fair bit to fit the top of a KC.
There's a couple of things to bear in mind:

The roof bars are curved to take up the shape of the roof, as you need to cut the length a fair bit, this may make the seating of the bars a bit difficult?, i have straight stainless bars on my truck, they're very slightly smaller diameter than the originals, so this helped when getting them lined up and seated.

The other thing to consider is, you will need to drill 16 holes on the roof, these holes will need riv-nuts fitting to take the mount bolts. This is easy enough to do, but there is a risk of the roof leaking, and some people have drilled through the roof linning :shock:

If you take your time though, i'm sure it would be fine, but just things to consider :wink:

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Wouldn't fancy one bit drilling into the roof of a new truck :(
Oh & BTW red is :puker: , you'd have to change your username to 'Pat' :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack convertion
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:04 pm 
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Andrew,
Ive got a king cab, Had the same problem as a builder i need to carry long items on the roof.
I brought 2 used racks from ebay, cut 300 mm of the tubes for the front and drilled the roof 16 times after taking the headlining out then fitted with riv nuts and a steel plate for extra strength under the roof lining. The feet had some clear silicone added for security.
Then i fitted the second rack to the snugtop after buying new feet from powerful.uk as the front are sloped and dont match the snugtop lines.Drilled 16 holes again and this time just nut and bolted with clear silicone.

She looks the dogs under carrage and i can carry 6 meter lengths.


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