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Roof rack mounting help?

Hey guys I was looking around and saw someone who made a really nice roofrack. I love the thing but i dont like how its mounted. He has 4 self tapers holding it in place. His name is "dabumblebee" and has pictures of it if you wanna check it out . Right now Im in the middle of a design for a future project. I got everything thing I want drawn on paper but I don't think 4 self tapers is something I could trust while wheeling or driving on the highway.

Has anyone ever done this and mounted it differently? any ideas on mounting something like this?

The plan I have in mind is a rack that I can mount a jack shovel axe maybe a spair but also Im making the front look like some of the pre runners roof lights. Suggestions/opinions are welcome
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I guess I should have put this in the metal fabrication
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He mounted up bracket in his door seems at the top. The brackets were in with the self tappers. You COULD drill out the bracket, door frame, and into the cab and bolt them in but you would have to insulate all around them and silicone so you don't leak. That would be more secure for sure. OR you could build a headache rack into the roof rack and mount it all into the bed.
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Yeah I do like the idea of bringing them into the cab to bolt them seems that would be secure. I'm not to down with the idea of bringing it back to the bed though. I don't really like headache racks.

What do you think of the idea with the pre runner roof light bars and bumblebees rack

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I'm not a big fan of the prerunner light bars with the tubing boxes around them. I DO like bumblebees roof rack though. I believe it is currently for sale actually.

I think a roof rack with lights mounted all around it would be a great idea.

Not sure if I would personally run bolts though 2 layer of sheet metal in my cab. Seems to permanent.
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I'm gonna make a few plans up for it and maybe have a vote on here to see which one looks best not sure how I want to run it yet but like I said I have a few ideas. I really like the square metal he used for his Rack. Never thought square would look good.

He'll if this works out good maybe I could start selling them
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I've always favored the Thule and Yakima base racks and then just mount whatever I want to the bars. I can remove them and it allows me to swap the rack between my two trucks, if need be.

I'm not quite willing to commit to the drilled-on rack.
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Well I only have my ranger and I have many uses for it such as mounting a spair up there, maybe put my fishing stuff up there when I take trips to fish. That would free up my bed and would allow all my stuff to slide around back there cause it would be tied down to the rack. So I would say I'm very down to drill holes in the roof
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I do own a roof rack and a cargo basket and I value the setup a whole lot...and I do have my full size spare on the roof when I need it to be there. The difference is that mine is clamp-on (Yakima Q-towers) as opposed to drill-on and can be removed when you need an extra 2 miles per gallon.
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that picture of camburg's truck has the mounts for the light bar going to the cage.

I've seen em mounted to doorjambs, apparently the metal is thicker there.
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