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Roof racks?

Post by Ben » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:46 pm

so i have a small car, fiat panda. and the boot is so small it wont even fit one board! i mean it will if i take on set of wheels off but thats just silly. has anyone made use of a roof rack or tail gate thingy? thinking of buying/making one for future use....
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Post by ieuan » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:34 pm

yeah roof racks work well. If it's an old Panda and has rails on the roof you should be able to pick one up for peanuts.

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Post by Ian@KentATB » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:45 pm

Does it not fit in with the seats down ?
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Post by Jasper » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:06 pm

let the wheels down, jam it in the back seat with the wheels in the footwell bit?
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Post by McCarver » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:06 pm

they're great

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Post by hens162 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:37 am

McCarver wrote:they're great

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that didn't work lol
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Post by hens162 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:39 am

Ben wrote:so i have a small car, fiat panda. and the boot is so small it wont even fit one board! i mean it will if i take on set of wheels off but thats just silly. has anyone made use of a roof rack or tail gate thingy? thinking of buying/making one for future use....


know what you mean...

you could but a sheet down in the middle seats ... maybe
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Post by leapb4ulook » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:43 am

You could tow your noSno along behind the car
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Post by Brennig » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:52 am

leapb4ulook wrote:You could tow your noSno along behind the car


Don't you mean he could tow his car behind his nosno?
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Post by Ben » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:34 am

Jasper wrote:jam it in the back seat with the wheels in the footwell bit?


thats what i currently do but if its dirty and stuff that can be annoying. also i want to carry both my board incase id rather use the other + if i ever have anyone else come along....gets rather cramped.

@Ian - dropping the back seat would work only its one of those ones where it doesnt go flat AT ALL! lol + its just annoying have to put the back seat up and down all the time.

@ieuan its a 2005 panda so not the oldest but not the newest and DOESNT have the roof rack.....yet ;)
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Post by Travis » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:11 am

I've had my back seats out the car for a loooong time now. There was a point where I was putting them up and down all the time but that got annoying..
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Post by pd2h » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:36 am

Get a van then you have no need for roof racks or a tent it will be the saviour of your life!!

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Post by Jimmy Chaos » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:50 am

I had a roof rack on my car, but it was a more than noticeable drop in fuel economy. that's why I made a rack for the back of the car.
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Post by Ben » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:11 am

oh, you made it yourself? i assume its similar to the bike holders?
would you mind sharing some pics? maybe ill copy if its good enough :P
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Post by theosnw » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:02 pm

Whatever you do, if you're securing the board by the deck, and transporting them naked (no board-bag etc). Make sure the wheels/hubs are fixed so they can't roll.

If they move while your driving, they're clocking the same mileage as your car.

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Post by McCarver » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:06 pm

hens162 wrote:that didn't work lol


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Post by Jimmy Chaos » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:46 am

I know there are plenty of pictures of my board rack on the forum.
it needs to be repainted and the plastic is about 8 years old and has been refit a couple of times to fit different vehicles, probably should be replaced this year
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I will post some pictures of probably the cheapest mount system though. I did this to tie down extra gear that may not fit in the car or on the rack. All you need is a meter or two of nylon strap some screws and washer.

The best way to put holes in the strap is to heat up a bit or a nail and push it through , this melts it and keeps it from fraying. same thing with the strap itself. Cut it with scissors, but then singe it with a flame to melt it so it doesn't fray.

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I use rachet straps to fasten the stuff down through the loops, but you could use bungees


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Post by Ben » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:07 pm

im not quite getting it i think. how is the plastic pipe rack held onto the car? nothing to do with the straps is it?
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Post by Jimmy Chaos » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:43 pm

Its actually copper pipe, you could use plastic as long it was UV safe so it wouldn't degrade. You'd have to have a metal pipe in between the plastic bumper mounts to strap it down though.

I had upper plastic mounts, but switched them to aluminum because the plastic mounts started to crack after 3/4 years.

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The upper mounts are actually just for placement, there is very little force on them. all the weight is carried by the bumper

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holding the rack to the bumper is a ratchet strap that goes to the under body.

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I'm pretty confident in the structural integrity of this, it has logged a lot of years, a lot of miles, it has stood the test of time as far as I'm concerned.


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