Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

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Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 4th, 2017, 8:54 am

Has anyone fitted a long flat steel rack like you see on wagons to a set of ladder racks? It sounds like a good idea in my head but I've seen almost no examples on the road and can't find anything online.

How would you fix it to the ladder racks? Would it have issues not being supported in the middle of the tub?

I need more space to carry camping gear on my new Colorado and don't want a hard canopy.

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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 19th, 2017, 10:13 am

For anyone interested Gold Coast Bullbars are making ladder racks with a c-channel type of extrusion in them. Makes mounting a flat rack or a basket easy. I've placed an order for a set.

I'll get those on and then go shopping for a flat rack. 4wdsupacentre was the preference but no stock on the flat racks for a while. Rola Titan seems like the next best option with all the accessory mounts.
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 22nd, 2017, 9:33 am

Ended up with the Rola Titan tray. 1800mm. Supercheap had a combo deal where it was discounted and had free side rails. Then they had 20% everything online over $100 last night.

Was $470 with the free side rails included. Beats the rrp $650 plus $140 for the sides! I bought the track holder as well while it was 20% off. I'll throw up a few pics when I install on the weekend. Hopefully it helps someone.

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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Peter Aawen » December 22nd, 2017, 11:25 am

It'll help someone Chopper, sooner or later! :thumb: So thanks for posting it up - looks pretty good too. ;)


But I've gotta ask, now that I've seen the pic above, is your roof rack tray supported at each end, ie one roof rack on the rear of the tub and the other on roof of the cab?? Cos if that's the case then the different flexing between tub & cab (especially off road in the rough stuff) will very likely break something pdq.... the separated tubs & cabs generally found on these sorts of tub/tray capable utes will flex differently as the vehicle chassis flexes along its length; which is why you generally see racks/trays mounted on tubs; OR racks/trays mounted on the cab roof, but very rarely will you see something rigid between the two mounted on both the tub & the roof unless it's a unitary body/integral tub ute!! Or if you do see one mounted on both at the same time, you know it won't be there for too long, cos the different flex rates between the cab & the tub or tray will quickly end up breaking anything mounted rigidly across the two ends... :o
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 22nd, 2017, 6:58 pm

Hey Peter I totally get the flex issue. I see heaps of people with racks running between can and tray and think the same thing.

It's probably not totally clear from my posts, but the 1800 tray will only be tied to the tray. Won't suffer from abnormal flex. It'll make sense when I post pics of the install :thumb:

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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Peter Aawen » December 22nd, 2017, 8:33 pm

Sounds like you've thought it out well! :thumb:

Looking forwards to seeing the 'done' pics. ;)
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 24th, 2017, 5:16 pm

Got it installed today :waycool: worked out great. A few pics. Drilling the factory sports bar, custom washers for the sportsbar extension because I didn't like the way they mount, ladder racks by themselves and a couple of finished shots
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 24th, 2017, 5:19 pm

And finished
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 24th, 2017, 5:21 pm

I'll have to sell the side rails though. No bloody way they'll go on with my garage door :purplex:

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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Peter Aawen » December 24th, 2017, 6:46 pm

Chopperdog wrote:
December 24th, 2017, 5:21 pm
....No bloody way they'll go on with my garage door :purplex:
Awww, go'waaan, just get a bit of a run up & hit it at speed!! That'll do it won't it?? I mean, isn't that what the 'Go hard or Go home' mob recommend! :sillywink:

Notching the door jamb won't work either, I guess?!? :p

Still, it does look good! :thumb:
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Re: Ladder racks with flat steel rack??

Unread post by Chopperdog » December 25th, 2017, 7:51 am

Nothing I'd like more than to notch it aggressively with the 9"! The missus might not get it but :/

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