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peppermintpete 04-17-2011 10:28 PM

Roof Rack
 
You either love them or hate them.

I was a hater as I'm sure a lot of you are, until very recently.

When I bought my truck, there was a tiny voice that said "This will be the baddest truck in all the land after I do a few things to it". That voice gave way to reason, which said "You don't really need that, and you can go with one of these things that is a bit cheaper, but isn't as hardcore".

I came to the realization that there is entirely too much "pretty" stuff on my truck. If it came down to navigating through a natural disaster or complete socio-economic collapse, half my stuff would break off or be rendered inoperative.

Now I'm not talking about converting anything to Mad Max conditions or preparing for a zombie survival situation. In a completely realistic sense, a solid roof rack would be an amazing asset. There is little to no mention of any roof racks or baskets in the forum that I could find, which leads me to believe they are unpopular. I, too, scoffed at the idea of a roof rack until I started looking them up. Almost every single vehicle with a nice, fitted roof basket and some decent lights not only looks a lot better, but is awesomely more useful.

If they are done correctly, they won't make noise and will impact gas mileage minimally. Ideally, it is one that can be removed or re-installed in a couple minutes. I definitely wouldn't leave it on all the time if I didn't have to if the gas mileage was too bad.

It appears I might have to go custom or find one made for another vehicle manufacturer, since Rams are not really in the roof basket market.

My dream roof basket/rack, juggling functionality with looks:
Colormatched/Line-X'd
Contoured to avoid the boxy look
Mounting points to enable removal for long periods of unplanned use.
Low-profile- including lights

In summary, if anyone has any experience with a roof rack/basket, positive or negative, please divulge it.

The following pictures are meant to put you in the roof basket mood. Please note that these all would not look as awesome without the roof rack.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...e/DSC_0035.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...hase_truck.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...cruiserxd1.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...2ea64f01a9.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...and_basket.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...ebaja_rack.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...te/hellwig.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...intpete/29.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...te/Lights2.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...turret_gun.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...te/mad-max.jpg

erm 04-17-2011 10:31 PM

Get the second to the last one... :D

peppermintpete 04-17-2011 10:33 PM

Definitely my first choice.

Barnyard 04-19-2011 08:42 AM

Kutect has one (and a mighty fine light bar as well!). Check out his gallery (or PM him if you don't find any new pics there).

wermbang 04-19-2011 06:50 PM

AAC Oracle truck I believe has a roof rack.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...tos/aacsig.jpg

GTyankee 04-19-2011 07:05 PM

http://www.etrailer.com/roof-2010_Dodge_Ram+Pickup.htm

http://www.rackattack.com/base-rack-...FUkZQgod21mYHw

Harmicky 04-19-2011 08:59 PM

Pete, I really dig the roof rack idea. I'm currently looking for one for mine.

nYmPhMoBiLe08 04-19-2011 09:47 PM

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I to have considered a roof rack but im not gunna do it til i lift my truck high enough to not fit in the garage but here are some pics i found while researching it in the past...

trailblazin 04-20-2011 12:38 AM

Yup, roof racks are pretty sweet. I like the one on the red and black dodge above.

wermbang 04-20-2011 12:53 AM

Here's a better shot of AAC Custom Roof Rack w/ SMD Spot Lights
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...esertShoot.jpg


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