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replacing the original roof bars

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22 May 2020 11:16 - 22 May 2020 11:19 #222655 by adrian-herscu
Hi all!

I have a 2017 Jimny with the original roof bars/racks.
Every weekend or so I travelling to our hang gliding site.
The hang glider weights about 40 kg and occasionally I am taking a friend or two with their hang gliders.
So at peak the weight might be around 100-110 but usually is no more than 70.
My packed glider is about 4 meters but others' might be up to 5.

Currently I am using this construction:


It worked pretty well but I hate the front support and thinking about getting rid of it.

Thought about shortening the horizontal bars to 3 meters and attaching them to the roof racks with some steel brackets and bolts.
But then someone told me the Jimny's original bars are held in place by plastic mounts!!! and these tend to weaken because of sun's heat!

Is that true?

Someone else told me that replacing the original bars may cause corrosion at the attachment surface. Any hints about how to do it right?

TIA
Adrian.
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22 May 2020 11:31 #222656 by jackonlyjack
I have home made bars been on for 3 years no corrosion
just made some rubber pads to sit on
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22 May 2020 12:38 #222661 by Scimike
Yep don't worry about corrosion, that's nonsense. So long as you protect the paintwork you are just bolting direct to the roof studs, most (including the original) just have rubber pads under the feet.

Yes the original rack ends are plastic!

Mike

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