Car Roof Rack Bar Extensions
Category: Automobile accessory
Problem: I bought a roof rack for my automobile. The purpose was to carry my 17 foot canoe. Subsequently I bought a 2-seater ocean kayak that I also wanted to carry on top of the car. The roof rack wasn’t wide enough to accommodate both vessels.
Action: I made extensions out of ¾” copper tube that fit inside the roof rack tubes about 4” and I had them extend out 7” from the end of the roof rack tubes. I soldered end caps onto the ends of the copper tubes and then drilled holes for screws to go through the tube and the extensions so the extensions would be positively held in place and the screws were held in place with nylon wing nuts. I got four tennis balls, cut a cross in them so they would fit over the ends of the tubes to keep my 6’-4” frame from damage. When I was no longer transporting the boats, the extensions were easily removed.
Result: It works great!
When idea was conceived: 1994
How much time it took to develop: 5 hours How much money it took to develop: $10
Current status: Available for use
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