Hardware for Attaching to Factory H.O. Era Roof Bars

Anak

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I stumbled across some square U-bolts that worked especially well for this application and thought I should share the information for anyone else who may be looking to do something similar.

Tacoma Screw Products has P/N 158-101-1, described as "3/8" x 1-1/2" x 2" Square Bend U-Bolts — Steel, Zinc"

Linky: http://www.tacomascrew.com/s.nl/it.A/id.5543/.f

These are a snug fit around the factory bars, almost so snug that I rejected them as a possibility until I test fit them in several different places on different bars. Whether the differences in the factory bars are the result of age/abuse or of loose factory tolerances I don't know, but I was able to get these onto the factory bars with a little finesse and persuasion (just by hand, no BFH required) in the tight places. In other places they went over the bars effortlessly.

The 1 1/2" dimension is the distance between the legs, and the 2" dimension is the length.

It was not until I was disassembling things that I remembered I wanted to take pictures, so these pictures show a state of nearly removed. The 2" length gave me enough thread to fit an SAE washer and Nylock nut over 3/4" plywood and have 1-2 threads above the nut.

Pics:



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Hopefully this will save someone else a hunt.
 

Greenspan

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Nice, thanks for posting, I've been looking for a solution like that. I bought a set of U-shaped ones, but they don't work very well.

I resorted to drilling holes in the crossbars, but the bars aren't very strong to begin with so I don't like that option.
 

Anak

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I started with some U-shaped ones, but I could tell they weren't going to be what I needed, so I took the Jeep to the hardware store and they let me take pieces out to fit check them in the parking lot.
 

Greenspan

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Sorry for bumping an old thread but my crossbars are a little wider closer to 2.25". It looks like there are 2 different styles of cross bars. I've looked all over the place and can't find square u bolts that wide that arent supwr long. Does anyone have any recommendations for the wider cross bars?
 

TRCM

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use 2 bolts & 2 flat straps.....sandwich it all between the straps
 

Greenspan

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Yeah that's the backup solution... Kinda sketch, it would be nice if there was a short square ubolt available. Or another clean option people used?
 
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