You’re anxiously awaiting the outcome of rack day, aren’t you? Did you check the blog this morning, only to be disappointed that no photos had been posted? Well wait no longer.
Even with the tallest feet available, the front bar only has about an inch and a half of clearance over the high top. The artificial gutter mounts had to be placed where they are in order to secure to the wood reinforcement embedded inside the fiberglass. To complete the rack, two lengths of angle iron will be bolted to the left and right sides of the crossbars, connecting them along the top outer edges, and the solar panels will be bolted to the angle iron. This part won’t commence for at least a week because I’m swamped with design work, but it’s nice to have something to look forward to.
True to their name, Rack Solid seemed to do a solid job of installing the rack. The real test will come when the angle iron and all of the solar panels are installed, but with a rack like this as a base, I think everything will be fine. Come to think of it, I’ve seen all kinds of things scattered about the highway. Chairs, potted plants, paint cans, shoes, but never any solar panels. I do hope I’m not the first to demonstrate that faux pas.
The mounts for the rack are Thule 542 Artificial Raingutters, the feet are Thule 953 Super High Gutter Feet, and the cross bars are Thule LB50 50” Load Bars. I specifically chose the Thule system for their square crossbars (vs. Yakima’s round ones) so that it would be easier to drill holes for attaching the angle iron. For the more confident DIYers out there looking for a way to install a roof rack on a fiberglass high top, this system is totally doable. Me, I’m one of the less confident DIYers, and I wasn’t willing to screw up my expensive high top for a lesson in roof rack installation, so I chose to let the pros do it. Well worth it, in my opinion, and I’d highly recommend Rack Solid. They’re friendly, they know what they’re doing, and their prices are very reasonable. Check them out if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area.