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Getting ready to place the factory roof rack on the Borrego, and noticed the rubber gaskets are a bit knackered.
I have had a look and cannot seem to find any for sale.......nor the part number for that matter.
Any ideas?
Cheers!
Tom

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Like finding a unicorn....

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Heck!
I will settle for Unicorn Poop if I can find it!
TC

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I've never even seen a factory roof rack......

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Probably because they were such an expensive P38 accessory; £500/pair and crossbars another £250 from memory !!

As bolt stated they have a a rubber gasket; One of mine perished and I just made a repalcement from rubber sheet.

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Mine was £65 off E-Bay including delivery. The cross bars were another £50.

Neat but I'm not entirely sure its worth it. Rack follows the curve of the roof so its hard to get something flat seated properly. Not exactly bungee friendly either. Especially as there are no uprights to tie back against or any easy way to fit them. On average I need it two or three times a year.

One of my "never get around to it" projects is to re-engineer things to have a fairly quickly detachable system with flat bars, easy fit cross bars and provision for tie back uprights. Roof rack engineering generally sucks outside of the 'kin ugly but effective things made for the man with a van.

(I really need to start figuring out a way to replace my Bridgeport with a Hass or similar CNC.)

Clive

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Thanks!
I was afraid that this would be the case.
Over here, it is quite the opposite.
We see lots of factory racks and very few of the Safety designs and others as they just are not sold by anyone here.
In Oz, you are spoilt for choice as those blokes use roof racks! I have a serious basket on the 85 and have used it extensively whilst camping
in the Bush. (Sadly, many of our fave spots are getting a fiery makeover at present......

I like the minimalist, well fitted look of the factory racks, but second the thoughts on their slightly curved aspect.
The solution I found was to use a 4 in dia ethyfoam "Pool Noodle" cut into 1 ft lengths and slit up one side.
These effectively clamp over the side bars and allow large flat things to ride very securely.
You can get a Yakima system here with flat bars for like 850.00 Yikes!
Oh, I got my first rack several years ago off eBay for 250 bucks, with freight to Hawaii.
Just recently got a like new one from the breakers for $27.00 (Got a beautiful bull bar for 35 bucks from the same car!)

Now to find some quality rubber sheet to make up some new fitted rubbers............

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I've got the Yakima racks on mine, they weren't $850, but not cheap. They work great though. I have a canoe on it for half the year, plus bicycles often enough. This time of year it's ski racks. -22C outside right now!

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-22c! You must have confidence in your p38!

Or maybe you're just prepared to set it on fire if it leaves you stranded? 😀

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Yakima racks were priced in Hawaii, where everything co$t$ a bunch more.
-22??! I have a theory about folks that live where it gets that cold.......
Gotta be in a witness protection program of some sort, otherwise......Why would you do such a thing voluntarily?
(This from someone who has lived the better part of their years in Hawaii and is now "suffering" in 10C weather. Yea, I'm a wimp!)

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It's been starting fine. The air springs leak down in this weather. It should be back to our normal winter temps of -5 C soon. +10 sounds nice, but our skiing has been really good!

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Bolt, you can usually find the Yakima parts on eBay. Other than the bars I would guess that shipping shouldn't be too expensive. I've wondered if you could use 1" round bar, but the actual bars are metric and around 1 1/8. The racks work really well.

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Thanks for the tips!
I have a factory rack for each of mine, however, a mate, who is still in Hawaii wants something a
bit beefier than factory, so I am looking for parts for him as well.
Hoping that something for him will show up at a local wrecking yard......
Keep warm!
Cheers,
Tom