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#11 RockCod

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:06 AM

I really like your plan of mounting two panels side by side, or north/south so to speak.I've been thinking about this myself. In my case it would allow two panels in front, both roof vents, and a small rack in the rear, for lighter items. You have a small container it appears to be on the rear. Hopefully those who have made this happen will chime in. Thanks for that.

Maybe aluminum angle 1 x 1-1/2 x 1/4 would be stiffer and then no chance of collapsing ?


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:58 AM

Looks good. Any close up pics?


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:16 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies. Thanks Bernard for the info on the square tubing possibly being crushed or collapsing. I assumed it would be plenty strong enough. I got the idea from I think Sunman put some racks up on his roof with the same material. He didn't use the Yakima racks, just screwed it straight to the roof. He cut the ends at a 45 deg angle so the attachment point was only through the bottom side, not the top and bottom. I wanted to leave the ends extending out a couple of inches on both end for strength. I may try to get some spacers like Bernard suggested but I might have to cut an inch off each end to be able to reach inside. Here's a close up picture.

 

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I only have the black plastic spacers on there to see how they worked. I don't plan on using them. I think I'll just put a stainless steel lock washer under the bolt head, cut 1/4" off the threaded end, try to put a aluminum spacer in the middle like Bernard suggested, and use blue loctite thread locker. I see lots of installs where everyone is using the Yakima factory nuts in the tracks. They should be engineered strong enough to withstand the wind. That's one reason why I started this discussion. I wanted to see if anyone had a failure using them with solar panels. 

 

 


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:18 PM

The square tubing is 1/8" wall x 1" x 1".


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 03:00 PM

I used 1x1x1x1/8" Z formed alum. and mounted them East/West.  Fit nicely between the   Here are my pics from this weekend.

 

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 03:08 PM

Attach these to your cross bars and you'll never have to worry about your panels departing the roof. Provides two Yakima attachment points. I get my aluminum products at onlinemetals.com. Good luck.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 04:05 PM

Nice looking set up meandmydog
If you didn't know you can get plastic inserts for the square tube to finish it off. Metal supply companies have them. Maybe Home Depot has them they sell small quantities of metal. Might try the last posters onlinemetals suggestion.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:08 PM

Attach these to your cross bars and you'll never have to worry about your panels departing the roof. Provides two Yakima attachment points. I get my aluminum products at onlinemetals.com. Good luck.

Do you have a link to the exact part(s) you used? Looks very clean.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 03:24 PM

ETAV8R, I made these brackets, I purchased 3/8"x3"x5" 6061 plate aluminum from onlinemetals.com, they cut them to this size. I cut the final shape on my woodworking bandsaw. I routed the edges with a carbide bit and then polished them. One note: these keep your panels nice and low on the roof with plenty of airflow underneath, yet high enough to plug into my standard FWC SAE solar roof plug.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:02 PM

I made a set for my panel from 1 1/2" aluminum angle. Pretty simple and light.  Ron

 

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