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What did you do to your bronco today?

Mounted the roof rails and basket today while tending to a garage sale. Rails and crossbars were from a 2005 Chevy Avalanche and the basket is a Yakima rack. I have the front wind faring for the basket but the white “Yakima” letters are faded and chipping and it looks bad, so I’m leaving it off. A few 1/4” x 3” bolts, nuts, and some rubber “feet” for the bottom of a guitar amp, and here we go. I shaved off one side of the rubber foot to account for the inside ceiling of the topper.










I think it looks pretty good...

Also, just got the email that my repaired seat belt is on the way back to me. So now I’ll have BOTH rear seat belts installed.

Edit: forgot to mention - LOTS of marine grade silicone sealant on all the drill holes.


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Mounted the roof rails and basket today while tending to a garage sale. Rails and crossbars were from a 2005 Chevy Avalanche and the basket is a Yakima rack. I have the front wind faring for the basket but the white “Yakima” letters are faded and chipping and it looks bad, so I’m leaving it off. A few 1/4” x 3” bolts, nuts, and some rubber “feet” for the bottom of a guitar amp, and here we go. I shaved off one side of the rubber foot to account for the inside ceiling of the topper.










I think it looks pretty good...

Also, just got the email that my repaired seat belt is on the way back to me. So now I’ll have BOTH rear seat belts installed.
Heck yeah, a little BKO ingenuity goes a long way. Great job!

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Well done on the install @MS88Bronc I've used similar rubberized, threaded "nuts" to install the fiberglass saddlebags on my bike and they really work to minimize damage from road vibrations over time. I think you should be very happy with your installation choices for years to come. Of course, if you use the basket as an anchor point to lift the topper off... all bets are off.
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Well done on the install @MS88Bronc Of course, if you use the basket as an anchor point to lift the topper off... all bets are off.

Lol yeah, when I pull the top, I’ll just do it the old fashioned way. This setup is NOT meant to hold up that way.


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Went back today and got some more rock. I don't have a picture of the ticket this time, but net weight of rock was 2500lbs. If I'm not careful, one of these days I won't make it back in one piece.
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Drove it yesterday to an old friend's place (we're both old lol!) to do a little shootin' in his pasture. Had a good time burning some powder, catching up, and solving the world's problems.

But, got some 'moo poo' on Ol' Faithful, so when I got home I gave her a bath in the front yard. Mrs. Willis has been on me about fertilizing the yard, so I killed 2 birds with one stone
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Rails and crossbars were from a 2005 Chevy Avalanche
I like it. That's good to know what it's off of. Last year I was hunting through a local JY looking at racks I thought might work for my Bronco and the only ones I came across that were wide enough for what I wanted were from Suburbans and Tahoes. I think they're pretty similar to what you have, but longer. If I got one off of those I'd have to cut it down.


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I like it. That's good to know what it's off of. Last year I was hunting through a local JY looking at racks I thought might work for my Bronco and the only ones I came across that were wide enough for what I wanted were from Suburbans and Tahoes. I think they're pretty similar to what you have, but longer. If I got one off of those I'd have to cut it down.

That’s what I did on my old 88, found some suburban rails and cut them shorter. Avalanche ones are good without any cutting.



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That’s what I did on my old 88, found some suburban rails and cut them shorter. Avalanche ones are good without any cutting.

Nice!

Guess I know what I'm doin' the next time I hit the JY. The goal was to have a roof rack and basket for camping stuff, so my dogs can ride in the very back of the Bronco.


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...roof rack and basket for camping stuff, so my dogs can ride in the very back of the Bronco.

Exactly. Just an FYI...the load rating on the rails and crossbars is 200 lbs (on the Avalanche). Probably a bit less on the Bronco topper.


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Exactly. Just an FYI...the load rating on the rails and crossbars is 200 lbs (on the Avalanche). Probably a bit less on the Bronco topper.
Yeah that's part of why I was wanting a rack that was as wide as possible so it'd sit on the edges of the topper rather than more inboard where it can flex or crack the fiberglass.

When I bought my wife's Pilot last year it had Thule crossbars on it, which we don't use, so depending on how wide those are I may be able to spread out the rack even more if I feel the need. Last thing I want to do it wreck my 78's topper as they are not common around here and I can't just swap out a newer one.

However, judging from your pics, that Avalanche rack seems spaced pretty well. Inside the topper it's right along the seam and much further than that it'd be going down the curved part.


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An idea came to me while looking at the awesome pics of these rack installs. Feel free to use them if you think it would be viable.

Cut and place squares of, say, 1/16" or slightly thicker steel, oh, 2-3" square, under each attachment point on the outside of the topper, as a way to spread the load across a wider surface area, and seal it accordingly, with paint,powder coating, and whatever spooge you see fit to use.
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What'cha think?

Yep - I think anything that can be done to spread the load across a larger area would be good so as to avoid damaging the fiberglass. I think a 5’ long 1/16 or 1/8 strip maybe 2” wide run from front to back on both sides in addition to the same thing run UNDERNEATH on the inside would be about the best. With the strips on the underside, you could potentially then use the roof rack as a way of lifting the topper off the truck with a hoist without breaking anything.

My rack is definitely only for “light duty.” I only see myself using it for my tent, camping chairs, cooler, and other gear not to exceed 100 pounds or so. As mentioned above, that frees up the cargo area for our canine companions! .thumbup


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Replaced my downstream O2 sensor so I can pass Georgia emissions. What I did notice is.. this is the last sensor on the exhaust system.... and there is a bunch of junk after this sensor. Everything after this last O2 sensor (located after the first cat) should have nothing to do with the computer, emissions, or a check engine light.

I have always been afraid to mess with the exhaust … since we have mandatory emissions... and this is my daily driver. I will get my emissions done today and have some hack saw work this weekend. Straight pipe after downstream O2 sensor... to a cherry bomb exiting before the rear wheel. If anything goes wrong I have a year to play with before the next emission test.


No visual inspection.. no check engine light is a pass.... And beside she goes exempt after 25 years... then I will play with headers and a single high flow cat.
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I see them every once in a while actually. Usually at CVS.

I thought about what I want to do with Farmhand. My wife thinks I need to rip out all the old carpet and put down bed liner in the back and new carpet up front with the seats. I'll be sticking with the grey interior, but have plans to repaint the exterior red with a white stripe down the sides like my old pickup.
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Almost finished installing two new brake lines (front ABS pump to each caliper line). The 93-94 Inline tube pre bent kit I had - turns out the lines I needed interchange with the 95-96 kit. I can tell you the ABS system on the Bronco sucks. Not how it works or doesn't work. LOCATION. You have to remove the ABS pump off the bracket to get enough room to run the 3 lines that feed into the ABS unit. And then you have to arrange them on themselves perfectly to get them all to thread in correctly. Now all I have to do is join the line from ABS pump to the RH caliper feed. The kit comes with a union. No instructions or diagrams. If you replace lines it's almost impossible to get the old lines out without tweaking them (or cutting them) and matching them up to the replacements is like doing a jigsaw puzzle after having too many beers.

TIP: There are two small connections on the ABS pump and a large connection. That will help you figure out which lines are which. Also - everything going into the ABS pump is a bubble flare.



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The very perceptive of you may have noticed the missing right rear seat belt in a previous photo.

I finally got around to sending it off for new webbing, as it was cut when I bought this rig. Well, got it back today, good as new!


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huh. I would have thought you pulled it on purpose, to pop the top.
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