A couple of months ago I found an ad online from a metal fabricator who specialized in third gen Toyota 4Runners. He’s a former AC-130 gunship maintainer who got his certificate in welding and then started making racks and rock sliders.
I drove up north past Sacramento to his place to have the work done. As I’m driving down this road with Beale Air Force Base over my left shoulder, a U-2 spy plane flies low and slow overhead. That was a good sign.
Here’s pics of my guy at work, as well as the final product:
John in his workshop/garage. I hung out in the yard with the goats and the chickens…including a rooster whose days were numbered.
Ready to mount.
Rock sliders aren’t going anywhere.
Rack installed. The front crossbars made a whistling noise when I went past 35 miles an hour, and worked up to a pretty good howl at 60. Installing a Thule rack fairing, while kind of a kludge, fixed the problem completely.