1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

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1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Sun May 02, 2021 12:09 pm

Hi guys, gals, new to the Trooper family. Just picked up a high mileage 1998 trooper about 2 months ago. I want to make a custom roof rack but I'm wondering if anybody can tell the the exact location of the mounting holes. I know there are 3 pairs on each side. I'm going to try to install without removing the trim piece. That's why I need the exact location in inches or mm measured from the front or back doesn't matter. I'll post back how I did it just give everybody another option.

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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby Enemigo » Sun May 02, 2021 12:31 pm

How are you accessing the holes without removing the trim piece?
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Sun May 02, 2021 12:46 pm

By drilling and trimming the molding directly above where the mounting holes are. The molding is so old and brittle that it will probably break if I try to remove it. I know the clips will break for sure.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby Enemigo » Sun May 02, 2021 1:05 pm

Completely understand. I'm going to build a roof rack as well, but I don't want to take my trim off to measure for you because I don't want to have broken clips until I get around to building my rack!
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Sun May 02, 2021 1:26 pm

Exactly. I'm hoping that someone that's already removed the trim piece can put a tape measure to it and let me know.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby Enemigo » Sun May 02, 2021 1:40 pm

I think leaks are usually at the fasteners, so I may just end up pulling the trim anyway.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Sun May 02, 2021 2:27 pm

I just want to see if it can be done. It might not work like I plan and I might have to remove the whole trim.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby bamakojon » Wed May 05, 2021 12:22 pm

I have a '98 as well and I'm considering making a roof rack. How necessary are those trim pieces? Like if I took them off and created some kind of rail up there so that I could easily remove the roof rack when I'm not using it, would that work? I've considered creating the rail with a piece of angle iron and just bolting it where the trim piece is. Any reason that wouldn't work?
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby Jake.Werecat » Wed May 05, 2021 1:18 pm

@zx_600: Do remove those trim pieces first. In my opinion it's impossible to properly match the holes position based just on measurements made by someone else. Not only you risk damaging those, but drilling them directly on the roof is pretty bad idea as your drill bit can easily damage the paint on the roof in the vicinity (especially if you miss).
On the other hand - I've remove those trim pieces on foru different Troopers from '93, '97, another '97 and '01 and I broke only 1 (one) clip all together.

@bamakojon: They are for decorative purposes only, they serve no other function then looking good. I have them removed on my rig, as they stood in the way of my roof rack mounts.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Mon May 10, 2021 11:34 am

Update. I found a 93 trooper at the junkyard and took the trim pieces, some clips and got measurements. I will be posting a video soon of my DIY. I decided instead to cut(trim) the molding by the mounting locations. I know they are not necessary but just want to offer another way.
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby zx_600 » Sat May 22, 2021 1:18 am

Check it out. If anybody is interested. I made a video of my roof rack install without removing the trim.

https://youtu.be/9-qBm2AeKTA
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby bamakojon » Wed May 26, 2021 9:06 pm

I watched your video! The roof rack looks great. Certainly sturdy and seems like a good platform for further customization. Good build!
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Re: 1998 Trooper Roof Rack Help Needed

Postby Enemigo » Thu May 27, 2021 2:33 am

Well done on the roof rack. That is pretty good looking on the unistrut. I have a unistrut rack on my van and yours looks better. Do you have plans for a center cross bar? What do you plan on using the rack for? Let us know how it holds up.
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