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hey guys,

lookin at the new "pioneer" rhino roof rack alloy tray for the GU. Its the latest tray they make which is fully welded and uses the legs from your rhino racks to support it as opposed to the older model that you place on top of your racks. Has anyone got one or know someone that has one as i am interested in your views on them.....are they capable of holding a load...etc....what do ya think

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looks the goods im spewing because i just ordered a opposite lock roof rack as it was the only flat rack i could find. priced up a 3/4 rhino from tjm at about $1000. just paid $1200 for the opposite lock!!
 

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i rang my local opposite lock, today and got quoted $800 for the 2000 x 1250, said he would probably beat when i order it.....i didn't think that was too bad
 

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Sold one to a customer a few weeks back and helped fit it. Apart from it being pretty time consuming to put together and fit I was really impressed with it. Appears very well made and of course allows all the Rhino accesories to attach to it easily. I've had an OL/Dolium Windcheetah for a couple of years now and I reckon the new Rhino is almost as good, and quite a bit cheaper.
 

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do you think it would be a pretty tough rack as i wanna know its not going anywhere when loaded and can rely on it
 

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Hey guys,

Great rack and look the part when it is fitted..

Fitting is a little time consuming as JEZZA944 points out..

Also helps if you have a pneumatic pop rivet gun.. Make life a whole lot easier....

In saying all this I have had one now for 4 weeks just sitting at work! Need to get my finger out and fit it!

~AJ~
 

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when i rang up the guys said it was real easy to fit......maybe the case but i hope i don't spend the rest of the night out the front trying to put the bloody thing on
 

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Also helps if you have a pneumatic pop rivet gun.. Make life a whole lot easier...
So it does not come assembled?
Is it like one of them Officeworks desks you have to put together yourself? Pretty poor for the price if it is.

If not why do you need a rivet gun?
 

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i don't know anything about using a rivet gun..... i am under the impression that it is a fully assembled unit that is connected to the legs of the rhino rack bars and the bars are not used. So as you say truckster, i believe it is assembled as the website states it is a fully welded unit.....looks like i will be goin for a looksy down at the shop:confused:
 

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Not sure what the rivet gun is for. We didn't use one. Because they're a universal fit rather than 'made for a Patrol' there is a certain amount of measurement and assembly involved. From memory the rack is one welded piece but the legs have to be attached and located in two dimensions. It's not difficult unless your mechanically challenged but it is time consuming. Working on a lifted Patrol makes it a bit harder too unless your really tall. I wouldn't let the assembly put you off. Unless you change vehicles, you'll only ever have to do it once. And of course the real bonus is that if you do change vehicles then it moves with you. Think of it as the last roof rack you'll ever need.
 

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I installed the platform rack on mine a couple weeks ago.
Rhino Rack - Roof Racks for NISSAN Patrol 4WD GU LWB 12/97 On

It took about 2.5 hours from un boxing until it was completely finshed and mounted. I took it on and off 4 times, but that's because I had to quickly assemble at the dealership so i could get it home (on my roof ;) )
Once home, i read the directions (dont forget the appendix) which was really helpful! :)
I riveted it together with a hand rivet gun in about a half hour.
The three cross bars that mount to the rhino legs can be mounted in three different positions (for different vehicles) and once you have them in the right position, they need to be riveted to the rack for strength. They are bolted on each side of the rack but the only way to fasten them down to the middle planks is by riveting. There are 5 cross bars total, 2 are factory riveted. So it does come partially assembled, but you have to finish assembling it to fit your specific vehicle.
The rivets could be drilled out later to be fitted to a different style vehicle.

I am happy with it. Havent tested it with a heavy load yet, but dont notice any extra weight on the roof or wind noise (though I can rarely get over 80kph where i am at, as the roads are terrible, so there might be wind noise at higher speeds ??)

 

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I installed the platform rack on mine a couple weeks ago.
Rhino Rack - Roof Racks for NISSAN Patrol 4WD GU LWB 12/97 On

It took about 2.5 hours from un boxing until it was completely finshed and mounted. I took it on and off 4 times, but that's because I had to quickly assemble at the dealership so i could get it home (on my roof ;) )
Once home, i read the directions (dont forget the appendix) which was really helpful! :)
I riveted it together with a hand rivet gun in about a half hour.
The three cross bars that mount to the rhino legs can be mounted in three different positions (for different vehicles) and once you have them in the right position, they need to be riveted to the rack for strength. They are bolted on each side of the rack but the only way to fasten them down to the middle planks is by riveting. There are 5 cross bars total, 2 are factory riveted. So it does come partially assembled, but you have to finish assembling it to fit your specific vehicle.
The rivets could be drilled out later to be fitted to a different style vehicle.

I am happy with it. Havent tested it with a heavy load yet, but dont notice any extra weight on the roof or wind noise (though I can rarely get over 80kph where i am at, as the roads are terrible, so there might be wind noise at higher speeds ??)

Hi Everyone - very new to this forum and I know this is quite an old thread.. but I was wondering if we have further reviews on this product? Or maybe lowerlevel can provide further insights after over a year of usage? I am planning to swap my Rhino 3/4 tray for this to carry rooftop tent. thanks!
 

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Anyone got any more feedback on these racks? Thinking of switching from an ARB full steel rack to cut some weight off the roof.
 
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