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What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

Anyone know? I looked on the Rotopax website but can't find anything..
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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

As far as I know there isn't a mount but I could be wrong. I believe that everybody doing this is just securing them with ratchet straps and that 2 of the large Rotopax fit just about perfect up there.

Hopefully someone will come along that has personal experience with it.
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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

The Rotopax system is really versatile. They make mounts, extensions, and a lockable mechanism to secure the cans. It's up to you to decide where and how you want to implement the mounting.

I don't have a proper write up on this mod, but here's some pictures to give you an idea for how to mount the Rotopax cans to your crossbars.



One of the great features about the cans is that you can inter-lock them end to end. I chose not to mount them this way to allow for easier access. I use the red cans for fuel and the white cans for water.



Each lock comes with a key set. Just turn the handle to tighten and secure the can. To remove, turn the key, pull the lock out of the handle then turn to loosen. The can is easily lifted for removal.



Notice there is some deformation of the fuel cans due to pressure and heat. I first noticed this happen when I was in Colorado...I put fuel in the cans in Texas. Several weeks of 100+ F weather may have contributed to the deformation, but to date there's been no leakage. The Rotopax seals very well. At the time the pictures were taken the cans were empty of fuel.



Here you see one can secured to the mount. Above the can is the extension added to allow a second can to be mounted. The handle with a lock comes with the original mount.



And now with no cans. You can now see the mount, the four bolts that are holding the mount to the grill I fashioned, and how I bolted the grill to the crossbars. I painted the bolts, nuts and washers to help them blend in and not be so noticable.



This setup allows the grill to flex a little, but the mount keeps the cans secured to the crossbars. I don't know what advantage this gives, if any, but so far it has worked without failure. I've had this on my FJ continuously since the beginning of July and it's survived a trip to the Summit, trails and daily driving.





I hope this helps and gives you ideas for how you want to mount your Rotopax cans. I bought all my RotoPax accessories from Jacque at TRDparts4U.com. Give them a call...they stock all that I've shown you and more.

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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

Thanks so much for the pics! They helped a lot.

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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

Nice! Shows what I know!
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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

i didn't want to drill into my cross bars, so i just fabricated a clamp system to hold the mounting plate in place - just needed two pieces, left and right... The large mounting plate isn't absolutely necessary because the separate mounts come with their own circular plates, but its just easier to get them spaced apart just right. mine holds two of the 2 gallon rotopax that clip together.
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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

hellbound, look up Aikidoka`s rotopax mount on the oem rack...
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Re: What mount is needed to mount Rotopax to the stock roof rack?

See this post for how I mounted my Rotopax to the OEM roof rack.
https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...ml#post2475494

Used the large Rotopax Universal mount.

It does require you to drill two cross members. I bought two new ones to use when I want the Rotopax on top and use the originals the rest of the time.

There's a little additional info a few posts down from the one listed.

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I didn't want to drill holes in my OEM crossbars and decided to use 3/4 inch square steel pipe to tighten a universal mount below the crossbars. This has worked well for a couple of months now.
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