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Mornin' all..

Well, the WAAG basket arrived yesterday and I had to fight the urge to do the install until after my employees went home for the day. Once they were gone though, I made a bee line to the FJ and got to work..

The rack was pretty well packaged and arrived in excellent condition..


It took a while to get the rack and hardware cut out of the plastic wrap, but once I did, this is what I found...





This is what the brackets look like once assembled...





This really isn't that big of a deal to me, but I was expecting more.

While the rack was on the ground, I took the opportunity to stand in / on the basket. There was minimal flex and all in all, it supported my mass nicely. (sorry, no pics of this.)

I think the hardest part of the install was getting the basket on top of the roof. This definately requires a minimum of 2 people, 3 is better. I also found that bringing the basket over the back of the rig and walking it forward worked best. Make sure you have a blanket that covers your entire roof under the rack to avoid potential damage to your ride and the XS.



I was very happy to see that the basket fit inside the rack while I still had my FourTreks combo and hi-lift mounts in place. After spending the $$ on those mounts I was really worried that they would have to come off.

Once the basket is in place you can start placing the brackets. Having a second person on this step would make the process easier and faster. They could hold the basket in place while you get the bracket tightened. Remember to leave them loose so you can easily make adjustments when all the other brackets are in place.





The second hardest aspect to this install was getting the rack centered and level. Come to think of it, having an actual level probably would have made the process much easier.

This is what she looked like after the install..









All in all, I think the basket looks great. CruiserLarry did a nice job with the design and WAAG did a great job with the fabrication. The XS looks like it came from the factory and incorporates with the stock rack beautifully.

A couple things I'd like to add..
1) I was under the impression that the basket would sit flush with the top of the rack. As of now, it does not. (And yes Poker, it is below the stock antenna.) Seeing the rack in person, I don't think it looks too bad sitting high, but I'd definately be interested in seeing how it looks flush.

2) I'd like to see a few more brackets included. I'm sure 4 is sufficient, but 8 (one more per side and two in the rear) would be make me feel better. Time and use will settle my concerns.

3) An Air-Dam and ladder would be nice options.. ((nudge-nudge, guys at WAAG))
 

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It's a timeout error. I'm working on fixing it. Can you copy and paste you whole writeup and email it to me? I think I can get it up.
 

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Nice roof rack man!
 

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oscarr said:
looks bad a$$ on a Black FJC. ;D
I didn't even notice, but my rig does look black in a couple of those shots.. It's actually black cherry so you were half right. ;)

I'm glad you / your dad started the other thread. I'd have dropped a lot more $$ on a trailer otherwise.

Looking forward to meeting you Saturday!
~Brian
 

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Nice job with the install.

I will talk to the guys at Waag to see about including additional clamps, or at least having the option to purchase an additional set of clamps for those who want the extra security / strength.
 

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Ok, Dont take this in the wrong way, I love the concept but a couple things bother me. 1) the mismatched lines first of all. the lines of the basket don't match the bend of the stock rack. 2) as you stated, this was supposed to sit flush. but it's obviously not 3) I'm just not convinced of the strength of the stock rack tubing. I've seen people crimp down their jack mounts a bit too much and crush the tubing. I do think more mounts to distribute the weight evenly would help alot. Overall though, hell of a deal for the price.



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Ok, Dont take this in the wrong way, I love the concept but a couple things bother me. 1) the mismatched lines first of all. the lines of the basket don't match the bend of the stock rack. 2) as you stated, this was supposed to sit flush. but it's obviously not 3) I'm just not convinced of the strength of the stock rack tubing. I've seen people crimp down their jack mounts a bit too much and crush the tubing. I do think more mounts to distribute the weight evenly would help alot. Overall though, hell of a deal for the price.
All valid points Junkie.. Since this is the first actual production rack / basket sold (the only other one on the road is Oscar Sr's) there are a few bugs to work out. I've talked with Mike - I think he's the owner over at WAAG - and he's open to suggestions and feedback. I'm confident that he'll make the necessary changes. CruiserLarry helped design this basket so he may have some other insight on this topic.
 

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i think the basket would look real good if it was flush (will sit lower), and if the basket rails were parallel width wise instead of vertical, just like the OEM roof rails. as for the brackets, while they may be strong enough, i'd just as soon prefer them to be 1 piece, so that the bottom would form a U and cup the basket rail.
 
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