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Old 09-20-2019, 04:12 AM
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If i'm going to make tie-downs i'll need hardpoints, so i took a 1/16" drill to the roof racks.
I added fwd/aft holes in the top of triangles at the gutter, inboard/outboard holes in the same area, and an angled vertical hole in the center of the rack. All of these holes are pretty well hidden by keeping them toward center of wheelbase.



New straps were of course needed, so i knocked these together with some yellow nomex lacing tape about 0.080" (2mm) wide, some 0.032" (0.6mm) brass wire, and some CA glue. Making the hooks and buckles wasn't terribly fun.
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Very good job! Great scale straps. I have no idea what nomex lacing tape is, but it looks like the perfect material to make those from.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:59 PM
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^^^^what he said ^^^^
Looks spot on bud
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:09 PM
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Sorry, 'Nomex Lacing Tape' is a high-temperature rated, very strong type of flat cord that is used with some specific knots to tie wires into wire harnesses on aircraft. It's some really impressive stuff, with several available colors, but definately not cheap stuff.

Anyway it scales out to about 1 inch to 1 1/8" inch wide straps, i'd rather use like 2" straps on a boat, but i know this lacing is overkill. My wide strap was just the thinnest ribbon i could find at a fabric store, the small straps are probably stronger...
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:14 PM
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My parents always used the narrower straps on their canoe, so I think it looks perfect. You could do a strap or rope from the tip of the bow down to the bumper if you wanted to secure it more.
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