I spent a long weekend with New Mexico Black Range tours (formerly New Mexico Back Roads) covering about 325 miles of the Gila National Forest in three days. It was a great, but fast-paced trip. Wasn't suitable for high profile vehicles like Sportsmobiles due to some overhanging tree cover, but a full sized truck on 37's did just fine.
Now that I'm in the what-can-I-do-better phase, I'm thinking about my gear storage, and if I may want to add a roof rack to my Bronco. The Bronco has a soft top, so options are very limited, but the soft top manufacturer has cross bars that mount to the soft top frame, so that's my starting point.
The cross bars are round tubing (I need to figure out the diameter) so whatever rack I might go with, I need to clamp the rack to the round tubing. My initial thought is to go with a flat, low profile roof rack like the Front Runner rack, or the new ARB Base rack. Both of these racks use flat slats as the platform to store material on.
Is anyone aware of a good option to secure a rack to a round tube (similar to Yakima round crossbars)? I know mating round tubing to flat slats is a bad geometry situation, but I really like the low profile nature of the slat-based roof racks. Small u-bolts are always an option, just not a "clean" option.
I called Front Runner and the guy who answered was not particularly helpful "You may need custom fabrication or maybe use Fourtreks to mount your rack." I think when it's a non-standard installation, they (or at least the guy I talked to) don't know enough to offer experienced suggestions.