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AT1963



Member Since: 23 Nov 2021
Location: Leicester
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United Kingdom 2013 Freelander 2 SD4 HSE Auto Orkney Grey
Roof rack for FL2

Hi
been toying with notion of van conversion to camper van but tbh the cost is too much to purchase, refit, tax, MOT insure another vehicle so second plan is camping (tent) with freelander 2 and as i have 2 large dogs i cannot get all stuff plus dogs in car!
So...been looking at flatdog roof rack and wondered if anyone has one, can you take it off and leave rails on when not in use etc.
Any thoughts?

Post #435086 22nd Aug 2023 9:33 am
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SYFL2



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Location: Sheffield
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2007 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Stornoway Grey

I have a funny feeling Lightwater will have tried every type that will fit an FL2. Racks seem to be standard issue out Aus.

Post #435087 22nd Aug 2023 10:03 am
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NoDo$h



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England 2010 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Santorini Black

I have the FrontRunner rack. Superb quality, handy for additional bale transportation....


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It's a fit-it and leave-it job. You *can* take it off and pop some bolts in to close the fixing holes, but it's not trivial to do so. I leave it on all year and average 28-29mpg so it's not dreadful. Current driveway contents:
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Post #435091 22nd Aug 2023 10:59 am
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Lightwater



Member Since: 21 Aug 2014
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Ukraine 2013 Freelander 2 2.0T SE Auto Fuji White

I had a Rhinorack roof platform, still have it in the garage if I ever use it again. Most likely not.

It is well made, but it was the wrong size to really fit the Freelander well. So I drilled out all the pop rivets, cut the platform to size. Now it works really well, about 200 pop rivets later & 3 days work...the issue with custom modified mounts to the Land Rover crossbars, it wasn't the most stable set up, so removed the roof platform.

I have in the meantime strengthened the Land Rover rails, the weak point on the whole set-up, is the cast bracket connection to the car & to the aluminium extrusion.


Now using 4 crossbars. It's a much better set-up, with the benifit of removing 16kg net weight from the roof which now can be put towards consumables & useful equipment.

Current set-up:

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Old roof platform set-up:
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These modifications were done after replacing the roof platform with 4 cross bars. It's a much better set-up. The only single reason I would use a roof platform is if you are a keen photographer & you regularly need an elevated position, or if necessary, mobile reception & need to stand on the roof to get high enough, which I have done. https://www.freel2.com/forum/topic35376.html Procrastination, mankind's greatest labour saving device!

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Lightwater



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Ukraine 2013 Freelander 2 2.0T SE Auto Fuji White

SYFL2 wrote:
I have a funny feeling Lightwater will have tried every type that will fit an FL2. Racks seem to be standard issue out Aus.
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Post #435093 22nd Aug 2023 11:13 am
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SYFL2



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2007 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Stornoway Grey

Oh go on why not ?

Post #435094 22nd Aug 2023 11:41 am
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3landertwo



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https://www.freel2.com/forum/topic30944.html

This old post is worth a read.

Post #435102 22nd Aug 2023 6:50 pm
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Lightwater



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Ukraine 2013 Freelander 2 2.0T SE Auto Fuji White

Roof platform fail!


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