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Old 08-10-2023, 08:42 AM   #1
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Solar Roof rack

My intentions at this point are to use the IronRidge solar racking system.

Chuck Cassady (Chrome Yellow) uses the XR-1000 rails with IronRidge "L" brackets and a home made spacer.

I contacted Sojourners Way, LLC-- as he makes an aluminum roof mounting bracket (pre bent to match the contour of the roof) to use with the IronRidge rail system, but he said the XR-100 rail (maybe lower profile or lighter weight) would be perfect for this application.

Either solution would be through bolted through the hat channel.

Which way would you go?

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Old 08-10-2023, 01:44 PM   #2
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they are both rated to 160MPH anchored at 4ft. If you are screwing into every rib, then go with the cheapest, XR-100. If you are going to anchor in every other rib, then go with the XR-1000.
https://www.ironridge.com/component/xr-rails/
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Old 08-10-2023, 06:17 PM   #3
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Jonathan (Sojourner's Way) has a good, proven system...although I make my own brackets with a larger foot surface area. I also really like the IronRidge rails and, yes, the XR-100 is just fine. Along with the UFO (Universal Fastening Objects) they make for a strong and adjustable system. Be sure to get the end UFO Stopper Sleeves for the panel fasteners on each end of the array.
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Old 08-10-2023, 07:22 PM   #4
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I ordered the XR-100 rails today. The closest dealer (City Electric Supply-- a chain) was 100 miles away. They don't stock the IronRidge stuff-- but the guys there told me they would ship the rails to my home for free-- which I thought was too good to be true. $93.00 tax paid for two 14 foot rails.

We'll see how this goes.

I have not ordered any brackets yet.

Thanks for both of these replies.

I have likened my bus project to Noah building the Ark. Not real sure what I will do with it -- if ever finished-- but I enjoy the process. I have learned a lot on the journey so far-- and more learning to come... for a 65 year old...
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