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Old 09-27-2013, 10:44 AM   #31
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The storage floor on the rack will it be rubberized for an anti-slip surface? maybe netting around the rails too so smaller items can be contained. I am just thinking out loud.
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well we have the hardware and cross tubes finalized but are experimenting with a few designs for the basket. And the possibility of an Aluminum basket. What does everyone think?

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The storage floor on the rack will it be rubberized for an anti-slip surface? maybe netting around the rails too so smaller items can be contained. I am just thinking out loud.
We are looking at dimple die sides also and having an option for a bungee net to contain the top!
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The dimple-die look is pretty cool but I also liked the gear carry-over from your other products. Any way to combine? Less scallops around the edge but have them half-gears?
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:49 AM   #35
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I think the whole are too large. One thing I can think of is to make is more customizable. Maybe holes and not holes to make the tray so people can make it their own. I know it is more expensive but it would also attract more customers.
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I think the whole are too large. One thing I can think of is to make is more customizable. Maybe holes and not holes to make the tray so people can make it their own. I know it is more expensive but it would also attract more customers.
Would be cheaper (for the purchaser) and easier to just do one with holes and a mat could be added if needed. I personally couldn't ever seeing putting something in a rack like this that's small enough to drop through those holes. More likely a cooler, portable compressor, etc.
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I store small things up top and big things down low. I was thinking about versatility because as you can see we have different opinions on how we would utilize it.
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I store small things up top and big things down low. I was thinking about versatility because as you can see we have different opinions on how we would utilize it.
Thus the mat idea. Would eliminate having to stock two versions or do a custome one-off. Would give you your rubberized texture too.
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2DR Version already in the works. Looking at developing the cut lengths for the cross tubes. This will work with the seat tumbled or if you run without a rear seat.



Any plans for a larger version for 2drs with back seat removed??
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I would look to raise the bottom up a tad to fit an ARB style cooler. I just measured my old school and it was around 20-21" BTW. But then again, pulling an ARB out from under would be tricky.... like it though.
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Any plans for a larger version for 2drs with back seat removed??
I think right now we are looking to make a universal basket that we can utilize in many different ways. 4dr, 2dr, attached to tire carrier, etc etc
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:25 AM   #43
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Looks great...I'm in for one eventually. What about some molle connection points around the rail? Just a thought.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #44
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All these ideas are great, just try to keep the cost down ACE
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:41 AM   #45
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We used wing nuts for the removability of the basket. You can flip them so that they are down or use a nylock nut. We used stainless so that they will not rust if you run your JK with out a top.
I see. Makes sense. The molle idea that was mentioned might be good. Hang some bags on the bottom side or sides.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #46
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What about the safety factor? Any concerns about it penetrating the rear seat in a bad rear end collision?

I love the idea and will like buy at least one but my kids ride around in the backseat all the time and the safety factor is a thought I'm having.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #47
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I like it, if it could be made to secure items below it would be a win-win type of product.

If the attachment points could some how be mounted under the edges of the Jeep rim instead of on top it would make putting the hard top on/off easier and keep a clean look to the rim of the Jeep. It does present a challenge to with the Jeep retainer mounts, but maybe you can figure that out. Just thoughts.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #48
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i think the best addition to this product would be to have it function as a security container when the tailgate is shut as the tuffy product does. You would be able to capture the market of the shelf crowd and the security container crowd. in 1 product. make it a more improved version of the product below and there will be some flexibility in the price. i know i would pay a bit more for a better made ace product.

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Old 09-27-2013, 02:46 PM   #49
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Ok so the hard top questions were eating at me and instead of keeping you waiting we dug out the hard top put it in place and bolted it up. We will supply the 4 bolts with added length(with incapsulated washer), A protective nylon washer to go between the top or jeep and the brackets, and we are thinking of providing the threaded hard top clips. 2dr owners beware we are working on adapting the basket to work for you also!




LOOKS GREAT! Definitely interested
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I think right now we are looking to make a universal basket that we can utilize in many different ways. 4dr, 2dr, attached to tire carrier, etc etc
I love that you guys start so many great projects, it just takes forever to actually see them become reality. I'm still waiting for your half doors, going on 2 years.
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I love that you guys start so many great projects, it just takes forever to actually see them become reality. I'm still waiting for your half doors, going on 2 years.
You beat me to it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #52
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If it had quick release mounting points, it would be very convenient to have. I often load the jeep with large items and building materials, needing the entire back open. This shelf would be kept installed when not hauling big stuff.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:50 AM   #53
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I would look to raise the bottom up a tad to fit an ARB style cooler. I just measured my old school and it was around 20-21" BTW. But then again, pulling an ARB out from under would be tricky.... like it though.
Yes if there were brackets or spacers to raise it to 24" or so that would be great. Maybe offer different size spacers or brackets.
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well we have the hardware and cross tubes finalized but are experimenting with a few designs for the basket. And the possibility of an Aluminum basket. What does everyone think?

Part of the reason I don't buy a lot of Jeep aftermarket parts is due to the fact that they are made of steel. Steel has it's place, but vehicles like a Jeep get rather porky when you add steel everywhere. I go out of my way to buy aluminum products, even if they cost more. If you build it in Aluminum, you have at least one guaranteed sale. Please please please make it out of aluminum. Not having to deal with rust would be an excellent bonus as well.

As for the rack itself, I agree with earlier comments that the holes are too large. I'd say each hole should be no bigger than 2" tops, 1.5" would be better. Also, although I like the way the dimples look, they eat into cargo space, so I would vote against them.
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How does it work with a soft top? Do I have to completely my soft top or can I still fold down my soft top.
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We have done all fitment without the hard top on but see no issue with the basket resting on top of the hardtop and utilizing the hardtop hardware. We will be fitting it with the hard top next while we finish the fixtures.
This is perfect!

I would use this for farm work in conjunction with a duster. Looks like it will clear ... Any way to avoid cutting holes in the duster to mount this?
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I wouldn't buy it. I think it looks great, and from a style perspective it is spot on. I agree on a either a solid floor or a floor with minimal holes and a mat. IF it could be made to function like several of the secure trunk/storage options out there, I would be all over it.

I also agree that I would rather see aluminum, and I would pay more to get one in aluminum to save weight. This is something where the slightly superior strength of steel isn't needed, I would think.
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What does everyone think?


Looks like a great place for my dog to jump up and break his leg. No thanks on those large holes.
If the dimples are for strength, how about stamping them so you don't have to remove the bottom?

+1 on the aluminium.
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I like it, is there any possibility it would crack the hard top when it is bolted down? I like the aluminum idea too.
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