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Old 02-07-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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ACE Engineering summer cargo carrier prototype

As we have started to develop our cargo carrier that works with soft and hard tops I had an idea!! I personally liked the idea of something that was easily removable and I could offer at a lower price than most roof racks ($350-$450 range). This design would be a roof rack/cargo carrier that would work only WITHOUT the top on. I believe however it would work with most trail covers. The rack drops into place using factory door surround and hard top provisions. No cutting/drilling/tapping etc. Result would be a cost effective solution to roof rack/cargo carriers while having a ton of storage. Take a look and give us some feed back. Thanks

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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almost seems a touch too small, in terms of the total length. like it should extended a bit closer to the windshield? it looks good from the rear though. might just be the color. looking good otherwise.

also, rear tire carrier! looking good!
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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I think this a great solution. Great for a day out to the beach etc. Can I suggest making it collapsable in the event there is an unexpected rain storm and it needs to come down and slipped into the cargo area.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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I like it looks like it would be great for a day on the trail or beach. Would the Safari Straps or other cargo nets be able to stay in place?

oh and +1 on the rear tire carrier!
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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Looks cool. I'd look into making the sides collapsible so it can store flat in the garage.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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We were also not happy with the height. This is now only 6" in height.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #8
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The lower height does look alot better.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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2 door please =D you have your first sale to this guy if its under 300 bucks haha
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #10
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ah yeah, shorter looks much better! talk about a fast turn around!
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The lower height looks much more in proportion, I like it a lot, good job! when will they be available to buy?
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #13
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How do you make a new one in 5 hours.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #14
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if they have CAD and CNC, most of the five hours was probably used to get the tubing. It would just be a shortening of the 4dr design, check the mounting points, and 'click'.

Now, if somebody would just make Upper Door Sliders for us folks with factory half-doors on the JK...
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2 door version, i need something to haul kayaks in the spring...
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Agree, second version looks much better. The first just screamed, "TOP HEAVY." Any ideas of capacity? Accessories?
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are you guys gonna ever make this?
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are you guys gonna ever make this?
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #19
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Lay some notches or dimples on the front and rear top bars so folks that want to lay a kayak or canoe have a place holder for the keels.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:43 PM   #21
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They probably put this in the same pile as the tubular doors they teased us with.
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I don't think I like the fact that this can only be used without the top. If I want to go somewhere in the winter, this won't help.

Also, whatever happened to the tube doors? Did those get canceled?
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Yeah, I'd have to say making it work only w/o the top seems limiting.

I know you need that for the mounting, but I always thought vertical mounts along the windshield sides (use those mounting bolts) and in the rear (somewhere) that mated with a rack (maybe use a cotter pin to hold the two sections together) would work better.

Again, this would be useless in the winter (in most locales) and, if you ever got caught in the rain, you'd either be soaked or leave this on the side of the trail!
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I like the shorter version. I think you should make it a touch wider so that it matches the width of the jeep. You could also make it longer with some prop rods that rest on the body lip where the top sits on. Also, it would be cool if you guys made a full rack that this could mount to if you wanted to run it with a top. You know, sell it as you have it for those who want to go topless, but also make it so they could add a rack later to run it with their top.

I don't have the option of taking my hardtop off. I don't have anywhere to store it whe it is not on the Jeep. Otherwise, it looks great.

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