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Old 12-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Load Creativity, 2 Door Soft Top

What do you guys do for cargo, kayaks, fishing rods.

Just trying to think of ways to increase the utility and would like some other input, and hope hard top isn't only option.

Edit: Also looking for idea's on what to buy, sans trailer.

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I'm trying to come up w/ a plan myself for the summer. I know I'll be hauling the jet ski to the lake and want to carry my camping gear as well so I can stay for the weekend. I guess I need to go through all my gear and narrow it down to the essentials and then figure out what I have room for after that. I know I can fold the rear sear to allow for my big ice chest and my I add a cargo carrier to the front? Dunno yet.

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #3
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Roof racks are one option.

WILD BOAR PRODUCTS: Cargo Rack Systems for your Jeep Wrangler

Garvin Wilderness Racks

There are others out there. Not sure how many are made for the 2-door, or if they'll work w/soft top, though I believe some of them actually mount to the Jeep frame.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:42 PM   #4
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Hey KB, I've seen those and they're a great idea, but kinda get in the way if you need to put the top on for weather reasons huh?
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Hey KB, I've seen those and they're a great idea, but kinda get in the way if you need to put the top on for weather reasons huh?
Some of em. I think both the Garvin and the Wild Boar (links above) have versions that raise on hydraulics...they open like lids, and you can put your soft top up or down, put hard top on or off.

Check out the Wild Boar link. They've got a series of pictures that show the different ways to work the tops with the carrier installed. Pretty cool.
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I'm trying to come up w/ a plan myself for the summer. I know I'll be hauling the jet ski to the lake and want to carry my camping gear as well so I can stay for the weekend. I guess I need to go through all my gear and narrow it down to the essentials and then figure out what I have room for after that. I know I can fold the rear sear to allow for my big ice chest and my I add a cargo carrier to the front? Dunno yet.
The rear seat comes out almost as easy as folding it. Not very heavy, and it makes a handy seat for your garage while you plot your next trip.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:59 AM   #7
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The rear seat comes out almost as easy as folding it. Not very heavy, and it makes a handy seat for your garage while you plot your next trip.

Yep, got the rear seat removed, added ton of space. Makes a nice soft stand for when I remove the windows. Luckily I have a huge empty florida room for all the stuff I am probably going to end up having for this beast.
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The Jeep will give you the excuse to pick up that G Loomis 3-piece travel rod you've been eyeing :-)
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The Jeep will give you the excuse to pick up that G Loomis 3-piece travel rod you've been eyeing :-)

I like the wildboar racks in the above link... Hmm.

I have looked at that rod before, LOL...I mainly use the non collapsible ugly sticks... Maybe the Loomis is back on the radar? ha
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The rear seat comes out almost as easy as folding it. Not very heavy, and it makes a handy seat for your garage while you plot your next trip.
I'm aware. And that will probably be the option I go with. At least for now.
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Gobi Stealth, quality stuff. I bought mine through Alec at EAD Offroad. The whole assembly pivots to raise / lower the soft top.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:57 PM   #12
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Gobi Stealth, quality stuff. I bought mine through Alec at EAD Offroad. The whole assembly pivots to raise / lower the soft top.

Wow, I like that a lot... I am just not sure if I should maybe get a hard top with racks at that price, possibly kill 2 birds one stone.
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Looks great

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Gobi Stealth, quality stuff. I bought mine through Alec at EAD Offroad. The whole assembly pivots to raise / lower the soft top.
This looks really good. Seems like the best of all worlds. No drilling, handles lots of load, etc. Can you, (or someone else who knows) talk about the process of taking off/putting on the hard top and the soft top? I know the rack tips back, but how does it stay back?

Now that you're running with this, what are the pros/cons from your standpoint? Did you think about getting any other racks, and if so, why'd you go with this one?

I think that this will be the big purchase after: 1) front bumper, 2) leveling kit, and 3) soft top. Hoping to have all 4 purchased within 6 months. Getting my bumper and leveling kit 1st week of Feb.

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Can you, (or someone else who knows) talk about the process of taking off/putting on the hard top and the soft top? I know the rack tips back, but how does it stay back?
The front disconnects via 4 bolts or Gobi's optional quick disconnects. It pivots back and is held by a strap.

Pic is worth a 1000 words.

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A strap!

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The front disconnects via 4 bolts or Gobi's optional quick disconnects. It pivots back and is held by a strap.

Pic is worth a 1000 words.

That's what I was missing. I knew it tipped back, but I couldn't figure out how it stayed that way. Thanks for the pic!

Now, how does it affect taking off and putting on the hard/soft tops? Any difference at all? Harder to do?
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personally I'm a Bantam fan....but sans trailer a collection of various size ammo cans, army gear bags, cardboard boxes so far have served well....at least for week=long non-camp gear trip for 2.

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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Tell the wife she can't come then take out the seats and tetris that crap in there like Jimbox.
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This is my TJ, but maybe some ideas. I packed like this for my trip to Moab... I pack on the light side.... just some foor for thought.

The trunk chest thing I picked up at Home Depot for like $40 and the straps for like $10. Inside the trunk was all my pots and pans and other misc little things plus some towels and what not. Had two 7gal jugs, 2 sleeping bags, 3 folding chairs, a queen size blow up bed and a 4 person tent in there, a 20 gal ice chest and could still see out the rear window using the mirror.




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