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Old 08-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Tub/Bed Rails??

After I remove my hard top, I screw the bolts back into the bolt holes along the top edge of the tub from where they came from (so I don't lose them).

I'm wondering, does someone make rails that could utilize the bolt holes for which the hard top is bolted to? It would be cool as I could use the rails as tie down points when carrying items in the back.

I "Googled" this and only found rails that mount to the side of the tub, but I'm wanting rails that mount on top in the pre-existing holes.

Anyone?
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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This is a great idea.

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There was another member looking for something similar. Not sure they found a solution, but said they had seen a Jeep with rails/cover. Maybe be a custom item.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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With all the aftermarket items available for our Jeeps, I'm really surprised this isn't one of them. There's tons of styles for pickup beds, but nothing for the Wrangler??? Really??
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I posted something similar with very little feedback. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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Cargo Tie Down Rails & Stud Rings

Saw these on a JK Brute at the truck and Jeep fest in ATL today. The folks there couldn't tell me who made them so thank goodness for google. Figure I could trim them down to fit my cargo area if necessary. Like how the latch points are easily moveable.
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There is an accessory available for the TJ http://www.quadratec.com/products/11019_2000_07.htm that covers the top the tub, its a thick plastic/vinyl piece. I have been wanting something like that for the JK but have yet to find it.

EDIT: Was just thinking, you could always just bedline the rail.
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Kolector, love your Dr. Seuss quote. The Lorax is my favorite.

I was thinking that the latch points being off the bottom would be more useable at times. Sometimes I just want to secure a bag of groceries from rolling all over. I measured and it would need to be trimmed but since it's aluminum, shouldn't be an issue.
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THANKS!! That is definitely a good idea, I was thinkng OP was referring to the top of the rail, tha part directly underneath the lip of the hard top.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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Yep, I was looking for something to bolt to the top of the rail for when I remove the hardtop. I could use the hardtop bolts to then bolt on the rails. They would protect the top of the tub and could be used to hook bungee cords or tie ropes to. I'm not sure how strong the top of the tub is, so maybe that's why no one has come along with a product like this.
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Yep, I was looking for something to bolt to the top of the rail for when I remove the hardtop. I could use the hardtop bolts to then bolt on the rails. They would protect the top of the tub and could be used to hook bungee cords or tie ropes to. I'm not sure how strong the top of the tub is, so maybe that's why no one has come along with a product like this.
I think the main issue would be having to bolt them up/unbolt them each time you wanted to take the top off/on. Seems like a huge PITA to be constantly doing it.
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I think the main issue would be having to bolt them up/unbolt them each time you wanted to take the top off/on. Seems like a huge PITA to be constantly doing it.
Well, I guess? I unbolt each time I take the top off and then screw the bolts back in so I don't lose them. I just figure why not bolt on some rails?
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Well, I guess? I unbolt each time I take the top off and then screw the bolts back in so I don't lose them. I just figure why not bolt on some rails?
Thats true too. I dont know, it will probably have to be a one off for you, may have to try to find a fabricator to make a set, maybe contact ACE and see if they could do it, if its worth their while, they could put them in to production, who knows. I may be interested in a set that could stay bolted in place when using the soft top.
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I ordered some today and will let you know how they work out. Top isn't an issue with me but if you're constantly taking your hard top on/off then I guess it could get old. For me what's old is trying to reach for groceries that have rolled out (should mention that I have the tuffy tailgate enclosure so I can just open tail gate and get everything).
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Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.
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Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.
Oh this looks nice! Not exactly what I was thinking of, but a good alternative. I take that you put the supplied anchors though the existing holes for the hard top bolts? And the holes lined up fine?
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Nice job! If I only had a soft top I'd be doing this myself and leaving it there.
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Oh this looks nice! Not exactly what I was thinking of, but a good alternative. I take that you put the supplied anchors though the existing holes for the hard top bolts? And the holes lined up fine?
I ended up having to trim the rail down a couple inches. Also, the holes didn't line up but drilling a couple new holes in the rail wasn't a problem. I'd make a template if I did it again. I ended up being about 1\2 inch off on one. I also put foam btwn rail and Jeep to prevent scuffing.
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btw, thanks!
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Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.
Quick question: If I'm understanding the online info correctly, the pre-drilled holes in the rails are 6" o.c. My JKU bolts appear to be about 12-1/4" o.c. What was your experience, and did you have to ream the factory holes to make it work?
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I didn't mess with anything on the Jeep itself. I did have to drill two holes in each rail and used one of the pre-existing holes on rail. Two of the bolts go into the apparatus that holds down the hard top (whatever those clip things are called) and the last one (closest to tailgate), I just used one of the holes already there. I used butterfly nuts on the underside b/c it's a tight squeeze with the wheel well. So each side has three bolts holding it down. Make a simple template. The Jeep body curves and my middle hole ended up being off. Also need to make sure you drill in the open part of the rail rather the notched in parts so that you can get the bolt in there.
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I didn't mess with anything on the Jeep itself. I did have to drill two holes in each rail and used one of the pre-existing holes on rail. Two of the bolts go into the apparatus that holds down the hard top (whatever those clip things are called) and the last one (closest to tailgate), I just used one of the holes already there. I used butterfly nuts on the underside b/c it's a tight squeeze with the wheel well. So each side has three bolts holding it down. Make a simple template. The Jeep body curves and my middle hole ended up being off. Also need to make sure you drill in the open part of the rail rather the notched in parts so that you can get the bolt in there.
Thanks. Nice, simple mod.
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Cargo Tie Down Rails & Stud Rings

Saw these on a JK Brute at the truck and Jeep fest in ATL today. The folks there couldn't tell me who made them so thank goodness for google. Figure I could trim them down to fit my cargo area if necessary. Like how the latch points are easily moveable.
At the Jeep and Truck Fest was it our grey JK-8, by chance?
We run the ones from Mac's tie-downs BTW.
Mac's truck bed rail systems, stainless steel mounting hardware and tie down rings

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Now just need a black powder coated version...
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At the Jeep and Truck Fest was it our grey JK-8, by chance?
We run the ones from Mac's tie-downs BTW.
Mac's truck bed rail systems, stainless steel mounting hardware and tie down rings
Oh this is cool! I'm starting to like this the more I look at it!
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Very cool guys - am i able to put the soft top up without worry when this is installed
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2resa, do the rings or anything else rattle around at all? This looks super-useful, if it's quiet.

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