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Old 01-30-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Overhead consoles

Who, besides Tuffy, makes overhead consoles for TJ's?

If you have one, I'd love to see pics and how you put them to use!

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Check out Dan's stuff at Double D Fab

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I've seen Dan's custom dashboards, good quality work. I expect his overhead consoles are quality work too.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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any DIY?
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I like the Smittybilt G.E.A.R setup. Goes great with the seat cover and tailgate cover.
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any DIY?
I built a "cross" out of PVC that's ty-wrapped to the roll bar on both sides and at the dome ligh. It's attached to the footman loop on the windshield frame. I have my CB mounted to it, and I designed it where it holds plastic containers for storage of small items. I'll put up some pics.
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I like the Smittybilt G.E.A.R setup. Goes great with the seat cover and tailgate cover.
I love my seat covers and always wanted to get the overhead. The pockets don't hang down too low? I always thought they would and would get annoying
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I have the smittybilt overhead and tailgate storage. If you watch for it quadratec or 4wd.com will do a free tailgate with overhead purchase..
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I didn't know that Double D did overhead consoles too! Oh man, I've gotta ask him about that.
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Here's my poor man's overhead storage solution. 3/4" PVC, Krylon Fusion,tie-wraps, and a few plastic containers from Wal-mart.


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Here's my poor man's overhead storage solution. 3/4" PVC, Krylon Fusion,tie-wraps, and a few plastic containers from Wal-mart.


Hey that's more than what I got good job
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Remus, how do you get the bins down when you want to use them?
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Remus, how do you get the bins down when you want to use them?
Either push up and rotate 90 for the small ones and they will drop between the "bars" (the small containers are rectangular) or just push up and over the rack. They rub against the soft top, but it's not a tight fit at all. I slide them toward the center where there is more clearance of the top. The large one will flex enough to pull down between the bars. I may run a couple screws through it into the PVC to keep it in place when I have something a little heavier in there (binoculars). The top will still snap on to the large container, but it's been living in the back seat.

I didn't have the radio in there, but you can see the mounting bracket.

I have a couple more refinements, like routing wires neatly, but it's working so far.
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overhead diy

I recently built a overhead console for my 97 tj. cost me about 6 bucks to build. measured the length and width. length was from the windshield to the rollbar. width is whatever you want. used a piece of thin flat steel. i then bought two strips of 1/8 inch by 1 1/2 wide by 48" long flat steel from home depot. cut the strips to length. use remaining pieces as braces. wrapped entire thing in camo cloth. then i wrapped 550 cord around the entire thing to attach items. mounted front in the channel on windshield. drilled two holes in rear and used hose clamps to attach to rollbar. works great and i have binos, handheld radio and lots of extras all attached and not sagging. and it clears the soft top.
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Thats a sweet one. Who makes that?
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Here's my poor man's overhead storage solution. 3/4" PVC, Krylon Fusion,tie-wraps, and a few plastic containers from Wal-mart.


Holy hell thats awesome. You should do a write up on that. I would be interested in doing something like this for keeping all my fishing gear.
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Thats a sweet one. Who makes that?
I believe that is a Bestop.
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I recently built a overhead console for my 97 tj. cost me about 6 bucks to build. measured the length and width. length was from the windshield to the rollbar. width is whatever you want. used a piece of thin flat steel. i then bought two strips of 1/8 inch by 1 1/2 wide by 48" long flat steel from home depot. cut the strips to length. use remaining pieces as braces. wrapped entire thing in camo cloth. then i wrapped 550 cord around the entire thing to attach items. mounted front in the channel on windshield. drilled two holes in rear and used hose clamps to attach to rollbar. works great and i have binos, handheld radio and lots of extras all attached and not sagging. and it clears the soft top.
Got any pics you can post up, especially how it all attaches? Sounds like that would be a doable setup w/o too much effort.
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will post some pics tonight....
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sorry the way it mounts is so it is completely removable....will take pics and better instructions later....
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Sounds good. Look forward to seeing those pics.
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I recently built a overhead console for my 97 tj. cost me about 6 bucks to build. measured the length and width. length was from the windshield to the rollbar. width is whatever you want. used a piece of thin flat steel. i then bought two strips of 1/8 inch by 1 1/2 wide by 48" long flat steel from home depot. cut the strips to length. use remaining pieces as braces. wrapped entire thing in camo cloth. then i wrapped 550 cord around the entire thing to attach items. mounted front in the channel on windshield. drilled two holes in rear and used hose clamps to attach to rollbar. works great and i have binos, handheld radio and lots of extras all attached and not sagging. and it clears the soft top.
My original design was going built from aluminum angle and sheet metal to create a tray in a "cross", but I got a little spooked about what that might do to my head in an accident, so I went with PVC. My radio isn't PVC, but it's not directly in front and above my forehead either. A "down the center" console of metal would proabably be safer in an accident, but I woudn't want to make it out of anything I coudn't bend with my head....
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that is a valid point. after reading your message i remember i failed to mention that i did put an old towel under the camo cloth. it was originally added to reduce the risk of anything sharp cutting anyone or thing.
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I believe that is a Bestop.
Correct. I chose this one for the added 4 tweeters and speaker.
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Here are the pics one is a complete console the other two are the front and rear up close. if anyone wants more detailed install let me know.
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Correct. I chose this one for the added 4 tweeters and speaker.
my google-fu is not strong tonight; not finding anything that resembles yours, can you post a link please?

Thanks in advance!

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Here are the pics one is a complete console the other two are the front and rear up close. if anyone wants more detailed install let me know.
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Remus, that looks well thought out, and you took your time with it, but I question using tie-wraps as attachment points. Especially if ou hang a CB on it. In any accident that will tear off. You don't want all of that flying around your head.

Get some metal strapping, attach it solidly.
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Remus, that looks well thought out, and you took your time with it, but I question using tie-wraps as attachment points. Especially if ou hang a CB on it. In any accident that will tear off. You don't want all of that flying around your head.

Get some metal strapping, attach it solidly.
It's attached to each side and center roll bar with two Tyton 175 lb ties. The front has a metal tab I designed that's attached to the PVC with screws and slipped into the Footman loop on the windshield frame. The PVC will give before the ties break. Metal = rust or cuts or both, especially in the application where it will probably get wet eventually. I've got a bunch of stainless hose clamps I may try, but the black tie-wraps blend in nicely. It probably wouldn't hurt to add one or two ties at each attachment.
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Remus, it's my fault for not reading every post. Looking back and seeing #22 where you talk about getting knockered in da head, shows you have taken the safety angle into consideration.

I have not checked the specs on them, but the larger ones are fairly strong. Maybe doubling up as you suggested, and limiting the load.

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