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Old 12-13-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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strap job, ok?

hey guys, i have only put about 3k miles on my tj so i am by no means an expert. what i present you with today is this. friday i am driving to rhode island from maryland, which is typically a 6-8 hour drive. my wifes car just crapped on us so the tj it is. the issue is i have to take my dogs which obviously need to go inside, as well as take our bags. i was going to get a hitch and a cargo rack but the quickest i could get one here is in like three days and then would still have to put it on. leaving at a later date is not an option here. so i took a "roof bag" that i had lying around and put it on the roof. i figure i could put the dogs in the back and our two duffle bags of clothes on the roof "soft top" i ran one cargo strap from the "hood bracket" i will call it over the top and looped it around the tire. the side strap i just looped around the roll bar and over the top and the same on the other side. i am also going to just run a board from the middle rollbar to the hook just above the rear view to support the weight of the bags so they do not pull on the soft top. i have hosted some pics so you guys can see how its all setup. minus the board, so you can tell me what might be some possible weak points or what would even be a bad idea. thanks










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Old 12-13-2006, 02:22 PM   #2
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I would make sure the bulk of the weight is on the "B" hoop of your rollbar to make sure you aren't stretching out your softtop. Other than that, you shouldn't have any issues, just keep an eye on it to make sure you don't get too much shifting around... Good luck.

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Old 12-13-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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with a piece of plywood or another board supporting the weight of the bags...and then that weight being put on the softtop frame and windshield frame, i think you'll be just fine.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:53 PM   #4
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theres no way I'd do it that way... I'd strap the 2 duffle bags to the spare and be off..
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:23 PM   #5
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Have you checked out U-Haul to see if they can install a hitch for you. They tend to have most of them in stock. I think I would rather go with your plan A.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:25 PM   #6
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U-haul won't let you tow with a Wrangler.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:14 PM   #7
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Amerijeep is right but he is talking about having a trialer hitch install which they will do. Why can't the bags go behind the rear seat? You could also take out the back seat, that would leave you enough room for the bags and dogs. I would stay away from strapping it to the roof, 1. the dogs won't like it (j/k)and 2. it might strech out your top. If you haven't noticed tops are expen$ive. just my two cents
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:21 AM   #8
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Getting a hitch and a rear carrier is the way togo IMO. Wind vibration and straps can cause some damage. Had to have some bodywork done to an F-150 I had because of it. On my relocation trip to Seattle the straps actually wore a hole in the steel of the truck bed. I can't imagine what could happen to the softtop on a Jeep.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:22 AM   #9
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I would be ok with your plan if it was just a short trip, but 6 hours at highway speed, I would be very uncomfortable with.
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if you decide to do it like that (in the pictures) give those straps a few twists....it'll keep them from fluttering back and forth and tearing up stuff

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