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Old 06-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #31
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Inside dimensions are 17 5/8" x 50 1/8". Mine sits on the tub (used some felt pads) and made a clamp bar out of 3/4 x 3/4 aluminum angle, but you are probably thinking of mounting it higher like the OP.
Kind of, i just cant utilize the middle roll bar with the half top on.

Bracket kind of like this bestop one.




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Old 06-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #32
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Well, I finished mine. I decided to run my aluminum the other direction and just set it and clamp it down to the tub since I won't be using it in conjunction with the top anyway. I also had a couple of high lift hood brackets on the shelf so I figured I'd just mount them on the back. I think this is going to be real handy on the trails. Thanks for the idea.
What did you use to clamp it to body? Can you snap more pics of it? I don't use my seat at all. An I always have gear in back.

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #33
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What did you use to clamp it to body? Can you snap more pics of it? I don't use my seat at all. An I always have gear in back.
Just a piece of 3/4" aluminum angle on each end bolted on with 5/16 carriage bolts. The edge of the aluminum slides under the lip of the tub top, then just tighted the nuts underneath. I had to cut some notches in the one on the drivers side to go around the brackets that are part of the tub. Here's some pics.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:20 PM   #34
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Fantastic idea! ! ! Just getting back from Moab and trying to strap things down in the back of my TJ was difficult to say the least.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:20 AM   #35
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Thats a great idea. Its got me thinking of picking maybe 3 up and use the for cargo racks up top. Beats paying 300-500 for a larger basket on top of the 300-500 for the mounting rails.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:46 AM   #36
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Sold this is a great idea. Probably going to get my basket tomorrow!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:16 AM   #37
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BTW, when I assembled my basket, I didn't cut off the ends of the cross tie pieces that the op did. I just recentered the pieces and used the existing holes in the ends to drill new holes in the basket border piece.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:37 AM   #38
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Awesome idea! I think I am going to try and build the hangers in from the top and cross brace onto the back crossbar (kinda like bestop) in order to keep the soft top clearance but I never would have thought of this. Thanks for Sharing!
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:36 AM   #39
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I know it was mentioned above but has anyone thought on how this would work on a soft top?? Greatest idea ever.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #40
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I know it was mentioned above but has anyone thought on how this would work on a soft top?? Greatest idea ever.
Make support braces to the roll bars for under the basket in an X across the middle. That configuration would not get in the way of the top bows.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:19 AM   #41
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Great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I will have to measure to see if it will fit in the back of my LJ with the rear seat in. I have to take the grand kids on the trail with me and need the rear seat, but need all the room I can get
Thanks again everybody for the idea and the different installation options.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #42
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FWIW...Picked up a little Igloo Marine Ice Chest the other day at Wallymart that is a perfect fit for the storage rack....in case anyone is interested.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #43
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Has anyone fastened this to the roll bars with the foam and padding on? Trying to think of a way to support the weight without cutting into the foam. A quicker install system would also be a plus..
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Thanks. That is an awesome idea except now I have to buy two of the dang things. LOL.
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I stole Water Dog's idea, and it worked great.

What I have is a cargo rack, built by a local Jeeper, that fits over the spare tire. I modified it with some supports and Qwik-Fist clamps to hold a shovel and ax. Unfortunately, even with an aftermarket carrier, it bounced around too much on the rougher trails. I even bought a smaller low profile cooler, but was no help.
I also didn't like how far it stuck out the back.

So.... I moved it. I used thick gauge steel square stock. Two existing hard top bolt holes, two new holes, and 4 factory hard top fasteners. Then bolted the rack on with stainless bolts and lock nuts.
Now I can carry a regular size cooler, and don't loose any cargo space. It is very solid.

It can also be easily removed, and the tire hoop slid back on for top-on smooth snow wheelin' season.

Thanks Water Dog for the great idea.

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Thanks Water Dog for the great idea.
Nice Dave...looks great. I just put mine back on for the year. They do come in handy. I like the shovel mount so I just ordered a couple of Quick Fists....great idea.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:48 PM   #47
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I'm in on this . Great write up . Off to Harbor Freight.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:11 AM   #48
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Just finished mine. Exact same set up as OP. Got the materials and put it all together in under 4 hours. This is such a good idea.
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That is a great job dude I use my rear area every once in a while but that is a great idea.

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