After seeing the cargo trays that folks had I wanted one. So, after doing some research and determining that they were high I thought I would build my own. I also wanted to do mine in aluminum. I like to “re-purpose” stuff to see if it will work so I started with a Harbor Freight aluminum cargo carrier that fits in the trailer hitch receiver. I also wanted to make mine where it was easy to remove. Cabin fever makes you do stuff!
I posted a couple of pics in the "What did you do to your JK today?". I got asked if I would start a thread. So here it is.
I completely disassembled the tray by drilling all of the rivets out so the individual pieces would fit in my saw.
I then cut the pieces down to make the tray the size I wanted it.
After cutting all of the pieces, I then reassembled the tray using new 3/16” inch aluminum pop rivets.
I made two cross members out of 1” x 2” aluminum square rectangle tubing. I had to cut the cross member that is located towards the back next to the tailgate. You can’t get a solid piece in with a hard top on because of the roll bar. I made a “saddle” to reassemble it once it is installed (the set screws will be replaced with small thumb wheels when they arrive for ease of removal).
The cross member that is directly behind the seat did not have to be cut. It can be installed through the back doors.
The cross members are held in place by wood working table clamps turned upside down. This creates a “pinch” clamp on the tub/top joint. The thumb wheels do not have to be tightened much. This makes the tray easy to remove. I also made four bushings that slide up inside of the tubing so it will not collapse the tubing over time when the thumb wheels are tightened.
I am going to coat it today with bedliner spray so it will be black.
If anyone would like specifics let me know! It was a fun build!
Here are some pics: