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08-08-2014 12:21 PM
kramer2k Just in case there are some eyes on this thread that don't make it to my FS thread, I wanted to provide an update.

I'm going to be including my utility trailer in the Jeep sale free of charge.

It has new tires, wheels, and electrical and is a nice little hauler. Lots of ways to customize it to your specific needs.


Free trailer



08-04-2014 02:45 PM
fljeepleo Sad to see it go, I followed this build from the beginning. Good luck with the new home, family first!
08-04-2014 10:39 AM
dalearyous nooooooooooooooooooo!
08-04-2014 07:54 AM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by tabber02 View Post
very sad news Kramer! i'll ask around, i'm sure i may be able to help you find a home for this beauty!
Thanks bud!

Yeah, I've had to sleep on this one for a few days. It's bittersweet indeed. Very sad to lose a vehicle I really love and put a lot of time in to. But happy to see new doors open with a possible house purchase.
08-04-2014 07:50 AM
tabber02
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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
I have come to the tough decision to sale my Jeep.

Here is the sale thread for those interested. Spread the word please. This Jeep needs a new home and is sure to give someone a barely-used turnkey machine.
very sad news Kramer! i'll ask around, i'm sure i may be able to help you find a home for this beauty!
08-04-2014 07:45 AM
kramer2k I have come to the tough decision to sale my Jeep.

Here is the sale thread for those interested. Spread the word please. This Jeep needs a new home and is sure to give someone a barely-used turnkey machine.
07-08-2014 10:10 PM
leonhall Hi Kramer,

I have the 2013 premium soft top with safari straps as well. I also bought a boot, but have not tried to put it on yet as I don't think it will fit. Even when not attaching the safari straps to the tailgate bar, when i put the soft top down it sits really high and seems as though the straps are getting in the way of allowing to top to fold flat. Do you have any recommendations of how to fold down the soft top with the safari straps?

Oh and your rig looks great man, very good work :thumbsup
05-28-2014 06:41 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by KidKaddy View Post
Hi Kramer,

Can you tell me how you managed to clip the safari straps and thread the soft top boot into the tailgate bar?

I have been pondering how you did that as I now have both also.
You can't use the tailgate bar with both the Safari Straps and the soft top boot. They both need the tailgate bar, so you must choose which you want. I just used the tailgate bar with my soft top boot and forego using the four tailgate buckles from the safari straps.
05-12-2014 08:30 PM
KidKaddy
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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
I went with what Safari Straps calls the 4DR Warrior Window Extended. It includes the rear cover and 2 side window covers. I did not opt for the full cage because I have a SpiderWebShade that covers the top of my Jeep.

As far as still using them...absolutely! They are awesome. I love them. They've been on since the day I got them and I haven't removed them since.
Hi Kramer,

Can you tell me how you managed to clip the safari straps and thread the soft top boot into the tailgate bar?

I have been pondering how you did that as I now have both also.
04-30-2014 08:42 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by dalearyous View Post
and i assume your soft top goes over them just like the spiderwebshade?
Yessir, that's correct.

The only catch is that you have to unstrap two straps per side to allow the soft top frame to swivel up.
04-13-2014 06:16 PM
dalearyous and i assume your soft top goes over them just like the spiderwebshade?
04-13-2014 03:42 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by KidKaddy View Post
Hi Kramer,

When you bought the safari straps did you just cover the back portion of your jeep or did you buy the straps that went all the way to the front fully enclosing the jeep?

The straps look great are you still using them?
I went with what Safari Straps calls the 4DR Warrior Window Extended. It includes the rear cover and 2 side window covers. I did not opt for the full cage because I have a SpiderWebShade that covers the top of my Jeep.

As far as still using them...absolutely! They are awesome. I love them. They've been on since the day I got them and I haven't removed them since.
04-11-2014 01:24 PM
KidKaddy
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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
I was pleasantly surprised when Jason notified me earlier this week that my Safari Straps and Teraflex Hi-Lift mount (ordered March 11) were on their way.

I installed both and bathed up the Jeep for tomorrow's ride south to Jeep Beach.

First up are the Safari Straps. These things are primo materials and craftsmanship upon initial inspection.

I did the two side windows first and then moved onto the rear. It was a very straightforward job and I absolutely love the outcome. I think it's going to cut the turbulence some and keep passers-by with grabby hands from reaching in. And they just look badass IMO.









Next I installed the Teraflex Hi-Lift mount. Again, very easy job.

Before



Bracket Only





After





All cleaned up ready to ride in the morning.

Hi Kramer,

When you bought the safari straps did you just cover the back portion of your jeep or did you buy the straps that went all the way to the front fully enclosing the jeep?

The straps look great are you still using them?
03-26-2014 07:39 PM
dalearyous congrats kramer!
03-26-2014 04:43 PM
kramer2k
Quote:
Originally Posted by fljeepleo View Post
Well it's March 14th, do we have a new Jeeper?
Baby Jeeper arrived March 9!

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Originally Posted by dalearyous View Post
*edit* silence from kramer probably means yes
Yes! It's been an awesome couple of weeks. All the adjustments and lack of sleep are totally worth it.

BTW, congrats on your upcoming arrival.

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Originally Posted by Maloofy View Post
Congrats on new edition kramer2k
rig looks awesome, I also am working on my '13 CG JKU, adding the smaller mods while saving up for bigger pieces. Wondering how that stubby antenna X works for you? I think that simply changes that area into beast mode. Are those grille inserts solid or kinda plastic feeling? did you have to pull front grille off for application. Keep up the good work.
The stubby antenna is great for me, but I don't listen to radio. I pretty much use Pandora streamed via BT through my aftermarket head unit 99% of the time. The grille inserts are very solid. They're metal, and pretty heavy gauge metal at that. Not flimsy at all. You do have to remove the grille for installation, but that is literally a 5 minute job. There's a lot of tutorials out there to help you along.
03-22-2014 09:19 AM
Maloofy Congrats on new edition kramer2k
rig looks awesome, I also am working on my '13 CG JKU, adding the smaller mods while saving up for bigger pieces. Wondering how that stubby antenna X works for you? I think that simply changes that area into beast mode. Are those grille inserts solid or kinda plastic feeling? did you have to pull front grille off for application. Keep up the good work.
03-14-2014 08:02 AM
dalearyous my new jeeper will be here may 24th. i am pushing to pick my wife up from hospital in jeep but with 35s and 3.5" lift that will be on there by then i don't know if she could get in. maybe step ladder is in order

i would show up top and doors off but i don't think the hospital would let us go

*edit* silence from kramer probably means yes
03-14-2014 07:47 AM
fljeepleo Well it's March 14th, do we have a new Jeeper?
02-27-2014 04:54 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by dalearyous View Post
Kramer, when is baby due? Do you have anything planned? Jeep Jamboree?
Official due date is March 14. But it's questionable if we'll make it to that date. Getting close!


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Originally Posted by Bearfan View Post
First of all congrats on the baby , should be arriving very soon! Second, great thread! Lots of great ideas and love what you did to your jeep.
Thanks a lot Bearfan.


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Originally Posted by DDBama View Post
Thanks for the reply. I didn't realize you had the drop hitch extension. What is the length of the extension you have? Also if you don't mind me asking, we're you able to find a good price with shipping on the frame? The best I can find is on Amazon for $200+$50 shipping!
The drop hitch is StowAway brand, and I got it from FastTrackRacks for $67.

I got the swinging frame-only setup directly from StowAway for around $215 shipped. I think I had a small discount and got free shipping. It was something like that. I hope this helps.
02-27-2014 12:02 AM
DDBama Thanks for the reply. I didn't realize you had the drop hitch extension. What is the length of the extension you have? Also if you don't mind me asking, we're you able to find a good price with shipping on the frame? The best I can find is on Amazon for $200+$50 shipping!

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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
It has worked fantastic so far. It was exactly what I was looking for from the start of brainstorming a device.

I cannot recall which length arm I went with. I knew it wouldn't matter in my case because I knew none of them would work without combining it with the drop hitch extension I have on there. My 35" spare created that necessity.
02-25-2014 09:27 PM
Bearfan First of all congrats on the baby , should be arriving very soon! Second, great thread! Lots of great ideas and love what you did to your jeep.
02-25-2014 06:21 PM
dalearyous Kramer, when is baby due? Do you have anything planned? Jeep Jamboree?
02-25-2014 05:05 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by DDBama View Post
I'm looking to build a similar carrier for my jeep. Do you know if you bought the Near, Far, or Extra Far model swing away arm? There is a picture on there site showing these different models which changes the distance between the hitch pin hole and edge of where the cargo box would be located. The extra far model is 14.25" and the far is 12.75". I think I can get away with the far model but it will be close.

How has the setup worked for you so far?
It has worked fantastic so far. It was exactly what I was looking for from the start of brainstorming a device.

I cannot recall which length arm I went with. I knew it wouldn't matter in my case because I knew none of them would work without combining it with the drop hitch extension I have on there. My 35" spare created that necessity.
02-25-2014 05:02 PM
kramer2k
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Originally Posted by HARRINGT0N View Post
Awesome thread. Has given me tons of ideas. Awesome Jeep. Thanks
Thanks Harrington! I appreciate that.
02-25-2014 02:19 PM
DDBama I'm looking to build a similar carrier for my jeep. Do you know if you bought the Near, Far, or Extra Far model swing away arm? There is a picture on there site showing these different models which changes the distance between the hitch pin hole and edge of where the cargo box would be located. The extra far model is 14.25" and the far is 12.75". I think I can get away with the far model but it will be close.

How has the setup worked for you so far?

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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
I finished up a project I'm excited about over the weekend.

I had been looking high and low for a suitable cargo carrier that satisfied a particular set of criteria. I wanted it to swing away from the rear of the tailgate, thus allowing me to access cargo back there and to utilize my tailgate fold down table. It had to clear my spare tire so that I could in fact open the tailgate and not have it interfere with the spare tire.

I found a company called StowAway2 that makes a swing away arm with either a rack attached or a cargo box. Their rack wouldn't work because it has such a high side on it. That wouldn't have allowed the tailgate to open due to interference with the spare tire.

I found that they offer the frame only. I sprung for that and then worked on finding a rack to mount on top of it.

I wanted an aluminum frame to cut down on weight. I found the Curt Folding aluminum carrier on Amazon for $100.

The carrier comes with parts I won't need obviously. Here's everything in the box.



And here's the carrier just the way it came in the box. It was fully assembled and I plugged it right into my drop hitch receiver.



The frame has triple redundant safety features to keep it secured.

The orange handle unlatches it. The t-bolt screws into the swinging arm.



And the hinge has a safety pin to hold it closed or at 90* if on a hill.



Here it is opened to 90*.



And here it is opened 180*.



I then assembled just the top part of the aluminum cargo carrier so that I could place it on top of the swinging frame.

I had to come up with a way to reinforce the carrier and have it sit properly on the frame arms.

I bought some 3/16" steel bar from HD and cut it to fit the carrier width. I placed a piece on top and on bottom and drilled holes that lined up with those in the frame support arms.



I had to cut a couple pieces of the grate to get the carrier to sit evenly.



TO BE CONTINUED…
02-08-2014 04:48 PM
HARRINGT0N Awesome thread. Has given me tons of ideas. Awesome Jeep. Thanks
02-01-2014 10:22 PM
nicdmorgan
MOLLE fix

hey kramer2k i used a chair leg rubber caps that i found at the hardware store to fix my tailgate molle rack. I just used a self tapping screw and mounted the cap in the center of the rack. i screwed the rubber cap into the tailgate. this will solve the rattle completely. I can't remember what size i used but it was either 3/4 or 5/8. Shop Waxman 4-Pack 3/4-in Rubber Tips at Lowes.com.
01-20-2014 03:33 PM
Uncle Joe Congratulation Kramer!!
01-13-2014 11:26 PM
paleh0rse Congrats on the pending little jeeper, that's the best mod yet!
01-13-2014 09:29 PM
dalearyous
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Originally Posted by kramer2k View Post
Thanks so much for the kind words guys.





Quote of the day nomination right here. LOL
i mean, girl or boy, i will have created a co-pilot.
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