|12-11-2014 10:37 AM|
|jagerhelix||The box is a hardigg, made by pelican. I like it a lot, besides all my recovery gear and tool box there is still more room for additional items like stoves, ski boots, and so forth. I'm sure it does add some wind noise, but with the 8" KC lights up there I already had noise. The freedom tops are now kind of a pain in the ass though. I basically have to unbolt the front basket and pick it up to get the tops on easily. Look forward to seeing your RAM setup.|
|12-11-2014 07:40 AM|
I will. I should hopefully get it back on Monday. I would've had it this Friday, but I decided to go with some are RCV axle shafts as well! I didn't even realize you had them until I was looking at your pictures again.
Is that a SKU box that you have in the front? Someone recommended that on the expo portal for additional rooftop storage. How do you like it? Does it cause any additional noise?
Oh, I will also send a picture of what I did to mount my tablet up at the footman loop. basically a few dollars for the parts at Home Depot and you can attach the RAM mount to the footman and it works really nice. Keeps the sun out, and kids can watch movies from the back seat.
|12-10-2014 10:58 PM|
Good to hear! Not many jeeps running around with MC fenders and a rack setup. Post a pic. Here is mine on its last outing, and one from the set them free event in buena vista colorado. I've also got a small single ski rack on it now.
|12-10-2014 06:47 PM|
|stevil||Good to know. Thanks! I guess they figured it out. I sent them a link to your thread. When I talked with them later they said they got it back together.|
|12-10-2014 10:05 AM|
|12-09-2014 10:01 AM|
|stevil||Nice build! I've got the same basic setup w/ a Gobi and a rooftop tent. My shop is adding the full metalcloak Overline system and 37's right now, but they say they are having issues with the rear bracket for the Gobi interfering with the eco armor and fender. How did you get it all working together? Do you have any more detailed pics?|
|07-10-2014 07:57 PM|
Got my front rack on and bolted my box in. I am very happy with it and it's just about the perfect size. Inside I am able to fit...
Hi lift base
and plenty of room for miscellaneous items as well. Certainly nice to get that stuff out of the back.
|07-10-2014 07:19 AM|
|07-10-2014 01:40 AM|
|07-10-2014 01:07 AM|
|07-10-2014 12:57 AM|
I've gotten a bit further with my transition from crawler to overland. I got my full Roof tent setup with awning and awning extention, and finished up my Navigation device. For Nav I went with a Nexus 10 tablet running backcountry navigator pro. I download all my mapping and store it on the device for offline use. I used a Ram mount for the tablet but wasn't very happy with how shaky it was, so I quickly made a cheapo aluminum bracket for it to add a second point of attachment which helped things out tremendously.
I had a chance recently during the Set Them Free off-road event in Buena Vista, CO to do some wheeling with the jeep loaded completely with gear for days and the tent setup. And I really didn't feel more prone to going over. Pretty happy with the setup and it's performance, now I just need to continue improving my storage and load out setup.
Tomorrow I will get my front basket for my roof rack so I can bolt my recovery/toolbox up top. I have a wide low profile tough box that I think will fit their perfectly. The next step will be to build provisions to mount my folding table between the rack and the top of the jeep. That should completely clear out my cargo area.
|05-06-2014 08:20 PM|
Finally got a few pics. Still working on the sliders so they are off for the moment.
|05-06-2014 12:38 AM|
Haven't updated for a while, I finally finished up with my Metal Cloaks. The install itself was straight forward just time consuming and a bit nerve racking. Biggest issues I ran into was other branded items interfering. I had to remove the rear portion of my Gobi rack for the Exoskins, then completely remove my GenRight sliders. They will take a small amount of trimming to match the MC gear but it doesn't seem like it'll take much. Once I get a chance to cut some metal before it's dark I'll attack that.
Also an interesting turn is that now with the added weight of the rack, fenders, and the tire carrier I am now putting a bit more weight on my RK Progressive springs which has softened my ride up.
|04-19-2014 08:59 PM|
|04-19-2014 06:00 PM|
|chrisfp88||Ya lets try to have a beer together this week.|
|04-15-2014 02:33 PM|
|04-15-2014 12:06 PM|
|chrisfp88||Dude we gotta get out and run together this year!|
|04-14-2014 12:51 AM|
It's been a good top for what I got it for, which is a quick and easy top to keep the elements and extreme sun off my head.
Highway speeds it's nice and secure, no crazy flapping or anything. As far as rain goes, I've been caught in numerous storms in it and the only problem is that if the rain settles on the top and starts to pool it can pour over the sides. This is usually only an issue when I've been parked or when leaving for the morning after a night of rain. Even with hard doors on it can still pour inside while getting all that rain off the top because it's not designed to seal. Driving through rain and you'll be nice and dry. My dash has never gotten wet with this top, and only the edges of my seat have gotten wet from clearing water off the top in the mornings.
I'm happy with it. It's really fast to get on, and has a nice permanent spot behind the rear seats so I've always got it.
|04-14-2014 12:28 AM|
|TheGibson||Have you had any issues with it? I am trying to figure out which summer top to buy. I think I have my wife talked into the QuadraTop Safari top combo with the back window / trunk cover, which looks to be about the same thing. Do you have any issues at highway speeds or with rain? I live in CO so there isn't much rain to deal with, but I would like to be able to protect the electronics and keep most of the water off the seats when I am out in the weather.|
|04-14-2014 12:12 AM|
|04-14-2014 12:10 AM|
|TheGibson||What bikini top do you have on your jeep?|
|04-13-2014 11:51 PM|
A couple developments recently, I've decided to switch gears a bit and start pushing a little more towards the expedition realm. It'll be more of a hybrid of both a bare bones crawler, and a mobile camping platform. While not along the lines of a traditional expedition rig, I think it's still going to turn out pretty cool.
Things I've added recently;
ARB Hose kit (super convenient for bikes, emergency tire refill, air mattresses etc...)
Power Tank Roll Bar Brackets and Super Bracket for my 10lb tank. ( Tired of just strapping it in and taking up room)
Gen Right Tire Carrier. (Self explanatory lol, I needed a way to carry my spare other than in the tub)
Here is a pic of the tire carrier, not the best pics but I finished it late at night.
Ordered and waiting for arrival. Gobi Ranger roof rack, Metal Cloak Overlines front and rear with exoskin rear and flare extension for the front.
I'll be borrowing a friends Roof Top Tent for the summer as well to see how we like it. I'll get that on as soon as I get the Rack on. Can't wait, I think it's going to be pretty unique and awesome.
Now just need to decide on some round lights for my gobi rack. I'm thinking KC Daylighters with Smiley faces and everything. I've loved them since I was a kid.
|05-23-2013 12:19 AM|
|20082013JK||Looks great, love those RCVs!|
|05-01-2013 09:50 AM|
|WatchThis!||Makes perfect since to me. I would be more then happy with a free winch, no matter what it was.|
|05-01-2013 12:52 AM|
Ha, I was wondering if that would come up. It was a birthday gift from my dad. He knew I wanted a winch and the X20 is a pretty good deal. No doubt Smitty has some crap out there that's for sure. But as far as winches go, I've been pulled by several and have never personally seen one fail. Maybe some day I can upgrade to a full on Comp winch and rig the smitty to the rear but for now at least I've got something.
I've got some stupid silly plans for it next fall but aside from a few odds and ends this should be about how it sits for the summer wheeling season.
|05-01-2013 12:03 AM|
Looks great, I just have one question. Why spend so much money on such a beefy build and cheap out on a Smittbuilt X20?
Heck I am regretting going with an M series warn winch and am looking to upgrade.
|04-30-2013 11:38 PM|
Update, finally installed my ARB, gears, Aussie locker, and RCVs. And decided to go ahead and ditch the fenders while I was at it. I've got a Smitty X20 sitting in my garage waiting to go on too, just waiting for my winch plate, and recovery gear to show up from Northridge.
I had to install spacers as well to push the wheels out, no more rubbing at full turn! I absolutely love the way it looks and performs right now.
|04-10-2013 07:58 PM|
|mattr||HAHA your JEEP has come a loooong way since we first met you at the gas station to take you up Saran Wrap... I miss my JEEP|
|04-05-2013 06:35 PM|
Finally got my power steering cooler installed.
And got some goodies in the mail!
They are so good looking.
Also got my synergy ball joints
|04-01-2013 08:40 PM|
Got the Jeep torn apart getting ready for Jeep season and had a can of paint laying around...couldn't resist.
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