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05-30-2014 04:48 PM
Kono I'm in on this . Great write up . Off to Harbor Freight.
05-30-2014 04:35 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by TJDave View Post

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.
05-30-2014 03:36 PM
TJDave 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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07-14-2013 12:17 PM
OkieOutlaw Thanks. That is an awesome idea except now I have to buy two of the dang things. LOL.
07-13-2013 01:22 PM
Bravo.Justin 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..
06-14-2013 07:35 PM
Water Dog 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.
06-14-2013 09:19 AM
ANOTHER JEEP 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.
06-14-2013 09:11 AM
Neil F.
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Originally Posted by Nothing but a jeep thing View Post
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.
06-14-2013 08:36 AM
Nothing but a jeep thing I know it was mentioned above but has anyone thought on how this would work on a soft top?? Greatest idea ever.
06-12-2013 09:37 AM
PBJ Georgia 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!
06-12-2013 09:16 AM
Water Dog 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.
06-12-2013 01:46 AM
Neal5280 Sold this is a great idea. Probably going to get my basket tomorrow!
06-12-2013 12:20 AM
PitViper 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.
06-11-2013 11:20 PM
sblindgren 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.
06-11-2013 08:22 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by JeepJT04 View Post
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.
06-11-2013 06:26 PM
JeepJT04
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
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.
06-11-2013 10:14 AM
david95xj
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
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.



06-11-2013 09:16 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by david95xj View Post
These look great, what are the interior dimensions of that rack?

Also, I run a bestop halftop that wraps around the middle roll bars. Any idea how to attach the back of the rack (closest to the seats). I was thinking running a vertical bar down from the soundbar area.

Thoughts?
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.
06-11-2013 08:23 AM
david95xj These look great, what are the interior dimensions of that rack?

Also, I run a bestop halftop that wraps around the middle roll bars. Any idea how to attach the back of the rack (closest to the seats). I was thinking running a vertical bar down from the soundbar area.

Thoughts?
06-10-2013 09:03 PM
jp2611 'scribed this might get done before Bundy Hill in 2 weeks!!!!
06-10-2013 09:02 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by jeepinmike View Post
I have the exact rack sitting in the garage for the same project....got it on sale and had one of the coupons from magazines, so I got it cheap, but it has been sitting for awhile....I think you have me motivated again
Yeah, I've been waiting for them to go on sale, and they finally did it early last week.
06-10-2013 08:57 PM
jeepinmike I have the exact rack sitting in the garage for the same project....got it on sale and had one of the coupons from magazines, so I got it cheap, but it has been sitting for awhile....I think you have me motivated again
06-10-2013 07:37 PM
Water Dog 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.
05-11-2013 02:30 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by boomer_95 View Post
thats an awesome idea... i may have to borrow it
Me to...
05-11-2013 07:19 AM
boomer_95 thats an awesome idea... i may have to borrow it
05-11-2013 03:14 AM
MrRubicon
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
Hey MrRubicon, How sturdy is that in the center? Would you feel comfortable putting a loaded ice chest on it?
Yep no problem, I can hang on the middle and it doesn't budge an inch.
05-10-2013 07:15 PM
Water Dog Hey MrRubicon, How sturdy is that in the center? Would you feel comfortable putting a loaded ice chest on it?
05-10-2013 05:14 PM
CountryBoyJeep I approve
05-10-2013 04:12 PM
Neil F. After looking at it, that won't work with the soft top. It would be in the way of the bows. What I thought of doing is to make a X platform across the middle.
05-09-2013 05:02 PM
n00g7 Noted! Nice work.
Can you take a pic from the side? I have a deck cover and somewhat frequently use the rear seat though most of the time leave folded up.

I'm thinking I would like to put something like this in for trips to stack more gear above the deck cover (rather than ontop of it directly) and keep everything in with safari straps or something similar.
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