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10-23-2014 10:56 AM
tobyw I've got an LJ and 2 minions that are constant companions on the trail, so my take is slightly different:





10-19-2014 09:15 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by zghth View Post
Quick question... Did you modify the rack itself in any way? I have that rack and have used it in the traditional manor and from your pictures it looks like you are missing the center hitch receiver part? If you did modify it, what did you have to do?
I left the center section out, and just used shorter bolts to bolt the two halves together. It also means redrilling the holes in the upper rails where the short top pieces span the two halves, but it's easy.

My son used the same rack for his and wanted his a little longer to set on top of some speaker boxes he built so he left the 2" section in the center in place and just cut off the part that stuck out. I think he plugged it with some kind of square plastic cap....probably one of those receiver plugs.
10-18-2014 09:16 AM
Lakeman1
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
Normally when using it, the only two heavier items I carry on it are an ice chest on the far driver's side which is strapped down, and a gas can on the far passenger side which is also strapped down. Everything else is pretty much soft goods in the center...sleeping bags, clothes, etc. Plus the seat backs protect anything from really coming forward except for that little 7" space in the center.

I try to keep as much of the heavy stuff as I can (tools, parts, etc) sitting down in the tub to keep the center of gravity lower.
Sounds good, you have it covered. Real good idea.
10-18-2014 09:12 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Lakeman1 View Post
All of these look great but you need a barrier on the front side. Anything heavy in a panic stop would come to the front with you.
Normally when using it, the only two heavier items I carry on it are an ice chest on the far driver's side which is strapped down, and a gas can on the far passenger side which is also strapped down. Everything else is pretty much soft goods in the center...sleeping bags, clothes, etc. Plus the seat backs protect anything from really coming forward except for that little 7" space in the center.

I try to keep as much of the heavy stuff as I can (tools, parts, etc) sitting down in the tub to keep the center of gravity lower.
10-17-2014 08:55 PM
Lakeman1 All of these look great but you need a barrier on the front side. Anything heavy in a panic stop would come to the front with you.
10-17-2014 07:54 PM
Bravo.Justin Great idea waterdog. When I get time, I have an idea to raise it on a relatively "quick" release type suspension system. I have a roof rack now so it's not as big of a deal, but I need to be able to fit a full size Rottweiler underneath the basket.
10-15-2014 10:18 AM
Border Dave Those are two really good ideas. Thanks, guys!
10-15-2014 10:12 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Border Dave View Post
I'm thinking about doing this to my jeep, but I still would like to use my backseat from time to time. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a quick disconnect set-up for the rack?
Depends on the height you want it. I used to have mine sitting on the tub, but found that I would like to have it installed with my hard top or soft top, so I cut a couple of pieces of aluminum angle, curved the edges and bolted them to the inside of the tub for the rack to sit on. The angle stays there when the rack is out. It doesn't take long to remove it with a ratchet (four 5/16" nuts), but if you wanted it quicker, you could use wing nuts or machine knobs.
10-15-2014 06:03 AM
Thegerb50
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Originally Posted by Border Dave View Post
I'm thinking about doing this to my jeep, but I still would like to use my backseat from time to time. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a quick disconnect set-up for the rack?
Sure

Instead of bolting the rack to the cross bars that run between the sports bar secure the rack to the cross bars with a clevis & hairpin cotter pin
10-14-2014 11:21 AM
Border Dave I'm thinking about doing this to my jeep, but I still would like to use my backseat from time to time. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a quick disconnect set-up for the rack?
09-14-2014 09:33 AM
jdecker88 That is a great job dude I use my rear area every once in a while but that is a great idea.
09-13-2014 10:56 PM
bryanskwirut
09-12-2014 02:11 AM
bryanskwirut 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.
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.



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