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bfschor 08-09-2013 10:10 PM

Tub/Bed Rails??
 
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After I remove my hard top, I screw the bolts back into the bolt holes along the top edge of the tub from where they came from (so I don't lose them).

I'm wondering, does someone make rails that could utilize the bolt holes for which the hard top is bolted to? It would be cool as I could use the rails as tie down points when carrying items in the back.

I "Googled" this and only found rails that mount to the side of the tub, but I'm wanting rails that mount on top in the pre-existing holes.

Anyone?

River Hill 08-09-2013 10:17 PM

This is a great idea.

BacaraJKU 08-09-2013 10:19 PM

There was another member looking for something similar. Not sure they found a solution, but said they had seen a Jeep with rails/cover. Maybe be a custom item.

bfschor 08-09-2013 10:29 PM

With all the aftermarket items available for our Jeeps, I'm really surprised this isn't one of them. There's tons of styles for pickup beds, but nothing for the Wrangler??? Really??

sqdnguns 08-09-2013 11:03 PM

I posted something similar with very little feedback. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I.

2resa 08-10-2013 05:21 PM

Cargo Tie Down Rails & Stud Rings

Saw these on a JK Brute at the truck and Jeep fest in ATL today. The folks there couldn't tell me who made them so thank goodness for google. Figure I could trim them down to fit my cargo area if necessary. Like how the latch points are easily moveable.

the Kolector 08-10-2013 05:30 PM

There is an accessory available for the TJ http://www.quadratec.com/products/11019_2000_07.htm that covers the top the tub, its a thick plastic/vinyl piece. I have been wanting something like that for the JK but have yet to find it.

EDIT: Was just thinking, you could always just bedline the rail.

2resa 08-10-2013 05:48 PM

Kolector, love your Dr. Seuss quote. The Lorax is my favorite.

I was thinking that the latch points being off the bottom would be more useable at times. Sometimes I just want to secure a bag of groceries from rolling all over. I measured and it would need to be trimmed but since it's aluminum, shouldn't be an issue.

the Kolector 08-10-2013 06:42 PM

THANKS!! That is definitely a good idea, I was thinkng OP was referring to the top of the rail, tha part directly underneath the lip of the hard top.

bfschor 08-11-2013 12:26 AM

Yep, I was looking for something to bolt to the top of the rail for when I remove the hardtop. I could use the hardtop bolts to then bolt on the rails. They would protect the top of the tub and could be used to hook bungee cords or tie ropes to. I'm not sure how strong the top of the tub is, so maybe that's why no one has come along with a product like this.

the Kolector 08-11-2013 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bfschor (Post 4064760)
Yep, I was looking for something to bolt to the top of the rail for when I remove the hardtop. I could use the hardtop bolts to then bolt on the rails. They would protect the top of the tub and could be used to hook bungee cords or tie ropes to. I'm not sure how strong the top of the tub is, so maybe that's why no one has come along with a product like this.

I think the main issue would be having to bolt them up/unbolt them each time you wanted to take the top off/on. Seems like a huge PITA to be constantly doing it.

bfschor 08-11-2013 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by the Kolector (Post 4065903)

I think the main issue would be having to bolt them up/unbolt them each time you wanted to take the top off/on. Seems like a huge PITA to be constantly doing it.

Well, I guess? I unbolt each time I take the top off and then screw the bolts back in so I don't lose them. I just figure why not bolt on some rails?

the Kolector 08-11-2013 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by bfschor (Post 4066272)
Well, I guess? I unbolt each time I take the top off and then screw the bolts back in so I don't lose them. I just figure why not bolt on some rails?

Thats true too. I dont know, it will probably have to be a one off for you, may have to try to find a fabricator to make a set, maybe contact ACE and see if they could do it, if its worth their while, they could put them in to production, who knows. I may be interested in a set that could stay bolted in place when using the soft top.

2resa 08-11-2013 10:22 PM

I ordered some today and will let you know how they work out. Top isn't an issue with me but if you're constantly taking your hard top on/off then I guess it could get old. For me what's old is trying to reach for groceries that have rolled out (should mention that I have the tuffy tailgate enclosure so I can just open tail gate and get everything).

2resa 08-26-2013 08:10 PM

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Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.

bfschor 08-27-2013 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by 2resa (Post 4123264)
Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.

Oh this looks nice! Not exactly what I was thinking of, but a good alternative. I take that you put the supplied anchors though the existing holes for the hard top bolts? And the holes lined up fine?

Lusus_Naturae 08-28-2013 03:15 PM

Nice job! If I only had a soft top I'd be doing this myself and leaving it there.

2resa 08-28-2013 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by bfschor (Post 4128267)
Oh this looks nice! Not exactly what I was thinking of, but a good alternative. I take that you put the supplied anchors though the existing holes for the hard top bolts? And the holes lined up fine?

I ended up having to trim the rail down a couple inches. Also, the holes didn't line up but drilling a couple new holes in the rail wasn't a problem. I'd make a template if I did it again. I ended up being about 1\2 inch off on one. I also put foam btwn rail and Jeep to prevent scuffing.

2resa 08-28-2013 03:30 PM

btw, thanks!

cc4005 08-28-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by 2resa (Post 4123264)
Finally got around to taking some pictures. So far, I've found the tie down rails super handy. I hook the bungee cord thru grocery bag handles and no more reaching for cans that have rolled all over.

Quick question: If I'm understanding the online info correctly, the pre-drilled holes in the rails are 6" o.c. My JKU bolts appear to be about 12-1/4" o.c. What was your experience, and did you have to ream the factory holes to make it work?

2resa 08-28-2013 04:15 PM

I didn't mess with anything on the Jeep itself. I did have to drill two holes in each rail and used one of the pre-existing holes on rail. Two of the bolts go into the apparatus that holds down the hard top (whatever those clip things are called) and the last one (closest to tailgate), I just used one of the holes already there. I used butterfly nuts on the underside b/c it's a tight squeeze with the wheel well. So each side has three bolts holding it down. Make a simple template. The Jeep body curves and my middle hole ended up being off. Also need to make sure you drill in the open part of the rail rather the notched in parts so that you can get the bolt in there.

cc4005 08-28-2013 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by 2resa (Post 4130931)
I didn't mess with anything on the Jeep itself. I did have to drill two holes in each rail and used one of the pre-existing holes on rail. Two of the bolts go into the apparatus that holds down the hard top (whatever those clip things are called) and the last one (closest to tailgate), I just used one of the holes already there. I used butterfly nuts on the underside b/c it's a tight squeeze with the wheel well. So each side has three bolts holding it down. Make a simple template. The Jeep body curves and my middle hole ended up being off. Also need to make sure you drill in the open part of the rail rather the notched in parts so that you can get the bolt in there.

Thanks. Nice, simple mod.

Rancho 08-28-2013 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by 2resa (Post 4063364)
Cargo Tie Down Rails & Stud Rings

Saw these on a JK Brute at the truck and Jeep fest in ATL today. The folks there couldn't tell me who made them so thank goodness for google. Figure I could trim them down to fit my cargo area if necessary. Like how the latch points are easily moveable.

At the Jeep and Truck Fest was it our grey JK-8, by chance?
We run the ones from Mac's tie-downs BTW.
Mac's truck bed rail systems, stainless steel mounting hardware and tie down rings

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/...ps81350318.jpg

cc4005 08-28-2013 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Rancho (Post 4131040)

Now just need a black powder coated version...

bfschor 08-28-2013 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Rancho (Post 4131040)

At the Jeep and Truck Fest was it our grey JK-8, by chance?
We run the ones from Mac's tie-downs BTW.
Mac's truck bed rail systems, stainless steel mounting hardware and tie down rings

Oh this is cool! I'm starting to like this the more I look at it!

Danfd 02-12-2014 07:54 PM

Very cool guys - am i able to put the soft top up without worry when this is installed

Randolph 02-12-2014 11:36 PM

2resa, do the rings or anything else rattle around at all? This looks super-useful, if it's quiet.


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