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post #16 of 60 Old 01-05-2017, 09:59 AM
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That looks great, I chose to go with an exoskeleton but I did consider this as well.


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That looks great, I chose to go with an exoskeleton but I did consider this as well.
I really liked those and looked for a used one for a long time. You can fit a lot of luggage up there! I didn't like the looks of the cheaper ones: the barricade and quadratec specials, etc. I really liked the Gobi and wilderness safari rack but didn't want to spend that kind of money.

I don't like that this rack is useless most of the year since I usually run a soft top and bikini top as weather allows. In the summer, my bike rack attaches to the tire carrier, the canoe tends to go on the light bar and homemade tire carrier Tee bar (galvanized pipe).

The important thing is that it gets my skis to the ski "mountain". I'm still sporting the old style long straight wood downhill skis and long xc skis, so they don't really fit inside if there is a passenger.

I think the only thing left that I need is a fly rod attachment. I wonder if the ski carrier will hold my fly rod
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post #18 of 60 Old 01-05-2017, 07:09 PM
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Here is how it looks
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I bit the bullet and tried to get this done before the snow started accumulating. Set it, marked it, drilled it, dropped in the bolts, found out the shank on the bolts are too long, test fit the slotted L-channel, called it a night! Tomorrow, I'm going to round off the corners of the L- channel, add rubber edging to the drop side of the channel and install. The channel will get painted in the Spring.
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I bit the bullet and tried to get this done before the snow started accumulating. Set it, marked it, drilled it, dropped in the bolts, found out the shank on the bolts are too long, test fit the slotted L-channel, called it a night! Tomorrow, I'm going to round off the corners of the L- channel, add rubber edging to the drop side of the channel and install. The channel will get painted in the Spring.
Looks good, few points I am sure you have considered. If you have the sport bar then the L-Channel is brilliant for a cargo net with all the holes. You could trim it shorter at the door and washer the front section as a cargo net is unlikely to work in the front (Over the driver and passenger front seats). A motorcycle cargo net from ebay is very affordable and would work great on the sides if you were so inclined to store that way. Door edge guard is great for lining thin steel edge and in very low cost especially at trim shops. Love Love Love the mod!!!

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Great write up! I'd just like to add a couple things i did differently. First, i didnt realize there was a Cherokee with a short roof rack. I ended up getting the standard length and cutting it down to my desire. I did keep the width, however, because i wanted it to mount as close to the side of the jeep as possible. I wanted it closer to the sides because that is where the top would be stronger. The width of the cherokee top was perfect and the slight curve on the bottom of the rack matched the curve of the hardtop.


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This is the inside mounting. I tried not to drill my holes inside the channel in case that would sacrifice and structural integrity

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When i picked up my roof rack from the junkyard, i grabbed the cross bars from a cherokee and a grand cherokee. The grand cherokees cross bars were narrower in width by a couple inches. I dont have the exaxt measurements, but when i test fitted the rack with the grand cherokee bars it looked about the same width you have yours. So for anyone that doesnt want to cut down the width of the bars, the grand cherokee bars might be perfect. They also might be a little narrower than yours, but i would have to remember where i put them and measure them
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Looks Great

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Here is how it looks
I like how the corners are cut and welded on yours. It looks way better on a YJ than the bent bar. The bent bars look better on a newer vehicle.
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I like how the corners are cut and welded on yours. It looks way better on a YJ than the bent bar. The bent bars look better on a newer vehicle.
It is exceptionally hard to bend the bars without a quality bender and a Jig and the harder corners go with the square headlights in my opinion. Thanks

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Well, made a little progress tonight... bolts in and channel installed. I ran the neoprene washers between the fiberglass and the channel. I tightened the nuts from the center out to the edges and the channel conformed to the curvature of the top nicely.

It's too cold out to RTV the holes under the rack so I'll do that in the Spring as well. Now all that needs to be done is cut and sew the material for the back hatch and I can get this top on the Jeep!
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Looks good, expecting near 70 degree weather here on thursday

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Thanks! Supposed to be 50ish today, almost 60 tomorrow and then 50ish again on Friday! Definitely going to be putting in some OT work on the Jeep while I can!

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Thanks! Supposed to be 50ish today, almost 60 tomorrow and then 50ish again on Friday! Definitely going to be putting in some OT work on the Jeep while I can!
Definitely won't be needing the hard top to function for at least a few more days!
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Going to try and add these to the corners of the roof rack to serve as tie down points. Depending on how they look will determine whether they stay or not. The plan is to replace the bolts on the four corners of the rack with the eye bolts.
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What are you gonna carry up there? Bigfoot?
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