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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #16
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WOW! I love the paint job on your Jeep! Roof rack is awesome too!

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Unread 07-14-2013, 04:30 AM   #17
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Thanks for the compliments. I painted the Jeep with Krylon flat olive green and flat black, and used leaves from my oleander bushes as stencils. Sanding the old paint off took a couple days. The black on the bumpers and cladding is Rustoleum spray-on bedliner, took 4 cans.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 06:22 AM   #18
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LOOKS GOODLOVE THE PAINT GOOD JOB ON THE WHOLE JEEP!
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #19
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Not to be critical of your efforts.. but i'd redo the mounting. Eliminate the wellnuts and through bolt with small plates on the inside.

It honestly wouldn't take much to tear the rack off the sheet metal roof, i'd also consider using at minimum all the factory holes if not more.

I'll be making a platform rack for mine sometime soon, i'll be using these wellnut holes as well, but more along the lines that theksmith did on his WJ. Check his build thread here for what i'm speaking of.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...4-7-ho-526660/
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Unread 07-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #20
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Thanks for the advice, but for the intermediate trail driver that is me, I think the current mounting is more than enough. Future racks might include using 8 mounting points rather than 6, but even at 6 its plenty. It doesn't budge, and I imagine it would take one hell of a tree branch to rip that sucker off.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 04:03 AM   #21
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I'm pretty sure I could remove the 6 bolts, just leaving the rack to sit on the roof with its own weight and drive it to New York without a problem. Because of the way its mounted, with the flanges setting down over the exposed insert edges, it can't slide off. Really, the only thing the 6 bolts are doing is keeping the rack from bouncing up and off the inerts. It works fantastic and supports everything just fine, certainly much better than the factory plastic rack can do.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 05:29 AM   #22
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Terrible! JUNK! Just kidding lol. It actually looks pretty amazing. The perfect size too, not too big or small. Gave me a few ideas about what I might do with mine.. One question though. Is that the limited edition boarder patrol Mexican cartel marijuana camo?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:32 PM   #23
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Hahaha no, but you're about the 3rd person to suggest it looks a bit like marijuana leaf pattern. Its not, I swear its oleander, but I could hide pretty well in Jim and Joebob's weed farm. If a few more ppl tell me it looks like it could be Tommy Chong's Jeep, I'm gonna repaint.

I did a lot of measuring and looking and fitting the rack before I decided on the overall size and mounting location, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #24
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Love it!! looks awesome! Great job.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #25
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Thanks for posting this. It's almost exactly what I've been wanting to do, like the fishing pole hangers, spots for tool boxes and getting rid of the existing rack. I just had no idea how I was gonna go about it.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #26
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How thick are the walls of the tubing you used and how much did it end up costing?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 08:07 AM   #27
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I think you should post up the dimensions that you used, that way we can make our own..
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Unread 07-17-2013, 05:33 PM   #28
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I second that
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Unread 07-17-2013, 07:53 PM   #29
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Hahaha no, but you're about the 3rd person to suggest it looks a bit like marijuana leaf pattern. Its not, I swear its oleander, but I could hide pretty well in Jim and Joebob's weed farm. If a few more ppl tell me it looks like it could be Tommy Chong's Jeep, I'm gonna repaint.

I did a lot of measuring and looking and fitting the rack before I decided on the overall size and mounting location, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
Yeah, it's pretty sweet. I think I like the square tubing better than round bar too. Probably easier to fab up too.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 07:54 PM   #30
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By the way, is that a bomb can paintjob? If so it looks pretty darn even might have to bomb can my jeep. I gotta bunch of mixed matched colors. Gold green black.
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