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Unread 12-18-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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ZJ roof rack pics/designs

I want to build a roof rack for my heep. Mostly to get the spare upgraded to full size and out of the back, but ill also use it for haulin stuff.

Can i get some pics of your custom roof rack and/or tire mount(on the rack or somewhere else)? Along with some tips and things you learned or would now do differently.

i know there's probably a thread like this, but i can't ever find what im looking for with the google search...http://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/confused.gif

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Unread 12-18-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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I took 2 extra roof rack bars off a scrapped ZJ, put em on, used the front for a light bar, the 2 rear to mount my spare tire and the rear for my back up lights...cost me nothing but time...

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Unread 12-18-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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I'm thinking of building a box to go in between my lights and the tire...just to keep stuff in on trips...I'll make it so its easily removable if I want...but I could use the extra space, especially in the summer, my G/F and I go camping and we use the back for a bed, always moving stuff from the back to the front
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Unread 12-18-2008, 10:14 PM   #4
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I wouldn't recommend putting the spare tire on the roof. A rear tire carrier would be a much better approach.

Why you shouldn't:
More difficult to get to if you need to use it.
Lowers mpg by a few miles.
Creates an even more top heavy center of gravity.
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how do you sleep in the back with your girl? I can't comfortably sleep in the back of my ZJ (rear seats removed and layed flat) don't ask how i know this, but someone forgot to bring the tent, the slept under, i slept inside. Two people? are you both little people?
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Unread 12-18-2008, 10:17 PM   #6
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one on top of the other duh!
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I used a roof rack (basket type) from Cabela's that is made by Valley. It comes with an extender that fits in the center and seems quite solid. Itis mounted on a 2000 XJ using four of the factory crossbars. If interested I'll try to send or post a picture.
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na, im guessing major spoonage... i have to sleep in the fetal position... my legs stick out...
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and dont listen to zjones your spare on a roof rack will give you +1000 and 30 more mpg
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damn, thats clean... i got rid of my crome front grill and put a black one, but now i want a white one.
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and dont listen to zjones your spare on a roof rack will give you +1000 and 30 more mpg
Well I guess if you're running those little tires it wouldn't effect much. But if you have real man tires (33"+) then it would be bad.
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what color is your heep?
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Well I guess if you're running those little tires it wouldn't effect much. But if you have real man tires (33"+) then it would be bad.
your just jealous..
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/post-pics-zj-3-5-iro-lift-31-32-tires-here-651844/

pics in this thread, its white
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I wouldn't recommend putting the spare tire on the roof. A rear tire carrier would be a much better approach.

Why you shouldn't:
More difficult to get to if you need to use it.
Lowers mpg by a few miles.
Creates an even more top heavy center of gravity.

Its not hard to get to..I open the pass door,step up, unlock the lock, throw it down, never had a problem...
I drive a 5.2 gas guzzler...a few miles of worse gas mileage more than compensates for the room in the back
I'm never really in a position as to where that tire screws up my balance, so, its ok for me...never had a problem...


And ya Paddingtonbear, She aint very big...like 5'5 110lbs? And I'm 5'8 140, so..no problem sleeping...I can stretch my feet out easy and not hit my head

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