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Unread 10-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #691
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Soft top season is here
Yup! I haven't had the top off in a while, but the heat & rain will let up soon...hopefully.

Are you going to be at jeeptoberfest?

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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:05 AM   #692
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The rack pivots out of the way if your going to lift the hardtop straight up and far enough over head to pivot the rack back into position or if you could secure the rack and back the jeep up a little then pivot it back down. What I did was 1. make sure you get the quick disconnects for the front of the rack. 2. I took the two bolts out where it pivots and just lifted the rack off the Jeep with the help of one other person. Then slid the roof off the back, took maybe 5 minutes longer than just removing the hardtop by hand would. I also have a hoist in my garage but would still need to remove the rack first drive into my garage hook up the roof like normal then pull back into the driveway and put the rack on. All that said its so worth the extra 5-10 minutes it takes to mess with. i've hauled all kinds of crap that other wise I wouldn't be able to with the TJ's small storage area. Plus it just looks cooland one of these days will hold my roof top tent.
thanks for the information. My work happens to be located next door to Gobi's Manufacturing facility so.. they install for no extra charge! I can't wait to get it done. They have a nice facility and it seems like a really great product. Hope so since it's a little pricey.

Thanks though that helps alot. I will make sure to get the quick disconnects for the front.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 02:54 PM   #693
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thanks for the information. My work happens to be located next door to Gobi's Manufacturing facility so.. they install for no extra charge! I can't wait to get it done. They have a nice facility and it seems like a really great product. Hope so since it's a little pricey.

Thanks though that helps alot. I will make sure to get the quick disconnects for the front.

It was on the pricey side but I would recommend it to anyone based on quality, looks and the great company that makes them. Mine was a bit delayed and so they said hey we'll send you some disconnects for free. I'm so glad they did it makes messing with the rack a breeze. I just wish they made a rack for the WJ
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Unread 10-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #694
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Read through your thread before but can't remember if it was mentioned. Have you ever considered the rampage fastback soft top?
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Unread 10-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #695
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Yup! I haven't had the top off in a while, but the heat & rain will let up soon...hopefully.

Are you going to be at jeeptoberfest?

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The weather is perfect right now. Not sure if I'll make it to jeeptoberfest, want to but have a bunch of stuff going on.



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Read through your thread before but can't remember if it was mentioned. Have you ever considered the rampage fastback soft top?
They look like a great top and easy to deal with but haven't really considered getting one.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 10:58 PM   #696
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took some pictures after cleaning up the Jeep, had some help with washing it.












Also have the Z in action now, such a fun car to drive. I just need to finish the WJ and then its green TJ and Corvair time
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Unread 10-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #697
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Unread 10-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #698
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Where did you go to get the z painted? I'm looking to buy a fixer.. I know I'm not local to you but just curious if it was a well known body shop or something cheap like maaco
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Unread 10-10-2013, 08:14 AM   #699
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I understand about jeeptoberfest, same with me. Hopefully I get enough done to go.

Rampage tops are cool, but stupid for Florida imo. I got one b/c I needed something to get me through & I would've needed new hardware....& it was cheap. Factory tops are great for Florida, they go up & down so easily & the windows are harder, but not that bad to put on, even in 40 degree weather. With all the rain here, the ease of the oem stuff is hard to beat.

I like my rampage, but it's a cheap top that I got to stay dry & it works....but I can't put the top down nearly as much.

Also, I may have missed it, but what seats are those?

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Unread 10-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #700
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Where did you go to get the z painted? I'm looking to buy a fixer.. I know I'm not local to you but just curious if it was a well known body shop or something cheap like maaco
We use a few body shops for work and I had one of them do it. It's not a cheap Maaco job but isn't a $3k-$5k chip foose type job either. It has some issues here and there I'll deal with one at a time over the years but just walking by it looks 1000 times better than before. Sort of glad it isn't perfect, I won't feel so bad when it gets stone chips or marks from auto-x'ing it. I recently plasti-dipped the wheels. Just as a temporary fix until I buy new wheels and tires for it.

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Unread 10-22-2013, 04:40 PM   #701
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Why have I not seen this build before!? Certainly going to follow.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 04:45 PM   #702
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Looks so much better with the plasti dip
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Unread 10-22-2013, 05:15 PM   #703
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Why have I not seen this build before!? Certainly going to follow.
I feel the same way now, great looking rubicon and nice job on the steering box




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Looks so much better with the plasti dip
Thanks I think so as well. For my first Plasti-Dip experience they turned out decent. I can see using that stuff for all sorts of projects.




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Unread 10-22-2013, 05:59 PM   #704
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I feel the same way now, great looking rubicon and nice job on the steering box
Thanks, I still need to finish it up this weekend, going to be building a steering box brace as well.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #705
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Completely dropped the soft top for the perfect weather we had on Friday. My daughter loved it and it was very easy to do with the GOBI rack pivoted back and resting on the slightly open tire swing out.







Even fits well in the driveway with the Z
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