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Unread 07-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #166
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Unread 08-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #167
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Major disappointment today. . I hoisted the roof rack up and it won't work with the factory top. It will not sit high enough to clear the B bow (the bow following the B pillar and sport bar. It's also tight above the door surrounds and pushes on the bows...

Good news is it is meant to fit over a safari top, I think it's good news anyway question is ... How wet will we get with just a safari top? We leave all the rear wondows off most of the summer anyhow. We drive in the rain... We have rain gear... What's the diff? Any opinions?
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Unread 08-05-2012, 03:50 PM   #168
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Part of the problem is taking a toddler along. Just me and my wife no problem. Take out the back seat and all good. With kiddos... A whole new issue. A toddler doesn't know how to go without. The roof rack seems the only way. He has rain gear and has never minded driving in the rain before.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #169
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Well... Tough call. For what it's worth it looks like I'm going to be riding solo after all so i could pretty easily take a little gear on the trail for you if you want... But you would have to get it to Ouray.

That being said... I will have a passenger seat with my full top if passenger shelter is ever needed.

We have been getting pretty consistent colorado style afternoon showers lately... Short and aggressive.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #170
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Decisions decisions. The last few runs we have made we've been dumped on without rear windows and survived.

Everything up top will be in duffles. The gear in the duffles will be in plastic bags to keep it dry. The largest bulkiest item will be the cooler(s). That's what is pushing the roof rack as a need.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #171
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I hear you...

It's trips like this that make me wish i had an LJ. Just a little more room would make all the difference.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #172
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Or even a 4 door JK! Damn spookylynx ....
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Unread 08-05-2012, 09:33 PM   #173
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Hold on now... I wouldn't go that far! It pains me to think about LJs... 4 door jeeps are just another thing altogether.

I'm sure if I had a kid that JK wouldn't seem so much of a stretch though.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 09:57 PM   #174
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I feel like the only reasonable solution is a rear mounted rack off the tailgate/ tire swing... which I could put on only for trips like this. The only way I could go a full roof rack is if I was going on a very long trip... but it would have to be completely removable, as I truly cannot stand them even a little. I liked the hard top for this reason... I used to have my thule racks set up on my hard top... which to me looked good... especially compared to the full roof cages. I liked having the ability to carry anything I wanted up there... bikes, skis, thule box, caged luggage rack, etc. but that is the only thing I miss about my hard top.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #175
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The Garvin rack for my swing out tire carrier is only 36 by 16 or thereabouts... The size of a cooler. It only costs about 350 after shipping

I know I am not keeping this rear bumper. I am going to cut it off and get something with a better departure angle and up to holding larger meats.

Camping trips with the whole family are not the majority of what we do, so I don't want to build toward that. Day trips etc.. Are.

I think I am going to go with the safari top and bring rain gear!

The tire carrier rack makes sense. I just don't want to invest in this one!
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #176
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This rack will be a temporary thing. Will be removable. I wanted a safari top anyway.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:39 PM   #177
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I hear you there... my rear bumper tire carrier has a limited timespan as well... for similar reasons. Only mine will have to be custom... just like everything else on my jeep. I am pretty much to the point with my jeep that I actually can't buy anything bolt on anymore. It seems that every single thing has to be custom made.

Bring on the safari top! I don't know what the safari tops cost... but depending on the price you might consider a bowless soft top, which strips down to a safari top. I love mine... Hoover's rampage is even better. As a bonus it would probably even work with this rack in the same way you were hoping your soft top would.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:46 PM   #178
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Could build this in about an hour or so, and make it whatever size you need...assuming the bumper/carrier is up to it!
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Unread 08-06-2012, 07:57 AM   #179
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The carrier would be up to it! It's meant to have a rack and two gas cans on it. It's welded to the frame. How does the rampage top fit around the door surrounds? Does it work without them? At least sort of? I know I won't be weather proof. I do like the idea of the rampage top that is a safari and a full top. Just a safari top is about 100.00
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Unread 08-06-2012, 07:59 AM   #180
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Hoovail - is yours a sailcloth top or black diamond?
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