Over a year later, this thing is still holding strong. The bars are all still true and not curving south dispite having supported an 80lb punching bag for two hours, several crates of ammunition (gunshow hording), rifles, groceries, delivery of a full sized spare tire, you name it!
EDIT: Please don't keep a full sized spare tire or any spare tire on the rack. I did it just for a delivery, but still--while the rack can stand the weight, the spare tire makes for a killer projectile in an collision or rollover! I don't want to hear that a fellow Jeeper died because of my rack idea!! Put it UNDER the rack and tie it down!!!
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this is actually a reall good idea.... i was going to get one of those alluminium ones that can hold more weight but i don't carry all that much stuff so this is a cheap and easy way of doing it!!!! props
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Thats really cool man nice job. I would build this in a sec if I didn't have to fit a 100 lb shepherd in the back. Great idea though. Oh and those straps you have with the metal hooks on the end. They look like exactly like my harbor freight straps. Do yourself a favor drill out the rivets on those clips. Get rid of them. The first time you use them they will twist up and be useless. Also what happened to me was I was pulling somebody out in the snow and my hands were cold. That clip sliced me to the bone and I didn't even know it. I got in the truck and got blood everywhere, all over the cloth seats in my expedition. Needless to say there was a "F'n harbor freight" uttered.
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That's a pretty sweet install. I did something similar with some random Jeep Wrangler Parts I pieced together and just made them fit. Good selection of stuff on certain things there if anyone else has plans on doing something like this.
i know its a old post but EMT conduit tubing would work. its steel and can weld the elbos and t all togeter or use the set screws and locktite them in place. cost a lil more but will hold more weight.
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That's sweet man, I did something like that in the back of my '04 Wrangler... the fiance and I were going to Gatlinburg, TN for spring break and wanted to take the jeep and our dogs. We have two dogs, a German Shepherd/ Choc Lab mix and a Great Dane/Boxer mix. Well, long story short, I took some ideas from online and built an interior cargo rack that fits between the rear roll bars, extends up to the front seats, and across the back of the jeep. We put a ton of stuff up there. It's mounted to the horizontal roll bars, right behind the sound bar and also on the vertical rear roll bars, all with hose clamps. I don't have a back seat, so the dogs rode down there, and all of our gear went up in the rack, it worked out great for the trip and I've kept it in place as a kind of cage for the dogs when the top is down. I love it and it only cost me about $70 to build.
I have an old 79 cherokee and was wanting to do a jeep but truly awesome mod to it and lo and behold I find this. This is pretty awesome and with a cover on top I can keep my back window down. Thanks brother.