Here was my dilemna:
I have a 2004 TJ.
I have a girlfriend
I have 2 kids
We like to go wheeling
We'd like to go camping
We like to take the Jeep to the boat
With the back seat in, I'd have to ask other folks to carry my cooler on the trail. No storage!! That little bit of space behind the rear seat is almost useless. The lack of storage limited what I could and would do with the Jeep.
I had one of those trays that slides in the receiver. With the spare tire hanging down, it limited what you could put on the tray and I didn't like how low to the ground it was.
My buddy Chris is a pretty talented guy. He has a full time job, but it trying to get his company, Blue Note Fab, off the ground. We were at his house Saturday playing with the Jeeps and I asked if he could make me an extension that would take the tray out past the spare and make the tray more usable. "Sure, come by tomorrow morning, pick me up and we'll take it over to my shop."
So I pick him up, we get some Subway for breakfast and off to the shop we go. It was a long day, but so worth it. I'm in the doghouse with the GF, but this tray is so useful now. He learned a thing or two that he might do different next time. Nothing major, just cuttting some holes in the tube to run wires and little stuff like that. I can't wait to sue this thing!
On to the pics.
Disclaimer: In some shots, it may appear tubes are not square. They aren't. My Jeep is not square so we made the tray fit the Jeep instead of making it squarwe. And I've never noticed it before, but the Warn rear tire carrier does not center the spare. It is to the left. I'm not sure why.
Who knew we'd use jackstands? Mocking it up.
Chris replaced everything on the tray except the frame and the mesh floor. This is the new center support.