Nothing much fabricated, just rigged up stuff. But I thought I'd still show what I've done.
First is a YJ bikini top on a TJ. I used two boat straps to secure the rear of the top, lashed them around the ends of my cargo rack. I also put the center strap, that is supposed to go to the windshield, to the rear break light. I did not pull that one too tight to avoid potential damage to the light, the side straps did that well enough. Wrapped the velcro around the door surrounds. There were a few gaps where rain could get it, but only with heavy downpours while parked. All you need is the front channel add on bar to accommodate the top.
I ran this setup all summer and even made a drive from Chicago to New England and back, over 2500 miles, and never had a problem while driving.
Cost = free (hand-me-down from brother's long since sold YJ)
The other was my side view mirror when the doors are off. I used to work around rowing boats so I had access so some small parts. This is the foot of an aluminum out rigger, various nuts and bolts, some hard plastic backing, a mirror from an auto store, and a few screws. Yes it is a hack job, but it's very light, no tools needed, virtually unbreakable, and easy to put on.
Cost = $6 for the mirror, everything else was salvaged from an old tool box.
looks good !! just resize next time to say maybe 600 x 600 or so..
I've only got a 2.5" lift so I don't really need them, but my dad is a bit shorter than I and I thought it would be neat to have a pair of grab handles anyway. In fact, now that I have them I have already used the one on my side too! I didn't like the idea of paying what they cost though, so I worked out how they should look and got the materials for them the other day.
Bought the widest webbing and velcro I could find - almost 4" - which may have been overkill, but I think they ended up really well; way, way better than I expected, in fact. I wasn't sure how thick the handles should be, but I had 1" reinforced hose lying around from when I had bought the wrong thickness for my homemade antenna-storing gadget, so I decided to use it and it worked out just right. Reinforced hose also wouldn't fold in your hands, even when it's been in the hot cabin all day long.
I cut two short lengths of the hose and cut both ends at a bit of a sloping angle so that the lower ends in the final product wouldn't look too blunt.
I knew what I wanted them to look like, but I can't sew, so my mom did the sewing on my behalf, according to my instructions. I would really like to learn how to sew though...
Here are the two straps with the handle between them. The straps are about 15 3/4" long - long enough to go around the padded roll-bar twice. The hose was too thick for the tubes in which it had to go to be sewn by machine, so my mom stitched them by hand around the two lengths of hose.
I cut lengths of velcro just shorter than half the length of the straps and then we sewed the hook side to the one half of the strap and the loop side to the other half on the opposite side. The empty ends of the tubes with the hose in them were also sewn in between the loop side of velcro and the webbing. Hope that makes sense!
The finished product:
Being tried out by my dad:
You may not have to use such wide webbing, but I really like how they've turned out. They even fit exactly onto the padding between the bolt holes for the door surrounds!
It doesn't make much sense to post a break-down of my costs here, but I used about 94" of webbing, less than a yard of velcro, and two short lengths of hose. You can measure them yourself according to your hand size. Total cost would've been less than $7 in US currency.
Last edited by stadleroux; 10-04-2009 at 07:03 PM..
Reason: Correcting a miscalculation in length of webbing used
Off topic, but what kind of seat covers are those, do you like them? water proof?
I don't think they're water proof, because it's just some kind of woven canvas-type fabric, but they are water resistant and certainly keep stains off the OEM upholstery. Several places here sell them and they're cheap, but now I can't remember the exact name. Think it's something Stingray...
For the price of the custom-made stuff we get here you could probably have your seats reupholstered and when I take these off my seats still look like new, so I like them!
Wal-Mart sells them. My brother-in-law has a set of them in his YJ.
And here they're called Stingray Explorer seat covers, the "rugged," 4x4 model in Stingray's range: Front seats. Available, if you're lucky, in three colour combinations: black & grey, black & blue, and green & tan. They are indeed only specified as water resistant and since they're universal you lose access to the little loop - in my case - at shoulder height on the side of the seat back with which you can tilt the back forward. Fortunately a TJ has two other access points to the tilt mechanism!
They are cheap though; just over $40 at the current exchange rate.