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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:32 PM   #136
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I've done it a few times, I have large fender washers to help with the attachments and It works fine, the weak link is the rack crossbar to rail connection, not the bolts to hardtop. Haven't had any issues doing it though.

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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:47 PM   #137
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Thanks. That's what I wanted to know. Always nice to hear from someone with first-hand knowledge.
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Unread 09-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #138
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Nice Rack... Usually not something I say to other guys... lol but nice work everyone. Does anyone have a picture of their hard top holders, pulley systems or stands?

Finman99, who makes that cargo box you have on top of your rig? Ive been looking for a low profile box like that and love the look.

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Unread 02-24-2013, 09:49 PM   #139
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I finally got around to adding the Explorer rack to my '97 TJ.

Thanks to dbornemann, who back in 2008 took the time to publish this How-To.

This is a great addition to the Wrangler. IMHO, it addresses one of the biggest issues with the platform.

Now off to Craigslist for a Thule basket.

Here's a pic of my TJ from a run a couple weeks ago, pre-rack of course.


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Unread 02-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #140
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How much did you cut it down ?
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Unread 02-26-2013, 07:34 PM   #141
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How much did you cut it down ?
I took 11" off the front. If you'd like I can post some pictures of how it looks from the top.
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Unread 02-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #142
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Please , did you cut the cross bars down at all
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Unread 02-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #143
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Unread 03-03-2013, 09:06 AM   #144
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Please , did you cut the cross bars down at all
I only cut down the side rails. The cross members were perfect.

With the stock cross members, the rails lined up just outside the factory ribs.

It's a pretty easy project. Just take your time.

Here are some pictures after I installed a Yakima Basket Case.


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Unread 03-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #145
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A few weeks ago I finally went to my local pull-a-part and got a roof rack for $20. Here is a quick pic with a box strapped to the rack.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 02:47 PM   #146
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some one had done that with my rack, only problem is some one took off the cross bars and never put them back in. this one seems to have sliding nuts in the grooves to attach the arms to, thinking of just some eye bolts.
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Unread 03-29-2013, 06:33 AM   #147
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Here is mine that I finally put on
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Unread 03-29-2013, 09:14 AM   #148
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This just like the one I took off a ford exploder. Cost me $25 at the Pick and pull. It does a good job of hauling my 17' canoe


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Unread 04-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #149
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I've had a rack from a '97 Explorer Sport laying in my backyard for about a year now and am finally getting around to installing it. I got it pulled apart and cleaned up today and plan on mounting it up tomorrow. What size bolts are you guys using for install? I'd like to get an idea of what I need when I go to the hardware store tomorrow. Thanks.
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Unread 04-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #150
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^ just take the side rail with you just make sure its stainless steel so it won't rust
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