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Unread 12-21-2013, 01:24 PM   #181
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go down to harbor freight and get two atv racks and bolt or weld them together.

Works fine and about $350 cheaper. I would add a 6 to 8" piece in the middle just to make it a wee bit longer.
Here's a little more on that idea...



Works out really well, and if you buy the HF racks on sale you can built it for maybe $75, shown below on an XJ rack on my LJ:



Here's a whole thread on the rack project, which also shows how to do Highlift jack mounts, front light mounts, and a spare tire mount for it: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/b...asket-1089244/

I use mine on the trail all the time, it's a great place to carry an extra spare and the jack, and in the photo below I've also got a roll-aboard size suitcase up there. You can just barely make it out in this photo, but there's also a bungee net on the rack to hold things like the suitcase in place; the net was less than $20 at Tractor Supply.



Better photo of the net when the rack was off the Jeep:



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Unread 12-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #182
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First time i have ever seen this post! You'll have to excuse the snow. My baby has been parked for an 06 TJ since the 97 needs too much work right now. I put this one on from a 92 Blazer about 6 years ago. The racks are the same from the old to the new Blazers and Jimmy's so find a newer one for it to be in better shape. My JY didnt have anything newer at the time so i sanded and painted it. Used it for 4 snowboards on a 12hour trip to the mountains and it worked great. 1 plate at each corner on the inside and 8 bolts that come from the inside and nuts on the top. Never got around to trimming up the bolts but it has worked great. Used it for camping a few bunch of times too. I cannot take the supports off of this one like the ones from the expolorer but i like the looks of the one from the blazer better anyways. The only downside is that it isnt quite wide enough to stretch outside the ribs of the hard top but with the factory rubber seal that i got with the rack from the JY and some black sealant it hasnt been an issue.

I really like the looks of those ATV racks! sometimes Princess Auto(Up in Canada) have luggage racks for that mount into your receiver hitch for $50. I bet with a little cutting it would work great for a back half rack.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:33 PM   #183
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Thanks for the suggestion. I got a Conferr rack off Craigslist for cheap. They're pretty popular for land cruisers.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 04:33 PM   #184
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Picked up the explorer rack last week. The cross bars need paint, so that's next. Then should be time to mount.

How much does your cargo rack weigh, Jscherb? Mine weighs about 40. Lbs and is 4x5. I only plan on putting light items up there and not loading more than 150. Otherwise I'm getting the Kargo Master bars in the spring.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 05:13 PM   #185
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How much does your cargo rack weigh, Jscherb? Mine weighs about 40. Lbs and is 4x5. I only plan on putting light items up there and not loading more than 150. Otherwise I'm getting the Kargo Master bars in the spring.
I haven't weighed it, but the shipping weight of each HF rack is 26 lbs; I didn't use the heaviest piece (the receiver tube) and also subtract the shipping carton and packing from that weight, so I'd guess it ended up in the same neighborhood as yours.
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Unread 01-09-2014, 02:14 PM   #186
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Here's the finished product. I used some Rustoleum bed liner spray on the bars. I got the Conferr rack (now called DiamondRax) from Craigslist for $150. It's pretty stout, and I'm looking forward to putting my light camping gear up top.

I was super scared to drill through the top, and I live in Wisconsin. The weather had been cold, snow, below freezing, or I didn't have enough daylight to get it done. I spent about 3 hours on a ladder in 30* weather to get it done. So far I'm pleased with the results!



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Unread 01-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #187
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Is it bolted right to the hard top? Or do you have some kind of support system that runs to the sport bars?
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Unread 01-09-2014, 04:22 PM   #188
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Is it bolted right to the hard top? Or do you have some kind of support system that runs to the sport bars?
The cargo rack is mounted to the explorer cross bars and tracks
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Unread 01-09-2014, 06:58 PM   #189
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I meant the rack to the top
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Unread 01-10-2014, 09:02 AM   #190
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Yes the explorer rack itself is bolted directly to the top.
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Unread 03-05-2014, 07:44 PM   #191
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I picked up cargo tracks/crossbars off a 99 Exploder for $20 this weekend. The length looks pretty good to me and with 5 mounting holes on each side, it's not going anywhere.

My question is for those that trimmed/shortened theirs....did you do it because it wouldn't fit or you didn't want it running the full length of the roof? I'm thinking the more coverage, the better, gives you more cargo placement options.

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Unread 03-05-2014, 08:37 PM   #192
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I set it up there before I cut it and just looked too long for me at full length. I cut mine because I thought it looked a little better, and knowing that I was not going to put too heavy of items op there. On page 10 there is a pic of my jeep with a bicycle in a box.
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Unread 03-05-2014, 09:38 PM   #193
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I picked up cargo tracks/crossbars off a 99 Exploder for $20 this weekend. The length looks pretty good to me and with 5 mounting holes on each side, it's not going anywhere.

My question is for those that trimmed/shortened theirs....did you do it because it wouldn't fit or you didn't want it running the full length of the roof? I'm thinking the more coverage, the better, gives you more cargo placement options.

i left mine the full length too but need to shorten them or fasten down the front i havent decided. i was thinking about shortening them because the roof isnt flat from front to back it has a slight curve and the rails are curved if they get fastened down but i guess that doesnt matter once there fastened on i was just thinking the rails would be putting too much force on the hardtop trying to go back to their normal flat form.
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Unread 07-21-2014, 01:04 AM   #194
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im taking one off an 02 ford explorer xlt this week. can anyone tell me what tools i need to bring and how long i should plan on being there to remove it? thanks
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im taking one off an 02 ford explorer xlt this week. can anyone tell me what tools i need to bring and how long i should plan on being there to remove it? thanks
A cordless drill/screwdriver with a normal size philips bit. Takes 5 minutes to unscrew. If you do it with a regular screwdriver, maybe 10 minutes.
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