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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:44 PM   #121
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Just did mine!

I used a rack off a 1999 Ford Windstar. I think its pretty much the same rack as the explorer, but looks like it might sit lower. Only mod i had to do was to cut 1/2 inch off each cross bar and the rack fit right on b/w the outside ribs. After locating some hardware from Lowes and a can of black spray paint, the rack looked good as new!
I can fit my snowboard racks on there or a roof bag so it works for my purposes. Wanted something that didnt really stand out and looked stock. The nice part is that the crossbars slide out, so when they are removed you really cant tell that anything is up there

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The Before, worn out...




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Unread 01-31-2012, 07:42 PM   #122
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That's the same as the explorer. Tie down rings and all.


How did you attach to the TJ hardtop?
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Unread 02-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #123
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How much weight are you guys putting on the hard top. Last thing I would want to do it have it crack on me. What do you guys feel is a safe weight for it to hold. I am looking for extra room for storage as we have a little girl and baby that we are bringing with us on trips and the room in the back is getting tight even in the LJ.
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Unread 02-09-2012, 08:25 AM   #124
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better late then never?

Front

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With 5 screws on each side I didn't think I needed anything bigger than the large flat washers. But now that I am thinking of using the roof rack to lift up the hard top by via a overhead winch set up, I think I'll replace the washers with something bigger.
Question- Does anyone know what lays under those plasitc/fiberglass covers running side to side on LJ tops? I assume a metal strip, but have not tryied to find out yet, thought someone might already know. I am thinking of trying to hit one or both of those when I do my rack.

I have a Yakima Loadwarrior with after market XJ crossbars (like unistrut) I used on my XJ that I kept when I sold it. I had bike fork mounts on the outside of the rack. Would be handy to be able to reuse it and carry some reasonable loads or bikes up there when I have the hardtop on.

Now to find XJ rails.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 05:01 AM   #125
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I like this, im going to check out my local pull-a-part and do this if I can find the parts
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Unread 02-20-2012, 12:15 PM   #126
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How much weight are you guys putting on the hard top. Last thing I would want to do it have it crack on me. What do you guys feel is a safe weight for it to hold. I am looking for extra room for storage as we have a little girl and baby that we are bringing with us on trips and the room in the back is getting tight even in the LJ.
I think you can hold quite a bit of weight, but I don't think it's a good idea to put the kids up there!!
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Unread 02-20-2012, 04:44 PM   #127
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I think you can hold quite a bit of weight, but I don't think it's a good idea to put the kids up there!!
Besides the little girl and baby my fiance has a old boy and I am sure he would love to ride on the top of the Jeep. I don't think he would like going fast but boys do crazy things. Of coarse I would never do this or put any of the kids in harms way.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #128
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ive got another one for you guys if your interested, because i too think roof racks are a rip off at 459.99 for a kit without the snowboard carriers.... I went to a junkyard and grabbed a rack off of a 92 4runner and the rack is only about 37 inches long total all I needed for snowboard carriers so I threw it on there and put some neoprene washers and silicone sealant under them and where the bolts were on the top. total cost was 46$



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Unread 05-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #129
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I picked up a roof rack today form the pic-a-part for $25. I will take some pics when I paint and install
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Unread 06-27-2012, 01:22 PM   #130
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Does anyone know the measurment from the top of the hardtop to the top of the crossbar? I have 5 or 6 inches of clearance now pulling into the garage with my lift and 35" tires.
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Unread 06-27-2012, 05:50 PM   #131
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You should be fine, the XJ rack is only about 2 1/2" high but depending on how far out you mount the rails, you should only be 3" max high. I usually only mount mine if I am planning on carrying something...otherwise its just the rails..hardly higher than the ribs on your top. You won't be disappointed..great mod.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 05:25 AM   #132
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Just curious if anyone uses their rack as points to attach hoist. Would it be strong enough, or inadvisable?
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Unread 09-08-2012, 08:14 AM   #133
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Just curious if anyone uses their rack as points to attach hoist. Would it be strong enough, or inadvisable?
I haven't tried it (yet), because I don't have a garage, but I think it could work well. The way I attached the plates on the inside, I'm confident it would be strong enough.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 09:08 AM   #134
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The jk guys may wanna try the first gen expeditin racks. i had a expedition with the rack on it and it was a little bigger and wider then the explorer racks. If anyone is looking for something other then the factory rails also look around for a basket with the crows feet. I have a confer roof basket on the expedition i have and it worked with the factory rack so just something to consider. I would use it on the jeep if i didnt have a warrior products rack on it when i bought it .
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Unread 09-08-2012, 03:23 PM   #135
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I haven't tried it (yet), because I don't have a garage, but I think it could work well. The way I attached the plates on the inside, I'm confident it would be strong enough.
I wasn't as concerned about the bolts pulling through, especially with the plates added. I was more concerned about the rigidity of the top. Do you think it would warp? distort? After all, many hardtop owners don't have them on their jeeps for months at a time.
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