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Making my own "raingler" nets

A few weeks ago I decided due to budget constraints to make my own raingler style netting for the TJ. I ordered all of the webbing off of ebay, a place called Country Brook Design. I highly recommend. Their service was superb and they had everything I needed (except for the sewing machine of course) to make the nets. Here's a link to their store.

http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Country-...__W0QQ_armrsZ1

I ended up picking up 50 yards of 1" and 50 yards of 2" Heavy Duty Polypro webbing, 50 1" tension locks, and 50 2" welded steel rings for just under $50 shipped. I borrowed the sewing machine from who else, but Mom!

I should be finishing the second window tonight and I hope to finish the top before the end of the weekend. I can understand why raingler charges so much. Its very simple to do but it is REALLY time consuming. BTW, if you plan on doing something like this, make sure you have at least a size 16 needle. I broke 5 or 6 of my Mom's needles before I finally went out and bought some stronger ones.

Here are a couple pics (I'll take more later) of some progress. Sorry for the photo quality. I took them with my cell phone.

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Laying out the pattern for the windows:



I ended up using forest green heavy duty thread. I thought it would look good having a similar color to my Sahara.




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Not bad man! How are you keeping it together and square while you assemble it? How are you planning on attaching it to the jeep?

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Not bad man! How are you keeping it together and square while you assemble it? How are you planning on attaching it to the jeep?
Ive been using those little paper clip things to hold the straps in place... these:



I'm going to attach it using tension locks with a strap around the roll bars. One of these bad boys:


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Looks good. How much money you have wrapped up in it so far?

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Looks good. How much money you have wrapped up in it so far?
Everything so far was about $50 and that included shipping. I think I may have really overbought on the webbing. I only used about 1/2 of the 1" for the windows. I'll be using some for the anchoring on the roof portion but it shouldn't be too much. And its looking like I'll only use maybe 1/2-3/4 of the 2".

Not too bad as far as I'm concerned!

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There is a raingler knockoff brand that sells them for like $120 I think, for the others out there like myself who don't know how to sew, lol.

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There is a raingler knockoff brand that sells them for like $120 I think, for the others out there like myself who don't know how to sew, lol.
I didnt know how to sew either. I just asked my Mom to show me how to load it up and off I went! It isnt rocket science

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I've been reallyyyyyy considering this for a while now, I'll be interested to see how it comes out on your Jeep, especially since I have a green sahara as well
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Not going to sew !!! Where can a person find the netting for my LJ. Keep things inside when the roofs off. My dog is a little foolish but I still like him, so I want something to make sure he doesn't do something stupid like jump out when I am moving. Wish I had the time & ability to sew it but $$$ is easier for me than the time. Thanks.
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Not going to sew !!! Where can a person find the netting for my LJ. Keep things inside when the roofs off. My dog is a little foolish but I still like him, so I want something to make sure he doesn't do something stupid like jump out when I am moving. Wish I had the time & ability to sew it but $$$ is easier for me than the time. Thanks.
http://www.raingler.com/merch88JeepTJYJCJ.htm

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not bad at all, good work. cant wait to see the finished product!


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not bad at all, good work. cant wait to see the finished product!
Me too! I should be finishing up the second net tonight and hopefully the top portion this weekend. It really is a LOT of sewing but its more time consuming than difficult.

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I'll be keeping an eye on this as well as I am very interested to see the outcome.
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Well done sir.

You are illustrating the one small glimmer of hope during the Democrat's full frontal assault on the U.S. economy:

we will start relearning the little practical skills and do it yourself mentality that served our Grandparents and Great Grandparents.

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we will start relearning the little practical skills and do it yourself mentality that served our Grandparents and Great Grandparents.
This is precisely why I wanted to do this. My fiance and I decided that we're going to start taking classes on all kinds of things like this. Our next class will be a simple welding course. After that, a class on cooking seafood. And after that, fine woodworking.

I can't wait! There's something incredibly satisfying about making something yourself.

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