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02-19-2017 10:07 AM
irnmadn88 I went to a Pull-n-Pay and found two roof racks from mid 90's XJ's. $24.48 each and now I have four crossmembers.

Could have pulled racks from later XJ's or even GC's.

Some GC's use the same rack rail as the mid 90's XJ's but they are spaced narrower so the cross bars are shorter.

I would have preferred the rails from a late 80's XJ but none were there. They are a different system and mount more flush than the ones I pulled.

So I need to narrow the cross bars a little so the rails are just outboard of the outer most ribs on the top and decide if I want the full length of the rail or shorten them one or two mounting holes. I chose the wider width because I may want to put in a sun roof.

From the rear:



From the front:



From the side:



A JF user pic of a sunroof. You can see where the rails being outboard of the outer ribs would be good if I keep the full length of the rail.

02-05-2017 10:33 PM
amgriswo so true
10-12-2016 06:57 PM
RDaniel2405 Just thought I would post a quick pic, I have only used my junk yard roof rack a few times. But today I picked up 6 8ft 2x4's and a 8ft 2x6.
07-16-2015 04:30 PM
badweatherbiker snagged the roof rack off my daughters wrecked 2004 Mazda Tribute, lined up just fine but no pics or haven't used it yet
01-15-2015 08:08 PM
RubiDee Don't remember what year...mid 90's? I think they were the same for a long time
01-15-2015 06:14 AM
Gamgan Thats great to hear. Any idea what year I should be checking on the cherokees?
01-13-2015 07:23 PM
RubiDee
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Originally Posted by Gamgan View Post
I want to do this but here in PR all the junkers want to sell me a 00-01 ford explorer rack for $100-150 all beat up and used.

Can this be done with another rack? Jeep cherokees look like they have a similar flat rail system and rack??
Yes, Cherokee rack width is perfect, just cut tracks to length with hacksaw and bolt down. Tracks are nice and flat and blend in with top nicely.
01-13-2015 04:54 PM
tcmault Can you do some close ups of how it is mounted? Inside and out?

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Originally Posted by Wagex View Post
i got one of these off ebay, made a couple aluminum cross bars to bolt it to the existing roof rails perfect length for a TJ. its the long version of a rage roof rack. people say it looks cheap but its strong enough i can grab ahold of the top rail and use that to pull myself up to the top of my jeep and stand/ walk around on top i think i paid just over a hundred for it.
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01-13-2015 08:00 AM
Gamgan Nissan pathfinder rack is flat too. Im curious if the width of the crossmembers on the cherokee or pathfinder will work though.
01-13-2015 07:55 AM
Gamgan I want to do this but here in PR all the junkers want to sell me a 00-01 ford explorer rack for $100-150 all beat up and used.

Can this be done with another rack? Jeep cherokees look like they have a similar flat rail system and rack??
12-25-2014 01:17 AM
Wagex i got one of these off ebay, made a couple aluminum cross bars to bolt it to the existing roof rails perfect length for a TJ. its the long version of a rage roof rack. people say it looks cheap but its strong enough i can grab ahold of the top rail and use that to pull myself up to the top of my jeep and stand/ walk around on top i think i paid just over a hundred for it.
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12-24-2014 10:13 AM
Submariner
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Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
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: https://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:

The only thing I would add to this is weld in a few extra inches to make it a little wider and longer. I did that with a 110 volt wire feed welder. worked so well my daughter "borrowed" it from me while she was home one weekend.
12-24-2014 10:06 AM
Submariner I put the same rack on my hard top but I have left off the cross bars to mount 1 1/4" Sq steel pipe that is 48" long on top to give plenty of room to haul my canoe. I have also made a carrier from two ATV racks from harbor freight to mount on top of the roof rack. I stood on top of the hard top loading stuff and there was no indication of undue stress to the hard top.

I also use a hand wench from Harbor freight to lift the top off with no indication of undue stress to the top. I used a side wind hand winch, cost $29 and used a couple of pulley wheels to facilitate the cable from the side of the shop to the rafters of the shop. works well. get the top off in 20 minutes by myself.
12-23-2014 02:39 PM
MFNKLJ06
Hard Top Roof Rack

So I'm pretty much sold on the roof rack, but I have a question.

Has anyone who has added a roof rack to their hard top, just it to lift the top off of the jeep with hoist?

As far as racks you can order, Garvin claims that you can with no issues with their rack. I emailed them and asked.

I have a top hoist of my design in the garage now, and I know it would need some reconfiguring, but I am curious if anyone has done it.
12-15-2014 01:09 PM
Yucca-man Post some pics, maybe someone will recognize yours.
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