Thread: Barn Door for JK factory hardtops

  1. #3051
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    I would be in on one of these at the right price point. There is a guy on E Bay that sells tailgate tables that look like it would be a matched pair to these, maybe he could build the prototype or even be a maker of these.

    Any chance they could come off the roll bar instead of the top in case someone wanted to go topless and still carry the gear stowed there?

    ratled

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratled View Post
    Any chance they could come off the roll bar instead of the top in case someone wanted to go topless and still carry the gear stowed there?

    ratled
    My design attaches only to the roll bar, so it is compatible with the hardtop, the soft top or no top at all.
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    I'm working on the layout of the overhead panel, here's a work-in-progress sketch that shows how various containers would fit - a Rotopax 4-gallon, two Rotopax 2-gallon, three Rotopax 1-gallon; two 10 liter (2.5-gallon) Rubicans, and a 48" Hi-Lift plus two 1-gallon Rotopax. Molle grid hole sizes and spacing in this drawing are still preliminary and haven't added holes for QuickFist mounts yet.



    I haven't done sketches with Molle pouches or any gear secured with QuickFist clamps; I'll leave that to the reader's imagination.
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    Jeff,

    I understand this is only for the JK but you have me thinking of something similar for my LJ. The way the Safari Top goes together makes for some mounting options. Not looking to put anything very heavy up there, jackets, bags of clothes or maybe a ground blind (wildlife photography). Maybe something out of aluminum bonded with 3M tape or the like. Hinges could be a simple pivot pin and close with a camper/topper style latch as long as it didn't rattle, but I guess a simple leaf spring pushing back against the tray could solve that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseye240 View Post
    Jeff,

    I understand this is only for the JK but you have me thinking of something similar for my LJ. The way the Safari Top goes together makes for some mounting options. Not looking to put anything very heavy up there, jackets, bags of clothes or maybe a ground blind (wildlife photography). Maybe something out of aluminum bonded with 3M tape or the like. Hinges could be a simple pivot pin and close with a camper/topper style latch as long as it didn't rattle, but I guess a simple leaf spring pushing back against the tray could solve that.
    Actually it's not just for the JK - this evening I placed an order for the hardware I plan to use to mount and swing down the panel, and I ordered enough to build a prototype for the LJ as well as for the JK. I'm doing something unique with the way it'll mount, hinge and latch and the hardware isn't available locally so i had to order a few things. And the other day I picked up two sheets of 1/8" aluminum to make prototypes to install in both the JK and the LJ.

    BTW the space over the roll bars in the LJ Safari Cab is very useful for storage and I often use it on expeditions. When I'm doing an expedition that may require negotiating soft sand or bridging gaps, I carry four sand ladders/bridges with me, and I store them above the roll bars:



    And on other expeditions, when I've got the half doors installed, I can start the day with the uppers installed if it's cool, and when it warms up I can remove them and store them above the roll bars. In fact there's enough room up there to store both half door uppers and the soft barn door upper if I'm running the soft sides as well.



    I've made other use of that space over the years, but those are two of the most useful.

    The current project is really just the latest in a series of uses for the space up there in the LJ. It is my first use of that space in the JK Safari, although I've got other ideas in mind for the JK as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jscherb View Post
    I'm working on the layout of the overhead panel, here's a work-in-progress sketch that shows how various containers would fit - a Rotopax 4-gallon, two Rotopax 2-gallon, three Rotopax 1-gallon; two 10 liter (2.5-gallon) Rubicans, and a 48" Hi-Lift plus two 1-gallon Rotopax. Molle grid hole sizes and spacing in this drawing are still preliminary and haven't added holes for QuickFist mounts yet.



    I haven't done sketches with Molle pouches or any gear secured with QuickFist clamps; I'll leave that to the reader's imagination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt Dan View Post
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    Brilliant!
    Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to building a few prototypes and getting some testing done.
    Last edited by jscherb; Yesterday at 07:05 PM.
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    I'm in Florida this week and as usual Donny (rubicon91) and I spent a few enjoyable hours together. We talked all things Jeep and had a great time. He's ordered an Ursa Minor for his JKU and in the meantime he's been running an old 2007 soft top, which is perfect timing - as I finalize the design of the overhead storage panel I want to make sure it fits properly in a soft top Jeep. I took this photo in his Jeep to show the limits I'll be working to:



    There's 40.5" between the rear hoop supports, so a good width for the panel should be 40". There's roughly 13" from the rear crossbar of the sport bar to the triangular bracket, so that's the maximum width I'll work with for the panel.

    I believe the distance between the rear hoop supports might be longer on a later model soft top; I'll have to measure one of the soft tops I've got when I get home.
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    Sir, I have a 17 JKUR with hard and soft top.

    I run the soft top all summer.

    If this storage rack is compatible with the hard and soft top and I would be able to raise and lower the soft top with out removing this storage panel, I need to be on a mailing list when this comes to market.

    I enjoy following all your projects but this one has really caught my eye.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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