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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Roof Rack and Tool Mounts

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In preparation for the Jeep shows i'll be attending this summer, combined with some beach trips, I wanted to get a roof rack up on my Trailhawk for mounting accessories in easy to access places.



I wanted to rock a Gobi rack, but still don't quite have the funs for that, so I commandeered the Yakima roof rack from my WJ Jeep.



I mounted it on the cheap unbranded crossbars off of amazon. The build quality is pretty basic, but after a coat of plastidip to match color, they mounted up fine.





The Hi-Lift jack is mounted using two U bolts and some spacers. They require a wrench to get the jack down, but I keep it in my tool kit, so I can access it pretty easy, but it is darn secure when mounted.





I mounted a small shovel on the opposite side, secured with some cable clamps and quick fists. About 15$ worth of parts to get it up and mounted.







For the rear I used cable clamps to mount two spare lights I had laying around. I will eventually have these wired up to a switch, or possibly the reverse lights. The wires run along the base of the rack, taped up, and end in a quick disconnect so the rack and lights can be removed as one piece, and even move from vehicle to vehicle. I may add two side lights to the same circuit. I'm taking m time with wiring inside the jeep as I want it to be compatible with the Gobi rack when I add that hopefully this summer without having to rewire everything.







Either way while it sits higher than i'd like thanks to the crossbars, it looks decent, holds everything fine, and is easily movable. I've averaged around 24 mpg consistently with the rack up top compared to 26+ normally, so it does take a bit of a hit, but otherwise doesn't add too much road noise or anything.



I can show a bit more about how I used the cable clamps if folks are interested. Super cheap and work great for holding up smaller things.
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As much as bolts might suck for quick removal, it'll be a bit of a theft deterrent too if you happen to have to stroll into town or something with it up there...hate like heck to lose a Hi-Lift jack...Looks good if you ask me!

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I can show a bit more about how I used the cable clamps if folks are interested. Super cheap and work great for holding up smaller things.
I love that idea, might be good for fishing poles too ... so long as they don't go flying off at highway speeds! :-)

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Looks great Hazzard! Been looking to add some mounts to my Gobi Rack recently and cringe at the prices. lol

I may just bite the bullet and go with the Gobi specific ones or the BajaRack ones for a slightly reduced price but I love your ingenuity.

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As much as bolts might suck for quick removal, it'll be a bit of a theft deterrent too if you happen to have to stroll into town or something with it up there...hate like heck to lose a Hi-Lift jack...Looks good if you ask me!
Thanks! I have a cheap cable lock up there as well wrapped around the jack, rack, and roof rails. If somebody really wants it, they'll get it, but I think its plenty to deter the average quick thief.

I figure for the bolts, if I'm in a situation that I actually need the jack, a few bolts will not be such a big deal. I picked up a ratchet for that size and keep it in the trunk.

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I love that idea, might be good for fishing poles too ... so long as they don't go flying off at highway speeds! :-)
I'm picking up a few more clamps today from the store (I bought all they had last time). I'll take some pictures and show how I mounted it up. They are pretty sturdy, and have rubber to keep them in place. Its more a matter of attaching it to whatever its holding. I used bolts for the lights and a QuickFist for the shovel. I'm sure something could be rigged up for finishing poles pretty easy.

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Looks great Hazzard! Been looking to add some mounts to my Gobi Rack recently and cringe at the prices. lol

I may just bite the bullet and go with the Gobi specific ones or the BajaRack ones for a slightly reduced price but I love your ingenuity.
When I get a Gobi, I probably will go for some of the specific ones. Despite the price, the quality is good, and most of them have locks. For smaller or less critical things, I think some creative thinking is the best solution. I'd pay for a locking mount for my hilt on a gobi, but to mount my 12$ shovel? This seems like a good option.
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What brand of wheel spacers did you use ? Also where did you get the rubber clamps to mount the shovel ?
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Also where did you get the rubber clamps to mount the shovel ?
https://www.amazon.com/Original-Quic...rds=quick+fist

The brackets @gravitywell and I use
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Have 4x clamps that protrude above my Gobi. Sturdy enough I can take through a car wash with no adjustments.
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Here are some shots of mounts and Quick Fists. I use two different sized fists, larger for my shovel, smaller for my axe.

I have Gobi Hi Lift mounts, but so far, no Hi Lift. Soon though!

I also need to find a quick and secure way of mounting my recovery tracks.

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@HazzardSky where did you get those parts to mount the lights? I want a cheap solution to add some extra lights I have also

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@HazzardSky where did you get those parts to mount the lights? I want a cheap solution to add some extra lights I have also


Home Depot. In the electrical section. Conduit clamps


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