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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
I traced my boot soles on a piece of 1X6 pine then cut around the outsides and notched the insides to match the shape of the toes and heels. I cut along the inside of the lines making it a bit smaller to accommodate the tape layers. Then I sanded the edges to round them a tad, then I wrapped tape around the block that remained shaped like my boot soles. It didn't take long at all.
So there are specific places on the board for each binding to attach to, or it is the same all the way across? Where are these notches of which you speak? It's kind of hard to tell from the pic. (Sorry for so many ?'s, but I think I will be building one of these this week, so I want to be sure I get it right.)
post #32 of 43
Here's the hitch mount idea (i might try something similar in my truck):
http://www.quadratec.com/products/92024_1003_07.htm


Another roof rack option:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/12138_000_07.htm



edit: Best part of Jeeps is there is virtually unlimited amount of aftermarket support You should be able to find something that fit's your specifications.
post #33 of 43
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Both strong efforts, however:



Long hours on the road and tons and tons of salt used around these parts make me want to avoid leaving edges (and bases, and bindings...) exposed to the elements during my commute. If I were to go with something like this, it would have to be a box. I could probably get one for the trailer hitch that would work... but I'd like to try this first and see how things go.




As stated before, I think these frames that come up from all four corners of the body are ugly as hell, and I'd like to avoid them if possible. As for aftermarket stuff there ARE a couple of racks that will screw directly to the hardtop, which would be great, but I've heard nothing but bad things about putting holes in them...
post #34 of 43
It's hard to see because the tape is stretched across the part in the middle that is actually notched out. Here's a new pic:
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
It's hard to see because the tape is stretched across the part in the middle that is actually notched out. Here's a new pic:
And the tabs left to either side of the notch match up with the toe and heel pieces on your boots. Got it. Thanks for the picture specifically addressing my ?! I think I will be making a set of these this week, possibly tomorrow. I will be sure to post pics as I go...
post #36 of 43
No trouble JayPow. Maybe it will also suit your needs, if not it is a fun little project and not a lot of money to try it out.

Might make BumpPhest this year. Maybe I'll ski ya there..
post #37 of 43
I'd agree with Tikiclub2 on the hitch mount and also agree with Garrett on risk. to me it just seems in worst case, a rather rigid ski with a good edge wouldn't feel good in a side collision with one's head. of coarse, i'm quite risk adverse but .. figure a hitch mount would also avoid dripping wet snow on the shoulder.

If one likes the risk, perhaps pay a good 4x4 shop to modify the roll cage with a rear cross bar to which one can rigidly mount our strap the ski's in a bag to the roll bars. you can hunt around at sites like JCWhitneys.com, they carry all types of jeep aftermarket stuff and may find alternate ideas. some a bit pricy but ... options

IMHO, I understand the desire for mounting high, but if no-one rides in back, i'd just spend the cash on new toys or tune ups...

how bout an attractive hitch box to store the extra gear? ; )
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Long hours on the road and tons and tons of salt used around these parts make me want to avoid leaving edges (and bases, and bindings...) exposed to the elements during my commute.
BTDT, and only for a couple miles at a time, and the results were as bad as or worse than you might imagine.
post #39 of 43
My skis only go outside up top in ski bags-when there are passengers in the back of the SUV. I rinse and dry them when I get home regardless of how they were transported. There's also some salt and crap in the water used on snow making. Might even be a fair amount of salt in the natural snow when the storm blows in from offshore.
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
...I know that I could get any number of racks or boxes to go on top or behind, but this is not what I'm asking about... so please don't just recommend one...
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
JIf you have a hard top, why not just go with a box?
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
Not trying to be a smartass, but why the in the car rack as opposed to just a roof box?
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
I'd be biased toward the roof box...much safer, much more convenient. Making it not leak and not crack your roof should be easy compared to making a non ghettofied rack in the car.
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Originally Posted by Tikiclub2 View Post
Hitch based mounting is out of the question? I would think installing a roof rack with an inclosed topper would be the best bet. Plus then you can actually have people ride with you
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Originally Posted by Tikiclub2 View Post
Here's the hitch mount idea ...
edit: Best part of Jeeps is there is virtually unlimited amount of aftermarket support You should be able to find something that fit's your specifications.
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Originally Posted by pete View Post
I'd agree with Tikiclub2 on the hitch mount and also agree with Garrett on risk. to me it just seems in worst case, a rather rigid ski with a good edge wouldn't feel good in a side collision with one's head. of coarse, i'm quite risk adverse but .. figure a hitch mount would also avoid dripping wet snow on the shoulder.
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
The problem isn't so much having to get up to a rack, it's that from everything I've heard/read you are NOT supposed to drill through a factory hardtop because they will leak and/or crack and therefore there is no way to attach a box or rack directly to the roof. The option is to get a frame which continues back from the light bar and then connects down to the rear corners. I think these things are ugly, and I want nothing to do with one. If I have to I can just keep putting them in the rear like I have been, i just wanted to make it a little more organized back there!

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Originally Posted by MAGGOT
I see, makes perfect sense now.
This guy gets it... (and I don't THINK he was busting my balls...)



Thanks to all for the legitimate help! I will be mocking something up tomorrow and will post updates as I go!

post #41 of 43
Regarding leakage and cracking, sure, anything will leak and crack if not properly done. You would have to use some flat stock to strengthen the areas where you drilled along with a sealant. Just plunking down a box atop the hardtop and bolting it on would cause a lot of problems and the squeeking would drive you nuts.

The poster who said he did fabrication could whip you up a small tube rack that would mount to one side and allow a box to bolt right on.

The rack could also hold a canoe ... the box ... when you travel holds lots of stuff and you could pack a few friends in there with the back packs up top. When you rig a four ski + snowboard get-up inside .... it sounds like you are including friends and that does not sound like a real fun trip.

Unless of course you don't like the person. When I had a tiny Honda CVCC (think Mini), we had a certain girl who would always worm her way into going packing with us .... so we would wedge her in the back and pile gear on her.

The PV pipe tubes that I suggested for the interior, I was refering to the heavy duty PV that I see contractors have bolted to exterior racks all the time (plumbing and electrical trucks) .... they have screw on end pieces. Mount four of those vertically between the seats and you don't have the issue of dripping skis .... and you securely bungee them to the roll bars so they dont cut loose in a crash. The downside is that you may not be able to see out the passenger side very well. Vary the length of the pipe to the length of the skis .... short on the bottom so you can shift and tallest on the top.
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
It's hard to see because the tape is stretched across the part in the middle that is actually notched out. Here's a new pic:
Oh so ghetto*, and oh so going to fail when you take a corner a little fast.

How about an inverted Thule carrier inside the Jeep? Mount the front on a hinge, and load that 1st. Then the back holder is mount on a pulley, after it is closed to pull it to the ceiling and secure.



*For an inverted rack. Works OK for tuning...

post #43 of 43
^^^I had pictured something very similar in my initial concept (but doubled for 2 skis) should I want to use it on other folks skis. Well done Kyle!
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