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TheKSmith's 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Limited 4.7 H.O. - The Do-It-All Rig

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Reminds me of this

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P.S. I'm parking next to you at cinders in case it rains!

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I like this!

Want something like this on my JKU but I don't have a roof rack. So far, I have a couple of extendable poles and a few bungee cords. Progress has stopped.

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very nice setup! looking forward to seeing the final outcome

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That is awesome man! Very impressed. I like how it's super simple, light, and doesn't have anything to do with the ground!

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thanks guys!

 

 

the poles are lengthened... i had some telescoping aluminum tubing from Texas Towers that worked to replace the bottom adjustable segment of the Kelty poles:

 

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their 1.125" OD tubing fit around the main Kelty tube just right and then with a section of 1.25" OD on top of it i was able to extend the overall pole length quite a bit without taking up any extra space (those 2 new silver sections on each pole will just collapse down on top of each other).

 

once i get the final length figured out, i'll drill for the last push-button spring clip (yes i had some of these laying around already too): http://amzn.to/1KGaYRU

 

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incidentally, i grabbed the Husky brand version of this exact pipe cutter from Home Depot for $24 and it worked great for cutting the tubing: http://amzn.to/1Ud76fD

 

 

this morning i also cut off the first attempt of the receivers from the roof rack because my pole extensions mean that i need some larger (1.26" ID) DOM steel tubing now for them - waiting on that to show up so i can wrap this up...

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Nice work! There is no substitute for keeping stuff around AND being able to put your hands on it when you need it. The first is no good without the second. Lol.

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the batwing is finished!

 

in case you missed it, the project started here: http://offroadpassport.com/forum/showpost.php?p=41121&postcount=1063

and then made a little more progress here: http://offroadpassport.com/forum/showpost.php?p=41144&postcount=1068

and now...

 

 

finished lengthening the pole assemblies so that i can utilize the entire tarp:

 

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the final position for the new receiver tubes, all welded in and with a first coat of paint:

 

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there are 4 bungie attachment points at the front - 2 hook on the roof basket and the bottom 2 loop down and hook around the shock stem. i purchased a couple 48" bungies from home depot, cut them in half, and tied them onto the loops of the Kelty Noah's Tarp. this way they simply roll up with the tarp and are ready to hook on to the Jeep.

 

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everything still packs up nicely into the old tent-pole bag i had before.

 

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the pegs and ropes are in case it's really windy, i think tying the tips of the poles down would help keep everything from turning into pretzeled mash of aluminum and tarp.

 

the other pole is an old tent pole, cut just the right length to act as a prop rod for the rear hatch. the struts on it are pretty new right now, so it stays up just fine... but in a couple years it'll start to sag again and so i threw that in there just in case i'm slow to replace them next time.

 

 

pros/cons and TBD...

 

it's pretty quick and easy to deploy, and a small enough kit to leave in the rig full time. no ground poles means not needing to find a flat spot, drive pegs, nor getting muddy poles/pegs/ropes.

 

i made it so the distance between the pole tips is a little over a foot wider than the tarp because they have a lot of give. this spring back helps hold the tarp taught. hopefully the aluminum doesn't fatigue too quickly or form a permanent bend.

 

also still need to see how it actually performs in a good storm. i know it wouldn't likely survive captain-insane-o type winds, but i think it will hold up to some decent weather.

 

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Nice job! It's looks big enough to provide some decent shade.

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