All I see a lot of additional weight. Harder to extract a 5 ton vehicle from a rutted track in the Congo…I mean, that HAS to be where they are planning to go?
You've probably seen it here. I've got overhead Molle panels in My JKU and my LJ and also installed one in my son's JK 2dr. I posted this photo a few weeks ago, I used the panel to store some of the gear I took on my recent Colorado expedition.I have seen someplace an 'underceiling' storage for the cargo are of the JK. The thing is that whatever you store there needs to be not 'heat sensitive'
We have the same over the second row seat area, seats removed. We stuff it full of jackets, hats, rain gear and other outerwear. As we sleep in there the only issue we have had is condensation between the gear and the fiberglass.I have a cargo net across the rear of my JK that I refer to as my "attic". I've found it useful on a number of occasions.
The ARB photos got me thinking...A recent issue of Land Rover Owner had an ad from ARB featuring mounting accessories for their their Base Rack. This image was in that ad:
This image is on the ARB web site:
The ARB web site has an animation showing some of the mounting accessories and a list of them all: https://arbusa.com/roof-racks/arb-base-rack/roof-rack-accessories/
I don't see too many people using their roof racks for lots of smaller individual items, maybe more in the Land Rover world than the Jeep world, but many of the ARB straps/brackets for particular accessories seem like they might be useful and many would be easy to DIY if they were needed.
Making custom straps isn't difficult, here's an example. Last year I made a mount for a propane tank for my kitchen. It consists of a tray bolted to what are basically shelf brackets which bolt to the tailgate hinges. I made up a strap to secure the propane tank to the tray, it's very similar to the strap on the propane tank in the ARB photos above:
The tray can also be secured to the roof rack:
I made the strap by modifying an inexpensive ratchet strap. I sewed new hooks on the end because the large round hooks that came on the original strap were much too large for the slots in the tray I made for the tank, and I sewed an extra length of webbing in the center to go around the tank's valve.
Depending on what you're securing and where you are securing it to, the big round hooks that come on the ends of most inexpensive ratchet straps may work fine, but other types of hooks, including the ones I used, are available on eBay and from various sewing/strap sources.
How the double section of strap goes around the valve:
Most sewing machines are capable of sewing through several layers of webbing and the stitching isn't difficult, custom straps like these make an easy first sewing project. It's best to use an outdoor-rated polyester thread for these, Joann Fabrics sells polyester outdoor thread in a range of colors.
I've said this before, but a sewing machine can be one of the most useful power tools to have when outfitting a vehicle for an expedition.
I have thought about it - I haven't used rollercam buckles yet but they seem like a very good idea so I'll pick some up and make some test straps. I'll post about them once I've made a test sample or two.Did you ever think about making tie-down straps using the G-hooks with Rollercam buckles? If so, you could put me on a list to buy a dozen or so.
Most touring set ups have either a Spare Tyre or a Jerry Can on the back. Spare Tyre Bags are a dime a dozen, but Jerry Can bags? Well they don’t exist… until now. J1-A Jerry Can Bag utilises your Jerry Can, creating extra storage external to your vehicle.
Ideal for carrying stinky trash or wet and dirty gear, the J1-A securely attaches to all Jerry Cans making use of normally wasted space. Extensively tested in the brutal Australian outback for over 12 months, we are confident in this systems simplicity and longevity. Smaller than our TB-1 Spare Tyre Bag, it comes in at 25L of volume, which is 25% more capacity than the jerry can it attaches to.
I picked up a roller cam buckle to see how well they work. I sewed a strap with it and with G-hooks on either end as a test.Did you ever think about making tie-down straps using the G-hooks with Rollercam buckles?...