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Old September 22nd, 2011, 09:03 AM
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My garage doors are not high enough

I am working on my first D90 purchase . Without the roof racks or top mounted lights a wagon or soft top will clear my garage door. I might have the chance to purchase an LE that has been well cared for at a fair price (possibly more on that later). Weather this D90 or another one, I will not let is stay outside when I am not driving it. I would have to take the roof rack and mounted Hella lights off in order to garage it. I know the wife won't go for me building a new garage for it. Is this just wrong? I guess the real question is if I did this, what will I need to look out for when removing and after it is all removed. Although, I would still rather build a new garage
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 09:22 AM
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Do you really need a roof rack mounted all the time? I would ask my wife if she would be willing to help install the rack every time you need it instead of having a garage the vehicle will fit in. Alternately you could ask her if she can afford to throw away thirty large as that's what will happen if the truck sits out in the weather to rust.
Dunno. Without knowing your garage, I'd wonder if a taller door can be installed. If the issue is clearance of the rails and opener hardware, there are other options that will let the doors go almost to the ceiling/trusses/framing. Or, gate style doors that open out if you have the room.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 09:23 AM
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Nothin wrong with pulling off the rack and lights. Probably give you a side benefit of slightly better fuel economy too. I've got the same problem with the 110. On my 109 I just have to let a bunch of air out of the tires, thank heavens for beadlocks. My long term plan is to add another panel to the top of the garage door. Got lucky on that. The builder put the header over the garage door opening up high enough that I can add a panel without having to do any structural work.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Like others are saying (and Charles Galpin just did), raise your garage door! It will cost you a few grand depending on the door and what is on the skin of your house but typically not overly complicated
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
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Air down the tires?
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:22 AM
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Like others are saying (and Charles Galpin just did), raise your garage door! It will cost you a few grand depending on the door and what is on the skin of your house but typically not overly complicated
That is a best case situation. Many garages would require quite a bit of work just to get an additional 8" to 12" of opening.
It's probably better to just lose the rack and re-locate the lights, unless you really use your rack all the time.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:27 AM
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No big deal to pull the rack and lights. I have seen people run flat bars to replace the basket.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Or just build a garage. I mean are you taking this Defender purchase seriously or not?
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Or just build a garage. I mean are you taking this Defender purchase seriously or not?
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 11:47 AM
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I am working on my first D90 purchase . Without the roof racks or top mounted lights a wagon or soft top will clear my garage door. I might have the chance to purchase an LE that has been well cared for at a fair price (possibly more on that later). Weather this D90 or another one, I will not let is stay outside when I am not driving it. I would have to take the roof rack and mounted Hella lights off in order to garage it. I know the wife won't go for me building a new garage for it. Is this just wrong? I guess the real question is if I did this, what will I need to look out for when removing and after it is all removed. Although, I would still rather build a new garage
Thanks, Craig
Lose the rack, or just take it off and store it for the time being. I'm up against a 6'9" garage with a 6'8" truck (here in VA, the NY garage is much bigger overhead)...I even had to stick with new stock springs now that I'm redoing the suspension.

I do plan to raise my garage door if/when possible, but figured for the time being rather than putting that on the "to do list" I'd just go stock springs and deal with a 6'9" garage.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Yeah, yeah I know. I have a foundation in place for a barn / outbuilding, just waiting on things to get better before I build on it.
So I am assuming it is no more difficult than unbolting everything. Any suggestions on what to do with the bolt holes? Put the bolts back on the body?
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find a way to install an LR3 air suspension, so you can just lower the D90 into access mode. then add some 20's with spinners too.

on a serious note, we are selling our D2 to get a D90. the D2 won't fit in my parking garage at work but our LR3 with a low profile rack will when the air suspension is lowered. i am probably going to have to find a stock D90 on 265s to make sure that i can get it in the parking garage.
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i take the sd basket off when not in use and run a couple home made bars to the ladder in the back an it fits in my garage that way - putting on the basket takes a little time but better then the alternative

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Old September 22nd, 2011, 02:06 PM
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Or just build a garage. I mean are you taking this Defender purchase seriously or not?
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 02:55 PM
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I'm looking at that now too. My Defender is 6'6" and my garage is 6'1". I'm hoping to possibly add another door pivoting "section" on the bottom and move the whole door up by that amount.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 02:59 PM
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This guy will give you a great price on garage doors and does a great job as well and I assume will service Philly if he came out my way. I don't know if they the framing side too, but I assume so. As long as you don't have to do structural changes that part is easy.

http://www.garagedoortechservices.com/
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 03:03 PM
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nice thanks, I'll check it out.

Shouldn't be too bad, the way its laid out I won't need any structural changes at all.
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dig out some ruts in the floor and driveway. I did this at my apartment, but its a car port with a dirt floor.
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Kind of a related question... I assume you can remove the entire roof rack mounting bars and rear ladder and all... so it would just be a regular 97 D90, right? I am too in the market for a 97 LE but it feels like even with that rack above, just won't be practical for daily driving into parking garages.

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Old September 26th, 2011, 03:58 AM
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I found a neat solution on my 90 SW I didn't have the basket and needed to be able to garage it so I made drop down brackets for four Hella 4k Compact so that they wouldn't be taller than the roof. Can still park in garages and use automatic car washes no problem. One possible idea for you
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