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Old October 8th, 2008, 01:21 AM
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Question Tire carrer and fuel can rack options?

After converting my 97 wagon to topless, I am looking for relocation options for my essential bits of kit:

- Spare tire. I am considering using the type that swing open with the rear tailgate, though concerned by the fact that I may switch the gate to fold-down hinges at a future date. I don't like the overbuilt rear rack systems as they hold stuff I don't carry and add too much weight and such. I am also considering other options, even including hanging it over the side using the rigging from my wagon door (as they do on mil trucks). I have mounting on the hood, but it bugs me to have to read rocks through that for too long.

- Fuel cans. Got a couple of those contraband Sceptres, and want to mount two of them together or separate. Who makes the lowest profile, lightest can rack out there?

- Powertank. Thinking of replacing this with onboard air. But I do want a spiffy way to mount it in the meantime.

- Rally lights. I think I may have a custom mount bar fabbed that puts them just above the Husky up front, but with no unecessary metal that pretends to guard my wings while I mow down camels or other things.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

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ps - fuel can mount I could bolt to the tailgate mounting the cans flat against the gate side by side?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 10:09 PM
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Do thoughts eh? Will the Mantec spare carrer work with a side-hinged tailgate? Or does it mount higher on the SW door?
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Old October 10th, 2008, 02:12 AM
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The Mantec tire carrier is awesome, the only one I would say that's better is the Rockware.

I'm not exactly sure what your current question is but I'd say go for the Mantec. It holds my fat ass on top of it while I clean under the roof rack without a squeak.

I attached a pic, I'm pretty sure you can put it on a soft-top because it bolts on to the body, not the top, but I'm not 100% sure as I don't have a soft-top in front of me.

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go with the one ron and the guys made here on the source, it looks nice or take your truck to urban offroad and have them make something for you. and can we see some pics of the truck, it sounds like a great
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After converting my 97 wagon to topless,
Sweet merciful crap!
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Do thoughts eh? Will the Mantec spare carrer work with a side-hinged tailgate? Or does it mount higher on the SW door?
How high is the tailgate?
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Old October 10th, 2008, 04:14 PM
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Tailgate is level with the waist rail of the rear body.... and of course it is 3-dimensional, with the outside being mostly indented from the rest. Like so...

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/8317/dsc00567ww5.jpg
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I have used fourtreks mounts in the past for an air tank. www.fourtreks.com
I also used their hi lift, and dual modular tool mounts (for a shovel and axe).

Don't know if it will work for you but some of the stuff can mount to a interior bar behind the front seats like an extinguisher or a power tank. I think the diameter is 1.5 for the internal bar.
The perpendicular clamp (1 and 1/4" inner diameter) should work with the air tank provided the tank is not to large. I haven't tried it yet but I think it should work on the rear light bar.

But there are cheaper options such as http://www.colemanracing.com/catalog...p?cPath=63_767
http://www.americancollars.com
There was a thread about american collars a while back with some pics.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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If you use the belt-rail system for your soft top, beware that one of the rails is competing for the space where the upper pivot bracket bolts to the tub. I discovered that after I bought a Safari-Equip carrier and then a Badger top. I just left the rail portion off and don't notice any significant draft. Pictures later if I get a chance...
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