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Unread 04-20-2010, 07:32 PM
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I received a reply from Gobi to give them a call. I am working on trying to get a loaner bumper for fitting before I go over to Gobi. I don't think I have heard anything back from AEV yet. I am close to Gobi's shop and would like to help out. I have the JK, I just don't have the bumper or rack yet.
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Unread 04-26-2010, 06:25 PM
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I received a reply from Gobi to give them a call. I am working on trying to get a loaner bumper for fitting before I go over to Gobi. I don't think I have heard anything back from AEV yet. I am close to Gobi's shop and would like to help out. I have the JK, I just don't have the bumper or rack yet.
Thanks for the update! Looks like we are on our own here.
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After a few months of back and forth with Gobi, I was able to implement a workable solution. There are two main options. 1) Fabricate a bracket that clamps to the round piping of the AEV bumper and connects to the Gobi towers on the outside of the bumper. - I didn't like the aesthetics of that option but it can be done. 2) Gobi will make you a new set of mounting towers that bolt to the sheet metal of the jeep. I was concerned with the strength issue but solved that by first installing steel AEV corner guards. (I had mine painted). Here are a few photos of the final outcome. Overall I'm pleased with the solution. - Keep in mind though that you are really committing to the rack here as you are drilling into your jeep to make it happen. :-)



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Unread 05-03-2010, 03:46 PM
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Gobi is continuing on trying to develop a frame bracket so they can retain their "no drill" specification if anyone is interested.
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Unread 05-04-2010, 05:33 AM
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Looks great !

Did you paint your fenders white?

Greg
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Greg:
Thanks! Yes - I like the look of the matching fenders. It gives the jeep the appearance of a wider stance. I had to buy OE Sahara flares as the Rubi flares don't take paint well.

SummitJeep:
Hopefully Gobi will come up with a no drill option. I had the guys at OK4WD in NJ look at it for a good week. They are excellent fabricators and didn't think there was an inside the bumper option without cutting out the water tanks. They had a plan for a clamp mount to the round piping but I didn't like the idea of the bracket on the outside of the bumper. Maybe Gobi and AEV will eventually come up with something workable though.

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Unread 05-24-2010, 09:08 PM
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Why is it a bad idea or not possible to attach something similar to the standard rear support towers but without the hypotenuse side of the triangle on the standard support plate and then disburse the weight on the bumper/water tanks with something under the rear support towers (e.g. square or rectangular piece of rubber). AEV says the tanks are strong. I stood on them and jumped up and down. They sure seem like they can handle some weight. I am no engineer and never fabricated anything. I am just trying to salvage my investment. Does this even seem possible?
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Unread 05-25-2010, 09:29 AM
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Why is it a bad idea or not possible to attach something similar to the standard rear support towers but without the hypotenuse side of the triangle on the standard support plate and then disburse the weight on the bumper/water tanks with something under the rear support towers (e.g. square or rectangular piece of rubber). AEV says the tanks are strong. I stood on them and jumped up and down. They sure seem like they can handle some weight. I am no engineer and never fabricated anything. I am just trying to salvage my investment. Does this even seem possible?
I think that there is so much variance between Jeeps due to build tolerances they don't want to design one to be supported by the tanks because one may fit tightly against the tanks and be fine, the next one may have a 1" space and not have the proper support, and the third may not allow the bumper to fit onto the JK.
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Unread 05-25-2010, 09:46 AM
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Its never a great idea to attach an accessory to the body and the frame because they move independently. The roof rack can probably deal with it best since its relatively long span from the windshield to the rear frame section and the rack by its very nature is not torsionally stiff. In reality attaching to the corners is probably better than where they had it to begin with from a purely technical standpoint. Both solutions are workable, but this one looks decent. My only concern with either is that the mounting point is down low in both the front and rear, so any weight up top on the rack has a large lever arm to stress the bolts. My guess would be that it will be fine with lighter loads and normal use.

For really heavy duty expedition use (hundreds of rough miles with a lot of weight at speed) I don't see getting around using the sportbar to mount a rack.

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Unread 06-16-2010, 10:56 AM
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I personally think the best option would be to install the GOBI rack to the AEV corner guards w/ the rails. Although AEV has not released that version of corner guards yet. Thats what im waiting on...
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