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  • AEV Rear w/ GOBI Rack

    All,

    Has anyone successfully installed an AEV rear bumper with a GOBI rack?

    The issue I see is where the GOBI rack mounts to the JK conflicting with how the bumper ties into the frame.








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    Gobi Roof Rack Issue

    I have attempted it. With the standard mounts it does not work. I have been in contact with AEV and GOBI and they have been working together to find a solution. When we get one I will post something here.

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    • #3
      This is similar to BajaRack's mount.

      The issue is confounded by how much space the AEV tanks take. There is no room for that gusseted bracket to fit even if the shared mounting holes could be managed.

      We are modifying the rear rack mount system and I will post up a picture of our solution after this weekend if interested.
      Phil Golden
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      2008 Sahara Unlimited - working on expo build.

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      • #4
        I am very interested in a fix for this. I plan to use the AEV rear bumper and the Gobi rack. I live about an 70 miles from the Gobi shop. Is there anything I can do to help?

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        • #5
          I am also interested in this solution.

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          • #6
            SummitJeep, It might be helpful to go there if you're interested and have the rear bumper. We did send them all the CAD data, but it doesn't sound like they have digitized the Jeep data, so I think seeing it in person might help.

            The other solution would be to develop a mount using our corner guards to integrate the rack in.


            dh
            2015 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis SRW
            2009 Brute DoubleCab 5.7VVT Supercharged, 37s
            2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R
            2013 KTM 450XC-W

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            • #7
              Dave,

              I sent AEV and Gobi a email about 30 mins ago offering my Jeep for fitting. I live about 70 miles from the Gobi shop and have visited before. Hopefully I can help in someway.

              Thanks,
              John

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              • #8
                Summit Jeep - Based on my correspondence with GOBI they really need to see in person how much space there is between the AEV water tanks and the body of the jeep. Its one thing to see it on a CAD but there is no substitute for seeing in up close and in person.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies all. I look forward to a doable solution.

                  Originally posted by AEV Dave View Post
                  SummitJeep, It might be helpful to go there if you're interested and have the rear bumper. We did send them all the CAD data, but it doesn't sound like they have digitized the Jeep data, so I think seeing it in person might help.

                  The other solution would be to develop a mount using our corner guards to integrate the rack in.


                  dh
                  Thanks for the reply Dave. I think the simplest solution would be to integrate the bracket into the AEV bumper. The only thing GOBI can do is make a variation of the existing bracket. Seems redundant to me. The GOBI bracket could be an extension of the bumper where the tube mounts to the frame. This would resolve the GOBI support issue without creating any alignment issues for the AEV bumper. Win-Win. I am ready to buy the bumper, but I need the GOBI rack for my roof-top tent, and I am not the type of guy to go cutting supports to make something fit. I would be happy to serve as a guinea pig for this if you would like to give it a try.

                  Thanks for your time!
                  Last edited by Aurelius; 04-12-2010, 06:56 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Any update on this?

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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Summit Jeep View Post
                        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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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              Looks great !

                              Did you paint your fenders white?

                              Greg

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