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Christmas tree on soft top

Anyone ever just throw a 9-10' Christmas tree on top of a soft top unlimited JK with no roof rack, strap it down with ratchet straps and drive 3 hours back home at highway speeds? Anything wrong with that? What could possibly go wrong?

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I personally would strap it to the spare tire. With the trunk end highest.


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A lot of people put them in their living rooms. Up to you.
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sheet of plywood between the tree and top

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Question, do you really have to drive 3 hours to find a fucking Christmas tree? You can't get one around the block from your house at your local Wally World?

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Put the top down, and strap it to the inside!

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Lots of real informative remarks! Love the living room comment. I've been on here long enough that I should have guessed!

The TJ looks like mine one year when I did the same thing - of course, I was living in Miami and the temperature was like 80 degrees. It's a cool 30 degrees in the mountains, so no way I'm riding topless for 3 hours!

We're driving to our mountain house 3 hours away to spend the weekend. On the last day there, we'll go cut down our Christmas tree and drive back home. We've done it before, just not in my JK, it was in my wife's Liberty. It's supposed to snow in certain areas and I wanted to wheel in the snow in my Jeep.

I'm thinking of putting a canvas or nylon tarp over the soft top, wrapping the tree and strapping it down with ratchet straps through the door surrounds. I think the metal soft top frame should hold the weight of the tree. Fingers crossed.

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Lots of real informative remarks! Love the living room comment. I've been on here long enough that I should have guessed!

The TJ looks like mine one year when I did the same thing - of course, I was living in Miami and the temperature was like 80 degrees. It's a cool 30 degrees in the mountains, so no way I'm riding topless for 3 hours!

We're driving to our mountain house 3 hours away to spend the weekend. On the last day there, we'll go cut down our Christmas tree and drive back home. We've done it before, just not in my JK, it was in my wife's Liberty. It's supposed to snow in certain areas and I wanted to wheel in the snow in my Jeep.

I'm thinking of putting a canvas or nylon tarp over the soft top, wrapping the tree and strapping it down with ratchet straps through the door surrounds. I think the metal soft top frame should hold the weight of the tree. Fingers crossed.
close. rio grande was a YJ thing. steering wheel is also the dead give away. among others.

putting a tree in your jeep voids the warranty

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close. rio grande was a YJ thing. steering wheel is also the dead give away. among others.

putting a tree in your jeep voids the warranty
Late model YJ? Looks more like my 2005 TJ than either of my 1989 or 1991YJs. Both my YJs have different doors, rollbars and steering wheels to the one in the picture. Should've known by the Rio Grande decals though. My bad.

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Late model YJ? Looks more like my 2005 TJ than either of my 1989 or 1991YJs. Both my YJs have different doors, rollbars and steering wheels to the one in the picture. Should've known by the Rio Grande decals though. My bad.
We forgive you, but your soft top might not like a tree on it for 3 hours.

Sorry for being a smart ass, I honestly thought you were kidding.

If you are going to do it I would balance most of the weight on the soundbar area of the top or the trunk over the windshield. Get most of the weight off of that lightweight soft top frame.

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Watch those ratchet straps on the door surrounds. The door surrounds aren't that strong and might crack with too much "ratchet".

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Is a small trailer an oiption? I would not trust the soft top
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We may get a buddy of our to come with us and he has a hardtop JK unlimited. We may be able to put both trees on top of his Jeep. Otherwise we may just take the Liberty.

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Sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a hardtop.
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I did it last year a little tougher than the liberty due to no rack to tie onto. It can be done....

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We done did it! We went up with a buddy and he brought his hitch rack. Both trees sat perfect on it. If not, I would have laid it horizontal above my gas cans on the OR-Fab tire carrier and strapped it down.

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I use the rugged ridge Christmas tree hood mount kit.

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