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I love wheeling with my spare laying flat in the trunk rather than hanging on the rear, but with that big 40 back there, hauling my trail gear with me kind of sucked. Because I have 2 big trips scheduled this month, I had to do something about organizing my trail gear now. So, I ordered the Poly Baja Basket with brackets to mount over my spare tire.

I mounted a Swag Baja bin to the basket so I can store my spare fluids in an action packer. I also just received the Swag Cooler mount and will mount that soon. I mounted the basket about 2.5"-3" above the spare (just enough to get a hand in there). The spare is strapped down with a ratchet strap hooked to the seat hooks in the floor, and can be accessed for fastening on the driver side in front of the basket. The spare is removed from the jeep in just a few minutes by unbolting the 3 bolts on the sub-woofer and moving it up out of the way, and pulling the tire out the back. I am going to tie a short length of rope around the tire and through the rim so I can grab that to pull the tire out. It really comes out quite easy. I bolted and clamped my powertank mount to the driver-side rear corner of the basket and it is solid and does not block the view through the rear-view mirror. The whole thing fits under the soft top with room to spare.

To round out the organization of my trail gear, I installed the Smitty tailgate molle system. With the use of some molle pouches purchased from my local surplus store, I have my winch gear, flashlight, Tire repair kit, and first aid kit mounted on the inside of the tailgate.

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I saw this at jeeptoberfest and wish I had bought one. Hopefully they'll run the special at jeepbeach too

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I really like the product but I think it's pretty ridiculous that they're charging $600 to get it with mounts and powdercoat. What's the deal for Jeep Beach or Jeeptoberfest?

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I really like the product but I think it's pretty ridiculous that they're charging $600 to get it with mounts and powdercoat. What's the deal for Jeep Beach or Jeeptoberfest?
If i remember right (which is a stretch) jeeptoberfest was $450. it could have been a competitive product though, but it looked very similar. could either be mounted in the back on the bars, or up above the rear seats

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If i remember right (which is a stretch) jeeptoberfest was $450. it could have been a competitive product though, but it looked very similar. could either be mounted in the back on the bars, or up above the rear seats
Still too much for stamped sheet metal and 1/2" tube. Putting 300 lbs of gear up there is unnecessary, unsafe, and unrealistic. Design one for 100 lbs and cut the price by 2/3 and you've got something there.

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Still too much for stamped sheet metal and 1/2" tube. Putting 300 lbs of gear up there is unnecessary, unsafe, and unrealistic. Design one for 100 lbs and cut the price by 2/3 and you've got something there.
I disagree - nice basket.

The reality of it is, you may put five hundred pounds of chit (camp gear, chow, tools, etc..) in that thing on the way in, but you unload much of it at camp and go wheeling. At least that is how I roll. I also hall a canoe in on my roof rack but I don't go wheeling with it up there. Custom accessories are, well custom and sometimes pricey. But, I think that is a high value mod.
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Nice setup. Wish I could put spare inside. Can't lose backseat.

Poly basket is sweeet.
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I love mine as well... it is pricey, but oh so sexay!


I usually load mine up with my tool bags and recovery gear.

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The poly basket with the safari straps cooler tie down is awesome.

Yeah it is expensive if you purchase it powdercoated and with all the mounting hard ware and brackets; however, if you dont mind doing a little painting and fabbing it can be had for a lot less.

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Damn dude! You're dialed in! I'm jealous.

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looks good
have you thought about mountng the sub somewhere else? one less step to get the spare out. maybe fab up a roll bar mount?

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looks good
have you thought about mountng the sub somewhere else? one less step to get the spare out. maybe fab up a roll bar mount?
I am thinking of mounting the Sub behind the passenger seat or in front of one of the wheel wells against the side of the tub.
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I love mine as well... it is pricey, but oh so sexay!


I usually load mine up with my tool bags and recovery gear.

Hey HIT ...how's the fit with the ORH top?

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I know someone that might be able to help easy some for the money pains if you want... We like the baskets too!!!

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I just installed a small baja basket in my 2 dr, they are handy.

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Hey HIT ...how's the fit with the ORH top?
Hit can correct me if i'm wrong, but the 4 door basket will not work with the fastback tops. The rear window would have to be removed.
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Hit can correct me if i'm wrong, but the 4 door basket will not work with the fastback tops. The rear window would have to be removed.
Thanks for the feedback. That's kinda what I figured. That said ...really like what you did in your recent post ...I may go that route.

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It's a good setup; and again easily removed by 4 bolts when not needed. The Rotopax can still be used on the tailgate uprights, with or without the basket.

I just ordered two 2 gallon Rotopax water packs to add to the rear of the rollbars for wheelin.
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