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Not sure if this is a strap hinge, but they come in Black! I'll just cut the end to size and drill a hole, provided this metal is thick enough. We'll see.
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@Rokon , is .076" (which i think is close to 14 gauge), heavy duty?



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Yep, your hinges are 14g. Plenty strong. Strap hinge has two long sides vs. Tee hinge with a short wide, and one long.
What you show will work just fine. Just leave plenty of material around the hole you drill for the strap hook.
 

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Yep, your hinges are 14g. Plenty strong. Strap hinge has two long sides vs. Tee hinge with a short wide, and one long.
What you show will work just fine. Just leave plenty of material around the hole you drill for the strap hook.
I actually just bought a 10" strap hinge, it's super thick, I'll cut off what I don't need after marking and drilling the hole. "tonight's project"!
 

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I actually just bought a 10" strap hinge, it's super thick, I'll cut off what I don't need after marking and drilling the hole. "tonight's project"!
10” will be a little overkill. You don’t want the loose end to be so long it gouges the cab top when it drops down. The 3 inch hinge you pictured is probably just right. Big enough to bolt thru the 2x2 support and plywood close to the center of the 2x2. With a couple fender washers.
 

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10” will be a little overkill. You don’t want the loose end to be so long it gouges the cab top when it drops down. The 3 inch hinge you pictured is probably just right. Big enough to bolt thru the 2x2 support and plywood close to the center of the 2x2. With a couple fender washers.
the longer the strap, the thicker the metal generally. the small straps were too thin and it was only $2 more for a 10" strap hinge. So i just plan to cut off what I don't need.
 

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the longer the strap, the thicker the metal generally. the small straps were too thin and it was only $2 more for a 10" strap hinge. So i just plan to cut off what I don't need.
True- I just think you are overthinking the stress you could put on these connections.. if you are just holding the totes on the roof you could conceivably use a much smaller gauge hinge. With a ratchet strap the totes will likely collapse before the hinge fails. Then again, if I already had the 10” hinge in my leftovers pile, that’s what I’d use too! There’s nothing more satisfying than repurposing an item to do something different than it was designed for!
 

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if you are just holding the totes on the roof you could conceivably use a much smaller gauge hinge.
Most likely, but I don't want a weak hing bending on me and somehow the strap rattling loose then have the tote fly off and break, or worse, cause a car accident. Overkill to the rescue!
 

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Good news the 10" strap hinge cut down worked well. I had to mount on top of rail, because if it was below, it would have banged into the canopy when not in use.

Well this is what it looked like before the highway 80mph test. front and middle totes were empty
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This is what it looked like after. i'm guessing the different sized totes and being empty contributed to the middle one flopping around. if they were all equal height probably wouldn't have happened. sighhh, guess I can bungy them down laterally too.


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lol, looks like i'm trying to reinvent the wheel, could have just bought one of these....
https://www.alu-cab.com/product/roof-rack-tray/
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Roof Rack Tray, maybe ok4wd can order this. Will be lighter and probably stronger, but I think I like my dimensions better, it sticks over the hardtop about 9 inches.
 

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Okay, can somebody educate me on how cargo nets work? Seem simple enough, but this one says its 3'x4' and stretches to 6'x8'. So does that mean you're supposed to stretch it over your cargo, so there's no stretch left for stuff to fly around on top of your vehicle? Or do you not need to stretch it tight? Silly, i went through all that trouble to get my hinge mounting point to work, I can either use 3-4 ratchet straps, or a cargo net.....


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Never used one that stretched..... seems it has to be tight to be secure.
I sewed my own for my FJ Cruiser rack from 2” nylon webbing. No stretch. All the interwoven intersections were sewn. Used velcro to secure the cinch straps that came from each web. About 6” grid openings. Mostly used for soft stuff, tents, awnings, chairs, duffles, bags of charcoal.
Worked really well. Sorry, no pics.
 

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Never used one that stretched..... seems it has to be tight to be secure.
I sewed my own for my FJ Cruiser rack from 2” nylon webbing. No stretch. All the interwoven intersections were sewn. Used velcro to secure the cinch straps that came from each web. About 6” grid openings. Mostly used for soft stuff, tents, awnings, chairs, duffles, bags of charcoal.
Worked really well. Sorry, no pics.
I've always wanted to get a badass sewing machine. Not sure how often i'd use it, but could come in handy. i'm assuming you used something like that for your nylon webbing intersections?


Hey look at that, a company makes the nylon nets specifically for our truck! :CWL:
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Yeah pretty cool machine. 1929 Singer on a 60’s table with a clutch an 1 hp electric motor. Does canvas and leather well. Definitely gives rise to the saying “Runs like a sewing machine”. Smooth, powerful and a bit fast... keep an eye on your fingers! Doesn't stall, might break a needle though.
New England had many textile shops and old machines can be found pretty dang cheap.
It sits around until you need it..... just opens up possibilties.
Really tempted to sew up my own RTT.
 

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This is a Tacoma Alu-cab Canopy and Gen 3 tent on a JTR. It’s not perfect fitment but could be with a couple minor modifications to the front mounts and tailgate. Love the Alu-cab design - very light and strong with mounting rails literally everywhere.

Did have to shim up the tent to clear the hard top because the Tacoma is not quite as tall.

I did order a JT version of the canopy and will be posting this Tacoma canopy for sale in a few weeks. It was just part of a barter I worked out.

I’m impressed! Just have to decide if the tent will live on the Jeep or if I should take my adventure trailer Horizon off the market and upgrade the current Eezi-Awn with this one.

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This is a Tacoma Alu-cab Canopy and Gen 3 tent on a JTR. It’s not perfect fitment but could be with a couple minor modifications to the front mounts and tailgate. Love the Alu-cab design - very light and strong with mounting rails literally everywhere.

Did have to shim up the tent to clear the hard top because the Tacoma is not quite as tall.

I did order a JT version of the canopy and will be posting this Tacoma canopy for sale in a few weeks. It was just part of a barter I worked out.

I’m impressed! Just have to decide if the tent will live on the Jeep or if I should take my adventure trailer Horizon off the market and upgrade the current Eezi-Awn with this one.

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Looking real good!

Team Alu-Cab!
 

                           
























































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