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Old 09-05-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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Canoe rack?

I'd really like to get a canoe rack for my 2004 TJ. I'm interested in knowing my options (and estimated costs). A lot of racks seem quite pricey and put me off. In the end, I'd like to find a solution that protects my hard top, any future soft top that I might buy, and could be used in the cold temps too. I don't mind unattractive, low cost practical solutions that can be installed temporarily if you can think on any options. Thanks all!

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Old 09-05-2010, 09:12 AM   #2
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I'd say just throw it up there and tie it down. You could also get a pair of the surfboardracks. It's 2 straps that wrap around and through the cab and has pads. Used them for my boards when I had a YJ a few years back but dont remember how a straped them up but it worked.

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I have a very cheap solution if the top is off. I use two 4 foot long 6 inch PVC pipes. Put one in the front and one in the back. Once they are tied down, you have a very strong and simple rack..
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We have always just thrown our kayaks on the rollbars with the top off. Tie it down, and hit the road. Never had a problem.
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I had a Garvin hinged rack installed this spring to hold my Thule kayak racks but we haven't had a chance to go kayaking at all! The Garvin is great-it's over the softtop now but next month we'll take it off and reinstall the hard top for the winter. Still debating on keeping the rack on for the winter because it will make snow removal on the top even harder...but it has a 500# weight limit-I've climbed up on it, hauled stuff for camping, the 4' Hilift is strapped right inside the back and fits nicely, and we've done some wicked offroading this summer and branches slid right down it instead of ripping the soft top-so it was worth getting!
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We have always just thrown our kayaks on the rollbars with the top off. Tie it down, and hit the road. Never had a problem.
That will work, but you will need to rest the kayak on the windshield frame I use the PVC to help clear the windshield.
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Yeah, I've used 2x4's in the past, but it doesn't seem like such a good idea with the hard top on. Since I'm in Alaska, we don't get to run around with the hard top off as much as some others and so I'm hoping to find a solution that will work well during the potential paddling season (May - September) with or without a hardtop. Without a hardtop isn't really much of a problem, and maybe I should just keep using my foam pads without a rack... The hinged racks seem like a great idea, but they are pretty pricey. I wonder if there is any potential to build a similar rack (with or without the hinge)...
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That will work, but you will need to rest the kayak on the windshield frame I use the PVC to help clear the windshield.
We used to throw those foam bumper pads under the edges of the boats, where they contact the jeep. Lost one at the river one afternoon, went without them on the drive home, no problem.

Granted now, I don't boat every week.

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