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Old 04-15-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Opinions of roof racks

For my first mod purchase, I had planned on getting a roof rack for when we go to the beach and it greatly expands the ability to carry basically anything I need/want. I was considering the Olympic that doubles as a flip over canopy, mainly because it has the basket frame built in with the eye bolts. At around $800+, it was going to be one of the more costly mods. I started looking elsewhere and came across the $450+ Olympic rack, but it has no rails. On another hand, Smittybilt and Warrior also make roof racks. The main thing I want is the ability to still put my soft top down without having to completely remove the rack system, plus I want the maximum amount of poundage that the rack can carry for the money. Don't ever see having to carry a refrigerator on top, but I want to make sure that if I need to carry something with a decent weight to it, I don't have to worry.

Love to hear from anyone who has any of these on their Wrangler! Thank you, in advance, for any advice!

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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I built one a while back for a lifted Sidekick that is was building. Made it out of PVC. I was amazed at how strong that rack was when finished. At 180 lbs I could hang from the rack and shake the entire vehicle back and forth with no issues. I put a lot of gear on it for some camping trips and it didn't sag a bit. The whole thing cost me about $20 to build. Painted it black and put a couple of stickers on it. I am sure that its not what you are looking for but it did the job.


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Old 04-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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I built one a while back for a lifted Sidekick that is was building. Made it out of PVC. I was amazed at how strong that rack was when finished. At 180 lbs I could hang from the rack and shake the entire vehicle back and forth with no issues. I put a lot of gear on it for some camping trips and it didn't sag a bit. The whole thing cost me about $20 to build. Painted it black and put a couple of stickers on it. I am sure that its not what you are looking for but it did the job.

That, sir, is GENIUS!!! I love me some PVC for projects! I might just research this to see what I can find. THANKS!!!
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:11 AM   #4
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Mother-nature will eat this thing (PVC) up in short order.

Get a 1st class metal rack and be done with it

Check with CG3 & Jimbox, they both have had reacks for some time and can backup my opinion
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #5
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Mother-nature will eat this thing (PVC) up in short order.

Get a 1st class metal rack and be done with it

Check with CG3 & Jimbox, they both have had reacks for some time and can backup my opinion
Wrap that PVC in some black duct tape. Reinforce with bubblegum and coat hangers.

Seriously tho...I ran that sidekick for over a year with out parking it in the garage and the rack looked new when I sold it. I was surprised that I didn't even have any paint chipping after a year of hard use.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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That, sir, is GENIUS!!! I love me some PVC for projects! I might just research this to see what I can find. THANKS!!!
Thanks...those t-connections butted up to each other with some 1.5 inch cuts inserted added strength that I had not anticipated. I wish I had a pic of that kick from just before I sold it...the thing turned out nice. I used garage door trim to fill the gap between the bumper and the grill.(looked factory. Mounted a gas can on the rack,added lights to the rack as well as a high lift,axe and shovel. I doubled my $$ on that thing and it sold in a day on cl.
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Here are pictures of my rack. First picture is during the install. The hand in the windshield is my son under the dash trying to hold onto the nuts.

It is the Smittybilt SRC. I bought it off of Amazon since Quadratec was out of stock at the time. It attaches to your rear bumper and the door/windshield hinges. You can do anything you want with your top. The only thing I didn't like about it was the type of bolts they used. They aren't countersunk like the torx you remove so I wasn't certain the doors would stay aligned. They seem to do the job though. I do plan on replacing them when I get back home.
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A view of the rear. I uninstalled the soft top and installed the hard top without doing anything more than removing the crossbars on the rack. They are held in place with hand tight screws.
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Here are pictures of my rack. First picture is during the install. The hand in the windshield is my son under the dash trying to hold onto the nuts.

It is the Smittybilt SRC. I bought it off of Amazon since Quadratec was out of stock at the time. It attaches to your rear bumper and the door/windshield hinges. You can do anything you want with your top. The only thing I didn't like about it was the type of bolts they used. They aren't countersunk like the torx you remove so I wasn't certain the doors would stay aligned. They seem to do the job though. I do plan on replacing them when I get back home.
That looks really good! I especially like the fact that the bars go side-to-side. The Olympic rack I was considering has bars that go front to back. Makes it difficult to put something length-wise, like a canopy, with the end facing front, so as to cut down on wind-resistance. I think I'll check out the Smittybilt rack now. I like the looks of it much better.

Thanks for the advice!!!
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Here are pictures of my rack. First picture is during the install. The hand in the windshield is my son under the dash trying to hold onto the nuts.

It is the Smittybilt SRC. I bought it off of Amazon since Quadratec was out of stock at the time. It attaches to your rear bumper and the door/windshield hinges. You can do anything you want with your top. The only thing I didn't like about it was the type of bolts they used. They aren't countersunk like the torx you remove so I wasn't certain the doors would stay aligned. They seem to do the job though. I do plan on replacing them when I get back home.
I have kayaks so need a good rack to mount the kayak racks to. Are these crossbars sturdy enough? I like the looks of this one!
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:16 PM   #11
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This is a great thread that I have been looking for. I hope more jeepers with rack experience will keep it going.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #12
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I have kayaks so need a good rack to mount the kayak racks to. Are these crossbars sturdy enough? I like the looks of this one!
Quadratec lists its capacity as 300 pounds. It certainly seems sturdy enough to me. The only thing I would have changed would have been to drill the holes out for countersunk bolts instead of the flat allen head screws they provided. It does rub the rear corners of the hard top as well.

I chose the rack because its lines matched the lines of the jeep rather than looking like a box sitting on top of another box. The Jeep is boxy enough as it is.

Those racks that have the lengthwise bars expect you to put another tub on top of them. I do have a cargo carrier that I will use on top of this for carrying luggage and smaller boxes.

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