Any actual Freedom Top failures due to roof rack mounts?
I just purchased the Yakima roof rack with Megawarrior basket for my 2012 2 door JK. It was recommended and installed by a local rack specialty shop. I can’t use a Gobi style HD cage rack because of garage door clearance. The Yakima mounts directly to the Freedom Top and can be easily removed at end of trip to allow the rig to get inside.
I know that drilling into the Freedom top is not supported by Jeep and not recommended for heavy duty hauling. My setup is rated for 160 pounds (less the 30 pounds of the basket). I will normally keep the heavy stuff low in the vehicle and use a large Thule water resistant travel bag in the basket for light camping gear like sleeping bags, etc. Normal loads for us will likely be less than 100 pounds.
The shop said that they have been installing these for years without any issues. But, when I got it home I noticed in the Yakima install instructions it specifically states, “Do Not Use Off-Road”.
Should I be concerned?
2012 JK Sport, auto, 3.73, Eaton E-Lockers, 3.5 inch AEV lift, Method 17x8.5 Standards, BFG AT LT31570R17s, LOD full width bumpers, SB RC-8 winch, sPod, Yakima Megabasket rack, BBL lightbar.