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Old 03-20-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Should I be concerned?

I suspect they fear some genius will overload the rack, then go up the Rubicon trail, might have a negative impact on cg (top heavy), or overload the hard top..nice looking Jeep btw..

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I suspect they fear some genius will overload the rack, then go up the Rubicon trail, might have a negative impact on cg (top heavy), or overload the hard top..nice looking Jeep btw..
Yep, that's why GOBI rates their racks for 300lbs dynamic and 800lbs static.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:42 PM   #4
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Ran a 6 day test with the roof rack with the full 130 pound load. No problems to report after putting on 200 miles of off road wheeling, including the 125 mile Mojave Road.

As no other Forum members have reported any actual Freedom Roof failures due to drilling into the top, it appears that with the suggested light duty loads we can use these racks under reasonable conditions.

In our case, with the inside full of the heavy gear, we did lose one - two inches in spring sag in back, but didn't notice any tire rubbing.
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