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Old 06-19-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Bestop Over Head Rack REVIEW and PICS

Ok so I just ordered the Bestop Over Head rack for the 4 door unlimited. I wanted to post this review so that if anyone else considers this rack they will have an idea of what to expect.

Ultimately the install has been a pain in the neck. The instructions that came with the rack are a little off and makes you wonder if the quality of the rack will be as crappy as the instructions. Pictures show one bolt size and the written instructions show another. I had to take bolts in and out numerous times until i felt where it was correct. Granted this is a custom fit product sold on jcwhit I feel like the instructions should not be. After assembling the two main racks I headed outside to install the sliders on the side. This was fairly easy but still was somewhat of a headache. Now the tough and frustrating part was trying to slide on the racks themselves. With 2 people sliding they kept binding up on the driver side. After spraying some w-40 and repositioning them a few times they finally started moving a little easier. It did scratch one side really bad because it would not move without brute force. The next thing that kind of blows is you have to cut 2 sections out of each window so that you can snap the window on after installation. Also I am confident this would not work with the Hard top versions very well. Please correct me if I am mistaken about the hard top. Overall the installation sucked somewhat but I am just happy its done with and I have something to haul cargo with now.

Cost -- 8 out of 10 (about $270 after tax and shipping)
Installation -- 5 out of 10
Instructions -- 4 out of 10
Looks after installed on Vehicle -- 6 out of 10


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Old 06-19-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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Looks good man, everything ive ever ordered from jcw has had bad instructions unless it was an actuall name brand product

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Old 06-19-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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I'm not impressed by what I see based on the price that you quoted. I can't remember how much I paid for mine but it was somewhere in the vicinity of $300.00 and change plus shipping put it over $400.00. I have the Kargo Master, Congo Cage. It is not perfect but it is in my opinion one of the ablest racks out there with a load limit of 500 lbs. It gets ski duty in the winter and kayak duty for four kayaks in the summer. It laughs at four kayaks. I'd be afraid to trust 4 kayaks to the rack depicted but hay, as long as it does what you ask of it, that is all that matters.

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I have the congo cage and have been relatively pleased with it. I say relative because I have nothing to compare it to. I have a stock Rubicon Unlimited and I am going to post a picture at this point because a picture is worth a thousand words.

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The picture was taken in the parking lot of the space center in Florida while I was on vacation last summer (from Massachusetts). That rig made it from MA to FL and then to Moosehead Lake in ME over the summer. A 10 foot, two 12 foot, and a 16 foot kayak are pictured. The ride was pretty quiet as I had the hard top on and used the air conditioning pretty much all the way on the trip to Florida. On the trip to ME, I rolled the windows down a lot. I have the Yakima adapter clamps, and bars and use Yakima J bar racks on the two outside yaks and the two inside yaks are leaning on yak stacker and are sitting on two shark pads all Yakima attachments. I like the Yakima bars because they are round and the J racks and shark pads can be tilted in to match the curve of the kayaks.

Regarding the rack, I followed the directions to a T. It makes no squeaking noises but does make wind noise. Any rack will add wind noise to your jeep. You just have to get used to that. The only flaw that I had on the install was that they shipped SAE bolts to attach to the bumper mount spot in the rear and those bolts are metric. I went to The Home Depot, sized the correct bolt and used metric. The SAE supplied would have fit but would have done a nasty on the threads of the permanently affixed anchors on the frame. I put the gas tank bend on the driver's side in turned 180 degrees from what it should have been and found out soon enough that I just turned it to the right direction before the glue seized the connection.

The rack is heavy on the four door and I need to use four people to get it off and on. I found it really difficult getting the top changed out with the rack on so I take the rack off, change tops and put the rack back on. I am unable to open the soft top with the rack on. So my preference is to run it with the rack off while the soft top is on or just run it with the hard top while the rack is on. I haven't had a chance to address this with the company yet as tilting the rack the soft top is suppose to be able to be dropped. Even with the problem corrected, it seems a pain to put the soft top up and down with the rack on. The good news regarding tops is that the freedom top panels on the hard top are operable with the rack in place. No need to tilt it back for that operation.

I used the rack all winter with Yakima ski racks up there for my skis. I can fit about 8 pairs of skis, almost two per passenger. On a long trip to a ski area, this is a very useful thing.

The only place that the rack comes anywhere near the body is at the attachment points. No issues anywhere with rubbing. Overall, I am happy with the rack.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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Yea if I had the cash I would def would go with the Kongo it looks Bad @$$. My kayaks are 9.5 and 10 foot so it should fair me well until an upgrade can be bought. The price was going to be over 300 but I had a 15% coupon i found on the net.
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I bought this rack for my 07 2-door for carrying skis in the winter. I echo your sentiments about the instalation of the sliders being a pain and I hated to cut the soft top windows. Personally, I didn't have an issue with the instrctions once I laid the parts out and figured out what to do.

The pro's of the rack are cost, though yes a little more money would bring a much better product. I loved the fact that the rack was removable and it did get easier after a few times, though it had to be lined up just perfectly to slide and is quite cumbersome with one person.

What I hated the most was the wind noise that it caused. Mine created a very loud hum when I would go over around 35 mph and was absolutely obnoxious, making it hard to even talk. I wasn't nearly as bad with the ski carriers on it though, must have altered the airflow just enough.

Overall, the rack served it's purpose but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd spend a little more dough for a better product with a higher load rating. Not that it matters since I just traded the '07 for a '11 JKU!!!
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I've been looking at various racks and this one is definitely the cheapest but your install issues make me more than a bit wary and with a hardtop I'm not sure it would even work. The rack which seems to have the best fit, is easy to take the top off is the Gobi Stealth rack, which I guess unsurprisingly is also the most expensive.
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I've been looking at various racks and this one is definitely the cheapest but your install issues make me more than a bit wary and with a hardtop I'm not sure it would even work. The rack which seems to have the best fit, is easy to take the top off is the Gobi Stealth rack, which I guess unsurprisingly is also the most expensive.
You may want to give a look at the Garvin. Family owned business... and the best customer service.
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Garvin Stealth rack system by far the best overall system out there or Body Armor the most rugged roof rack system.
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I did like the Garvin rack quite a bit until I looked at the installation manual and found out how many holes had to be drilled into the body of the Jeep...The Gobi Stealth requires no drilling at all.

There is one vendor who has it on sale right now for $1299 with free shipping and free ladder and other accessories, so it's not too much more than the Garvin.

My Rubicon will also have a painted top so anything where I have to drill into the top is not what I want to do either.
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I did like the Garvin rack quite a bit until I looked at the installation manual and found out how many holes had to be drilled into the body of the Jeep...The Gobi Stealth requires no drilling at all.

There is one vendor who has it on sale right now for $1299 with free shipping and free ladder and other accessories, so it's not too much more than the Garvin.

My Rubicon will also have a painted top so anything where I have to drill into the top is not what I want to do either.
It's my understanding that the Gobi attaches just like the Garvin up front (windshield bolts), but at the rear it attaches to the frame - rather than directly to the body of the jeep.

Now - if that's correct, think about the physics here. My Garvin (attached soley to the body) moves with the body. However, if the Gobi has a body attachment, and a frame attachment, it will create a point of torque...

I was hesitant to go Garvin because of the drilling, but in reality - it's only 8 holes (4/side) and - got to lose that stupid big license plate holder

We all have different needs/uses for our racks. The Wilderness fits for my use.
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Anyone discover a good rack that is removable or at least the top part so the soft top can come down easy?

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