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Old 01-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Cargo Rack

So please chime in on ideas and opinions.
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need a rack to put my Thule cargo box, kayak carrier, fishing gear, bike gear on my 2012 JKU for trips in the future, adventures to the beach and national parks and such. The choices I have narrowed down to includes:


1. Gobi rack - $1450 for ladder, wind deflector, basket, rack and free shipping.

2. Garvin Adventure Rack, $500, rack only. MOre for ladder, deflector and shipping.

3. Kargo Master Kongo Cage , $450 rack only. More for cross bars, wind deflector.

5. Smittybilt SRC rack, $500 rack only.


All of these are no drill in body or hardtop. I like the Gobi the best in style due to the A pillar strut being right next to the Jeeps body. Looked the most sleek and probably less of a wind noise issue. Cost is really not an issue but the less money I spend the more I have for other stuff!

Please let me know experiences with wind noise and durability. What would you purchase?

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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Not on your list but we just put the Thule system on our 2012 Unlimited.
Works fine. No noise. We carry two road bikes up there. About 40 lbs including weight of the rack.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Not on your list but we just put the Thule system on our 2012 Unlimited.
Works fine. No noise. We carry two road bikes up there. About 40 lbs including weight of the rack.
Good luck.
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Hey Dan do you mind posting some pictures of your rack? I'm thinking about getting the Thule. Have one on my wifes Nissan. Just not sure about drilling into my hardtop.

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Read a lot of info before ordering mine. Congo Cage. No drilling. I am going to have a buddy weld a plate on the front for wind and some brackets to mount lights on that. Bring the plate down to almost the bolts.



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Hey Dan do you mind posting some pictures of your rack? I'm thinking about getting the Thule. Have one on my wifes Nissan. Just not sure about drilling into my hardtop.

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No drilling on the Thule system. It uses the rain gutter system. The rain gutter on the new Wrangler seems very stout. In another thread someone wrote that it has a 45 lb weight limit. But 45 lbs with 4 points of contact sounds conservative to me. But I'm not a structural engineer. Just saying.
Check out the Thule site. You put in the make/model/year of your vehicle and the system tells you what feet/towers and bars you need. They also have a pic of what it looks like on a Wrangler.
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No drilling on the Thule system. It uses the rain gutter system. The rain gutter on the new Wrangler seems very stout. In another thread someone wrote that it has a 45 lb weight limit. But 45 lbs with 4 points of contact sounds conservative to me. But I'm not a structural engineer. Just saying.
Check out the Thule site. You put in the make/model/year of your vehicle and the system tells you what feet/towers and bars you need. They also have a pic of what it looks like on a Wrangler.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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for the uses you are referring to, you might also want to check:
WILD BOAR PRODUCTS: Jeep Wrangler JK Limited Cargo Rack Systems

its versatile and looks great. there is some drilling, unfortunately.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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Do what im going to do fabricate one yourself to you own specs not hard to do. Just go to your local exhaust shop tell themm you need some pipe and you need them bent to your size carrier you want. Make some brkts. Some expanded steel for floor . Save yourself about 400.00 to 800.00 $$$$$ or get with buddies and whatever makes your head go round and start fabbing
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Ruby, This one is much less expensive and functional for your purposes.Body Armor JK-6125 - Body Armor 4x4 Roof Rack Base Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2-Door - Quadratec

11695, fabrication isn't always an option for some people.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #10
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I bought a Kargo Master Congo Cage on E-bay for $51.00. The rack that was with it was a seperate item, and got out-bid on it, but it only went for $130.00. Keep looking, they come up sometimes.

As a side note, I have not put the rack on yet, I need to get it from my father-in-law's house. Looking at pictures, I like it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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Saw the Body Armor rack but requires drilling unless you have an aftermarket bumper. Looks good though.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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You can always use this rack. Him izz guud at bildn stuf!


Sorry I just like showing that pic. Saw this rig going down the highway and had to take a pic. Log bumpers and bamboo rack, gotta love it.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #13
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Gobi Stealth

I can't imagine regretting the Gobi rack. Tough, well-designed, easy to install. Alec at EAD Offroad, makes the ordering easy, too.

The photo doesn't show the Yakima bike carriers that I put on last weekend. 6-sp JK, but single speed bike bike -- go figure.
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Purchased my Congo Cage New online with free shipping for $329. 500 pound rated.
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Where did you get it for $329 and free shipping? Best I could find was about $40 more than that and I'm worried that they don't actually have it at that price or it takes a month of Sundays to deliver...
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Where did you get it for $329 and free shipping? Best I could find was about $40 more than that and I'm worried that they don't actually have it at that price or it takes a month of Sundays to deliver...
4wd. Com. Used a promo code I found online just before ordering.
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I can't imagine regretting the Gobi rack. Tough, well-designed, easy to install. Alec at EAD Offroad, makes the ordering easy, too.

The photo doesn't show the Yakima bike carriers that I put on last weekend. 6-sp JK, but single speed bike bike -- go figure.
I've decided on the Gobi Ranger rack. Just haven't decided whether to temporarily put it on the stock bumper or wait till I can get the t&t customs bumper that I'm also wanting. That reverse light cut out is just too cool for me to resist. Soo many mods, soo little time
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I looked at the Ranger, but the Stealth is better suited for carrying boats, which Ruby had mentioned.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:32 PM   #19
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As a kayaker I am loving my Gobi rack and no drilling
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I built my own. It can hold 3 or 2 with all my camping gear.
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As a kayaker I am loving my Gobi rack and no drilling
Looking good. When you going to put some kayaks up there
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As a kayaker I am loving my Gobi rack and no drilling
Looks great! I justified the cost of the new rack by factoring in re-using the Yakima "stuff" from the ex-XJ: Kayak stackers and bike carriers. Now I just need to Craig's List the old cargo basket.
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I built my own. It can hold 3 or 2 with all my camping gear.
looks like the one im going to build
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looks like the one im going to build
If u have a besttop supertop beware the front cross bar can hit the rack. I made 1 inch spacers for the front mount. And weld over all openings or they will whistle.
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I need to be able to carry my canoe.
I am looking at the Lange Rack because it is most easily removed, I also need to be able to park indoors at work and the ceiling is low.
Would love to hear some feedback about this set up.

Lange Originals 110-300 - Lange Originals The Rack for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

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only thing keeping me from getting the Body Armor Base Rack is it doesn't have cross bars and I'd rather have it attach to the rear bumper.
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Looking good. When you going to put some kayaks up there
loaded up and went paddling yesterday!! air temp 48 degrees - water much colder! rack performed well very impressed - still got a bit over 16mpg average loaded and 400 mile trip thank you EAD offraod and Gobi
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loaded up and went paddling yesterday!! air temp 48 degrees - water much colder!
< 48° water is too bloody cold for me. Anyone that calls me knows I can say "too bloody cold" and it's legit

Rack looks great.
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< 48° water is too bloody cold for me. Anyone that calls me knows I can say "too bloody cold" and it's legit

Rack looks great.
exactly, there's a reason I live in the south....Cold is NOT kewl!!

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