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Old 07-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Cargo rack ideas / hardtop weight limit

With my 80 series Landcruiser gone and a 14 JKUR inbound, I am trying to get some rack ideas. I was thinking of using my existing Thule gutter mount feet and making a new platform to fit the JKUR. My first thought is to use the gutter above the passenger doors and add the Thule artificial rain gutter just above the rear window leaving the freedom panels still usable. With my old setup, I was able to have 2 adults and 2 kids up there for picnics / firework viewing. Probably 500 pounds or less with the rack weight. Does anyone see anything I am missing? Also, does anyone have any first hand experience on what this setup should hold for a weight? Sorry for the scattered thoughts and here are some pics for reference.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Kargo Master racks bolt to the frame at the rear bumper and to the front along side of the windshield. They say they will hold $500 ponds and will support more weight than any other Wrangler rack. Plus there is no drilling ! I've been very happy with mine
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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The Wrangler hard top is just a simple fiberglass shell. It might be 2 layers with a hollow core. I think I've seen some racks that attach to the hardtop itself put the weight limit at around 150-200lbs.

That being said, there are a couple of manufacturers that have frame supports that bolt through the top and attach to the rear roll bars. You are probably better off going with a system that attaches to the body/window and goes over the hard top if you want to support 500+lbs. There are several out there that still give you the ability to use the freedom tops or even run a soft top if you want.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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With my 80 series Landcruiser gone and a 14 JKUR inbound, I am trying to get some rack ideas. I was thinking of using my existing Thule gutter mount feet and making a new platform to fit the JKUR. My first thought is to use the gutter above the passenger doors and add the Thule artificial rain gutter just above the rear window leaving the freedom panels still usable. With my old setup, I was able to have 2 adults and 2 kids up there for picnics / firework viewing. Probably 500 pounds or less with the rack weight. Does anyone see anything I am missing? Also, does anyone have any first hand experience on what this setup should hold for a weight? Sorry for the scattered thoughts and here are some pics for reference.
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As long as you do not place more than 50 pound up there... the hard top is NOT structurally sound enough to place a load on... very thin... It will crack...

Check out Front Runner, they make a rack that bolts through the hard top and the supports bolt to the roll bars to handle the load... they have a half rack (just the back up to the "T-Tops") and a full rack.

Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters FRONT RUNNER SLIMLINE II HALF RACK / EXTREME /JEEP WRANGLER JK - 5 DOOR
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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Thanks, the Kargo Master rack definitely looks great. I was hoping to go a little cheaper for now. I make the platform myself and is less than $100 in materials. The platform could easily be transferred to the KM rack when the mod budget allows. Hence the rain gutter setup for now.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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Looks like the KM rack just moved up on the mod list. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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ive had my 100 pound ice fishing shanty on my hard top, no rack no nothing and im never doing it again because it scratched the living sh!t out of my top
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #8
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I would say check out the Gobi Stealth but if you are looking for inexpensive... Probably not for you
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #9
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The Gobi's are the cats butt. I almost got one for my 80 but wanted to try my making my own first. I was also able to use longer Thule bars which allowed me to put my bike trays next to the platform. After it was done, I really liked how usable the platform was. If the Gobi had full coverage mesh flooring, I would be more likely to go that route when the budget allows. That being said, it would be hard to beat what I could build, using the KM rack for a base, for under $600.
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Considering that the manufacturer doesn't rate the hard top for any load other than environmental (snow and such) I chose not to use a rack that mounted directly to the hard top.

I went with Garvins expedition rack. It's rated at 500 pounds static and 300 pounds dynamic.


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