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Old 12-04-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a garvin roof rack? Im liking the style and that its the full length of the roof. Just wanting some info on what you do or dont like about it.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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I have the garvin adventure rack and I am pretty happy with it. It makes me sad it makes it one step harder to drop my top for those spontaneous moments, but that is gonna be the case with any full size rack on a jeep. It's solid and I installed it myself. I had a good bit of wind noise at first. I wrapped the front bar with black paracord in a spiral pattern and it helped tremendously. You still will have some wind noise, but that is I hope to be expected when looking at something like this. I do notice that I feel a slight vibration when in a cross wind, like not like something is loose, but that you can feel the wind whipping around the rack. Again though, I think that's gonna be par for the course with racks of this nature.

The thing is solid though. I've tossed a couple kayaks up there a couple times and it performed great.

I used black silicone on the joints to protect against rust when I installed it. Seems to be working so far.

I did notice I had to tighten mine up after a months use when the weather changed to cold. I didn't use loctite or anything though.

Mine is installed in my profile pic. I have some more photos I have been meaning to post.

Oh, one major plus for me was the amount of wind the comes in through the front two windows when just riding around. Every time I put my window down I was getting killed. The way the rack installs in the front cut down on that A LOT and makes it a lot more enjoyable riding with the window down on a regular old day.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I was debating on buying one or trying to build a similar one myself. I plan to use it for kayaks and then going to make some tubing to store my fishing poles also.
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Thanks for the info. I was debating on buying one or trying to build a similar one myself. I plan to use it for kayaks and then going to make some tubing to store my fishing poles also.
If ya search the threads there has been some pretty good ideas of some home made racks...
If your handy with a welder and can bend some tubing....One of the last posts they used some Concrete mesh as a bottom floor, looked like it worked pretty good.
I want a rack too, have also been kicking around the idea of welding one up.
I just gotta do it....
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I have the garvin adventure rack and I am pretty happy with it. It makes me sad it makes it one step harder to drop my top for those spontaneous moments, but that is gonna be the case with any full size rack on a jeep. It's solid and I installed it myself. I had a good bit of wind noise at first. I wrapped the front bar with black paracord in a spiral pattern and it helped tremendously. You still will have some wind noise, but that is I hope to be expected when looking at something like this. I do notice that I feel a slight vibration when in a cross wind, like not like something is loose, but that you can feel the wind whipping around the rack. Again though, I think that's gonna be par for the course with racks of this nature.

The thing is solid though. I've tossed a couple kayaks up there a couple times and it performed great.

I used black silicone on the joints to protect against rust when I installed it. Seems to be working so far.

I did notice I had to tighten mine up after a months use when the weather changed to cold. I didn't use loctite or anything though.

Mine is installed in my profile pic. I have some more photos I have been meaning to post.

Oh, one major plus for me was the amount of wind the comes in through the front two windows when just riding around. Every time I put my window down I was getting killed. The way the rack installs in the front cut down on that A LOT and makes it a lot more enjoyable riding with the window down on a regular old day.


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I also have the Garvin Adventure Rack and love it. I didn't want to drill any holes into my new 2013 Sarah and this was the perfect option. Everyone at Garvin is always so helpful and kind. I agree that the wind noise from the rack is noisy and does cause vibration...I am going to apply the black paracord as you suggested.
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