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Old 08-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Gobi rack finally came

After an eight week wait, the rack came yesterday. It was packaged well, everything wrapped and not a blemish on it, and now that it's installed, it is as good as everyone said. Strong welds, thick powder coat, heavy duty hardware...quality all over and at $1600 beans it should. Got a good deal that included free shipping, free accessory ( I chose the quick release connectors) and they included a ladder as well.

I installed it by myself after viewing a Youtube vid. Not sure I would do it again by myself. Resting the main part of the rack on braced 2x4's 45" high was hard enough but trying to get the Jeep close enough and get everything aligned was pretty hairy. Worked out ok but my advice is to plan on two guys for that part.
Other then that part, the most frustrating part was installing the wind visor. Took a few try's to find the right adjustment. A fair amount of flapping on the soft top at first but tweaking the wind guard helped a lot.

Now I can get my canoe on the water this weekend. Just thought I'd share. Mod's...please move if not the right place to post.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Good job, looks good! Don't know that rack but I'm guessing you can still put the top down?

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Old 08-15-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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Yes. The whole cage disengages from the front light bar (That why I chose the quick disconnects) and tilts back.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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Thats alot of loot for a rack $1600! Congrats hope it works out well.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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More pictures Please

I'm thinking about the same rack but in a 2dr version. if you could post more pics that would be great!

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Old 08-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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What's great too is you can order it with the brackets for Rigid Lights, the single or the four, at no additional charge.

(ordered from EAD Offroad here on the forum)
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:38 AM   #7
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some more pics

Here are a couple more with the cage lifted. You see the safety strap hanging down...it is back up insurance should the cage get away from you. The cage actually rests on the spare tire.

Just finished my second adjustment to the wind deflector...Install plus two adjustments. My soft top is flapping like geese heading south...Was able to stop it by closing the windows and putting the fan on high. That tightened the fabric and quiet as a mouse, but not practical. Maybe this last adjustment will be the one. RIGHT! Thank god for the quick release mounts in the front otherwise it would be even more time consuming
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:43 AM   #8
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lets try again

hopefully the pics load this time
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:06 AM   #9
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hopefully the pics load this time
Thanks! You have the Sunrider open in the pic... it doesn't look like there is room to put the rack back down with the Sunrider open. Prob need the soft top fully open?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:12 AM   #10
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Looks great! Nice to see it with the soft top. Most photos are with the hard top.

Off topic, but it looks like your sun rider isn't opened quite right in this pic. Do you have the issue with the top fabric hanging down over the rear seats? If so, it's because you have the fabric in front if the header bar. It all needs to rest behind the header on the top itself.

If you're not having an issue, then never mind.

Love the rack and hope to add it to ours one day.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #11
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Sunrider was only open so I could stand up to remove/adjust the wind deflector. Thanks for the heads up though.

Hope this latest adjustment keeps the soft top from flapping around (While closed)
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #12
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I don't have the soft-top but are you able to open it without having to lift the rack back? Or do you just quick disconnect shove it a few feet up and open the softop?
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:03 AM   #13
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hard top panels will come out without lifting the rack
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How badly does it interfere with Sat & Nav antennas in their stock location??
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:22 AM   #15
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Just got the same rack yesterday. Definitely a two person job. This rack is solid.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:40 AM   #16
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Wow, the rack looks amazing! How much weight can you put up there?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:44 AM   #17
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I should be able to put a Thule cargo box up there in the winter. Correct?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:56 AM   #18
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300 lbs driving load, 600 lbs static (roof tent etc.)
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Just got the same rack yesterday. Definitely a two person job. This rack is solid.
Looks great!
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:07 AM   #20
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Just got mine as well. Seems like Gobi has been busy.

Putting it on today with some help from someone whom has already done one.
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How badly does it interfere with Sat & Nav antennas in their stock location??
Had to relocate the Sat antenna on mine. Reception was terrible after putting on the rack. I moved the antenna to the passenger side cowl.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #22
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Install went without a problem. Took two of us about 2.5 hours.

Interesting note, on my 13 JKU 10a (with the steel bumpers) you do not need to remove the bumper. Just the plastic end piece. That alone certainly saved me some time.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:44 AM   #23
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Real happy with the performance of the rack. Went out yesterday with my 17" canoe (going out again in about an hour) and everything was solid. It looks awesome too. I even had an old granny give me a thumbs up yesterday when driving through town.

The rack has to be tilted all the way back for the soft top to be retracted but with the quick release mounts it only adds about five minutes more to the process.

Can't say enough about this rack!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #24
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Got the same rack, its the best and most fun mod to install, was difficult doing it solo but its possible
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:47 PM   #25
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Is the wind noise excessive? I am thinking that is the best solution for hauling kayaks. Hope to order one this winter.
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I'm curious how it is with the soft top. Does it cause buffeting?
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:28 AM   #27
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After the initial of the wind deflector I had to adjust it two times to get most of the canvas flop to stop. I haven't been on the highway since the last adjustment but it's pretty quiet at 50 MPH. One way to eliminate any wind noise is to close all the windows and run the fan...it creates enough pressure to tighten up the canvas....It's not practical but it totally gets rid of the noise.
When removing/adjusting the wind bar I flip the top back so I can stand on the front seats and work
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:18 AM   #28
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Can you put your soft top half way back and ride or must the whole soft be down. This was the main reason for me not getting the gobi rack.
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Just got the same rack yesterday. Definitely a two person job. This rack is solid.
What is your experience with wind noise and the the Gobi rack at hiway speeds with the hard top installed?
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No wind noise at all with the hard top and I'm doing 100 miles a day on the highway.

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