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Old 08-13-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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Im looking into the gobi roof rack for a 09 jk and i have a few questions for those of you that have it. Do you have to take the rake off to remove the hardtop. Does it add any wind noise. Any pics would help and if u have any with it loaded it would help to see how you secure the items.

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I can help with some of those questions.

If you purchase the Gobi "Quick Release" system taking the tops off is fast. A picture is worth a 1000 words and it's the same thing for 4 doors and the TJ and LJ racks.





All gobi JK racks come with a wind deflector which cuts down the wind noise. I don't have a gobi on my JK (won't fit in the garage with 37s) but I've had them on other vehicles I've owned. They do add a little noise but it's not bad and you don't even notice after a while.




JK racks have a large "Sun roof" type opening which will take a lot of the available cargo space for those times when you really need to load up. It's nice to have the open air wrangler feel and for those times with you need the space they have an optional insert that's a simple bolt in deal.





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I can help with some of those questions.

If you purchase the Gobi "Quick Release" system taking the tops off is fast. A picture is worth a 1000 words and it's the same thing for 4 doors and the TJ and LJ racks.





All gobi JK racks come with a wind deflector which cuts down the wind noise. I don't have a gobi on my JK (won't fit in the garage with 37s) but I've had them on other vehicles I've owned. They do add a little noise but it's not bad and you don't even notice after a while.




JK racks have a large "Sun roof" type opening which will take a lot of the available cargo space for those times when you really need to load up. It's nice to have the open air wrangler feel and for those times with you need the space they have an optional insert that's a simple bolt in deal.





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I see in the first pic you have some windshield lights would this rack work with some Hella 500ff on hella brackets?
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also do they sell straps with the rack and if not how do u tie everything down.
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also do they sell straps with the rack and if not how do u tie everything down.
They do have a tie down system but regular old ratchet straps from Walmart or wherever work just as well. Either use the frame rails or the expanded metal deck is strong enough to use also. Bungees work, cargo nets work, you won't have any issues holding stuff down. These racks were made to carry stuff
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I see in the first pic you have some windshield lights would this rack work with some Hella 500ff on hella brackets?
Depends on the rack style.

Ranger racks are higher and fit up to four 8" round lights. So yep the Hella's will fit fine on a ranger rack.




The stealth racks have a lower profile and you need to use four 2.5" x 5" rectangular lights. PIAA 2100 Series are a good fit.




Another option is a 40" LED bar and a custom rack for the light bar. The custom rack work would be free but those 40" LEDs are $$. Very cool though




Gobi has a lot of customer rig photos on their site now that I think about it. CHick this link Gobi Jeep

There are also some pics of luggage stowed up there.

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Old 08-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #7
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Oh, and keep in mind that on the ranger rack the lights can end up higher than the rack. If you get too crazy you probably won't fit it in the garage.

The specs to a 4 door rack are here to help you figure out how much the racks add to your overall height.
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I think I worded this wrong but what I mean is. In the first pic of the red jeep it has some lights mounted on the lower windshield. I will shortly have this set up with hella 500ff using the hella windshield bracket. I would like to have the lower windshield lights and the rack. I can’t see how the rack is mounted in the front. Will the hella bracket interfere with the rack. Do you know what bracket they used in the first pic that worked with the rack. Thanks sorry for the confusion.
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My bad, reading comprehension fails me at times

Obviously that particular windshield light mount fits but to be honest I don't know about the Hella mount. I'll call Gobi Monday and find out what mounts fit, although unless they have run into those specific mounts they may not know either.

Your lights I assume bolt into the Hella mounts you have? If that's the case worst case you may need new light mounts, unless I am missing something.
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Do you have a link to the Hella mounts you have or a part number?
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I have a Gobi and highly recommend. Attached are a few pics using it with a RTT. You don't need the windshield mounted lights. Lights are better mounted up on the racks lightbar (better angle over hood)..the Gobi has tabs welded in place for this, as well as 2 on the side, and 2 in the rear. I mounted 4 VisionX Xmitter Primes up front, and 2 in the rear. They light up the trails like it's daytime. Make sure you get the fairing..it really cuts down on noise. If you have Sirius, you need to move the stock antenna location (rack locks reception in some directions). I opted for dual ladders on mine and glad I did.
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Do you have a link to the Hella mounts you have or a part number?
The lights are Hella 500ff

On my bill for the mounts is says windshield Mount LIG Item number# JEE1102703

Everything is installed by OK auto in Jersey.

Thanks for all the help if i end up doing this i will contact you.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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I am gonna guess they used a generic mount from Rugged Ridge or someone else because I can't seem to find a Hella JK light mount. If that's the case you should have no problem.
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I am gonna guess they used a generic mount from Rugged Ridge or someone else because I can't seem to find a Hella JK light mount. If that's the case you should have no problem.
Ok thanks i could be wrong on who made my bracket.
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Can you elaborate a bit more on the antenna relocation? I'm looking to get one of these as one of my first mods to a 2012 Rubicon in order to carry some kayaks, but I'm curious how difficult the antenna relocation is or how bad the Sirius reception is with the rack? I'm mechanically inclined and can rewire things if need be but would rather not if I can help it.
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The radio antenna does not have to be relocated and neither does the sat antenna.

Kinda easy to tell the 2012 owners with their free one year of satellite, I let mine expire a long time ago :lol:
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The radio antenna does not have to be relocated and neither does the sat antenna.

Kinda easy to tell the 2012 owners with their free one year of satellite, I let mine expire a long time ago :lol:
You are wrong. The stock Sirius sat. location (above pass. side sound bar) gives interference when driving in certain directions (SE in my area) resulting in frequent cut outs. this is well documented on all the forums and it happened to me. Easy fix, just add a new antenna either under the center dash cover or outside on top of the cowl and abandon the stock one.
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You are wrong. The stock Sirius sat. location (above pass. side sound bar) gives interference when driving in certain directions (SE in my area) resulting in frequent cut outs. this is well documented on all the forums and it happened to me. Easy fix, just add a new antenna either under the center dash cover or outside on top of the cowl and abandon the stock one.
Good to know and new to me, thanks. Are you running a ranger or stealth gobi rack?
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Regarding the sat antenna this is what I got back from Gobi this morning. It does seem like a couple of folks may have had to move the sat antenna.



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A guy on a forum posted that you have to move the Sirius satellite antenna when you install a gobi rack on JKs. Any issues that you know of?


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No, but I have heard of a customer or 2 that had reception issues and by re-positioning the antenna the problem was taken care of.
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LOL. Yeah, just a couple. Why don't they do a google search using the terms Gobi and Sirius? You'll see hunderds of posts regarding this issue. The Rack appears to create a Farady cage, blocking reception. Here's one thread on how to move it-
Relocating the Sirius antenna - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum

The Google search will lead you to many others. Like I said, it's no big deal to relocate the antenna, but don't pretend like the issue doesn't exist.
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Do you know if the 2012 soft tops work with this rack yet?
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Do you know if the 2012 soft tops work with this rack yet?
No problem with 2012 soft-top that I know of. Are they the same as the 2011 soft-tops?
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No problem with 2012 soft-top that I know of. Are they the same as the 2011 soft-tops?
I believe the 12 and 11 are the same. Some people said there might be some problems on another fourm. I don't know they could be wrong.
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Unless they are physically bigger tops I can't see why there would be any issues at all. The only thing I've read is that the 2011 and 2012s have a larger window but that the overall size is the same.

I'll find out.
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I understand this rack does not require drilling holes and bolts directly to the bumper. Is this rack universal for after market bumpers?
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Pros for Gobi type rack
- no drills required
- durable
Cons
- expensive
- increases your weight and car sizes
- noisy at speed

Try the rack from blackjackweling from australia.
Pros = low profile, no noise, durable;
Cons = drill and weliding to the sport bars required.

Between those two try bajarack for the jk.
Look for a low profile rack.

Racks like Gobi fixed on two different types parts of your jk will loose in time and become noise and rattle. Another issue for these racks is the snorkel fixing afterwards.

Anyway you will choose your toy.
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I understand this rack does not require drilling holes and bolts directly to the bumper. Is this rack universal for after market bumpers?
I bolts to the frame. Installation instructions. http://www.gobijeep.com/Images/Gobi%...stallation.pdf

From the gobi product description:
The following rear bumper manufacturers (with and without tire carriers) are compatible with the Gobi Jeep JK roof rack 2 and 4 door models. ARB, EXPEDITION ONE, FAB FOURS, LoD, MOPAR, ROCK HARD, TERA FLEX, HANSON, SMITTY BUILT XRC,and “WARN” rock crawler rear bumper with and without tire carrier. Call us if your bumper is not on the list for more information.

That list is fairly old and we work with Gobi all the time on minor custom work, for example you need slightly longer rear supports if you have a body lift. Most of the time these types of mods are free.
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Hello everybody.
I just ordered Gobi rack for my 2011 JK.
Does it have any problem with ARB snorkel?

Because I'll have snorkel on my JK.
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I have a Gobi Stealth rack on my '07 JKU. Installation was easy, just required help from my son. I have the full deflector on the front and on a recent road trip the noise from that was horrendous at speeds above 68 MPH. Stopped several times to do minor adjustments and finally wound up pulling each end as far forward as possible. No noise at 80 MPH. It did kind of serve as a speed deterent! As far as hauling capacity it is great. We haul kayaks and camping gear and am really considering a roof top tent. Only got the drivers side ladder bur am thinking of ordering another. The front roof panesl come off easily when the front portion of the rack isn't used. Haven't tried the tilt back feature yet to get the rear hardtop off.
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Hello everybody.
I just ordered Gobi rack for my 2011 JK.
Does it have any problem with ARB snorkel?

Because I'll have snorkel on my JK.
Thank you people.
Did anyone installed gobi rack with Snorkel?

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