I've been researching roof rack options (before I pull the trigger on 2013JKUR), and this Kargo Master Congo Cage is what I've zeroed in too.
A few questions:
1. Did the rack fit out of the box? Or did you have to fiddle with the rack / bend any of the rods etc. ( I read somewhere that the front legs are not the right size).
2. I've read a few complaints about the rack being very noisy. What's your take on that?
3. This one sounded absurd to me, but still wanted to check.. Some guy on Amazon was complaining he saw a 3mpg drop in gas mileage with the rack on.. Was he halucinating, or did you observe any significant mileage drop?
Yakima Foam Block Kit and straps. Holy hell are the straps loud though as they flutter down the highway at 65!
Simple; just give the straps a single twist. Problem solved. Just look at trucks on the Interstate and you will notice that the straps that aren't twisted are HOWLING, but the old school truckers who twist the straps are as quiet as a church mouse.
@ mathew85.... I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage for my 12' JKUR and for the money it's the best option I could find to securely haul kayaks/canoes @ highway speeds for long distances. Though, I can confirm that the front legs do not fit perfectly. I had to really put my weight into it when I was trying install the front bolts. I made it work, but I seriously doubt that I bent the rack doing so. As far as noise, it's no worse than any other rack that I've had on other vehicles. They all tend to make noise when not loaded with gear (to break up the air flow). I've heard that wrapping the front bar with a rope helps reduce the noise, but I don't consider it bad enough to mess with. On the mpg question... Yes, I have noticed a reduction of 2-3mpg... In fact, I recently removed the rack to help regain some mpg until next spring, when the creeks start running and the kayaks join me on road trips.