Gents, I'm in the market for another 4x4. ( have a Land Rover Disco II now). Had a Toyota LC 95, looking at the Toyota FJ, and looked at a used hummer. Then today due to a work associate telling me how much he liked his Jeep I went to drive one. I was impressed! I loved the way the 4 door jeep held the road at 80 mph. I love the top down idea!
One problem and one I need help with. I have a Thule roof rack system that has been used on the Land Cruiser and now the land rover. On it I mount a 18 foot kayak and a roof top tent. Question, can I mount a Thule roof rack foot on an after market roof rack like the body armor or wilderness one? It would not work for me if I could not use the roof systems with some mods to carry my outdoor stuff.
I looked at a wranger some years back but decided against it as it could not pull a trailer and felt like hell on the road. This new one with the 4 doors feels like a real SUV and I really liked it!
There are several companies out there making full roof racks for the JK. Wild Boar, Garvin and Warrior Products are a few. I'm not a fan of the Warrior as it bolts to the body and I've seen pics of one JK with warped qtrs from overloading the basket. Maybe with corner armor, but not without, IMO. The Garvin is my favorite. One nice aspect is the rear mounts to the body mounts and tilts back to allow dropping the soft top without totally removing the rack. If I remember, the Wild Boar mounts similarly. The weight limit on the Warrior is also only 300lbs, so not sure how much your tent weighs...
thanks guys. One issue is that the kayak racks ( malones) and the tent bolt best to a thule cross bar like the set up I have now for the LR. Not sure if Thule makes a foot that will attach to a cargo rack or a large pipe like some of the aftermarket racks I've seen for the Jeep. Sure would hate to buy one only to find out I am stuck with no way to carry my outdoor stuff. But, I am sure something can be done and I bet others have accomplished this before me.... must have come across this issue before.
On the lighter side. I told my wife that I may have located my next car... she knows I love a drop top and a 4wd, and to have both in one care is amazing for sure.