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Old 04-14-2011, 01:30 PM   #31
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I have the Congo Cage by Kargo Master. Initial investment for a rack that supports up to 500 lbs was somewhere in the order of $300 plus change, then shipping. I got the Yakima adapter clamps from Kargo Master that fit the Congo Cage and use my existing Yakima bars to support my kayaks. I travel with 4 on the roof. A 16 foot sea touring, two 12 foot and one 10 foot old town flat water kayaks. I use yak stacker for the middle two kayaks with shark pads the support the middle two at the bottom. The outside two kayaks sit on j bar racks. The Congo Cage had one of the highest weight limits of all of the racks I looked at and bolted to the jeep without any modifications. Your decision not to go with the gutter mounts was a good one in my opinion. The reason that the weight limit on them is 40 lbs or there about is because the rain gutter is made of plastic and will not support any weight. The highest weight limit for any of the Yakima supports for the roof that I think I recall is about 165 lbs and those were for the risers that attach to an existing rack system on SUV or mini-van type vehicles. I had a caravan before the jeep and used the short rack attached risers and they worked well. But the jeep is a special breed because of the removable top. The Congo Cage solved my problem and I don't worry about 4 kayaks being up there. From Massachusetts, I've been down to Florida and up to Maine last summer with the kayaks on top and no issues. Tying them down securely is another matter. I have a system that I use that insures that even if they come loose they will not depart the top of the jeep.

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I didn't realize that this was a continuation of an old thread. Sorry for the double information on the two posts.

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Old 05-01-2011, 07:27 AM   #33
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Hi all,

I wanted a cheap solution to hauling a my kayak with the hard top off and I didn't want to tow a carrier or spend a hundred or so on a rack system.

I ended up using two 15 ft x. 1 inch ratchet-straps ($16 at Home Depot) across the top. It easy to get on and off, is very secure and keeps the wallet full. Not to mention, it just looks cool.

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:41 AM   #34
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Amazon.com: Wrap Rax Single Softrack: Sports & Outdoors

We use these to haul my wife's surfboards, but there is enough strap to wrap around a kayak securely. On the Jeep, I have to take the top off completely and put one on the top of the windshield and one on top of the sound bar. That's not an issue with a JKU, because you have 4 doors to run the straps through.

I just threw them on my wife's civic this morning. Very stable when actually sitting on a hardtop. They also make a a double wide version, so you could haul 2 kayaks.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:10 AM   #35
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I used the Yakima A1 ($100 for whole set up on Craigslist) rain gutter mounts and the Yakima Mega Warrior rack ($300 at bike store). Great combo, can use for multiple options. I can just use the bars for a canoe, I have a travel enclosure, bicycle mounts, and the rack.

Since I have the Rancho bumpers - I have to undo the back latch and open the rear door - sometimes a pain to get small stuff out (base ball bags and such). With the rack, I just throw them on top and go.

The other thing is there is the thing can completely be removed in 3-4 minutes.

I looked at all the other systems - WAY too much overhead and driving NOISE.

I know the post following this one will be about how you should not attach to rain gutters, but I'm not going to put 500 pounds of equipment up there. I keep it less than 80 pounds.

I will say, I fit in the garage with 0.00001 inches of clearance!!!!

Works great.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:35 AM   #36
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I have installed the congo cage, Yakima cross bars, and hully rollers with Mako beds. We carry 2 12 ft kayaks with ease. The kayaks roll up onto the rack without issue.

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ok - I may have missed this in the thread-and probably don't know as much as I think I do about the new Jeeps (JK/JKU) but my little "old town" Kayak would fit INSIDE my TJ with front passenger seat reclined back seat out or folded and back window out-would something like that work. OP = Usually going alone/no help and no extra cost? No storage issues. No drill issues.
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ok - I may have missed this in the thread-and probably don't know as much as I think I do about the new Jeeps (JK/JKU) but my little "old town" Kayak would fit INSIDE my TJ with front passenger seat reclined back seat out or folded and back window out-would something like that work. OP = Usually going alone/no help and no extra cost? No storage issues. No drill issues.
That would probably work great for a little whitewater kayak, but without measuring myself, I'd imagine there'd be some weight distribution issues for those of us that own sea kayaks 14 to 20 feet long.
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That would probably work great for a little whitewater kayak, but without measuring myself, I'd imagine there'd be some weight distribution issues for those of us that own sea kayaks 14 to 20 feet long.
went back and checked-OP said hers was 10'
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:32 PM   #41
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I used the Yakima A1 ($100 for whole set up on Craigslist) rain gutter mounts and the Yakima Mega Warrior rack ($300 at bike store). Great combo, can use for multiple options. I can just use the bars for a canoe, I have a travel enclosure, bicycle mounts, and the rack.

Since I have the Rancho bumpers - I have to undo the back latch and open the rear door - sometimes a pain to get small stuff out (base ball bags and such). With the rack, I just throw them on top and go.

The other thing is there is the thing can completely be removed in 3-4 minutes.

I looked at all the other systems - WAY too much overhead and driving NOISE.

I know the post following this one will be about how you should not attach to rain gutters, but I'm not going to put 500 pounds of equipment up there. I keep it less than 80 pounds.

I will say, I fit in the garage with 0.00001 inches of clearance!!!!

Works great.
So, you got this system on Craig's List. If you go to the Yakima web site and look those gutter mounts up for the unlimited hard top the only recommended load is skis or snowboards. That is because the max load limit for the PLASTIC rain gutters on the jeep is about 40 lbs. Will it work? Probably, until the rack comes off as you are going down the highway and kill the family in the car behind you. Then that is when the lawyers get involved....then hang on to your wallet. Declaring bankruptcy will not clear a financial award by the court....still a good bargain? Yakima specifically states that they will fit a rack to your top and they are also specific on what goes and what does not. In accidents, the lawyers always reference the manufacturer's specifications because those are the only ones that count. Insurance does not cover overloading situations. Buyer be ware.

The Congo Cage with Kargo Master yakima bar adapters supports the full weight up to the limit of the rack system which is 500 lbs. If you have nothing to lose, and don't care about the family in the car behind you, then I suppose anything goes including a rack system that doesn't support any load except skis for whatever you want to put up there.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #42
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Finally got the rack on!

Just have a few tweaks:

1) Dang, it's loud!! Sounds like it's coming from the front round tube. Going to try to cover it with foam (as recommended in a different post) and see if that works. I don't really want to have to fabricate a fairing for this thing.

2) The Kargo Master bracket that attaches the Yakima bar to the rack sticks up quite a bit and the bracket is right in the middle of where my kayak saddles will go. Hoping the boats don't rub on the top nut.
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solved issue #1 with what I had. Wrapped a couple of bungee cords around the front tube and the howling/vibrating is gone!!!

A nice black rope would look better, but this works for now.
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solved issue #1 with what I had. Wrapped a couple of bungee cords around the front tube and the howling/vibrating is gone!!!

A nice black rope would look better, but this works for now.
This brings back a memory that someone posted about this issue. I recall that they used string to solve the problem. Black parachute cord comes to mind as a possible candidate. That will hide there in plain sight and possibly have the same effect. That is what I think I will try when I get some.
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Rack looks good nickandsusan. The rollers look like they clear the clamp by a good amount. If the V shape of the kayak touches the clamp maybe moving the rollers slightly closer together will solve the problem. I hope it works for you. I have one set of that type of kayak support. I use it in the middle when I carry three kayaks. The two outside kayaks are always J type supports.
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Just some foam cushions and straps. Don't get too fancy. I have a 17' Perception, 17' Wilderness Systems, and a 10.6' recreational kayak. Note the new bumper!
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Here's a link to my post for a roof rack:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/kay...ll-181691.html

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