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Old 07-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Roof Rack 2013 JK 2 door

Can anyone recommend a Roof rack base and basket system for a 2013 JK? Thanks for any help. 😀

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Check out Kargo Master. Bolts on with no drilling and can hold around $500 pounds I hear. It isn't cheap but it's worth the money.

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Old 07-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Check out Front Runner Outfitters, if you have a hard top... Bolt to cage thru top...
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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Check out Garvin Expedition Racks or Gobi Racks. I have a Stealth on order now.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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Did you ever decide on a rack??? or a frame and basket?
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No. I have not. Ideas? Want matte black, heavy duty. Thanks!
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No. I have not. Ideas? Want matte black, heavy duty. Thanks!
I may be biased, as I work for Front Runner but the quality and strength is unmatched.
The racks are all matte black, extruded aluminum, completely modular and are rated at 660lbs (distributed evenly) Every rack is shipped free to the lower 48 and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Feel free to check out the site and let me know what you think.

Here is the rack for your 2 Door JK

If you have any questions I'm here to help.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. That Front Runner looks perfect! That may be the one.
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Take a look at Gobi. No need to put holes in your hardtop!
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:54 PM   #10
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I may be biased, as I work for Front Runner but the quality and strength is unmatched.
The racks are all matte black, extruded aluminum, completely modular and are rated at 660lbs (distributed evenly) Every rack is shipped free to the lower 48 and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Feel free to check out the site and let me know what you think.

Here is the rack for your 2 Door JK

If you have any questions I'm here to help.

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I like the front runner load bar kit, but don't see a ski rack for it?
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Can you still remove the Driver and passenger side targa tops with Front Runner rack installed?
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #12
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Can you still remove the Driver and passenger side targa tops with Front Runner rack installed?
Yes. There is enough room under the rack for them to slide out easily. I've done it a couple times and it's not difficult.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #13
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I like the front runner load bar kit, but don't see a ski rack for it?
There are ski holders available as a rack accessory.
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There are ski holders available as a rack accessory.
It says they are for the "roof rack". Not the bar kit, will they work with the bar kit?
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It says they are for the "roof rack". Not the bar kit, will they work with the bar kit?
there is absolutely no reason that It wouldn't work with the load bar kit. Each of the load bar slats is the same as the slats on the roof rack. Anything that fits the rack will fit a load bar kit. you can even throw a RTT up there no problem!
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Couple questions regarding the Front Runner system. Can you still use windshield lights? Any issues with the hard top leaking after drilling? Can you remove the hardtop without removing the whole system?
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Couple questions regarding the Front Runner system. Can you still use windshield lights? Any issues with the hard top leaking after drilling? Can you remove the hardtop without removing the whole system?
You can totally still use windshield lights and brackets (we even sell some)!

Have not had any issues with leaking in over 1.5 years of use on our jeep. If you silicone the holes during install, it should make it even more water tight.

You can unbolt the brackets, remove the top and reinstall the rack topless or just leave it on the top for reinstall later. I need to do it soon and post pictures.

Let me know if you need anything else.
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Not trying to be a knucklehead, but when I was looking for a rack system for my 2012 JKU, I had to be concerned about voiding my Jeep warranty by drilling into materials under warranty...I.e. the hard top.....Nothing against your product, but I decided to chose a less "risky" solution, albet a more costly one....Good luck to you which ever one you go with
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Anyone have any pictures of different roof racks....?
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What rack supports most weight?
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Kargo Master supports 500 pounds
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The Front Runner Slimline 2 supports 660lbs.
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The Front Runner Slimline 2 supports 660lbs.
Blake,

I want to say that I really love your products, but not only that, your company's collective presentation of your product line. The site is well done, plenty of information about each product, and some very well thought out and robust designs. The supporting info (marketing and instructions) are a very big miss for every other company out there. The prices are excellent considering the product. Job well done!

That being said, there is one key miss with your racks that will prevent me from getting one, though I love the support structure and look. That miss is overall flexibility with various tops. Your jeep racks can only work with hardtop or no hardtop, and not with the soft top. I feel this is a big market segment miss for your racks right now.

I actually have a hardtop, but down the road I plan on having a soft top as well. Otherwise, I would be sold on your product above all others. So, I have been mulling over the various racks on the market for some time now, and have finally decided on the new Sherpa rack from Rugged Ridge. They did a great job of integrating the front of the rack into the front pillars, much like the Front Runner racks. And, like most of the other racks, they have a hinged rear to allow for easy hard top removal or for using the soft top. Additionally, I really like how they have the quick disconnects for flipping the top up, and the use of the lowering bar that they make so the lights can sit a little lower (extra cost). It also allows me to choose virtually any aftermarket basket, or attachments.

True, it is not nearly as durable and supportive as the Slimline 2, but the top flexibility is a big miss for me. I think that many jeep owners will have that same problem - wanting to change the top easily and at any moment. There are several other products of Front Runner's that I still have my eye on though. Maybe down the road I'll be a customer, but for now - and with some reluctance - I'm going to have to pass on the Slimline 2.
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Blake,

I want to say that I really love your products, but not only that, your company's collective presentation of your product line. The site is well done, plenty of information about each product, and some very well thought out and robust designs. The supporting info (marketing and instructions) are a very big miss for every other company out there. The prices are excellent considering the product. Job well done!

That being said, there is one key miss with your racks that will prevent me from getting one, though I love the support structure and look. That miss is overall flexibility with various tops. Your jeep racks can only work with hardtop or no hardtop, and not with the soft top. I feel this is a big market segment miss for your racks right now.

I actually have a hardtop, but down the road I plan on having a soft top as well. Otherwise, I would be sold on your product above all others. So, I have been mulling over the various racks on the market for some time now, and have finally decided on the new Sherpa rack from Rugged Ridge. They did a great job of integrating the front of the rack into the front pillars, much like the Front Runner racks. And, like most of the other racks, they have a hinged rear to allow for easy hard top removal or for using the soft top. Additionally, I really like how they have the quick disconnects for flipping the top up, and the use of the lowering bar that they make so the lights can sit a little lower (extra cost). It also allows me to choose virtually any aftermarket basket, or attachments.

True, it is not nearly as durable and supportive as the Slimline 2, but the top flexibility is a big miss for me. I think that many jeep owners will have that same problem - wanting to change the top easily and at any moment. There are several other products of Front Runner's that I still have my eye on though. Maybe down the road I'll be a customer, but for now - and with some reluctance - I'm going to have to pass on the Slimline 2.
Thank you for the kind words and also the honesty (that is greatly appreciated)

We looked into making some sort of exo skeleton rack for the JK but it never panned out. The main concern for us was offering the strongest rack on the market without the high price tag that many are accustom to seeing with such a product.
The engineers at Front Runner are working on a rattle-free and considerably stronger solution than the current no-drill cage style offerings. I can't say for sure where we will be going from here but I think the passthrough design will be here for a while. There may be a solution for soft top owners in the future but because of the tremendous success of our rack and that it can be used with the hard top or no top, The progress may not be as quick.

Being that our racks are completely modular (55 different sizes available) and that we have tons of rack mounting options, have you ever thought of getting a Slimline 2 tray and mounting it to the Sherpa rack? It can be done and it could be a possible solution to your rack mounting problem.

We don't make everything to work perfectly for everyone... We try to make most things people will need, make them well and make them affordable and easy to use.

Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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Do you offer any deals on racks if we order them through you?

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