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Old 06-18-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Roof Rack Options?

I want to get a roof rack for my two door wrangler, but I'm hoping to find one that doesn't require me to drill into the vehicle. Can anyone recommend a good one that doesn't make me do that?

Just looking to cart luggage and stuff on vacation.

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I want to get a roof rack for my two door wrangler, but I'm hoping to find one that doesn't require me to drill into the vehicle. Can anyone recommend a good one that doesn't make me do that?

Just looking to cart luggage and stuff on vacation.
The Barricade Roof Rack doesn't require drilling into the body. It is an option, but not necessary. If you're still running a factory rear bumper and you don't want to drill the body for the mount, you will have to modify the factory bumper as the frame mounts require additional clearance.

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Old 06-18-2014, 02:37 PM   #3
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Not bad. Sadly, it's out of stock.
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That looks similar to mine. (One of these: The $250 Roof Rack ) Which also did not require drilling... unless you have a stock bumper. Better read the directions before assuming there is no drilling. Like Ryan said, modifying the bumper would be the other option.

I drilled. It wasn't that big a deal, really. If I ever remove the rack, I'll install rear corner guards to cover the holes and move on.

Have you considered a hitch mounted cargo rack?
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:11 PM   #5
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage on my Unlimited. They make them for the 2 door too. No drilling, very strong, not too pricey. Made in Beautiful Northern California.
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage on my Unlimited. They make them for the 2 door too. No drilling, very strong, not too pricey. Made in Beautiful Northern California.
Not too pricey??? Are you the monopoly man?! $449 for the cage and $339 for the rack is pretty pricey in my opinion.
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Not too pricey??? Are you the monopoly man?! $449 for the cage and $339 for the rack is pretty pricey in my opinion.
Keep shopping, and prepare to be shocked. Check out Gobi racks if you think the congo cage is expensive.
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Keep shopping, and prepare to be shocked. Check out Gobi racks if you think the congo cage is expensive.
He's right. I priced out a bunch of different racks and decided I don't have that kind of free cash right now. You're not going to find anything decent under $500-$600, and closer to $1k is more likely for a full blown set up.
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You own a Jeep...not much is going to be cheap. If you have a soft top check out the Bestop Highrock Overhead Rack. I use it to haul my kayak. Honestly though if you need to haul luggage on a family vacation I would get a hitch mounted rack and put the stuff behind the Jeep. Anything up top will kill what little gas mileage you already have.
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Once you drill the first hole in the top the rest come easy lol

If change your mind on drilling my Yakima set up cost $320 for everything but you do have to drill holes in the top.

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Not too pricey??? Are you the monopoly man?! $449 for the cage and $339 for the rack is pretty pricey in my opinion.
I just bought the Kargo Master Congo Cage, with the cross bars, wind deflector, and 2 complete sets of Yakima hurrly roller/saddle system for two Kayak installs -- Paid only 350 for it all. It was in great shape. My Kayaks are up north so I have not tried it out yet, but it was all installed in about 40 minutes! So far so good.

Does anyony know anything about the wind deflectors on this thing? It has a rubber seal that sits across the body above the windshield -- The guy I bought it from said it caused his to get scratched up under that seal -- any suggestions?
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Once you drill the first hole in the top the rest come easy lol If change your mind on drilling my Yakima set up cost $320 for everything but you do have to drill holes in the top.
X2 on this. I got my Thule tracks from amazon for around forty or fifty bucks then used my saved REI points to get the Yakima bars and landing pads for about 100 bucks. I don't remember the exact price but the bars and landing pads are usually a lot more expensive. They carry two kayaks or a surf board just fine but I don't really trust the hard top for too much more weight
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IM in the same situation, not sure if I want to do Gobi, Garvin or Rugged Ridge. All have pros and cons. I would get the Gobi if it were a full undivided basket.
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IM in the same situation, not sure if I want to do Gobi, Garvin or Rugged Ridge. All have pros and cons. I would get the Gobi if it were a full undivided basket.
check out Baja Rack. I am waiting from mine to be delivered this friday.
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check out Baja Rack. I am waiting from mine to be delivered this friday.
That is not a bad looking rack but it does not look like it will fold back for top removal. Let me know how it works out for ya please.
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I can squeeze my hard top around my rack, no need to remove the rack.

But when I say squeeze, I mean it...
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here is a pic of my install. I need to find a nice decal or something across that air deflector .. Any suggestions??


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Everyone else here is right, if you want a quality cage your going to be paying around $500. I just bought the kongo cage and I love it. It's so convenient because of the hinge on the back. You just prop up the front so you can take the top off. It took two guys about 45 minutes to install it. No holes or drilling required.
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Everyone else here is right, if you want a quality cage your going to be paying around $500. I just bought the kongo cage and I love it. It's so convenient because of the hinge on the back. You just prop up the front so you can take the top off. It took two guys about 45 minutes to install it. No holes or drilling required.
Im really diggin mine too. I have taken the freedom panels off with zero issues... But it looks like the license plate needs to be relocated, otherwise it will be in the way while folding it back.
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Agreed. Have the Kongo Cage and love it!
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:21 PM   #21
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So in order to accomplish what I want, I'll need to get this:

Kargo Master 5034-1 - Kargo Master Congo Cage for 07-14 Jeep« Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

and this:

Kargo Master 5023-1 - Kargo Master 52" x 60" Bushman Steel Rack - Quadratec


Correct? How do the two attach to each other?
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Just want to bump this in case somebody in the know missed it. Just want to make sure I'm getting the right stuff before I drop that kind of money.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:32 PM   #23
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How much cargo are you planning on putting up there? Are you wanting to have roof rack on your Jeep at all times even though you will only use it when going on vacation? Seems like a lot of money to just have sitting there and not being used to me, tanking your gas mileage, plus it makes it harder to enjoy the best part of a Jeep...going topless. Did you check out my suggestion a hitch mounted rack for your luggage?
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That is not a bad looking rack but it does not look like it will fold back for top removal. Let me know how it works out for ya please.
Flips back as well as any other them do I guess. Here is a pic.
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How much cargo are you planning on putting up there? Are you wanting to have roof rack on your Jeep at all times even though you will only use it when going on vacation? Seems like a lot of money to just have sitting there and not being used to me, tanking your gas mileage, plus it makes it harder to enjoy the best part of a Jeep...going topless. Did you check out my suggestion a hitch mounted rack for your luggage?
Guess I'm not sure how the hitch rack works. My jeep doesn't have that square shaped hole like most of the racks do, so I'm not sure where it attaches.

I get what you mean though, I'd use the thing like once, maybe twice a year to carry probably less than 150lbs worth of stuff.
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You just need the hitch receiver which bolts to your factory bumper.

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Then you can get the hitch rack which should easily hold 150lbs.
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You own a Jeep...not much is going to be cheap. If you have a soft top check out the Bestop Highrock Overhead Rack. I use it to haul my kayak. Honestly though if you need to haul luggage on a family vacation I would get a hitch mounted rack and put the stuff behind the Jeep. Anything up top will kill what little gas mileage you already have.
Have you ever tried to get two kayaks on your roof rack?
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No but if I added the J-style kayak holders to the rack it would work no problem. I just haul one kayak so I put pool noodles over the bars and just lay the kayak directly on them and strap it down.

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No but if I added the J-style kayak holders to the rack it would work no problem. I just haul one kayak so I put pool noodles over the bars and just lay the kayak directly on them and strap it down.
Oh, I see. That's good info. I need to look into the j-style holders.

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You just need the hitch receiver which bolts to your factory bumper.

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Then you can get the hitch rack which should easily hold 150lbs.
You know, I think you're probably right about this. Not really worth the $900+ for a couple uses per year.

Thanks so much!

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