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Old 07-01-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hi, I did some research on the forum and got a lot of good reviews. I am still un-decided on which products to get. I narrowed it to the Kargo Congo rack.
I have a 2011 JK Sahara Unlimited. Living in FL I have only the soft top option and I open/close the top all the time.

I am looking for a roof rack to be used with the soft top and be able to operate the opening/closing of the soft top without having to get into a "roof rack" project all the time. I mean having to unbolt/bolt back the damned thing.

I am carrying mostly surfboards, Kayak. With the top down, no problem, I just put some soft pads and they do the job. I can do the same on the soft top when up but I am afraid to stress too much the structure when I tie it down.
There is few option I was looking at :

Kargo Congo
Lange Original

I don't know yet if I wanted it semi permanent like the Kargo Congo or removable like the Lange. BTW can the Kargo Congo be removed easily and reinstalled when needed? Is it a PITA operation or just few minutes deal?

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Old 07-03-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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Is there any manufacturer building a rack that will be like the Kargo Congo without the central bars. In other words, with the windshield "tubes" and the back "tubes" frames only. I want to be able to use the racks with the soft top up or down without having to manipulate the rack system. Is this product exist on the market?

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:52 AM   #3
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I purchased the Body Armor 4x4 roof rack. I am in the process of making crossbars that will hold the roof basket and swing/lift up so the top can come up/down. Pics will follow when I begin. Attached is the rack on my 2008 JK with the lights installed.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:29 AM   #4
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When I was searching, the Body Armor was brand new. It looks like the top can be manipulated up and down because the bars are outside of the travel area of the top. At the time, I was concerned with the mounting of it on a stock JKU. I ended up going with the Congo Cage. Top manipulation with it on as a PITA. To the point that I have left my hard top on and here it is July already. If I put the soft top on this year, I'll remove the rack until I want to use it. Be for warned, you don't get a 500 lb weight limit on a light rack. It is a four MAN operation putting it on and taking it off. I'm thinking about making a device to help with that and the hard top so that I can do it by myself.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #5
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Thanks jk'n. That what I was thinking about. The good thing about the jeep is the fact that we can put the top up and down easily. Nothing better a summer breeze in a jeep. Unfortunately summer here comes with late afternoon thunderstorm and the top needs to be back up quickly with or without the beach toys on it (surfs, kayaks or sup). there is a little bit of clearance between the soft top closed and the center bar of the car. Same with the back roll bar. I am thinking about a permanent pad that will close this gap. with top open it will do the job. With top up it will support the top frame. With top up I will use the soft racks.
This way there will be 3 supports (the windshield frame, the center bar and the back roll bar). with top open and closed. I just have to check if those 3 points are levelled.
Few pro and con with the Congo cage: heavy to manipulate, long distance between the front and the back thus need of the racks.
Pro and con of the body armor : long distance between the front and the back. But zero manipulation. Will see if mybplan works and will report.
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