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Old 01-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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Soon to be JKU owner!!!! woot woot!

So, come April, my significant other's lease is going to end, and she wants to purchase a new Cherokee. I'm thinking this is the perfect time for me to buy my first Wrangler (not my first Jeep though, I had a Commander, love/hated it). Since I know the guys at this particular dealer pretty well, I know I can swing some sort of deal.

I'm thinking of getting a Sahara in Granite. I tossed between the Rubicon and the Sahara, but at the end, I decided on the Sahara.

The most "off roading" I'll be doing is at OBX when driving around the sand. Or when I'm going camping out in VA, WV, PA. And not really "off roading" but when I go skiiing for the weekend. So as you can see nothing extreme, and I think the Sahara is more than capable for this.

So I have a few questions to help me get me started in my "browser shopping" for the stuff I want to do to it.

I want to purchase a roof rack, and I saw the Gobi. I liked it, but I want to see my options for other racks that don't require any bolts to be loosened at all to take the hard top off.

I also want to add a few LED lights (4" - 20" - 4" configuration) across the top off of the roof rack. And at any given time, I will be carrying one of the following toys.
- Kayak/Canoe
- Mountain Bikes (2-3)
- Road Bikes (2)
- Skis(2 sets)/Snowboard (1-2)

I don't think I need to put a lift on it, but I'd like to get slightly bigger and more aggressive tires... I don't even know where to begin to start reading up on what my options are!

I definitely want to get a fast back soft top, what are my options on this?

That's pretty much it for now, but I have a feeling that this will just be the beginning. I have an addictive personality! LOL

Thanks in advance !

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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its almost the same price... get the rubi. many members have changed from sport/sahara to rubi's.

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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For sand and snow, you'll probably be happier with the sahara's limited slip.

For wheels/tires, the max with no lift is 33's. I've got the duratracs, which people love in the snow and they look aggressive.

For the fast back soft top, look at the bestop trektop nx.

I've got nothin on the rack. Sorry.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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For sand and snow, you'll probably be happier with the sahara's limited slip.

For wheels/tires, the max with no lift is 33's. I've got the duratracs, which people love in the snow and they look aggressive.

For the fast back soft top, look at the bestop trektop nx.

I've got nothin on the rack. Sorry.
Thanks, That was good info! I knew the Sahara was going to be a good fit for me.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:58 AM   #5
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- Kayak/Canoe
- Mountain Bikes (2-3)
- Road Bikes (2)
- Skis(2 sets)/Snowboard (1-2)

I don't think I need to put a lift on it, but I'd like to get slightly bigger and more aggressive tires... I don't even know where to begin to start reading up on what my options are!
Kinda in the same boat and have done a ton of reading.

Sure gobi rack is cool, can't beat it - but it has its obvious disadvantages.

I have a hard and soft top - so that opens a few more mounting options.

1. Standard Gutter mount roof racks on the hard top (weak).
2. Drill through the hardtop with standard rails for use with racks - awesome option and you can do skis, bikes and a canoe. Looks pro and it's strong. Just have to get over the drilling through the roof part...
3. Trailer hitch - can do bikes and skis - some really nice setups, no canoe.
4. Get a (light weight) trailer for the canoe and do number 3?

If you are going with a soft top that narrows a lot of the options - the Gobi will always work soft or hard top, but that is bucks and bulk and a very nice option if that is right for you.

I think the drilled rails in the hardtop look super sharp and are flexible in their application.

Tires - 33 inch GY Duratrac's - lose the stock rims!
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:41 AM   #6
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Kinda in the same boat and have done a ton of reading.

Sure gobi rack is cool, can't beat it - but it has its obvious disadvantages.

I have a hard and soft top - so that opens a few more mounting options.

1. Standard Gutter mount roof racks on the hard top (weak).
2. Drill through the hardtop with standard rails for use with racks - awesome option and you can do skis, bikes and a canoe. Looks pro and it's strong. Just have to get over the drilling through the roof part...
3. Trailer hitch - can do bikes and skis - some really nice setups, no canoe.
4. Get a (light weight) trailer for the canoe and do number 3?

If you are going with a soft top that narrows a lot of the options - the Gobi will always work soft or hard top, but that is bucks and bulk and a very nice option if that is right for you.

I think the drilled rails in the hardtop look super sharp and are flexible in their application.

Tires - 33 inch GY Duratrac's - lose the stock rims!
Thanks for the reply!

The cost of the rack really isn't a deal breaker for me. I like the GOBI a lot, but then I saw the UNEEK, I just don't think anyone here in the U.S. sells them for purchase. Both have similar features, but I like the UNEEK more because it seems to be beefier/sturdier than the GOBI.

I'm definitely going to have both hard top and the soft top. Obviously during the colder seasons the hard top will be used. Otherwise it's the Trektop NX.

I've thought about the tires, and I figured I'd replace them once the OEM tires are worn. Then I'll look at getting another set of wheels/tires. I'm thinking of having two sets of wheel/tire combo. One for city/on-road driving, and the other with the 33" for those times I go camping, beach, and/or skiing.

That way I can use those initial funds for other goodies! I just don't want to slap things on the Wrangler just for the cool factor, so I'm still looking around at what else I can do.

Obviously I need it to contribute to the activities I will be doing.

I'll probably buy the LED lights/bar first, since spring/summer is right around the corner, and we do a lot of weekend car camping.

I'm thinking, since I'm getting a roof rack I can mount lights on there. So the configuration that I'm thinking about is as follows.

Front Top
  • 4" - 30" - 4" ... The 4" are going to be flood patterns and the 30" will be spot.
  • Would it be better to get a longer LED bar that has a combo of floods on the corner and spot in the center? I'm thinking this is more personal preference, but is there any performance to this route?

Back Top (left & right corners)
  • 4" - 4" ... Both flood patterns.
Any suggestions on what lights to get? And, what other electrical components I need to consider with this set up, like a panel to house the switches. Or, if I should do a dual battery setup.


I'm not trying to buy cheap, but I'm also not trying to buy super expensive. I'd rather buy once at a reasonable price.



I'm thinking the follow costs for the lights.


$100-$150/ea x 4 = $400-$600 for all the 4" LED lights


$600-$750 for the 30" or $1,100-$1,200 for the combo LED bar.


Thanks again!
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There are tons of light options. Rigid is the name brand, and most expensive. There are a bunch like lifetime, wurx, inspired, black box logistics, etc that come in a little cheaper. I think the flood spot flood would make some sense, and having the 2 smaller ones on the outside means you can aim them a little wider to give more light to the sides.

For switches, I have a spod and love it. It's the easiest and cleanest way to handle electric needs.

You were talking fastback soft top, there is a company who makes a fastback hardtop too (wild boar) if that's important to you.
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There are tons of light options. Rigid is the name brand, and most expensive. There are a bunch like lifetime, wurx, inspired, black box logistics, etc that come in a little cheaper. I think the flood spot flood would make some sense, and having the 2 smaller ones on the outside means you can aim them a little wider to give more light to the sides.

For switches, I have a spod and love it. It's the easiest and cleanest way to handle electric needs.

You were talking fastback soft top, there is a company who makes a fastback hardtop too (wild boar) if that's important to you.
I read about the Wild Boar hard top fastbacks. It looks cool, but I read about some of the complaints with that particular hard top, like leaks.

Going to look up some of my light options, and I think you are right about doing the separate smaller lights vs. a longer combo light.
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I'm sold on the sPOD! THANKS!!!!
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