Originally Posted by Borknagar
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.
- 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.