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Old 02-29-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Would you drill through your hardtop?

I am looking at installing Yakima's snowboard rack and bar system to carry my Surf Rods.

My question is would you drill through your hardtop and if so what would you do to seal the holes?

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Old 02-29-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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i'm not sure if i would to be honest with you. there are too many options for roof racks that aren't super expensive...

though, when we install accessories on motorcycles (on top of tourpacks and stuff) i use two hard rubber washers (top and bottom) and wurth silicone sealant on the fastener to seal the hole. you have to be careful about not overtightening, you'll ruin the hard rubber washers if you do...

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Old 02-29-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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If I didn't already have a ski rack, I would get this same rack in the Thule version and I would drill through my hard top
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The MBRP rack system requires drilling through the hard top and lot of guys run it.

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Old 02-29-2012, 08:15 AM   #5
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I wouldn't have any problems drilling through the hard top...except I don't have one.

But I've already drilled my Rampage bumper, cut off my pinch seams, and in a month or so will drill the tailgate of my Jeep to install the OR-FAB tire carrier. It's all good.

The stock Jeep is just a canvas.

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Old 02-29-2012, 08:56 AM   #6
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I once installed a sunroof into a car with a metal roof, so yeah, I would drill through then hardtop for a rack. Once you've used tin snips on a car, a little drilling is nothing. the RTV silicone and washers sounds like a good plan for waterproofing.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:58 AM   #7
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Exclamation Nope............

............... there is NO way I'd drill holes in my hard-top

It's like skylights ! Why drill a hole in a good roof Sooner of later, there will be leaks and cracking

Just my worthless 2-cents

Jimbox, is NOT going to agree with me though
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #8
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I've had my MBRP rack (16 holes drilled), for almost three years--NO LEAKY-

I'd doit agin--simple

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:05 PM   #9
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Drilling through fiberglass is fine, I do it on glass boats all the time.

Use stainless hardware with 1.5" wide flat washers or backing plates on both sides and nyloc nuts so you don't split the glass under stress.
Seal the holes up with marine grade silicone and your water tight.

Helps to let the adhesive soft set for several hours before you clamp the bolts down. 2-3 days later give them a final 1/2 turn.

Local marine supply or Sea dog will have everything you need.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #10
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I am not telling you to drill you're top, but if you decide the stress on it won't do any damage, don't use silicon or rtv. After 15 years in the RV industry and redoing many trailer roofs because of my customers using a silicon sealant, I would suggest you use a good trailer roof trim seal. Silicon will let go after a while. But putty tape under the feet and apply a self leveling roof seal over all of the places that could leak. Dont forget to put some kind of a backing inside with lock nuts to keep your rack secure. You can find the stuff you need at you local RV dealership.
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I've had my MBRP rack (16 holes drilled), for almost three years--NO LEAKY-

I'd doit agin--simple

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Sorry to hijack the thread here, but I've seen Jimbo's MBRP rack and think its a great solution for the JKU. Do you know what the static and dynamic load capabilities are for the rack?

I'd like to use it sometimes for a roof top tent + 2 fuel cans + 2 adults and a dog up there (70lb). RTT + fuel while in motion. In your opinion, is it strong enough for that? I read through the install instructions on Quatratec's site, but no mention of load capacity on the site or documentation. The pictures show the brackets, but they don't look very large. Wondering if those just look small due to the angles.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:29 PM   #12
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Thanx LB-the MBRP rack will support 350 lbs (mobile) and over 750lbs (static)-


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Sorry to hijack the thread here, but I've seen Jimbo's MBRP rack and think its a great solution for the JKU. Do you know what the static and dynamic load capabilities are for the rack?

I'd like to use it sometimes for a roof top tent + 2 fuel cans + 2 adults and a dog up there (70lb). RTT + fuel while in motion. In your opinion, is it strong enough for that? I read through the install instructions on Quatratec's site, but no mention of load capacity on the site or documentation. The pictures show the brackets, but they don't look very large. Wondering if those just look small due to the angles.


The outside brackets fasten to INSIDE STANCHIONS that are attached to the jeeps tub-(4) ea

The hardtop is drilled to attach the outside rack to the inside supports and the hardtop isn't fiberglass-

Very strong rack-

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:00 PM   #13
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Still no Mbrp Rack for 2012 JKs yet. I have a full size 89 blazer I drilled and put a basket on about 5 years ago and have had no troubles.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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Dont drill through hard top...Gobi makes a great rack that utilizes exsisting bolt holes so no drilling..Its expensive..1500 or so but worth it..sturdy as hell
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:58 AM   #16
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Thanx LB-the MBRP rack will support 350 lbs (mobile) and over 750lbs (static)-
Thank you sir, much appreciated!
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I would have a professionnal drill through my hardtop because I would screw something up....like drill in the wrong place.
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I would have a professionnal drill through my hardtop because I would screw something up....like drill in the wrong place.
No need for a pro, just hold my beer and we will put some silicon on there afterwards so it don't leak....
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #19
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i drilled 8 holes into my hardtop 7yrs ago..I mounted 4 boat cleats(one in each corner)I use them to hold my soft side luggage carrier..I used 2 rubber washers and two stainless washers on top and again on the inside.i also used a small rubber cap on the tip of the bolt on the inside(for protection)..Not even a hint of moisture..I used black cleats to blend with the top

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