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Old 02-20-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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99 TJ Roof Rack

I have a 99 TJ and am looking to make a roof rack. Problem is,,,,Im not a welder. Has anyone made a simple, easy to install roof rack?. I only plan on using it for a cargo bag, something that will hold sleeping bags, etc. I thought about just putting some "eye bolts" through the roof and attaching the cargo bag straps to it....I do have a hard top, so Im not sure about drilling holes into the roof....

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Old 02-20-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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I was in the same boat needing a rack for my 99 Sahara and found a Garvin Industries Wilderness Expedition rack on the local craigslist($300).I chose to buy a good quality used one because . Personally I would never consider drilling into my hardtop. Theres also a new smittybuilt(I think) rack on ebay for $385.Spend a little money and in the long run youll be much happier knowing your personal stuff is there when you get wherever your going.Just my $0.02.

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Old 02-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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I put an Explorer rack right on top of my hardtop and it works quite well. 8 holes and it is very secure for pretty much anything that is not too heavy.
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I put an Explorer rack right on top of my hardtop and it works quite well. 8 holes and it is very secure for pretty much anything that is not too heavy.
This is what I plan to do although I was thinking blazer but I am sure either would work
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage on mine from the previous owner. He carried kayaks so it's a bit of an overkill, but it's rock solid. One thing to keep in mind is what you plan on now (sleeping bags) as to later (bikes, kayaks, coolers, etc.) One thing I've noticed from the forum is a lot of people going simple and less expensive only to regret it and go bigger. Just another 2 cents...
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage on mine from the previous owner. He carried kayaks so it's a bit of an overkill, but it's rock solid. One thing to keep in mind is what you plan on now (sleeping bags) as to later (bikes, kayaks, coolers, etc.) One thing I've noticed from the forum is a lot of people going simple and less expensive only to regret it and go bigger. Just another 2 cents...
^^^THIS^^^ is very good advice!
I have on several occasions upgraded this or that to what I wanted. Then a year or two down the road it was no longer sufficient, and I had to upgrade again. Use a little foresight. It may cost more than you want to spend now, but you'll be glad you did when you try to carry bikes / kayaks / whatnot.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:13 PM   #7
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Get the Cargo Master Congo rack and cage. Much better that way.

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