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Old 09-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Aftermarket rack for a hard top?

Anyone know of a decent rack that can be installed on a hardtop? Also preferably fairly reasonably priced. I don't intend to put a lot of weight on the top ever, but I figure it could handle the weight of a canoe or kayak. Ideally I am thinking of some sort of rack that is simply two crossbars.

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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Yakima 8001616 - YAKIMA Hard Top Roof Track Rack for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

This is basically what I'm looking for, just wonder if there are any alternatives that are a little cheaper...I'm a broke college student (and I just bought a new shotgun) so it may have to wait awhile if I want this one lol

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Just go to a junk yard and look around and make something work. Many good things to find there with a good imignation
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Good god I feel like an idiot. Great Idea. A buddy of mine owns a junkyard....lol. Thanks!

Anyone have any idea what kind of weight a hard top will hold? And whether or not drilling through it to mount a rack would cause any issues?
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:49 PM   #5
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I did not buy mine, it was installed when I bought the Jeep. It is a Defender rack and has proven its use on trips to TruckHaven. Not sure how much it cost but it is mounted by drilling holes in the hard top. I do like the the mount, however do not like the fact that when the hard top comes off so does the rack. Also, if I remove the rack from the hard top to mount a tub mounted roof rack, I will now have holes in my hard top. Guess I am saying think it over as it is a one way trip.

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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I know....But I am thinking a kayak would strap right onto the roll cage pretty easily if I have the top off. But I am going to have to find a decent rack I don't want it to be a cheap shitty rack, especially since its so permanent. Might just have to save up for the Yakima rack.
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The rack that I have on top of my Jeep is off a Ford Explorer and works really well. The PO pulled it out of a salvage yard for like $10.
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Do you have any pictures by chance? thats what i am hoping to find if i go to the junkyard, hopefully with rails and all. thanks!
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Here is a picture: 2000 TJ Sahara Hard Top - Wrangler Forum Gallery

I can take more pics if you would like later.
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That is exactly what I want. Thanks for the idea doc. Does yours handle a decent amount of weight alright?
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I've seen a few that used XJ Cherokee rails and bars.
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I've seen a few that used XJ Cherokee rails and bars.
I'm going to try this aswell. Already have the rails and bars from the scrappy.
got the idea here:

Junkyard Roof Rack - JeepForum.com

all I need to do is grow the balls to drill holes in my hardtop.
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I'm going to try this aswell. Already have the rails and bars from the scrappy.
got the idea here:

Junkyard Roof Rack - JeepForum.com

all I need to do is grow the balls to drill holes in my hardtop.
I just stopped at one of the local junkyards yesterday and picked up an explorer roof rack for mine. That is the same write up I saw a few years ago and decided I wanted to do that to mine, but never got around to it.
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Here is a picture: 2000 TJ Sahara Hard Top - Wrangler Forum Gallery

I can take more pics if you would like later.
Can they support the lifting weight of the hardtop like in a hoist?
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Can they support the lifting weight of the hardtop like in a hoist?
I am wondering the same thing...haven't attempted this yet since I have been busy, but hopefully soon.
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I did the yakima because I already had the stuff for their bars. Its not cheap, but its easy to install. There are plenty of junk yard options. Anything with a flat setup will work.



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