I have an opportunity to buy a Kargo Master safari style rack set up and was wondering if they were any good. I would probably use it for hauling lumber and other random building supplies.
Besides looking cool, are they really all that practical?
The company website claims it is rated for 500 lbs. Even though I am getting a good deal, they are still expensive for my budget and I will have to drive about 6 hours round trip to pick them up (its 6 hours in the Jeep though which I enjoy...).
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I like mine, came with the jeep, though I havn't put near to 500lbs on it yet. Works great for random stuff, tools, supplies, whatever. Glad I have it. Would be kind of a pain without it, as I'm used to driving a truck with a bed around.
There are hinges in the back, so you can fold it down to remove the hardtop - or the whole thing can be removed with 4 bolts. Also makes a handy place to attach a CB antenna, offroad flags, and I plan on using it as a lightbar when I get the cash. Looks cool as well, though it probably costs me a couple mpg's.
Rock n' Roll... Thanks for the pics. I read some old posts on a different forum that talked about a lot of extra wind noise. Anything to that?
Wouldn't know about the noise, as I've never driven highway speeds without it, thought it stands to reason it might make things louder. I can still hear my radio on the highway, so I'm really not worried about it.
There are several other posts related to these racks. I have mine installed to carry kayaks, and have wind noise @ 40 mph. It's not enough to bother me, but it bothers others. Kargo Master makes a fairing specifically for this rack. ($95). I have seen other suggestions such as wrapping rope around the front bar that actually stops the noise. That is the route I am going to try. The noise doesn't bother me enough to spend another $100.
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Rack is always on my 4 banger. Noise is an issue with a soft top, with bikini and hardtop not really a problem. Rope helps slightly with the noise, have never seen a fairing but I think I would tear it up as I love the rack protecting my lights and tops from tree limbs.
If you take a short length of 1 inch strap and buckle it around the front cross bar in the middle through the frontman loop on the windshield, it will reduce the noise drastically. It does have a heck of a howl with the top down at highway speeds, 55-75mph, without the strap. A strap is easier to unbuckle for top up mode without having to undo rope. Had it sitting around anyhow so the free price was right. Better than dropping a hondo, I reckon.
Interestingly it only makes a real difference when centered on the frontman. Just put you hand in the way along the crossbar and you'll notice when your hand passes center it disrupts the airflow just he right way.
And other than that it is rock solid.
I recommend some tough stuff vinyl guards for the windshield frame, though, especially if mount/removal will be done alone, cause mine got bunged up a bit on install, well beyond the clearcoat. they're like $30 at QTec.