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Old 11-23-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Loving my new Congo Cage

After much research for the best rack system, I settled on a Congo Cage. Paid $392 shipped from Quadratec.

Install took a couple hours, mainly because of trouble removing the windshield hinge bolts. Those required two trips to Home Depot for extractor bits, and the use of a hammer and vice grips.

I video'd the whole install and may put it up as a quick time-lapse if I ever get around to it.

I have been very happy with it so far. It feels extremely solid and I'm not afraid to put anything up there. On a recent trip I had a canoe on top for over 100 miles on the highway up to 75mph and then over 50 miles of rough mountain roads (picture below). Didn't move an inch and no squeaking or other noises from the cage.

There is some added wind noise from the cage above 45mph. It's a humming sound. I just turn the music up a bit more! Running on 33's, I'm not in a quiet vehicle anyway.

I have not seen a noticeable difference in mileage. Maybe up to 1mpg. I average 12-13mpg city and 15 highway. It's about the same still.

If you're looking to transport anything up top, I couldn't recommend the Congo Cage more!

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Removing one of the bolts with an extractor bit


Before I drilled the head off this bolt...


Folded the hinge forward to access the rest of the bolt


Finally got it out!


Some shots of the cage in use



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Old 11-23-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Looks great!

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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Looks nice and you did a very clean install as well..
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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Nice DD in the background too.....
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Our Jeeps look like they are separated at birth!
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Will that rack work with a soft top?
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #7
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Will that rack work with a soft top?
Yes, it works with any top.

I'm sure the company's website (safarijeeps.com) explains better, but basically the rear mounts are hinged so you can disconnect the front mounts and it pivots up to change tops or fold up/down the soft top.
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They do!! You have great taste
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #9
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I have that same cage just sitting in the garage. Been debating whether to install it or not.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:04 AM   #10
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I was going with the Congo Cage until I found a Garvin Wilderness Expedition Rack on CL for $300. I didn't have to spend another $300+ for a rack this way.

Congos are cool for sure... looks great! I like them a lot!

Luckily I didn't have to deal with the torx bolts like you did. I ended up using this with a torx bit and they came right out....


Hand impact driver.... one shot with a BFH and they loosened... LUCKY!!!

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Kevin, you could have it done by dinner tonight! If you've got anything to carry, you should!

The Garvin looks great. My local Craigslist doesn't have much in the way of Jeep accessories and the Congo Cage cost less new than the Garvin. You got a great deal on the Garvin though!

How much did the impact driver cost? I wish I had gone out and bought one before starting, the Torx bolts took longer to remove than the whole install did. I bought cheap bits to begin with and not only did the bolts strip but the bits themselves bent and twisted right away. The one from Ace Hardware finally worked well after two Torx bits from Napa were about as good as if they were made of butter.
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20 seconds of MAPP gas on each of those bolts would've saved you a whole lot of time.
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20 seconds of MAPP gas on each of those bolts would've saved you a whole lot of time.
Couldn't find my torch

But you're right, that would have saved a lot of trouble. 40 degree weather doesn't work well with Lok-Tite...
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #14
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looks good.ive been getting into lake fishing this past year and would like to put a little boat on the roof.
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The Garvin looks great. My local Craigslist doesn't have much in the way of Jeep accessories and the Congo Cage cost less new than the Garvin. You got a great deal on the Garvin though!

How much did the impact driver cost? I wish I had gone out and bought one before starting, the Torx bolts took longer to remove than the whole install did. I bought cheap bits to begin with and not only did the bolts strip but the bits themselves bent and twisted right away. The one from Ace Hardware finally worked well after two Torx bits from Napa were about as good as if they were made of butter.
Thanks.... I surf CL daily.....

The hand impact driver can be bought at Sears for around $25. HF carries them for dirt cheap,too. I have used it too many times to count on stubborn junk.... even fits sockets as well.

I took the torx out and used hex head bolts, never to worry again... oh and anti-seize compund as well.

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