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Old 02-09-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Roof Rack Conundrum

Before I got my Jeep I had a Honda Element that I strapped a Yakima Loadwarrior to the top of. It was insane how much cargo space I had available between the interior and the YakRack.

I knew that I was downgrading in cargo ability when I went back to a Jeep (I just couldn't resist the feeling of having a roof free SUV again)

I dont like the look of a cargo rack drilled into a hardtop and I am not doing anything extreme enough to buy one of those monsterous cargo cages that they make for Jeeps, but at the same time, I still want to strap my Loadwarrior onto the TJ.

The thing that I have found that may suit my needs is at quadratec.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/ya...24_2001_07.htm

Does anyone own one of these? I like the idea of it but I also see some drawbacks, like only being able to use it with both tops off (sort of unpredictable weather in Ohio) but maybe that could be countered with an oversized car cover for sudden downpours?

What are your thoughts? I would hate to not be able to use my Loadwarrior anymore, having it strapped to a vehicle is almost as cool as having a Jeep itself.

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lol is that 2 pipes tied to the roll bar that cost 200 bucks?

You will not be able to use those 2 pipes as a cargo carrier with ANY top on so dont even think of both hard and soft top.

If you want something for both tops look into something of these.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12041_002_07.htm

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Old 02-09-2008, 08:17 PM   #3
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New Rack by Yakima

Hey, Loo, take a look at the new Yakima racks that just came out for Jeep Wranglers. They might be what you are lookin' for. Hope this helps.
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Trip he said he did not want the monster rack....
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oh my bad. I missed it.

As you said about downpours I've got another idea. If you're only gonna bother with the tops in case of rain why not get a cover like this then for when its raining?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/11124_1X_PG.htm
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I had pretty much came to the conclusion that I wouldn't be using the Loadwarrior with the hard top because I dont like the look of bars on the hardtop.

That sunshade might work along with the yakima bars by just tucking it around where the bars clamp onto the frame. But you would still have to remove the carrier and bars, put the sunshade on and then reattach everything.

I think the inconveinence of it all is what is making it hard to justify the money for the bars. Maybe if I lived in an area with a more stable climate.

The odds in my going on a couple day trip where I could leave the top down, rack on, and no rain is just soooo rare. I'll probably end up getting something, after all president Bush wants us to spend money to stimulate the economy, right?
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Maybe something like this one would work?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12138_004.htm

Don't worry, some of us do actually take the time to read your questions before attempting to answer..
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:57 PM   #8
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With that one I would have to take my mirror brackets off so no-door jeeping wouldn't be as legal for me, plus I run into the problem of needing cross bars to mount the load warrior. It would solve the problem of having the top on but for a little more and sacrificing the same mounting points you could get a monster rack like Trip Mentioned.

Maybe I'm just too picky...


Another thing that I have noticed is that everyone references quadratec like its the bible, and while I have bought plenty of things off of them because of their easy to use catalog and website, is there any other jeep accessory sites that people recomend or would that be like a Baptist picking up the Koran?
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lol to me qtec is just a place to look at stuff. Once i find something i like, i then go to find it somewhere else for half the price.
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lol to me qtec is just a place to look at stuff. Once i find something i like, i then go to find it somewhere else for half the price.
true dat!
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Of course, you always have this option. I had one for a while, just never used it so I got rid of it.
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I have one of these, bonus is that I can use it w/ the Jeep or the Wife's family Truxter;

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...con&hasJS=true

Even better, I can stick it on the back of my bantam trailer!

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I have a cargo tray like KG mentioned, except mine mounts into my tow hitch. I've been thinking of some other ways to increase storage capacity for summer road trips.

The tow behind is a cool idea, but I would probably only use it to haul the Cross Country team in during the July 4 Parade.

I still want to get some sort of mounting bar for the LoadWarrior because of how much I paid for it and would hate to just see it sitting there, but I am also looking into something more practical for when I am going away for a few days and it will def rain (like when I take trips to the Mountains)

Does anyone have one of these? how was it to install? How do you like it so far?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12034_312.htm

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12038_310_07.htm (this one says you need to trim the roll bar padding on the newer Jeeps)
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Heck, if you don't need the back seat, just remove your add-a-trunk and get a full size storage box for back there!
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Thought about that but sometimes I do need the back seat to transport runners or my Dogs.

I took my Boxer on his first Jeep excursion yesterday (just a trip to White Castle) he enjoyed Jeepin' so much that he didn't even pay attention to the hamburgers.

It was sort of cold because I had the window rolled down for him though...
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I took my Boxer on his first Jeep excursion yesterday (just a trip to White Castle) he enjoyed Jeepin' so much that he didn't even pay attention to the hamburgers.

That's a smart puppy.
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It was sort of cold because I had the window rolled down for him though...
He'll love the doorless summer rides though
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:59 PM   #18
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I'll Definitely have to tie him in to the Jeep when I go Doorless. I'll probably see how he does without the top before I take off the top and doors and let him ride. He's young and He might not know that he shouldn't jump from moving vehicles...
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just get him a strong harness (that goes around its breast and neck) and tie him to the the roll bar so he doesn't have any slack to jump off.

strap him to the center of the roll bar by the sound bar, not in the side by the door.
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I want to wait till he is full grown till I buy a Harness for him, I have one for my Italian Greyhounds.I think my Boxer is about 8 months old (I rescued him when he was about 6 weeks old. I was out on a run and he jumped out of some woods and started following me, ran out into a street and almost got hit by a car).Anyone know how long Boxers take to get full sized? I personally think he has some more filling out to do, still puppyesque...
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hehe well safety first
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You could get this from from JC Whitney. It's essentially the same thing as the Yakima rack, but 1/2 the price. Or, you could probably make your own for $25-$50 with parts from Lowe's or Home Depot.
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Sportomotoring has storage bags that are fitted for use on a hitchhaul. Adds around 11 cu ft of weather protected storage space:

http://www.sportomotoring.com/hitch-...o-carrier.html

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P.S. My 1st post! I'm back in the world of jeep after selling my cj 10 years ago. God I miss it.

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