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Old 10-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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Roof Racks??

So I have a 2004 wrangler X, hard top, and i was looking for the best roof racks (permanent is fine) for the lowest price. I'm looking to eventually put the ski/snowboard holder up top but i have yet to find any racks that dont destroy my wallet. HELP!!

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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Craigslist is your best friend for this....

I got my Garvin Wilderness rack for $300... retail is $840....


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Old 10-05-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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Keep an eye on craigslist i got my Kargo Cage with the canoe rack for 150 buck.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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How often do you guys actually use your roof racks? I wanted to get one when I first bought my Jeep but since having it I don't think I need one. I have gone camping once but another vehicle came so I loaded must of my stuff in it, and for normal trail runs if just me in it so I take the back seat out and have plenty of room.
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When I go camping with 4 of us... I have it loaded, plus a rack on the back...

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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I use mine all the time in the summer but not much in the winter. I have a trailer for my canoe and but both the kids kayaks on the roof rack.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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I put a Ford Explorer roof rack on my hard top for $20.





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Old 10-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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^^How sturdy is that? I wouldn't imagine the fiberglass top would support much weight, let alone bouncing around up there.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:20 AM   #9
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^^How sturdy is that? I wouldn't imagine the fiberglass top would support much weight, let alone bouncing around up there.
Not sure only use my hard top couple months out of the year. I'm waiting to find a roof basket to mount on the roof rack, it will do just fine for when me and my son go camping.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #10
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^^How sturdy is that? I wouldn't imagine the fiberglass top would support much weight, let alone bouncing around up there.
there is a pretty good chance that the hardtop will hold more than those roof bars. whether or not they are good for you depends on what you need them for. if you are just carrying a couple pairs of skis or snow boards, they will fit the bill just fine, however something heavier, like gas cans, a cooler, or that kind of stuff you see riding in the roof racks of the expedition guys, that rack would in no way be up to the task. if i remember correctly, the owners manual for a ford explore states you should not exceed 75 pounds on those cross bars. been a couple years since i looked though. i know my current 4x4 has bars like that and they are only rated to about that much.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #11
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I bought one of the few racks that mounts temporarily to the tub. Its the Bestop Highrock 4x4 Overhead Rack. It mounts up easily. Although I don't use it a ton, with a soft top, I combine it with a front mounted light bar, and it provides some great tie down locations for anything from an old mattress, to a bunch of gear. Was like $80 on craigslist for the Bestop rack, $40 for the light mount, and $40 for the Thule basket I mounted to the top with $12 hardware from Home Depot.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #12
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I had mine made out of aluminum with custom billet mounts. It's super light and extremely strong.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #13
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This is the src smittybilt roof rack. They are pretty cheap even on quadratec. But they are made o 2" tubular steel and bold to the frame in the rear and the door mounts in front.
I throw my 18' aluminum canoe up there every weekend and I threw a custom tool-e bike rack on it for my bike. It's also great for hauling lumber.
You can find this rack for under $300 on amazon and eBay. Beware, installation requires removing the rear bumper and may require some drilling over of some of the mounting holes.


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Old 10-07-2012, 11:53 AM   #14
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I take it it's not a good idea to use the roll bars as a rack?
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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I take it it's not a good idea to use the roll bars as a rack?
you can, but most people don't. its hard to do when the hard top is on.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #16
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I have billet tube clamps that bolt to the roll bar, so I can use my safari rack with the top off
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Kargo Master frame and basket, I got it on CL for around $400. It was in need of a sanding and painting, as he used it for going to the beach every weekend, but I've sanded it all down and bedlined it. It says it's rated for 500lbs, and he claimed to have been able to walk around on top of it... I've only carried coolers thus far. The cage uses the rear lights to mount, plus you have to drill an additional two holes for extra support. The front of the cage uses the side brackets on the windshield. Nice thing is, the whole cage pivots back if you need to change the top, or take it off!

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #18
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I put a Ford Explorer roof rack on my hard top for $20.






This is awesome... I've been looking at cheap alternative roof racks for my surfboards with the hardtop on, this is it. Just saved me around $300, thanks!

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