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Old 07-11-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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I've been looking at the Smittybilt 76713 SRC Roof Rack. Seems like overkill just to carry my paddleboards but it looks sturdy and nice. So is anyone running it and is it possible to lay back the front of my Rampage top with the rack on the Jeep? and without the Basket or crossbars in the way, of course. I'm also open to any other racks that anyone suggests for boards also. Thanks.

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Old 07-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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I just strap my son's board on top. Pad it with some towels or foam & you should be good to go.

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The only problem I have with that is the overhead soundbar. It makes a hump in the middle and securing the board in the front and back would actually pull down and bend the board,
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A thick pool noodle on the windshield should solve that problem. Yakima also makes crossbars with a clamp that fits around the roll bars. Only takes minutes to install and a few more to throw my kayaks up top. Eventually I'll get the kargo master congo cage is I can have the top up or down.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:38 AM   #5
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The Yakima cross bars seem to be what I'm going to go with. Really wanted something that I could use with the top on. FL rain showers and all But finding a rack that would allow the flip back portion of the top is getting impossible to find
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The Yakima cross bars seem to be what I'm going to go with. Really wanted something that I could use with the top on. FL rain showers and all But finding a rack that would allow the flip back portion of the top is getting impossible to find
the Kargo Master Congo Cage will allow you put the top up and down.

One note on the yakima cross bars, I had to remove the rear rollbar padding for them to fit. mine is an 05 with the thick padding. I actually like the look without it, but just a heads up. You also have to take off the door surrounds, its all quick and easy.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:49 PM   #7
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Heres what i did when i owned my sups and worked at a sup shop here in FL. At times id transport 4 boards at a time various sizes 14', 12'6, 11'6 & 10'6

I bought a rugged ridge light bar (no lights) that had 4 light tabs on it. Cut tabs off & put a surf/sup rack pad on it. That raised the board up to where i wasnt putting pressure in the middle of the board. When i carried 14' race boards i used the yakima hitch goal post to tie down in the rear.
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I have been doing a lot of research to find the best rack to haul my kayak on my TJ. From what I have read the best rack for your money is the Kargo Master Congo Rack. A lot of people have complained about the Smittybilt SRC Rack saying that the installation was very difficult as the brackets did not match up exactly where they needed too. It could just be errors on their part in the installation but in comparison I've only heard people praise the Kargo Master. I actually just bought it this morning! Hope this helps.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #9
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The Kargo Master Congo Rack pivots on the back hinge so you would be able to use the flip back portion of your top.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:20 PM   #10
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I bought these to carry my SUPs on my jeep. I padded the bars with pool noodles and can't say enough about the Thule tie down straps. They are the best tie down straps that won't hum when driving and quick and easy.

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:07 AM   #11
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage and I love it. I can run hard, soft or no top. I also have their safari rack which I leave off until needed. Very strong. I have stood on top of the cage / rack and it does not move.
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I use this soft rack. It loops and fastens through the inside of the jeep, so it works with or without the top on. If you have a long way to go, you can strap the front end of the board to the bumper or the windshield latch on the hood for stability.
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I have the Kargo Master Congo Cage and I love it. I can run hard, soft or no top. I also have their safari rack which I leave off until needed. Very strong. I have stood on top of the cage / rack and it does not move.
Would a sunrider top still be functional with the rack on ?
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The Sunrider is the one that flips half way back over the front seats? It would work but you would not be able to do it by yourself. The cage with rack is very heavy with nothing in it. (it can hold 500lbs.) The cage can flip all the way back and rest on the ground behind the jeep (I put it on jack stands when I put my hard top on.) You would need someone to hold the cage w/ rack up and back for top clearance while you flipped the top. Thought I had pic of the cage flipped back, but I guess I deleted it.

Kargo Master makes an aluminum rack (lighter) I think it's called the Kilimanjaro. No idea on price. Still wouldn't be able to do it alone though. Hope this helps.
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Would a sunrider top still be functional with the rack on ?
So you would not be able to open your sunrider with the Kargo Master rack on but as Roy explained above the rack does pivot back so you could open the sunrider I'm just not sure if you would have clearance to pivot the rack back on top of the jeep. I just finished installing my Kargo Master Rack and I took some measurements of the clearance to help you determine if your sunrider would work. From the bottom of the rack to the top of my hardtop there was about 2 inches in the front and halfway back there was only about an inch and a half... I took pictures of the clearance but they were to high resolution to post on here. I guess it depends on how much your sunrider matches up with a hardtop. If it sits lower than the hardtop does then I'm guessing it would work. Anyways I'm not sure how much clearance you need but maybe this will help you determine if your sunrider would work. Hope this helps...
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Okay, so I watched the Bestop video on the sunrider. As it is just a soft top that is able to fold the front half back, it will definitely work with the Kargo Master Congo Cage / Safari rack. As I said in a previous post you would not be able to fold it back by yourself though. The cage comes with metal rods to hold it up, but as I said is very heavy with the rack mounted. I'll take some pics if you want, if you are still considering the cage to clarify what I mean. Pics are worth a thousand words.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #17
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Thanks guys for the input. I've decided to grab a rugged ridge light bar for the front and cut the light tabs off then add a pad. For the back I'm going to fab something to come off the top of my Warn swing out spare tire holder. This would make it removable and fully functional with the top on or off and allow for use of the sunrider portion in the front. I will post pics when I'm done.
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zgzgdhtg the only problem I had with that was the middle portion of my top is a bit higher than the front and back portion. Mainly due to the soundbar.
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Thanks guys for the input. I've decided to grab a rugged ridge light bar for the front and cut the light tabs off then add a pad. For the back I'm going to fab something to come off the top of my Warn swing out spare tire holder. This would make it removable and fully functional with the top on or off and allow for use of the sunrider portion in the front. I will post pics when I'm done.
Sounds like a lot of work to accomplish the same thing the Congo cage does. Congo cage is removable. 4 bolts and lift it off!
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Sounds like a lot of work to accomplish the same thing the Congo cage does. Congo cage is removable. 4 bolts and lift it off!

The front bar will be a permanent install and only runs about $100. The rear portion would slide into the top of my spare tire swing out holder and would install and remove as easy as taking a hitch in and out of a receiver. So it shouldn't be to hard at all. Plus that Congo cage runs about $400 which looks great but is way more than I need.
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If I understand your plan right you will only have 1 rear mount point. Top of Warn tire carrier. I think I may have the same tire carrier. I can't see that being able to hold much weight. Not to mention adding additional weight to the tire carrier. Tire is heavy enough. Will you be able to open your tail gate with it on? Here's some pics. The front mounts don't come with those knobs. I used them to make it easier and not have to carry a 3/4 wrench or socket. Mcmaster- Carr has them. http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/120/2213/=t7yg4a

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As with the front, obviously 1 per side. You will have to drill the tub, 1 hole per side to mount the rears.

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I have an LED light bar. so to raise the cage I used a deutsche connector.

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Here's kind of what I was thinking and after looking at your pic I will look into that Congo rack more also. Thank you
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Here's the cage raised. it takes about 2 mins to raise it. It can go higher and as I said can completely flip back behind the jeep.

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How awkward is it to pivot that rack back by yourself?
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Without a rack on it, it raises pretty easy. Adding the rack just makes it heavy. two people would be no prob. I can raise it with the rack on by myself, but if it slips it can cause damage.

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I like that. How much did it run you and who did you purchase it through?
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I like that. How much did it run you and who did you purchase it through?
The cage itself was 389.00 shipped. Got it from 4wd parts. I can easily lift the cage alone by myself. It is a little awkward but you get the hang of it after doing it a few times. It's also lighter without the light bar.
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This is the only pic I could find with the rack on it. Heavy to lift with the rack, but I can do it. If you have the rack loaded probably couldn't lift it safely. Certainly not by yourself.


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