|07-17-2014 10:41 AM|
|Paranoid||Hmmmm, I have an old explorer that is no longer in service. I think I might just pull that rood rack before I have it hauled away. I do have a Hardtop too.|
|07-17-2014 10:22 AM|
if you're willing to crack and damage a $1500+ top, that's your call.
I've been running a junkyard explorer rack on my hard top for a few years now. Having taken the hard top on and off more times than I can count, and I would never even consider trying to use the rack to do anything but support my snowboard.
|07-17-2014 08:55 AM|
I ended up installing the Ford Explorer roof rack a few years ago and like it. I bought a roof basket to go on top and it all works great for luggage and camping gear, which is what I did it for.
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|07-17-2014 02:39 AM|
|jryjsyjs||Just go to a junk yard and look around and make something work. Many good things to find there with a good imignation|
|07-17-2014 12:22 AM|
Yea, I dont know, been looking at racks FOREVER and just find something wrong with everyone i see. I will say i am super picky, but its something i have to see everyday, and im spending a decent amount of money, so i might as well be satisfied.
I had bought the SRC rack, it was on for a total of 5 minutes before i said couldnt stand it anymore, and it had to go. Ive been checking the Garvin out, but idk.
The reason i ask is because i already have a light bar, and dont feel like re doing it, not opposed to it, just don't care to. I was hoping the Yakima Bars would be good enough to stick over the lights to carry my canoe
|07-16-2014 11:23 AM|
And with the Safari Rack on and soft top up.
|07-16-2014 11:21 AM|
Here's a pic.
|07-16-2014 11:18 AM|
|Roy626||First question you need to ask yourself is will you ever take the hard top off? If you will the rack comes off with it. I had the same dilemma but I always take the top off in the summer. I ended up going with a Kargo Master Congo Cage and their Safari rack. Now I have a rack with hard, soft or no top. I remove the Safari rack when not needed. You can get mounts for kayaks, canoes, bikes, etc. you can even haul drywall if you want the cage is rated at 500# and I believe it. It's a little expensive but you won't regret it if you decide to take the top off. Good luck!|
|07-15-2014 03:53 AM|
|GoldenEagle||How tall does the yakima cross bars sit?|
|09-18-2011 08:56 PM|
I did the yakima because I already had the stuff for their bars. Its not cheap, but its easy to install. There are plenty of junk yard options. Anything with a flat setup will work.
|09-18-2011 08:32 PM|
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|09-17-2011 03:40 AM|
got the idea here:
Junkyard Roof Rack - JeepForum.com
all I need to do is grow the balls to drill holes in my hardtop.
|09-16-2011 05:20 AM|
|Mischievous Cat||I've seen a few that used XJ Cherokee rails and bars.|
|09-15-2011 03:46 PM|
|sell33||That is exactly what I want. Thanks for the idea doc. Does yours handle a decent amount of weight alright?|
|09-14-2011 11:27 PM|
Here is a picture: 2000 TJ Sahara Hard Top - Wrangler Forum Gallery
I can take more pics if you would like later.
|09-14-2011 11:03 PM|
|sell33||Do you have any pictures by chance? thats what i am hoping to find if i go to the junkyard, hopefully with rails and all. thanks!|
|09-14-2011 10:18 PM|
|doclouie||The rack that I have on top of my Jeep is off a Ford Explorer and works really well. The PO pulled it out of a salvage yard for like $10.|
|09-14-2011 09:29 PM|
|sell33||I know....But I am thinking a kayak would strap right onto the roll cage pretty easily if I have the top off. But I am going to have to find a decent rack I don't want it to be a cheap shitty rack, especially since its so permanent. Might just have to save up for the Yakima rack.|
|09-14-2011 08:49 PM|
I did not buy mine, it was installed when I bought the Jeep. It is a Defender rack and has proven its use on trips to TruckHaven. Not sure how much it cost but it is mounted by drilling holes in the hard top. I do like the the mount, however do not like the fact that when the hard top comes off so does the rack. Also, if I remove the rack from the hard top to mount a tub mounted roof rack, I will now have holes in my hard top. Guess I am saying think it over as it is a one way trip.
|09-14-2011 08:15 PM|
Good god I feel like an idiot. Great Idea. A buddy of mine owns a junkyard....lol. Thanks!
Anyone have any idea what kind of weight a hard top will hold? And whether or not drilling through it to mount a rack would cause any issues?
|09-14-2011 08:13 PM|
|DKarge87||Just go to a junk yard and look around and make something work. Many good things to find there with a good imignation|
|09-14-2011 07:32 PM|
Yakima 8001616 - YAKIMA Hard Top Roof Track Rack for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
This is basically what I'm looking for, just wonder if there are any alternatives that are a little cheaper...I'm a broke college student (and I just bought a new shotgun) so it may have to wait awhile if I want this one lol
|09-14-2011 07:07 PM|
Aftermarket rack for a hard top?
Anyone know of a decent rack that can be installed on a hardtop? Also preferably fairly reasonably priced. I don't intend to put a lot of weight on the top ever, but I figure it could handle the weight of a canoe or kayak. Ideally I am thinking of some sort of rack that is simply two crossbars.