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10-07-2013 01:34 PM
NFRs2000NYC From all my research, the best roofracks you can get are either the Gobi or the front runner, with an honorable mention going to Garvin.
10-07-2013 11:03 AM
ramu3527 Thanks for the input...
10-07-2013 10:39 AM
jkjeeper06 Not sure how strong the cage is when its not completely fastened. I think it gets most of its support from being fastened so when you unhook it to tilt it back, I wouldn't be surprised if it lost some rigidity. I probably wouldn't tilt it with a kayak on the roof. But you could always tilt it, drop the top and leave it down for a day or 2 while you are carrying your kayak

I've only tested a Kongo cage when it was fastened and it was very sturdy
10-07-2013 12:40 AM
ramu3527 So, What's the verdict on the Cango Cage? I'm looking for a rack system for mainly my kayak but that I can easily put my soft top down and back up with the boat on. My boat only weighs 55 pounds so I'm thinking, I can tilt the cage back while the boat is on, drop the top and tilt the cage back up. Thoughts on that?

Also, some cages want you to drill into the body of the Jeep. That's not happening. This one looks like at the worst, I have to drill through the bumper. That, I would do.

How bad is the wind noise really? How hard is it to remove the cage all together once it is installed?

Any thoughts would be great... Thanks!!
06-25-2013 11:09 AM
Cthurston I installed the Kargo Master cage and 52" x 60" Safari Basket on my 2010 JK. I love this system. It's solidly built and rattle free.

My only complaint isn't so much the added wind noise, but that it's creating such a significant low pressure zone over the soft top that it's almost sucking the top off at higher speeds. I found closing the air vent or having a window open slightly helps.

I think the final solution will be to place some Yakima air flow fairings on the front bars of the basket. That should both help with the wind noise and the low pressure zone.... theoretically
03-16-2013 08:31 PM
Carver001 Reviving this semi necro thread because I used it for my research. What follows is my experience with a Kongo Cage. I needed a rack for carrying two kayaks. The good: seems very sturdy and over all, well built. The bad...instructions are not well written or illustrated (not sure what the trend is in hiring a writer with not actual experience in building these); need at least three people to get this on if you assemble on the ground (we wound up building it on the Jeep), design is off with a 2013, it will not tip back when installed because of the license plate bracket and, as noted elsewhere, the front mounts are dangerously close to cracking the windshield when moving this around; and grade 5 bolts are used at the frame attachment points but are NOT/NOT stainless. I wound up buying stainless bolts, screws, and washers to replace all the hardware.

Road noise is significant at freeway speeds but not at issue around town. I bought the Kargo Master bars because they came with a 60" bars. Again not stainless bolts.

I may lower this 2" just because it seems high and I don't have a soft top. You don't need much space to move the hard top panels and, as I mentioned, it doesn't tilt back so we won't be taking off the back part of the hard top. at half the price of the next better cage, it's a good deal and will serve for what I need. I'd look more strongly at the Gobi cage if I was doing this over but the price point is right for this one.
07-10-2012 09:34 AM
Flipto I adjusted the wind delector last night making sure the center connection was back as far as possible and the two outside ones as far forward as possible. No noise this morning at 45 mph. Haven't had a chance to get any higher speeds yet.
07-10-2012 07:42 AM
mflint1513
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Originally Posted by EAD Offroad

Send me an email to alec@eadoffroad.com and I'll reply with an install PDF with some closeup pics of how the deflector is supposed to be installed. I think the instructions with some of the racks were for an older version that sat closer to the windshield.
The guys at Gobi did the install in Denver back in January. It started hitting my windshield frame as soon as I left Denver. I tried adjusting it when I got to CO Springs but it didn't work. I figured if Gobi installed it they'd know best.
07-09-2012 01:37 PM
dawhitesJKU Pretty nice. something to add to my jk bucket list.
07-09-2012 01:28 PM
Flipto Installed my Gobi on my JKU yesterday. The insallation was much easier than I anticipated, especially after reading through the instructions that called for standing the rack on end on a 45" high table in order to bolt it to the rear supports. I discovered by accident tha tmy trash cart was exactly 45" high, so with the help of my son and his girlfriend the whole job was pretty easy. It looks awesome, and I will have toread the above thread becasue at 40 mph that wind deflector makes some noise.
07-08-2012 09:44 AM
EAD Offroad
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Originally Posted by mflint1513 View Post
Only issue I have with the Gobi on my JKU is that the wind deflector isn't very sturdy. It moved so much at speeds over 55 that it would somehow hit against my windshield frame causing some chipping and one hell of a racket. I finally just took it off but now the wind noise from the rack is really loud.
Send me an email to alec@eadoffroad.com and I'll reply with an install PDF with some closeup pics of how the deflector is supposed to be installed. I think the instructions with some of the racks were for an older version that sat closer to the windshield.
07-07-2012 06:03 PM
Saranrap you guys are hurting my wallet your talking me into getting a Gobi. Im also looking at light rails, but the cost that I would put into the light rail could be wrapped into the Gobi Rack, hence saving money ; right?

not to mention they look Bad A$$
07-07-2012 06:00 PM
mflint1513
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Originally Posted by Flipto
I did a lot of looking and settled on the Gobi Recon. It's a little pricey, but ordered before 6/30 included a free air dam, free ladder, and free shipping. It just arrived yesterday, so hopefully it will go on this weekend.
Only issue I have with the Gobi on my JKU is that the wind deflector isn't very sturdy. It moved so much at speeds over 55 that it would somehow hit against my windshield frame causing some chipping and one hell of a racket. I finally just took it off but now the wind noise from the rack is really loud.

The other dislike for this is that it interferes with my soft top when I try to use the Sunrider feature. Not enough clearance between the top and the rack to allow me to use this.

Otherwise, it's pretty handy. I've used it quite a bit to haul paddleboards and kayaks. I'm planning on getting a rooftop tent at some point as well. Oh and being able to stand or sit up there is handy when you've got a bunch of friends at a drive in.
07-07-2012 07:25 AM
RalphTomaccio
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
Sorry - rack threads I was thinking about were with racks using gutter mounts. The one you referenced with direct mounts through the roof would seem to make sense for a kayak with tie downs on both ends. Again, sorry for my misrememberation. :face palm:

I'm still trying to figure out best combination for hauling stuff on my JKR. Will probably end up with a Gobi or something, but wish they had quick disconnects at mounting points.
Terex,
Thanks for your apology, I appreciate it greatly. I agree with you in regards to gutter mounted rack systems. I just don't see how they can be strong enough. I have concerns about through the roof mounting as shown in that link I provided as well but have been assured it's fine as long as you stay within the weight limit.
07-06-2012 06:32 PM
Terex
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Originally Posted by RalphTomaccio View Post
What have you read the capacity to be? The rack store told me it to be 165 pounds, far beyond what I would ever be putting on the roof. And, their installs are guaranteed. If the roof gets damaged and the load is within their limits, they will replace the top.
Sorry - rack threads I was thinking about were with racks using gutter mounts. The one you referenced with direct mounts through the roof would seem to make sense for a kayak with tie downs on both ends. Again, sorry for my misrememberation. :face palm:

I'm still trying to figure out best combination for hauling stuff on my JKR. Will probably end up with a Gobi or something, but wish they had quick disconnects at mounting points.
07-05-2012 10:59 PM
RalphTomaccio
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
And would result in loads far beyond capacity of hardtop. See various posts on the subject.
What have you read the capacity to be? The rack store told me it to be 165 pounds, far beyond what I would ever be putting on the roof. And, their installs are guaranteed. If the roof gets damaged and the load is within their limits, they will replace the top.
07-05-2012 10:03 PM
Serg5000 I would be concerned about being top heavy. Something to consider.
07-05-2012 09:59 PM
Terex
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Originally Posted by RalphTomaccio View Post
Simple and clean:

jeep « Search Results « Rack Attack Boston’s Blog

Add a Thule Hullavator and it's perfect for kayaks.
And would result in loads far beyond capacity of hardtop. See various posts on the subject.
07-05-2012 12:50 PM
RalphTomaccio
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Originally Posted by Saranrap View Post
I want to get a rack for my 2012 JK soft top. It will be mainly used to haul two kayaks but will be used later on for camping gear.

My head is spinning with all the options, i was going to order a basket but realized it doesnt do much good without the rack base and doesnt make it so easy to remove the softop

What type of roof rack would you guys recommend? while im doing this i might as well get one that could double as a light rail. My main concern is one that will let me pull down the top without too much trouble.

Thanks!
Simple and clean:

jeep « Search Results « Rack Attack Boston’s Blog

Add a Thule Hullavator and it's perfect for kayaks.
07-04-2012 07:51 PM
3jarrells I have a canoe, and I am rack shopping too. I love the looks of the Gobi, but it is just too expensive in my opinion. Also a bit overkill for my needs. I don't plan on a RTT so why would I need that weight capacity.

Lots of people like the Kongo Kage I just cant figure out why the bars are spaced like that. Any way there is a middle way. The Garvin Adventure looks to be a step up from the Kongo. Besides I think a flat base with out sides would be easier for boats. The Garvin looks like it may work with the Yakima load warrior which I see on CL all the time.

Adventure Racks - Roof Racks
07-04-2012 11:16 AM
ebuglet I've been happy with my Gobi rack. So far I've only tried removing the hard top by going up and over the front (and light bar!), which isn't easy, but I intend to take off the ladder and try the rear slide in/out method next time.

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07-04-2012 10:00 AM
keycat02 We have the Congo Cage mounted on a two door, and carry a 15' kayak using just the rack itself without crossbars. It certainly seems sturdy enough to carry two kayaks. One drawback was the noise from the rack, but you can eliminate most of it by wrapping the tubing above the windshield with rope in a spiral pattern. Another is getting the kayaks on and off the rack because of the height. We use a step stool and it takes 2 people.
07-04-2012 09:32 AM
EAD Offroad
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Originally Posted by Saranrap View Post
Thanks Guys! i was prepared to spend 400-600 bucks for one but by your guys recommendations maybe i should wait and save up more for either the gobi or wild bore rack.

The ones right around $500 bucks get awful reviews because of installation and nothing ever fits right so it requires heavy modifications to it. (and i cant weld)

Hmm, what to do.
If you do go with a GOBI send me a PM and we can give you a forum discount Roof Racks.

Lead time is around 6-8 weeks.
07-03-2012 01:50 PM
CG3
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Originally Posted by Ageless Stranger View Post
The Wilderness roof racks by Garvin are very nice as well, and allow for soft top folding.
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07-03-2012 01:45 PM
HAFICON My Dad had this on his TJ was really nice I am looking at one. Easy fold back for top removal and you can still bolt up windshield lights.

Garvin Industries 44074 - Garvin Industries Wilderness Expedition Rack for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

07-03-2012 01:36 PM
Saranrap Thanks Guys! i was prepared to spend 400-600 bucks for one but by your guys recommendations maybe i should wait and save up more for either the gobi or wild bore rack.

The ones right around $500 bucks get awful reviews because of installation and nothing ever fits right so it requires heavy modifications to it. (and i cant weld)

Hmm, what to do.
07-03-2012 01:21 PM
chrisadena I have a 2009 2-door wrangler and after lots of searching I decided to go with the Kongo Cage - just the cage for right now. It is made really well, very durable, but I was not overly happy with what the process is to take off the soft top and it was noisy! There is a wind visor you can purchase and I thought, "oh, come on, it is a soft top jeep, put up with a bit of noise!" but it was so loud that I could hear my radio and my gas mileage went down the tube. So I sold it. The other issue was it fit in my garage, but not with stuff on it. I am now looking at trailers - folding trailers as we live in a condo with a decent sized garage, but not enough space to store a trailer. If you want a rugged, well made unit and you don't care about noise (don't know what it is like with a hard top) or gas mileage, then this might be a good option for you.
07-03-2012 11:35 AM
Flipto I did a lot of looking and settled on the Gobi Recon. It's a little pricey, but ordered before 6/30 included a free air dam, free ladder, and free shipping. It just arrived yesterday, so hopefully it will go on this weekend.
07-03-2012 11:02 AM
3TimeOwner gobijeep.com.... have 1 on a dual top. Love it! 2 of the best things are the expanded metal grate that you can walk on, and the airdam that keeps the wind noise down when the soft top is on. Make sure, if you go this direction, to get the ladder for the back
07-03-2012 08:16 AM
Ageless Stranger The Wilderness roof racks by Garvin are very nice as well, and allow for soft top folding.
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