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sell33 09-14-2011 08:07 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.

Any suggestions?

sell33 09-14-2011 08:32 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

DKarge87 09-14-2011 09:13 PM

Just go to a junk yard and look around and make something work. Many good things to find there with a good imignation

sell33 09-14-2011 09:15 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?

Xjman1 09-14-2011 09:49 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.

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/CIMG6479.jpg

sell33 09-14-2011 10:29 PM

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.

doclouie 09-14-2011 11:18 PM

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.

sell33 09-15-2011 12:03 AM

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!

doclouie 09-15-2011 12:27 AM

Here is a picture: 2000 TJ Sahara Hard Top - Wrangler Forum Gallery

I can take more pics if you would like later.

sell33 09-15-2011 04:46 PM

That is exactly what I want. Thanks for the idea doc. Does yours handle a decent amount of weight alright?

Mischievous Cat 09-16-2011 06:20 AM

I've seen a few that used XJ Cherokee rails and bars.

olivier 09-17-2011 04:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mischievous Cat (Post 1575081)
I've seen a few that used XJ Cherokee rails and bars.

I'm going to try this aswell. Already have the rails and bars from the scrappy.
got the idea here:

Junkyard Roof Rack - JeepForum.com

all I need to do is grow the balls to drill holes in my hardtop.

blkrubi88 09-17-2011 05:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by olivier (Post 1577790)
I'm going to try this aswell. Already have the rails and bars from the scrappy.
got the idea here:

Junkyard Roof Rack - JeepForum.com

all I need to do is grow the balls to drill holes in my hardtop.

I just stopped at one of the local junkyards yesterday and picked up an explorer roof rack for mine. That is the same write up I saw a few years ago and decided I wanted to do that to mine, but never got around to it.

TLATEOTW 09-17-2011 05:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doclouie (Post 1571642)
Here is a picture: 2000 TJ Sahara Hard Top - Wrangler Forum Gallery

I can take more pics if you would like later.

Can they support the lifting weight of the hardtop like in a hoist?

sell33 09-18-2011 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLATEOTW (Post 1577810)
Can they support the lifting weight of the hardtop like in a hoist?

I am wondering the same thing...haven't attempted this yet since I have been busy, but hopefully soon.

jgorm 09-18-2011 09:56 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.
http://www.joegorm.com/2010-1-4%20je...%20(Large).jpg

http://www.joegorm.com/2010-1-8%20047%20(Large).jpg

GoldenEagle 07-15-2014 04:53 AM

How tall does the yakima cross bars sit?

Roy626 07-16-2014 12:18 PM

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!

Roy626 07-16-2014 12:21 PM

Here's a pic.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps76022f5b.jpg

Roy626 07-16-2014 12:23 PM

And with the Safari Rack on and soft top up.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps41b91ee8.png

GoldenEagle 07-17-2014 01:22 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

jryjsyjs 07-17-2014 03:39 AM

Just go to a junk yard and look around and make something work. Many good things to find there with a good imignation http://healthusb.com/hu7d.jpg

Roy626 07-17-2014 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoldenEagle (Post 12017322)
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

I was in the same boat on deciding which rack. Had a light bar also, 4 KC daylighters. Changed it over to an LED light bar and couldn't be happier. See pics in previous post. It was a little bit of work (and money) but worth it. Had to go with function over form. Good luck!!

blkrubi88 07-17-2014 09:55 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.


http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2392e04a.jpg



http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...psa7bd8ef5.jpg

UnlimitedLJ04 07-17-2014 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TLATEOTW (Post 1577810)
Can they support the lifting weight of the hardtop like in a hoist?

heck no.

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.

Paranoid 07-17-2014 11:41 AM

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.


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