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Thorshammer7 06-02-2012 05:02 PM

Roof rack question
 
I have a JKU and I've been thinking about bout taking my soft top off and mounting a roof rack on my freedom top. We live in Florida and thinking it would be useful for hauling beach/fishing gear and possibly a couple of surf boards. Any recommedations ? TIA Mike.

jyp 06-02-2012 06:05 PM

I know that thule makes one that fits on the hard top itself. Haven't tried it yet. Looking for it used.

jbadr 06-02-2012 06:08 PM

this has nothing to do with a roof rack but what year did they first come out with the freedom tops?

Thorshammer7 06-02-2012 06:17 PM

I'm not sure but mine is a "09

pasteris71 06-02-2012 06:43 PM

Are you looking for just the cross bars or something like a cargo carrier?

Thorshammer7 06-02-2012 07:14 PM

Cross bars might do....

gbl 06-02-2012 07:31 PM

I'm nervous about mounting anything on a fiberglass top. But that's just me.
I got a Cargo Master Congo cage and like it a lot.

jkjeeper06 06-02-2012 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbadr
this has nothing to do with a roof rack but what year did they first come out with the freedom tops?

2007

Zed 06-02-2012 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gbl
I'm nervous about mounting anything on a fiberglass top. But that's just me.
I got a Cargo Master Congo cage and like it a lot.

x2

Thorshammer7 06-03-2012 08:35 AM

Holy moly!! roof racks / baskets are on the high dollar side ! I may fab one up out of 3/8" cold roll, angular in the front with a wind deflecter. I wonder about the fibreglass cracking with maybe 6 properly spaced/ shaped mounting feet........... Think I'll post this up in the builders corner forum and see what they think. Thanks for the responces.

JIMBOX 06-03-2012 08:51 AM

:whistling: I've had my MBRP JK/JKU RACK, on for over three years and it has 16 mounting bolts thru the hardtop, will carry over 700 lbs and 350lbs--Mobile


Quote:

Originally Posted by Thorshammer7 (Post 2431905)
Holy moly!! roof racks / baskets are on the high dollar side ! I may fab one up out of 3/8" cold roll, angular in the front with a wind deflecter. I wonder about the fibreglass cracking with maybe 6 properly spaced/ shaped mounting feet........... Think I'll post this up in the builders corner forum and see what they think. Thanks for the responces.

NO CRACKS !

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

rand4x4 06-03-2012 08:56 AM

I have been thinking about building one, But not steel will use aluminum and flatbar
on both sides of hardtop.

CG3 06-03-2012 09:00 AM

There is a reason why Garvin/Gobi/Congo... make roof racks that mount to the body. Jimbo (a member here) has a roof mounted rack, and loves his... it looks good too.

I need to be able to stand on mine (set up my tripod and shoot) so really did not feel fiberglass mount was the way to go for me. I have a Garvin Wilderness, and love it. The Freedom panels are easy to remove with the rack in place. To remove the entire top, I have to undo 6 bolts, and tip it back 90 degrees.

I'm particularly leery of drilling into the fiberglass since I live in winter temps that typically range from -20 to +20... the summer temps around 70 - 100. And I transport a lot of art inside... that simply could not get wet.

Ha Ha.... Jimbo beat me to it!

JIMBOX 06-03-2012 09:05 AM

:whistling: MBRP has pictures of the RACK supporting 5-200lb guys/w no damage to the hardtop-

I've carried over 300lbs on the freeway-

It's all personal choice

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

CG3 06-03-2012 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 2431974)
:whistling: MBRP has pictures of the RACK supporting 5-200lb guys/w no damage to the hardtop-

I've carried over 300lbs on the freeway-

It's all personal choice

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

I know it *can*... just makes me nervous... maybe it's a girl thing :flowers:

:wavey:

Thorshammer7 06-03-2012 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 2431938)
:whistling: I've had my MBRP JK/JKU RACK, on for over three years and it has 16 mounting bolts thru the hardtop, will carry over 700 lbs and 350lbs--Mobile




NO CRACKS !

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Thanks Jimbo, I'll look it up and check out the mounting points.

JIMBOX 06-03-2012 10:53 AM

:D You can't get the details from Quadratec, but you can from MBRP.com and the rack doesn't depend on the hardtop for verticle strength--


Quote:

Originally Posted by Thorshammer7 (Post 2432239)
Thanks Jimbo, I'll look it up and check out the mounting points.

There are (4) pressed steel stanchions inside the top, that attach to the jeeps tub-

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/PICT0099.jpg

Good luck-

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Jaxffmedic 06-03-2012 07:00 PM

I am leery about drilling/mounting things to my fiberglass hardtop, but I am glad to know it is being done with good results. I am not going to take that path, because most conversations that I have when something is broken start with Mr Usry, we have a problem and I can see that with my luck.

So, on to the roof rack question. Who has what and how do they like them? I looked at Smittybilt, they don't have one listed on their site for a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited but Extremeterrain.com says its ready and let me know when I am ready to order. I also looked at GOBIRACK which is pricey, but I am leaning towards them at the moment, SRC has one...I want quality, versatility, and not to drill into my body or hardtop. I will weigh all that against price.

I am going to keep going through the forums, but this thread started today and is relevant to my question, so I went ahead and asked.

Thanks!


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