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Dragonman269 03-28-2013 07:38 PM

In search of a good roof rack system
 
Hi folks,

After many years with a Xterra i recently bought my first Jeep - a 2013 wrangler Sahara unlimited 4 door... Love it! But I'd like to find a good roof rack system that does not require drilling, has a good basket and can support the weight of two kayaks plus small gear in the basket.... Ideally I'd like to be able to remove the freedom tops without taking off the rack and/or basket.....

Any thoughts on what is the best solution for this? Appreciate any recommendations you may have!

n8jk2013 04-04-2013 06:37 PM

I have been looking around. I am still considering my own fabrication but would have work around snorkel system.....until I go that route I am always looking too. Body armor has a nice one for kayak s and optional basket. I really am leaning to the Gobi Ranger Safari rack. A bit pricey, but well worth the money with access to remove hard top and holds 300 lbs. There are others if you look on quadratec. Hope that helps a little.

Mostro750 04-07-2013 12:46 AM

I have a 2-door on order and am scouring Quadratec looking for a rack as well...a little harder to fit kayaks on the 2-door. Post an update when/if you get one!

comptekcs 04-07-2013 01:02 AM

Check out the Gobi stealth rack.

Gobi Racks

It's no drill, 300 pound capacity, and you can remove the freedom panels with it on.

I put it on my 2012 JKUR and it's been awesome. I was really impressed with the quality, it's top notch.

This video helped in the decision as it goes through the whole install and good to know items: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HklKyn27Go

n8jk2013 04-08-2013 03:54 PM

Yeah I like that one. I want one for a bikini top or hard top. Not sure if I can use it for soft top. Do you know? The gobi is the one I wanted from the start but a bit to drop on. Also will it work with a AEV snorkel?

RowdyMonster 04-29-2013 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Dragonman269 (Post 3565517)
Hi folks,

After many years with a Xterra i recently bought my first Jeep - a 2013 wrangler Sahara unlimited 4 door... Love it! But I'd like to find a good roof rack system that does not require drilling, has a good basket and can support the weight of two kayaks plus small gear in the basket.... Ideally I'd like to be able to remove the freedom tops without taking off the rack and/or basket.....

Any thoughts on what is the best solution for this? Appreciate any recommendations you may have!

I just bought a Sahara unlimited too! I'm doing a bit of research on some racks because I have a couple of kayaks I'll need to put up there. Before today, I drove a Jeep Liberty, probably similar to your xterra. The parallel rails made it easy to add 54" cross bars for my kayaks.

I'm interested in the Gobi roof rack for my Sahara. It attaches to existing bolts on the sides of the windshield and then to the frame underneath the back bumper. No drilling is required. One concern I've heard is that the rack basket can block the signal for the satellite radio and navigation antenna because they are positioned right beneath it on the roll bar.

I found this installation video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HklKyn27Go[/URL]

The video is pretty long, but shows the unpack aging, installation, and top removal. Gobi also offers some "quick release" bolts that make swinging the roof rack off for the third piece oft heard top to be removed much quicker.

I hope this helps! And if anyone has the gobi roof rack installed on their JKU, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the satellite issue. Thanks!

hexarctic 04-29-2013 06:34 PM

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I run a gobi on my JKU..... Best rack in my opinion.


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RowdyMonster 04-29-2013 06:50 PM

Hi hex!


Have you experienced any trouble with the satellite signal? Do you have a nav?

Carver001 04-29-2013 06:54 PM

I did a write up on my Cargo Master rack elsewhere in the Forum. I was kinda half and half before this extended trip I'm on; good price, keeps the boats off the roof. We're now on our third week of a road trip and when we get back...calling Gobi. I had a chance to check out a Gobi Stealth in person while in Yosemite and it was much more stable than my CM. Mine rattles and "clicks" despite rubber bushings and Gorilla tape. According to driver with the Gobi rack... nothing; no rattles, no creaking. 1" vs 1.5" pipe really looks good and the fit and finish were obviously better than the CM. This is "pay once, cry once" territory and I should have followed my gut on this.

Biggest dilemma is what to do with the CM rack! No brainer otherwise.

hexarctic 04-30-2013 05:15 AM

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Originally Posted by RowdyMonster (Post 3698126)
Hi hex!

Have you experienced any trouble with the satellite signal? Do you have a nav?

None. Yes I have nav. The rack has been absolutely trouble free.

vmaek 04-30-2013 09:25 AM

I have the gobi stealth rack and absolutely love it. It is easy to fold back or take off. It's a couple years old and looks brand new. It hasn't interfered with the radio or nav but it is noisier with a soft top. With the quick disconnects, it is really easy to fold the soft top back.

rhinoxj89 04-30-2013 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by n8jk2013 (Post 3610315)
Yeah I like that one. I want one for a bikini top or hard top. Not sure if I can use it for soft top. Do you know? The gobi is the one I wanted from the start but a bit to drop on. Also will it work with a AEV snorkel?

yes, it will work with AEV and other brand snorkels. I asked that same question and the customer service dept at gobiracks sent me an email verifying that.

mrbullitt 04-30-2013 11:37 AM

I've heard good things about the Gobi Racks. The Garvin is what I was looking into but no one seems to have one yet.

http://www.rocky-road.com/media/jk-4...ack-Medium.jpg

hexarctic 04-30-2013 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by mrbullitt (Post 3701386)
I've heard good things about the Gobi Racks. The Garvin is what I was looking into but no one seems to have one yet.

It bolts directly to the side of your jeep. That was the deal killer for me.

goonie1 04-30-2013 03:24 PM

I bought a used gobi rack off Craigslist and did have satellite radio reception issues. I replaced the antenna with a generic magnetic mount antenna you can get from best buy or a similar place. It was pretty straightforward, only pain in the butt part was pulling off interior plastic panels carefully.

The rack is great! I Have taken it off road and loaded it with surfboards and firewood to half of its rated weight and driven on the beach ( pretty bouncy) and it was solid as a rock. Highly recommend it if you can buy it used or if you have more disposable income than most :-)

rhinoxj89 04-30-2013 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by hexarctic (Post 3702069)
It bolts directly to the side of your jeep. That was the deal killer for me.

agreed! i noticed some rusting before on a fellow JK owner rear panel due to rubbing were the bolts went through the body.

SnowboarderOx 04-30-2013 03:58 PM

Can the Gobi rack go over a soft top?

RowdyMonster 04-30-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by hexarctic (Post 3700352)

None. Yes I have nav. The rack has been absolutely trouble free.

That's great. I guess that seals the deal for me. :D

mrbullitt 04-30-2013 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by hexarctic (Post 3702069)

It bolts directly to the side of your jeep. That was the deal killer for me.

The Garvin? If so then yes I can see The whole rust issue thing. Maybe gobi is the way to go.

Sincualas 04-30-2013 04:30 PM

I was all set on the Gobi Stealth rack, but in all honesty I don't think I will ever have a need for that much rack. I do think it is the best rack out there, but today (on the throne while looking at the Quadratec catalog, mind you) I came across the Warrior Products Renegade rack. This seems to be about perfect for what I will ever have a need for. Anybody have any experience with this rack?

Warrior Products 885 - Warrior Products Renegade Rack for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

mrbullitt 04-30-2013 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Sincualas (Post 3702459)
I was all set on the Gobi Stealth rack, but in all honesty I don't think I will ever have a need for that much rack. I do think it is the best rack out there, but today (on the throne while looking at the Quadratec catalog, mind you) I came across the Warrior Products Renegade rack. This seems to be about perfect for what I will ever have a need for. Anybody have any experience with this rack?

Warrior Products 885 - Warrior Products Renegade Rack for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

Same here. Doubt I'd ever need that much rack space...but it's an aesthetics thing for me. The gobi just looks more full/complete than anything else I've seen out there.

Sincualas 04-30-2013 06:46 PM

I was thinking aesthetics as well. Since I'm also planning on getting an Off Road Heroes Cargo Top, I think the Warrior Products Renegade Rack would look better with that than a full rack like the Gobi.

mrbullitt 04-30-2013 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Sincualas (Post 3702932)
I was thinking aesthetics as well. Since I'm also planning on getting an Off Road Heroes Cargo Top, I think the Warrior Products Renegade Rack would look better with that than a full rack like the Gobi.

This is true...I'm planning on sticking with the stock soft top. That'll look great with the orh top.

hexarctic 04-30-2013 07:26 PM

Trek top + Gobi full rack = looks great!

hexarctic 04-30-2013 07:28 PM

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trek top + gobi full rack = looks great!



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SURGE 04-30-2013 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Sincualas (Post 3702932)
I was thinking aesthetics as well. Since I'm also planning on getting an Off Road Heroes Cargo Top, I think the Warrior Products Renegade Rack would look better with that than a full rack like the Gobi.

I have the Off Road Heroes Multi-Top and I am thinking the Renegade is the way to go also.

ZigZagJKU 04-30-2013 07:36 PM

Any comments on wind noise with these racks?

I've had yakima racks on my pickups before and the whistling noise just about drove me crazy.
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hexarctic 04-30-2013 07:42 PM

I have a hardtop. With that being said.... None to very little.


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