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CrimsonCoastie 01-17-2009 01:08 AM

Roof Rack for Unlimited
Hey guys. I'm looking at getting a roof rack for my Unlimited JK. They all seem pretty pricey and I really don't want to start drilling holes in my baby just yet. Anyone here got a roof rack?

CrimsonCoastie 01-17-2009 01:09 AM

This is the one I was looking at. It really looks awesome. You can tilt it back to remove your soft/hard top and it has a ladder on the back for access to your stuff. I wonder how my snowboard would fare up there though? Ratchet straps maybe?


Dewayne 01-17-2009 10:40 AM

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I have the Garvin Expedition rack ,but it did require a couple of drillings in the body .You have to take out TWO bolts in the front and TWO in rear then rack tilts up to remove top.There is a brackets you prop the top up so you dont have to hold it up.

Dewayne 01-17-2009 12:42 PM

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The air going through it is a little loud so I put the front on it . Noise is better but still kinda load next step is to put a plate on the underside @18" or so .

jk'n 01-18-2009 06:17 PM

I'm looking at the one in this thread on this forum. This one appears to mount without drilling holes. I'm waiting to hear more after it launches as it hasn't hit the market yet. Hopefully hear more soon.

donblaese 01-21-2009 04:20 PM

What are you going to use it for? It makes a difference. I just put on the standard rack to hold a thule pod for my skis and such. I already had a pod so I just bought the gutter mounted bars. The price for the feet and the two bars was around $220.00. It went on in ten minutes and can be taken off just as fast. It does make a little noise at speeds over 40. Hope this helps.

jk'n 01-21-2009 06:16 PM

True, it does make a difference what the use will be. The rack you mounted on the gutter rails is extremely limited on how much weight it will accept. Both Thule and Yakima make mountings for the hard top gutter rails. They each publish the maximum weight that they will support and it is very little because the rails are made of the same material as the roof...plastic. Both systems were built to put a lot heavier items up on the top besides skis. This use would be at the absolute bottom of their purpose. I already have a set of rods for the Yakima system and may purchase a pair of mounts for my hard top so that I can put skis up top but wouldn't purchase the whole system to put up there new. Many of the roof racks available for the JK will support both Yakima and Thule attachments. Since most folks would want to put more than the minimum weight of the gutter mounted system on top, it would make sense to purchase a beefy system that will allow the most versatility.

Here is another system that supports both Yakima and Thule attachments. I pull my kayaks behind my car rather than having to lift them to the top. Even with this trailer, there are times when I want to put significant weight up top such as camping trips. I put this trailer inside a covered utility trailer and put the kayaks up on top of the utility trailer. When I get to my destination, it would be impractical to take the utility trailer to the waterfront where I am putting the kayaks in thus the need for the smaller trailer.

Long story short I always look forward when I purchase a system such as a rooftop one because I want to maximize my choices.

CrimsonCoastie 03-31-2009 04:04 PM

Well I plan on using it for carrying surf boards, snow boards, maybe coolers etc. It has to be able to tilt back too for easy soft/hard top change ups.

Maybe I'm asking too much lol.

mntnclmbr 03-31-2009 06:22 PM

Hey Jk'n what that one cost? Thats an awesome rack, I haven't seen the ones made of that large of a tub -

mntnclmbr 03-31-2009 06:32 PM

That Body Armor rack is a none drill appl. and runs 624 for unlimited and 2dr version runs 574 and another 499 for the basket, ITS COOL! I quess I answered my own question, thanks JK'N

jk'n 03-31-2009 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by mntnclmbr (Post 347106)
That Body Armor rack is a none drill appl. and runs 624 for unlimited and 2dr version runs 574 and another 499 for the basket, ITS COOL! I quess I answered my own question, thanks JK'N

Hi mntnclmbr,

Yah, my opinion too...totally awesome. I first saw it introduced here in one of these threads before it was released to the public. Been watching it ever since. One of the major appealing factors is the no drill installation and the fact that it plays nice with both the soft and hard tops. The load limit looks good too. I'm hoping somebody posts some info on it like before, during and after pics and some reviews. Some things like whistling and such are important to hear about before the purchase.

When I go camping with my son's boy scout troop, I can see all of their gear stored up top while they pile in. Or putting a single kayak up there so I don't have to deal with my trailer for a quick getaway (depressurizing) kayak run. Goosebumps just thinking about it. :)


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