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Old 03-08-2015, 10:06 AM
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Canoe on soft top

I have 04 LJ. I am thinking about getting Reese hitch mounted canoe loader for the rear. I am wondering can I support the front of canoe on foam blocks above the windshield? It is a soft top and the canoe weighs 44lbs. Any thoughts or other ideas short of a 3 to 4 hundred rack system? I did want to have the top on when transporting. Thanks

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You should be fine with foam blocks on top of the windshield. If that makes you anxious you could save some money and just buy a light bar to go across above the windshield and put the front of the canoe on that. (with no lights, of course) I have read about people using both methods, many who put the canoe or kayak right onto the windshield.

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Cheap and easy. I don't know about you but I never canoe in the rain if it can be helped. so take the top off, put these bars on, then canoe, tie down, drive away.

I used a full body armor roof rack on my last TJ, too big for this lifted one.

I wouldn't put my canoe on the soft top, especially if it has the bow system (as opposed to frameless soft tops, still wouldn't risk putting a hole in it)
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Another suggestion: put any life jackets and oars in the canoe, under the yoke and thwart. Should keep it there and free up more space in the jeep.
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I have strapped the canoe to the top of the soft top with no issues.
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Having transported my previous Old Town canoe for years, I don't consider the soft top's support bows even close to being strong enough to support a canoe for long.

I'd go for that Reese as a rear support and slip some dense foam support blocks over the gunwales to support it on to the windshield frame at the front.
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Having transported my previous Old Town canoe for years, I don't consider the soft top's support bows even close to being strong enough to support a canoe for long.

I'd go for that Reese as a rear support and slip some dense foam support blocks over the gunwales to support it on to the windshield frame at the front.
Pool noodles are great to put on the gunwales. Slice them long ways and pop it on. OR slice them and put them on the windshield frame.

Fyi I bent a rear bow to a soft top by putting my canoe on it.
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Drop top, foam on the windshield and speaker bar...strap it down!
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Drop top, foam on the windshield and speaker bar...strap it down!
I've seen 2 sound bars broken this way
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For the front mount a reciever hitch and use a harbor freight bed extender like a goal post
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This with short arm forward and long arm up

http://m.harborfreight.com/truck-bed...not%20provided
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Plus this bolted to top of front bumper

http://m.harborfreight.com/5000-lb-s...not%20provided

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