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Old 01-14-2020, 09:59 AM
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Noticing A few Roof Rack Threads Of Late

Been thinking of a roof rack for the last 2 1/2 years. Which is how old my Jeep is. Guess I`m used to $100 rack systems from 30 - 40 years ago. Hard to wrap my mind around the cost of some of the new ones. In a perfect world not having to drill the roof would be nice, but after over 2 years I`m now open to the idea. Just need two adjustable cross rails for a old Yakima Rocket Box.

- Would love to know how any of us make out with clamped on gutter racks. Especially with painted tops. Scratching? Limited weight issues?
- One thing that held me up on the drilled racks is the permanent front and rear locations. Ideally, having the front and rear towers on a track for adjust-ability would be best. I think I`ve seen maybe one, but can`t put a name to it. Hope there are others too?

- Racks that do not allow hard top removal are not an option for me as I don`t want the extra hassle of removing an over the roof, rack cage during the spring soft top install.

- I always try to buy from American companies, made in USA. Any other options other than Yakima?


Just figured I`d throw these questions out there if the fishing might be good this year?

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Old 01-14-2020, 10:50 AM   #2
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Subscribing. I like the idea of an adjustable set up like you mentioned.

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Old 01-14-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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Check proline racks GMR-165 and see if that works for you. It is “adjustable” because it is gutter mounted and you have some room to move the racks fwd/aft.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:39 AM   #4
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I can only speak of the gutter mounted.

EAG is becoming a bit more popular an option for three reasons:

Price
You don't have to drill the roof
You can leave the rack on when you remove the roof

There are many naysayers on this site that say no to gutters. Primary reason is "the gutters will fracture" and the factory did not rate the roof for a rack on the gutters. The factory did not rate the front suspension for 4" lifts and 38" tires but people do that on the daily without upgrading every component on it.

I mounted an EAG JK (smaller) rack on my JKU (longer) color matched top with about 7-8,000 miles on my rig. I am now approaching 50k and there is nothing wrong with the roof or rack. I am taking it off this week to reweld a spot on a flat plate I welded on the back for fuel and water storage that is vibrating. Shitty weld placement on my part. I will take pics of the mounting spots and post them to show that there are no issues.

I have taken mine to ALBQ/SF twice, Ouray/Silverton twice, Flagstaff, spent 2 months in Yellowstone/Montana, recently to Terlingua and Cloudcroft, etc. with ~160lbs+ of weight on the rack. Fuel, water, 3 Plano bins with camping gear, food, traction boards, ax, shovel. Not a single issue that I am able to see.

As for leaving it on while you remove the top, I would not necessarily lift by the rack, but if I did, I would not leave it suspended.

Great rack, with the JK on a JKU version you can still remove the freedom panels without issue, ships from LA but clearly made overseas, Mounts easy, 1 person install in about an hour or so.

https://www.amazon.com/EAG-Door-Carg...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

https://www.amazon.com/EAG-Cargo-Bas...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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Been thinking of a roof rack for the last 2 1/2 years. Which is how old my Jeep is. Guess I`m used to $100 rack systems from 30 - 40 years ago. Hard to wrap my mind around the cost of some of the new ones. In a perfect world not having to drill the roof would be nice, but after over 2 years I`m now open to the idea. Just need two adjustable cross rails for a old Yakima Rocket Box.

- Would love to know how any of us make out with clamped on gutter racks. Especially with painted tops. Scratching? Limited weight issues?
- One thing that held me up on the drilled racks is the permanent front and rear locations. Ideally, having the front and rear towers on a track for adjust-ability would be best. I think I`ve seen maybe one, but can`t put a name to it. Hope there are others too?

- Racks that do not allow hard top removal are not an option for me as I don`t want the extra hassle of removing an over the roof, rack cage during the spring soft top install.

- I always try to buy from American companies, made in USA. Any other options other than Yakima?


Just figured I`d throw these questions out there if the fishing might be good this year?

I have been doing quite a bit of research on this, I believe that Thule, Rhino and Yakima all make track style bases that you can then put any tower/feet and crossbars on.

I am also wanting to make sure I can mount a Skybox, take it off easily, remove all of the hardware for more clearance, and add a basket to if I want in the future. This would do all of that.
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ID:	4196093iíve always gone with simple thule gutter racks. of course iím never gonna sleep on top of my jeep. iíll tent or hotel. works great for my kayak, bikes, lumber from the depot. thuleís are inexpensive, bomb proof, and very easily removed. suits my lifestyle.
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Attachment 4196093iíve always gone with simple thule gutter racks. of course iím never gonna sleep on top of my jeep. iíll tent or hotel. works great for my kayak, bikes, lumber from the depot. thuleís are inexpensive, bomb proof, and very easily removed. suits my lifestyle.

Yes, the gutter racks are a option for me. I have a bunch of Yakima core locks I could use with a Yakima gutter set up that I`m sure is basically the same as the Thule. Keeping the rubber sleeves on the gutter clamps, any issues of blemishes on your white paint job? I guess seeing the plastic type construction of the inside of our roofs, has me concerned of the gutter durability as well.
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I`m looking into this outfit as well. Supposed to be made in USA too.



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