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Old 05-16-2017, 09:52 AM
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Rain gutter mount racks: what has been your experience?

I'm interested in putting a rain gutter mounted rack setup on my JKU hardtop.

I want to put a cargo box on it to haul some extra stuff. This won't be a hi-lift, tools, spare, etc. More like extra clothing, camping and hiking gear, etc.

I have seen the older threads where people have talked about carrying gear on a rain gutter mounted rack. Is anyone currently running any rain gutter mount rack system? What are you carrying on it? And what has been your experience?

Some people feel those rain gutters aren't strong enough to carry much at all. While others claim they load it up and have no problems. I'm hoping to hear from people who are currently using such a setup. Especially with a cargo box.

BTW, if anyone has first-hand knowledge of any failures of such rain gutter mounted systems I would definitely be interested in hearing about that!

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Any one use one with a soft top?
Just yesterday I could have used a little extra room.
I had 4 AT thru hikers and packs in the Jeep and it was pretty tight.
We did not have to go very far, but it would have been nice to put the
packs in a lightweight rooftop rack.

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I searched threads on here and it sounded for the most part pretty good.

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Every now and then you will see a photo of a person that had to do a panic type of stop and their luggage rack is on the hood. The only thing I don't care for is they sit higher. I went with the Teraflex Nebo roof rack. Very low profile, minimum wind noise, you can use it as a lift point when taking off your roof. Mine has the 6 flat slats with I really like. Anytime you put any item on any roof rack, the wind noise level increases.
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I'm interested in putting a rain gutter mounted rack setup on my JKU hardtop.

I want to put a cargo box on it to haul some extra stuff. This won't be a hi-lift, tools, spare, etc. More like extra clothing, camping and hiking gear, etc.

I have seen the older threads where people have talked about carrying gear on a rain gutter mounted rack. Is anyone currently running any rain gutter mount rack system? What are you carrying on it? And what has been your experience?

Some people feel those rain gutters aren't strong enough to carry much at all. While others claim they load it up and have no problems. I'm hoping to hear from people who are currently using such a setup. Especially with a cargo box.

BTW, if anyone has first-hand knowledge of any failures of such rain gutter mounted systems I would definitely be interested in hearing about that!
I run a large Yakima box on Thule feet that mount on the rain gutter. Yakima does not recommend offroading with their boxes, and I could see branches doing some damage fairly easily.

I mostly carry skis in the winter, but do take it camping when I know we're going to need the extra space on a longer trip, but don't usually wheel with it on.

The only failure of the box I've had was when the handle (1 of 2, the box opens on both sides) disintegrated in my hand on a ski trip, Yakima replaced the entire box with a new one, no charge.

I'm thinking of getting a Smittybilt 45454 Defender Roof Rack (a gutter and rear window hinge mounted rack) for when I want to wheel with gear on the top, but probably wouldn't put anything but lighter gear in a dry bag up there. The Smittybilt sits a bunch lower than the Yakima box, which would be handy.
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I've got the Surco system for my JKU now, it's a front bar with gutter mount and back bar that comes down along the side windows and hooks under the bottom of the hard top. Non-intrusive and cheaper than other systems. I've used it with my Yakima cargo carrier without issues, very stable and supported no problems. The issue with the system is it's LOUD. The cross bars have a slot along the top of them (no freaking reason why they'd do that) that causes a very loud and annoying whistle at anything over about 35mph.

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