Roof rack purchase advice - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Like Tree35Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-06-2019, 05:22 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
I want to add a full roof rack to my 2018 JK two door soft top Rubicon. May use it once in awhile but mainly for the look.
I rarely take the entire top off but I do flip it back all the time so it’s important to me that the rack allows this to be done fairly easily.
Any and all advice greatly appreciated.
Probably going to purchase new as I have searched CL for a few months with no luck.

Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 06:18 PM   #2
EUG
Jeeper
 
EUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,410
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
awk34 likes this.

EUG is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 07:04 PM
Thread Starter
  #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
Seriously?
You have an aesthetic only priority list for Wranglers?
There are ALOT of Wranglers out there with very expensive light kits, bumpers, and fender flares that have never seen the woods.
Interesting...
garretd and RJames55 like this.
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-06-2019, 07:20 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
pkdailey4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Alameda, California
Posts: 490
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
I can appreciate a nice rack.
__________________
Chrysler POS
pkdailey4 is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 07:28 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Leadnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,376
Roof rack purchase advice

Aesthetically a roof rack on a soft top, from the racks Iíve seen, itís hard to see that as an improvement. I think they look better on a hard top, but still canít see them as an improvement to the look there either.

Itís interesting because Iím going to place the order this evening for a roof rack. After doing a lot of research Iíve come to the conclusion that one has to understand their needs very specifically before making a decision because there are so many different ways to go. That being said Iím going with the Maximus-3.
__________________
2014 JKU Willys 6-spd, RK X-Factor 3.5", Fox Resis, KM3 37s, PR60s, Eaton e-lockers, 5.13, Atlas II 3.8, and another $10K in miscellaneous parts.
Leadnut is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 07:39 PM   #6
EUG
Jeeper
 
EUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
Seriously?
You have an aesthetic only priority list for Wranglers?
There are ALOT of Wranglers out there with very expensive light kits, bumpers, and fender flares that have never seen the woods.
Interesting...
Yeah, all those things you mentioned look cool. I never though a roof rack looked cool.
EUG is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 08:14 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
akpostal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Wasilla, AK
Posts: 522
Get both in one, Exo-Top.
Shadowmaker likes this.
akpostal is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 08:31 PM
Thread Starter
  #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
Seriously?
You have an aesthetic only priority list for Wranglers?
There are ALOT of Wranglers out there with very expensive light kits, bumpers, and fender flares that have never seen the woods.
Interesting...
Yeah, all those things you mentioned look cool. I never though a roof rack looked cool.
Where did I ever mention that I want advice on what Jeep mods you think look cool?
You have reading and comprehension issues lol.
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 08:34 PM
Thread Starter
  #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by akpostal View Post
Get both in one, Exo-Top.
That looks pretty cool, thanks.
Was hoping to be under $600 or so but still doable.
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-06-2019, 09:43 PM   #10
EUG
Jeeper
 
EUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by EUG View Post
A roof rack just for looks is interesting... Would think there's better ways to upgrade for looks.
Seriously?
You have an aesthetic only priority list for Wranglers?
There are ALOT of Wranglers out there with very expensive light kits, bumpers, and fender flares that have never seen the woods.
Interesting...
Yeah, all those things you mentioned look cool. I never though a roof rack looked cool.
Where did I ever mention that I want advice on what Jeep mods you think look cool?
You have reading and comprehension issues lol.
In case you weren't aware, this is a discussion forum. I just said it was interesting. No need to get so defensive. I couldn't care less how you want to install a roof rack just for looks. lol
Soggoth, awk34 and gravitywell like this.
EUG is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 02:21 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
DesertRubi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 486
Whatever you do, make sure you research the expected MPG hit (Gobis seem to cost ~2 MPG) and wind noise situation before pulling the trigger. The wind issue tends to be worse with soft tops from what I've read, with the top tending to flap around with the turbulence from an exo skeleton rack like a Gobi. It's one thing to put up with this stuff because you need the rack to haul gear, but may be harder to swallow if just for looks. I don't have a rack yet but was considering a used Gobi and decided against it in favor of something like the Rhino Rack or Maximus 3 where the platform can be removed relatively easily when not in use, though you can't use these with a soft top.
AAONMS likes this.
__________________
2017 JKUR Firecracker Red | Auto, 4.10s, ARB Rear and PS Front Diff Covers, Adams 1310 Front Driveshaft
MetalCloak 2.5" True Dual Rate Rocksport | 315/70/17 Milestar Patagonia MT, Stock Rubi Wheels, 1.75" Spidertrax
10A Bumpers, Warn VR10-S | Teraflex HD Hinge/Carrier, Vector Exo Rack | RH4x4 Engine and LCA Skids, HD Crossmember
DesertRubi is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 05:51 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Reston, Va
Posts: 72
There is a Gobi Ranger Rack for a 2-door on FBk marketplace in Elysburg PA right now ( thatís near Rausch Creek). Itís listed for $700 which is a steal for a rack that normally costs twice that price. With the added features heís throwing in the true new value might be close to $2k. Itís the Best engineered rack out there IMHO. The only reason Iím not on it right now is it adds 9Ē to your overall height and if I put it on I wonít be able to get into my garage anymore (already lifted 3.5Ē and running 35s).
Make it a combo road trip and go wheeling at RC !


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Ta Tonka is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 09:41 AM
Thread Starter
  #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by DesertRubi View Post
Whatever you do, make sure you research the expected MPG hit (Gobis seem to cost ~2 MPG) and wind noise situation before pulling the trigger. The wind issue tends to be worse with soft tops from what I've read, with the top tending to flap around with the turbulence from an exo skeleton rack like a Gobi. It's one thing to put up with this stuff because you need the rack to haul gear, but may be harder to swallow if just for looks. I don't have a rack yet but was considering a used Gobi and decided against it in favor of something like the Rhino Rack or Maximus 3 where the platform can be removed relatively easily when not in use, though you can't use these with a soft top.
Thanks for the info! Was already aware of wind noise but didn’t know it was that big of a mileage hit. I don’t really mind though as that still won’t add up to too much over the year.
I am leaning towards the Kargo Master Congo right now and hoping someone here has some first-hand info on one.
That, or maybe a minivan lover will have some random thoughts on their own aesthetic preferences as this is a discussion board 🙄
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 09:44 AM
Thread Starter
  #14
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
[QUOTE=Ta Tonka;34538961]There is a Gobi Ranger Rack for a 2-door on FBk marketplace in Elysburg PA right now ( that’s near Rausch Creek). It’s listed for $700 which is a steal for a rack that normally costs twice that price. With the added features he’s throwing in the true new value might be close to $2k. It’s the Best engineered rack out there IMHO. The only reason I’m not on it right now is it adds 9” to your overall height and if I put it on I won’t be able to get into my garage anymore (already lifted 3.5” and running 35s).
Make it a combo road trip and go wheeling at RC !


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk[/QUOTE
Thanks! Just saw this and sent him a PM
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 12:46 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Varano14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 124
I'm ganna say it because no one else has said it in simple terms.


This is insanity.


I have a Gobi on my 4-door and love it. However I use it all the time. BUT, I have started leaving it off when the soft top is on because of the noise. Even with extensive modifications it is very loud. When I need it I don't mind one bit because it is the best as far as functionality with both hard and soft tops. But if I'm not ganna use it for a month or two off it goes.



If you have ridden, at highway speeds, in a jeep with a soft top and one of the exo-type racks and understand what you are signing up for then by all means spend your money how you want.


If you have not, then I suggest going and doing it. That way you will understand what your doing, this is a lot different, in my opinion, then a bumper or a few lights for looks alone.



That not even considering the gas mileage.
gravitywell likes this.
Varano14 is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 01:02 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Leadnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,376
Quote:
Originally Posted by Varano14 View Post
This is insanity.
Good description of the typical Jeep owner that does extensive modding.
9Mike2, Varano14, RJames55 and 1 others like this.
__________________
2014 JKU Willys 6-spd, RK X-Factor 3.5", Fox Resis, KM3 37s, PR60s, Eaton e-lockers, 5.13, Atlas II 3.8, and another $10K in miscellaneous parts.
Leadnut is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 01:42 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
screwlose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Scarborough ME
Posts: 682
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Any and all advice greatly appreciated.

Clearly you weren't being honest with anyone here or yourself really...
You clearly have some anger management that needs worked on


Varano14 and gravitywell like this.
screwlose is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 02:39 PM   #18
EUG
Jeeper
 
EUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by screwlose View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Any and all advice greatly appreciated.

Clearly you weren't being honest with anyone here or yourself really...
You clearly have some anger management that needs worked on


[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.wranglerforum.com/../images/smilies/beer-drinking.gif[/IMG]
Exactly, all I said was that it was interesting people would do this for looks. No need to get defensive and try to attack me. Roof racks are pretty expensive and that money would go a long way with other cosmetic upgrades. But it's your jeep and do whatever you want, no one else really cares. This is a discussion forum so people will chime in.

I use my Rhino Rack 2-3 times a week for my business. If I didn't, I definitely wouldn't spend $1500 just for the look. But if people like the look I don't care, I was just surprised people do.

The Rhino Rack is a more sleek style so I didn't notice any extra noise or mpg changes, with exception to crosswinds (I have welded side rails). I get a little extra wind noise with crosswinds but if I didn't have the side rails I don't think I would.
gravitywell likes this.
EUG is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 02:45 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
screwlose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Scarborough ME
Posts: 682
I've wrestled with the idea about a rack, I have several needs for it.
But I've decided to build a full on camp trailer out of an old Motorcycle trailer as I like using my soft top.
One thing that becomes a HUGE pain is actually using a soft top.
Either you can't use it at all or you have to unbolt the rack and rotate it to drop the top.
But I get it, this isn't the answer you want so you'll prob tell me to go screw too.
Happy to Help ;-)
screwlose is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 02:59 PM   #20
Formerly Tombstone17
 
9Mike2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Low-Cal
Posts: 1,638
I wanted a Gobi, but funds aren't there. I ended up with a Smittybuilt , and I use it a lot with trips to take in cans and bottles and trips to Home Depot. And We overland with our club, the wife says we look like the Grapes of Wrath , going down the Hwy....
9Mike2 is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 07:45 PM
Thread Starter
  #21
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by screwlose View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Any and all advice greatly appreciated.

Clearly you weren't being honest with anyone here or yourself really...
You clearly have some anger management that needs worked on


[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.wranglerforum.com/../images/smilies/beer-drinking.gif[/IMG]
How so?
The only person I took issue with is the guy that offered no roof rack advice and said nothing more than he thought there were better ways to upgrade.
I guess you have some reading/comprehension issues also if that is your idea of advice 🙄
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 07:59 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
Leadnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,376
Well. You did say ďany and all advice.Ē My advice is donít say something like that if youíre not willing to open yourself up to any and all feedback.
__________________
2014 JKU Willys 6-spd, RK X-Factor 3.5", Fox Resis, KM3 37s, PR60s, Eaton e-lockers, 5.13, Atlas II 3.8, and another $10K in miscellaneous parts.
Leadnut is offline   Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 08:12 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
RockyMtn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 343
Roof racks are ugly, don't know how it is for the look, unless you want to look like you might need to store extra gear. If it doesn't server a purpose then its worthless.
Leadnut likes this.
__________________
JKUR10A - "Rubi-Ann"
RockyMtn is offline   Quote
Old 10-08-2019, 08:13 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
screwlose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Scarborough ME
Posts: 682
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
I guess you have some reading/comprehension issues also if that is your idea of advice 🙄

Clearly, I'm totally in the wrong here
screwlose is offline   Quote
Old 10-08-2019, 08:23 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
DallasRecon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Dallas
Posts: 6,077
They are loud. Reduce mpg. Impossible to store or sell when you hate it.
__________________
White Recon Build:

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/my...d-2281186.html
DallasRecon is online now   Quote
Old 10-08-2019, 07:06 PM   #26
EUG
Jeeper
 
EUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockyMtn View Post
, unless you want to look like you might need to store extra gear
This would take "poser" to a whole new level. lol
EUG is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 06:25 AM
Thread Starter
  #27
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 118
Most amusing stuff I have read in quite some time.
Jeep owners taking issue with a mostly aesthetic mod because it may be loud or reduce gas mileage 🙄
All the while ignoring the fact that I initially referenced that I may also occasionally get some use out of it.
Bakes101 is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 06:37 AM   #28
Supporting Member

5-Year WF Supporting Member
 
gravitywell's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 637
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes101 View Post
Most amusing stuff I have read in quite some time.
Jeep owners taking issue with a mostly aesthetic mod because it may be loud or reduce gas mileage
All the while ignoring the fact that I initially referenced that I may also occasionally get some use out of it.
You're insufferable.

You asked for feedback, and you got it. People think it's a bad idea for your planned non-usage. But instead of taking their warnings, you're doubling down in insulting people and trying to call out their "reading comprehension."

Perhaps you should use your own reading comprehension, take the temperature of the room and realize that this is a bad idea and your money would be more wisely spent elsewhere. Just because you're not getting the answer you want, doesn't mean you start slinging insults.

To recap the thread you're having trouble with: They're heavy. They're noisy. They drastically affect MPG. They ruin the purpose and experience of a soft top. The resell value / market is stagnant.

Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
Soggoth likes this.
gravitywell is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 08:27 AM   #29
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Silentfoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Apple Valley, Utah
Posts: 664
The entertainment value of this thread is amazing.

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
Silentfoe is offline   Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 12:08 PM   #30
Jeeper
 
Varano14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 124
Quote:
Originally Posted by gravitywell View Post
You're insufferable.

Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk

Don't ask for someone's opinion and then get offended when they give it to you.
gravitywell likes this.

Varano14 is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeepģ, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.