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post #1 of 13 Old 12-30-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Rampage sport rack, anybody running one?

I've been looking for a rear cargo rack and this one caught my eye, mainly because it folds up against the back seat when not in use, so the dog would still have his area. Seems like the only complaints I've been able to find about it are it rattles some on the latches, takes some modifications to the factory sub enclosure, and well, its made by Rampage, lol. Anybody running one of these and have some real world feedback? I like the Poly Baja Basket, and some of the others I've looked at but they're all fixed in one spot, the ability to fold it out of the way is huge to me.

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I have one and like it a lot. The big thing for me was the cost. Seemed like everybody else wanted double the money for some 1" tubing and sheet metal. It does rattle a little bit but I wrapped the part of the bracket that it sit on with a few layers of electrical tape and that took care of most of it. I'm sure most of the noise I here now is the tools in my tool bag. I never did trim down the sub box, I just let it sit on top of it. Even with tools, two bags of tire chains, a strap, and a few more odds and ends the sub box hasn't show any signs of distress. I wedged a folded up sponge between the rack and my sub box to fill in the slight gap.

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I have one in my Jk. It serves it purpose well and does fold out of the way easily. On the other hand it does rattle a bit when you hit big bumps in the roads but its not too terrible.

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They're pretty nice, especially for the money. They have a new revision that has been redesigned for the newer JKs as well. Rampage has surprisingly good quality amongst the import stuff and I'm a very big fan of their tops. Their customer service is outstanding and they're just all around good guys at that company.
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I have one also. I fixed the rattle with some rubber stops and bed lined the bottom with Al's liner when I did my tub. I couldn't imagine packing for a camping/wheeling trip with out it.

Yes it does fold up but I wouldn't expect it to be useful in the way you want it to be. I wouldn't put my dog back there with it up. I wouldn't trust the gas shocks plus it still takes up some room when it is in the up position so depending on the size of your dog it might still be in the way. Plus with it up it will block your rear view completely.
If your dog is on the smaller size like my 2 Brittany's (35-38lbs each) he can ride on top. Typically my dogs ride on the back seat in a hammock suspended from the front seats but my youngest pup has climbed up onto the rack from the back seat. Coincidentally one of the crate matterss' we have fits perfectly inside the rack. Of course you will probably have to lift them onto the rack. At 3 inches of lift and 37's my dogs have a tough time even jumping into the rear seats.
I have never used the tilt option in the 3 years I have had it. You cant really reach the latches with out opening the tail gate and then once you do there is no need to tilt the rack up. I pack milk crates with spare parts and once they are pushed back against the back of the seat you cant tilt it up anyway.

Its still a great rack even if you decide not to use it in the up position with the dogs.


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I tilt mine up. I keep a Husky tool kit, my tow strap, my tree saver, a tool bag, and in the winter two bags of tire chains on mine. I have bungies holding them down onto the rack and the struts will hold it in the up position like that.

My only real complaint is that I wish it was an inch or two higher so I could fit my cooler underneath it.

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My only real complaint is that I wish it was an inch or two higher so I could fit my cooler underneath it.
That is just my concern. How high off the deck is it? About the height of the stock woofer?
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I have one. I dumped my sub cause I really dont care about the stereo. I also bolted it down where the latches were because it rattled so much I wanted to kill something or someone.

I used to put my cooler on top of it and it worked great for me. I store all my other shit in three Action Packers which fits perfectly under it and leaves some extra room for a few items in canvas tool bags. I also bolted my air tank to it on the driver side.

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I can bury my pinky in the rear, and just barley feel it, the front is a little easier, but still seems low to me!

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Thanks for the replies. Can somebody snag a pic or 2 of how much space it takes up when folded? I would like to see how much room is back there for my dog when it's flipped up.


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Thanks for the replies. Can somebody snag a pic or 2 of how much space it takes up when folded? I would like to see how much room is back there for my dog when it's flipped up.


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Here you go. I forgot to measure how high off the floor it is when down, although mine won't be 100% accurate anyways as I welded the brackets to my cage and they're a bit higher than if they were bolted.


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Here you go. I forgot to measure how high off the floor it is when down, although mine won't be 100% accurate anyways as I welded the brackets to my cage and they're a bit higher than if they were bolted.

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Here you go. I forgot to measure how high off the floor it is when down, although mine won't be 100% accurate anyways as I welded the brackets to my cage and they're a bit higher than if they were bolted.

Nice. What cage is that? Custom? I was wondering how it would fit with the poly performance c-pillar as their cage is in my long term plans. I would likely do the same and weld it to the cage.

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The C-pillar portion is the Poison Spyder one. It doesn't interfere at all with the Rugged Ridge rack. I think the Poly Performance C-pillar will though as its floor plate goes in the same area as where the rack attaches, at the outermost rear seat bracket.

I really like Poly's stuff and am running their B-Pillar kit, but the Poison Spyder C-Pillar kit is half the price and the only real difference is the lack of a harness bar. I don't think the 1 piece of DOM is worth the extra 140$. Neither one has a frame tie-in and I like how the Poison Spyder one sits up against the outside of the seats instead of leaning in behind them. I'm going to add a harness bar and run it in the groove between the seat back and the head rests.

The rear spreaders are the factory cage just stripped of the stupid foam/cloth coverings and painted with bed liner. There are more pictures/details in my thread in the scrapbook/pic request section.

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