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post #1 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Post up some pics of what roof racks your running, especially 2 doors but 4 doors are welcomed too. I am looking to get a rack system to increase cargo capacity for my non-existent 2 door cargo room. I have been looking at all and I would prefer one that does not mount to where my windshield lights mount. I have been looking at Kargo Master, Garvin, Off Camber, Smittybilt and Warrior to name a few. Also one that will still allow me to drop the top.

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Kargo Master with basket



BTW, the rack was used for SEMA but I think ts for sale now.. you might get a screaming deal on it.

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That's a pretty sick ride. That rack sits up a little too high for my liking anf looks like the front mounts right where my lights are.

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Gobi makes a nice JK rack that tilts to allow opeing the soft top.







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That Gobi too, looks like it mounts up front to where my windshield Dually’s are. How difficult is it to remove and install these racks. I know some guys have removed because of wind noise and fuel economy. My Jeep is a daily driver.

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That Gobi too, looks like it mounts up front to where my windshield Dually’s are. How difficult is it to remove and install these racks. I know some guys have removed because of wind noise and fuel economy. My Jeep is a daily driver.

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You can still use the light mounts on the windshield




It takes about an hour to install a Gobi the first time. You may get a little wind noise and may see a drop in fuel economy, both would be negligible, the same as any rack.

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Hmmm... I know those are the racks you asked to see but I was expecting a different kind of picture.

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Hmmm... I know those are the racks you asked to see but I was expecting a different kind of picture.
I second that!

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Hmmm... I know those are the racks you asked to see but I was expecting a different kind of picture.


Me too! Really disappointed! <sigh>

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Keep in mind that the JK is a body on frame construction designed to let the body float independently of the frame. I just don't see how stress failures won't happen when you tie the body to the frame with a rigid structure like a steel rack. After time, something has to give and more then likely it will be the sheet metal around the windshield mounting location.

If you look at AEV's rear bumper you will see they anticipated the "body on frame" movement by engineering a saddle for the arm to move without creating stress on the rear gate.

The companies that manufacture this style of rack really need to think about how they are mounted.

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The companies that manufacture this style of rack really need to think about how they are mounted.
I can only speak to Gobi racks. There is natural flex in the support bars and also a plastic bushing where the rear support attaches to rear tower supports (where it pivots). Also the rear brackets attach to the frame and then clamp to the pinch seam, if anything the point of failure would be there and not the windshield.

With 100s of JK/TJ/LJ and YJ racks sold and hundreds of thousands of road and trail miles Gobi has never had a customer with any issues reported.

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I can only speak to Gobi racks. There is natural flex in the support bars and also a plastic bushing where the rear support attaches to rear tower supports (where it pivots). Also the rear brackets attach to the frame and then clamp to the pinch seam, if anything the point of failure would be there and not the windshield.

With 100s of JK/TJ/LJ and YJ racks sold and hundreds of thousands of road and trail miles Gobi has never had a customer with any issues reported.
Thanks for the feedback. It's good to know that Gobi has thought the issue through.

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