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post #1 of 8 Old 08-13-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Roof Rack removal

We do a fair amount of camping, and take our Newf and Lab with us, so we'd like to get a roof rack system that'd hold all the gear, so the furkids have the whole back to ride in comfort en-route. However, it is also my DD, so I'd like a system that is easily removable, so it's not there when I don't need it, and not reducing my mileage. I've looked at the Gobi, and the Safari Kongo Cage. Anyone have one of these? Are they easily removable? I don't mean even the mounts, they can stay, just the actual bars and cage.

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I've had/have both. Use the Gobi now.

It's far easier to remove the Gobi rack as you can leave the light bar on.

The Congo Cage would involve the removal of just about everything.

Regardless, it's not something I'd like to do with any regularity
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i have the Kargo Master Congo Cage with the Safari basket.
no issues removing it, just 4 bolts and it all comes right off.
I have lights on the rack as well and just added quick connects.
Makes it all really easy to take on and off.

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I have the MBRP JKU Rack and I camp alot and I never have to removeit--I don't use a basket, so there's no gas mileage effect !

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I have the Kongo Cage - I sure wouldn't want to remove it very often the bars alone weigh a ton !
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So, you can get quick disconnects for the Kongo? Which makes it easier to remove? I don't care if brackets are left on the Jeep body, just want to be able to remove the bars and the basket.
Is it easy to remove the Gobi bars and basket?

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So, you can get quick disconnects for the Kongo? Which makes it easier to remove? I don't care if brackets are left on the Jeep body, just want to be able to remove the bars and the basket.
Is it easy to remove the Gobi bars and basket?
No quick disconnects that I know of, but the removal of four bolts and one could remove the whole Congo cage at once. It'd be very heavy and awkward to move without hitting the jeep.

There are two bolts at the front, one on each a-pillar that hold the front uprights to the brackets, and then two more at the rear that hold the rear uprights to their respective brackets. So four bolts, and it's free.

I'm quite sure the first time you do it it'll also be the last time, lol.

The gobi would involve the removal of 6 bolts, and the front lightbar/uprights would stay on the jeep. Four bolts hold the rack portion to the light bar, 2 per side. 2 bolts hold the rear uprights to their respective brackets at the rear, similar to the Congo cage.

Again, having removed my rack once when installing my snorkel, I'm quite sure the first time you do it will also be the last, lol.

Left on all the time though, I much prefer the gobi as in my experience it has had a smaller impact on my mpg than the Congo cage and it's significantly quieter.
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I have the Kongo Cage - I sure wouldn't want to remove it very often the bars alone weigh a ton !
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I'll second this. I haven't put my KC rack on in years because of this.
I should also note that my jk has a 4 1/2" lift and I broke a windshield removing this rack the first time

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