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SHARPWRAX Wrangler Roof Racks - hand made in the USA



DESIGN + DETAIL + OPTIONS

After 4 years of R&D in Australia, Sharpwrax has moved to the USA and established a manufacturing base in Florida. A lead that came from JKO over two years ago was the catalyst that enabled this initially modest Oz venture to reach this point. With a touch of pride Sharpwrax is now... "Hand made in the USA". Sharpwrax has an interesting back story which is worth a read if you have health challenges and need some hope and encouragement. See The Story for details.

Sharpwrax are intended for Wrangler jeepers that value well crafted quality design, and in addition want a serious, premium roof rack. Sharpwrax don't only perform on the trail, around town or even on the cat walk if that's your style, but with curves in all the right places, they also look really great on Wrangler. Sharpwrax is a specialist roof rack company and offers 6 models of roof rack for the TJ, JK and JKU Wrangler. Most models have both hard and soft top applications.

The Sharpwrax range of aluminum frame and steel mount design racks have been real world 4x4 tested down under. Customer feedback has been that Sharpwrax aren't only both strong and tough but "in the metal" look fantastic on a Wrangler. They'll be too pricey or not the right design style for many but that's cool. Remember though, that long after the sweetness of price is gone - quality prevails.

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I recall reading about this venture on another site. Took less time to get it going than a certain LS build that won't be mentioned Welcome and you have one bad ass product IMO.

Edit-Maybe it was this site but I did just d-stress from a shit day at work

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I was wondering what happened to you guys, glad to see you made the jump, now let's hear about forum pricing for guys like me who insisted you get these things on this side of the pond...

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I was wondering what happened to you guys, glad to see you made the jump, now let's hear about forum pricing for guys like me who insisted you get these things on this side of the pond...

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You sound like ARB in that post

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Faw-cue azz-haul!

Seriously, I have wanted a roof rack for a long time, but not willing to get a second mortgage for a Gobi. Maybe Sharpwrax can solve that issue.

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Sharpwrax USA Launch Discount for JKO Members

Hi Guys,

Haven't been ignoring a thread reply. Been flat strap getting other techo web things together.

A new feature implemented to assist customers is LIVE CHAT. The LIVE CHAT red panel is in the bottom right corner of the Sharpwrax home page.

When the panel says ONLINE feel free to connect and chat with me live on anything Sharpwrax related. Give it a go!


Discount Launch Offer
To mark the launch of Sharpwrax in the U.S.A and its arrival on JKO we have pleasure in offering for a limited time a
10% total order discount!


Drop me an email or LIVE CHAT to nail down your order requirements and obtain the 10% coupon code.

FYI my time zone is nominated as Perth, Western Australia. This zone is 12 hours AHEAD of Florida time and 15 hours ahead of California. I'm online most evenings here though!

Look forward to chatting soon.


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Faw-cue azz-haul!

Seriously, I have wanted a roof rack for a long time, but not willing to get a second mortgage for a Gobi. Maybe Sharpwrax can solve that issue.
Yep I'm hearing you. Good gear isn't cheap. Gobi and MBRP make great premium roof racks that I'm sure suit many guys. All strength to their arm.

It's hard to compare apples and pears but from a number of view points including structure, materials, mount systems, range and options, Sharpwrax is quite a different design which will suit a segment of the Jeeper market. These Jeepers just need to find out about it! Maybe I'm dreaming LoL but after recovering from end stage advanced heart failure and two years on heart life support you'll have to forgive me for being into a bit of hope and glass half full dreams!

Sharpwrax are bloody complex to fabricate and have a number of tricky curves and take time. Time as the saying goes time = money unless perhaps if you're in China. When I compared our Super Spoiler to the Gobi which is kind of the closest match, we're a touch cheaper. Even with the MBRP 20% discounted RRP from Quadratec we are still a bit cheaper when comparing the fairly closely matching Super Max. The devil is really in the detail.

Our 10% JKO discount won't likely save you from maybe needing a second mortgage but hey...I think it was BF that said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”. This is definitely not in my view a reference to the companies mentioned but I believe it can be applied to the cheaper range of roof racks of which there are plenty to choose from.

But each to their own! Like most things some have the means ie.$ to make the choice. Sharpwrax is providing a genuinely fresh new roof rack option that is well researched, tested and proven to deliver. Driven by a good dose of passion too.

I know from customer feedback that when closer examination is made the true value becomes clear. Maybe read some of the web site reviews.

I hope you and perhaps others can appreciate the intended balance in my comments.


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Very nice looking kits.
The weight rating implies the same value for the long versions, regardless the number of legs. What's up with that?
How much do the kits weigh?

...and, that's one hell of a personal story.
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Very nice looking kits.
The weight rating implies the same value for the long versions, regardless the number of legs. What's up with that?
How much do the kits weigh?

...and, that's one hell of a personal story.
Hi, yes it was a wild medical ride but amazingly all good now.

You're right about nice looking. I did not want a roof rack that looked more like building scaffold. With 6 models of rack I believe that a customer is able to get the look they want. It's each to their own but I've had customers who really love the Super X look. They know it's a great rack but it's the look that wins over. Others love the Super Spoiler and still others the Bikini. I couldn't tell you how many comments I've had about how good Sharpwrax looks "in the metal" and especially how the design integrates into the overall Wrangler form.

Load ratings are a tricky thing. I did have detailed ratings for static and dynamic loads for each rack on the Oz site. These were based on engineering testing here in Oz and real life experience. I was happy but it all became a bit complex when I started the USA venture.

I think you're referring to the JKU Max. I just checked and must have missed that one in my clean up! Thank you.

Common sense isn't, as most of us know, is not necessarily common. I always loaded my racks spreading the weight and tying it down securely with heavy peripheral gear using FOURTREKS mounts which are fantastic. I have punished all of the rack models and so have many of my customers. See the review from Stephen customer 0001 HERE.

The Sharpwrax design is very strong. The legs are only part of the equation. A JKU MAX can easily handle a dynamic RTT and so could the Super Spoiler and Super Max etc BUT if I had the $ the longer "super" racks are the most suitable as you can carry more gear... and IF you and your parrtner happened to weigh 150kg each I would get the Super Max or Super X due to its 6 pillar and X wing design.

If you look closely at the pillars particularly the bottom end, the tube is curved inward to the body. This takes time BUT it is considerably stronger in part as it allows a broader weld surface to the mount plate. Make sense? Forgive the detail but I'm doing my best. Another significant factor in why our racks can carry load well is up top in the join design. The acetal quad bolted joins are really good and have many advantages which are summarized on the FAQ page.

In summary I have frequently wheeled and travelled 100's of miles on rough tracks with common sense loading carrying a serious amount of gear. Some pics on the web site especially in my 5" lifted JK. It's not just the rack though. It's also suspension and lift that impacts on safe load capacity... and how you drive!

LIVE CHAT me if you need further clarification.


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IS THE BASKET REMOVABLE? HOW FAR ABOVE THE HARD TOP IS THE TUBES WITH BASKET OFF (IF COMES OFF)

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IS THE BASKET REMOVABLE? HOW FAR ABOVE THE HARD TOP IS THE TUBES WITH BASKET OFF (IF COMES OFF)
Hi GG,
Firstly just to clarify while most, if not all other roof racks have baskets we have trays. A flat sheet of aluminum has several advantages over a basket including ease of use, weight, multiple lateral tray to frame bolt points and quietness. Each of the bolt points is also, with the addition of optional stainless steel eye nut, a very handy tie down point.

Apologies for this dirty tray pic but you can see here the older style of tray with a couple of tray mounted eye nuts. Note that eye nut tie down have also been added around the edge of the rack frame. Very handy option in addition to the tray rails and super strong. This actual pic is of a hard top JKU.



The new laser cut tray design featured on the web site is a really nice upgrade that we're looking forward to rolling out.



Specifically to answer your question, yes the trays are removeable. They bolt on top of the main frame. Each tray has 12 x M8 counter sunk bolts that firmly fix the tray to the frame. This "knitting" of the tray is an advantage as it further stiffens up the frame structure plus zero rattles.



Regarding height. There is a pic on the FAQ page http://sharpwrax.com.au/faq.html
The height from the HT to the bottom edge of the frame tube is 70mm give or take mm's or a whisker over 2.75". I like my racks low as possible and this is as low as the rack can be and still allow the freedom panels to be removed. Importantly there are no protruding bolts or nuts so there is no risk of scratching them on the underside of the rack.

Hope this helps!


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LOOKS LIKE APPROX 11 .5" FROM TOP TO TO TOP OF BAR. TY

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What bar to what bar are you referring to?


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Height off hard top

Regarding height. There is a pic on the FAQ page http://sharpwrax.com.au/faq.html
The height from the HT to the bottom edge of the frame tube is 70mm give or take mm's or a whisker over 2.75". I like my racks low as possible and this is as low as the rack can be and still allow the freedom panels to be removed. Importantly there are no protruding bolts or nuts so there is no risk of scratching them on the underside of the rack.


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STEEL FRAME AND TRAY OPTIONS COMING SOON!

Soon Sharpwrax will offer both STEEL and ALUMINUM frame and tray options.

Sharpwrax offers the only full 6063 structural grade aluminum Wrangler rack. It's a pricey metal but more than half the weight of steel and extensively trail tested to deliver.

Like the Sharpwrax design but chasing a cheaper option? Like other racks on the market STEEL is the way to go. Helps make a truer comparison.

JK Super Spoiler is now priced for STEEL. Check it out new steel pricing.



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Just saw this post, Steve.
Good luck on your expansion of the business.
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TJ/JK/JKU NOW PRICED FOR STEEL AND ALUMINUM

Most Racks Now Priced for standard STEEL or premium ALUMINUM.

Same great design and look for cheaper.


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hope the welding and precision of build has improved, i certainly did my doe
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hope the welding and precision of build has improved, i certainly did my doe
From memory you had previously experienced significant issues with your previous roof rack from another very popular rack company.

Your chosen Sharpwrax had custom elements that you could not be dis-waded from. Granted these did not work out completely perfectly as we had both hoped. I took responsibility for this as the web site says We DESIGN IT + We BUILD IT + We BACK IT UP.

You were offered some replacement rack parts which you declined. I offered to buy parts of your rack back so you were able to maximize the on-selling of your JK which was from memory was an off and on again option you were looking at. You also declined this offer. Following this you did not make further contact.

If you still have your JK and would like to discuss getting things right you only need to email me. For me a problem is simply a door to a solution but the door has to be opened. Look forward to hearing from you!


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i simply said i hope the build precision has improved, and i do hope that and wish luck for the usa venture,
i wont air dirty laundry here, sure i'll email you.
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Hi, precision is very good as the range of web site reviews testify But we can always improve. Chat sometime soon. Steve


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FREE FREIGHT

Lower Sharpwrax Prices due to dropping aussie dollar + FREE FREIGHT + 50% Deposit Order Offer now available! The dead set best time to get into this awesome roof rack.


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These look great!
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Great looking rack! I especially like that there are different lengths available. Unfortunately, I'm going back and fourth from a roof rack to a trailer...can't decide which. If I end up going with a rack, yours is certainly in the running.
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