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post #1 of 20 Old 10-09-2010, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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my gobi rack install (well over due)

first i would like to thank tim (tailrated) for all his assistance in our shipping drama. it would appear that the outer banks is remote for shipping, who would have thought? being that the package was also sitting in a warehouse while hurricane earl passed didn't help either. ok here we go

everything was well packed and tied down. there was no way this rack was going to get damaged.




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i was luckly enough to get in on the ladder andwind deflector promo

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let the games begin. install requires two so get a case and a friend and make it fun



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i had to let stewie go




this is where two people would have helped me. you will need to line up the wholes before you start threading in the new bolts. i did not and had to use different bolts for the front.


rear bumper was fun every nut sert in the bumper came out damn pines



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more nut sert problems



rear brackets installed. looks smooth




rear cross bar and diamond plate pads for the rear isolators




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sorry for the lack of pictures of bolting up the rack i was kind of alone and needes my hands and toes just to get it up there.







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well i have had the rack on my jeep for two months now and i love it. for those who complained about wind noise you must not be jeep people. my tires are louder then my rack my exhaust is louder then my tires and my stereo is louder then everything else.

i do get some flapping from the soft top on the rack. this only happens when the rack is empty. i would have to atribute it to the wind deflector at too much of an angle. i am going to try moving it around and see if i can make a difference.

if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

good luck with your gobi rack well worth the $$


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Nice write up Lou but its a shame that Stewie had to go. I like the Jersey plates. haha

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yeah going to stay jersey true till they want more money from me then obx plates.

still trying to find a place for stewie don't you worry

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I'm gald it all worked out!!!!

It looks great.

If you want Stewie back on there, let me know.

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what did you have in mind for returning stewie to his rightfull place?

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looks sweet man!

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what did you have in mind for returning stewie to his rightfull place?
I need a better pic of your light tab mounted up. ...but I have made spacers that allow the use of other light tabs in that location with the GOBI lightbar.

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well i have done some inventing myself and think i am going to go with some kind of baja light system. my surf boards come up to where hte recon light bar starts. i am going to make or buy brackets to make this work with the rack.


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looks great Lou.

If you get the quick disconnect tabs for the soft top bows you won't even need to move the rack to drop the soft top.
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i don't know if that true larry cause the sunrider top has to fold down before you can lower the top. tomorrow ill try it by unscrewing the arms

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thinkin about gettin one of these racks... is it a pain to get the top down with the rack on? and how easily does it disconnect?
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Hey I like the rack alot I was just wondering if you needed to drill into the body or the bumper at all? And how easy is it to put the soft top down or up?
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Hey I like the rack alot I was just wondering if you needed to drill into the body or the bumper at all? And how easy is it to put the soft top down or up?
This rack is a NO DRILL application front and rear. It's all bolt/ clamp on.
Once you open (tilt) the rack back a few times, it becomes pretty easy as long as you have the quick Discos on the front of the rack.

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I've owned the Gobi rack system since I got my JK last March.
  1. No drilling or cutting whatsoever.
  2. If you have the quick disconnects (highly recommended), tipping it back to open the soft top takes one person 5 minutes. You need a 14mm wrench to loosen the jam nut on the rear pinch bolts (used to keep the rack from rattling).
  3. You do need to remove the rack to install/remove your hard top. Some people say they just remove the ladder and slide it back, but it would be a tight fit.
  4. Removing/replacing the entire rack (except for the light bar) takes about 15 minutes and two people (or a hoist).
  5. It really is strong enough for you to stand on top and jump around. This is a solid piece of gear.
  6. Though not designed or recommended for this purpose, it will withstand being leaned against trees on tight trails.
  7. There are mounting points for 4 lights across the front, two on the rear, and one on each side. Front wiring can be fished through the rack itself using pre-existing drain holes without drilling (except for the drain plugs themselves). Side and rear lights can be zip-tied to the rack/supports (just leave a small loop at the pivots).
  8. If you want to use a rooftop cargo pod, Yakima makes a few units with the extended roofbar clamp spacing needed to fit the rack.
  9. Yes, there is wind noise, particularly with the soft top. Many use styrofoam pool noodles cut and zip-tied under the rack to manage this.
  10. You will loose about 1-2 MPG fuel efficiency.
  11. The rack does interfere with satellite radio reception using the OEM antenna in the stock location. You can relocate the antenna or just add a cheap aftermarket antenna mounted on the dash or cowl.

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I've owned the Gobi rack system since I got my JK last March.
  1. No drilling or cutting whatsoever.
  2. If you have the quick disconnects (highly recommended), tipping it back to open the soft top takes one person 5 minutes. You need a 14mm wrench to loosen the jam nut on the rear pinch bolts (used to keep the rack from rattling).
  3. You do need to remove the rack to install/remove your hard top. Some people say they just remove the ladder and slide it back, but it would be a tight fit.
  4. Removing/replacing the entire rack (except for the light bar) takes about 15 minutes and two people (or a hoist).
  5. It really is strong enough for you to stand on top and jump around. This is a solid piece of gear.
  6. Though not designed or recommended for this purpose, it will withstand being leaned against trees on tight trails.
  7. There are mounting points for 4 lights across the front, two on the rear, and one on each side. Front wiring can be fished through the rack itself using pre-existing drain holes without drilling (except for the drain plugs themselves). Side and rear lights can be zip-tied to the rack/supports (just leave a small loop at the pivots).
  8. If you want to use a rooftop cargo pod, Yakima makes a few units with the extended roofbar clamp spacing needed to fit the rack.
  9. Yes, there is wind noise, particularly with the soft top. Many use styrofoam pool noodles cut and zip-tied under the rack to manage this.
  10. You will loose about 1-2 MPG fuel efficiency.
  11. The rack does interfere with satellite radio reception using the OEM antenna in the stock location. You can relocate the antenna or just add a cheap aftermarket antenna mounted on the dash or cowl.
Thanks man for all the great information. I just bought a 2012 jk unlimited about a month ago with the soft top and was looking for a rack to put most of my camping gear on since we kinda ran out of room in the inside. But i'v herd nothing but good things about this rack and am going to buy one within the next couple weeks. I also like that there's spots for the lights in the front and rear which I am deff going to use
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