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Still looking for a good roof rack...
Anybody know who's making a good roof rack that does NOT require drilling holes in the rear qrt-panel for mounting?
 

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Still looking for a good roof rack...
Anybody know who's making a good roof rack that does NOT require drilling holes in the rear qrt-panel for mounting?
hrmm...good luck with that.

The thin sheet metal gremlin lives in the rear 1/4 panels of the JK, any roof rack back there needs as many tie-in points as it can get.

That said, I haven't seen any non-drill racks yet. Wild Boar, Warrior, Garvin, Wilderness, Gobi...all drill mounted.
 

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I'd rather drill through the stock bumper to get to the frame or replace the bumper with a pipe bumper if someone would make a rack. The smittybuilt SRC roof rack is the closest I've seen to what I'm looking for; they don't make it for the JK. I've had my JK for 31/2 months now and I'm getting tired of hauling my kayak on a trailer! I think I will be hard-headed and keep waiting...
 

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I'd rather drill through the stock bumper to get to the frame or replace the bumper with a pipe bumper if someone would make a rack. The smittybuilt SRC roof rack is the closest I've seen to what I'm looking for; they don't make it for the JK. I've had my JK for 31/2 months now and I'm getting tired of hauling my kayak on a trailer! I thnik I will be hard-headed and keep waiting...
Your best bet might be to use a rack from someone and build a custom rear mount that mounts the way you'd like. Mounting to a steel aftermarket bumper would be a good idea.
 

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it couldnt be mounted like normal to the a-pillars and the rear bumper because the body is rubber mounted to the frame.
but you could probably mount the front to your rock rails. kind of an exo deal.
hhmmmm, that would be cool
 

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gobi makes arack that doesn't require drilling into the body
For two and four door. They are pricey but look nice. They
Have a web site
 

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That's a good looking rack...nice future addition. We're still running stock:bawling:waiting for the tires to wear out and some extra $$$ to show up.
 

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I think it was one of those but I saw a 4 door the other day with one and it attached in the back under the corners to the frame I think. The bracket went under the body panel, over the bumper, no drill required.
 

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I think it's Wild Boar that attaches around the bumper; Congo attaches to the tail light holes.

I just talked with the rep from Kargomaster about the Congo and I asked him about mounting a rooftop tent; he says it should work fine and is curious to see the results.
I believe that Rugged Ridge is planning a rooftop cargo system as well; they usually keep an eye on customer input and I bet their product will be interesting...
 

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Defender Rack

I really like my rack. It bolts on the hard top, no drilling. It is not made for hauling lots of weight, but it's great for light stuff, and you can still take the front top sections out. Matter of fact, I store the top sections in the rack, and still have room inside for four people!



Got it from www.defenderrack.com
 

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I really like my rack. It bolts on the hard top, no drilling. It is not made for hauling lots of weight, but it's great for light stuff, and you can still take the front top sections out. Matter of fact, I store the top sections in the rack, and still have room inside for four people!



Got it from www.defenderrack.com
Got any pics of your rack? I looked at theri website, but it's a little weak. Thanks!
 

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Got any pics of your rack? I looked at theri website, but it's a little weak. Thanks!
My camera is giving me fits, so I'll have to get that handled. Soon as I have it up and going, I'll post some pics.
 

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How did you mount the Defender to the top? Does it just bolt on or are there mounts?
Also, what size did you get and how much was it? The site doesn't have prices...
 

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Glad i wasn't the only one who was not impressed with the Defender web site... From what I've been told, it mounts to the rear window mounting bolts and to the rear door window channel on the 4dr models. Basically, if you have a 2 dr like me, you are out of luck on this design (if I'm wrong about the 2 dr option, someone please let me know).

Also, I contacted Smittybilt again yesterday as to whether or not they are ever going to produce the SRC roof rack for the JK. They replied "still no plans...". In my opinion, the SRC is the best design out there. I want a rack that has removable cross bar design so that I can still use my hoist to remove the hardtop. I sure do not want to have to go back to the two-man job of sliding the top out the back!
 

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I think there are gutterless mounting brackets for our 2-doors; just have to pick the right basket size.
I've been thinking of a Thule set-up but the basket would give me some tabs for lights....
 

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Kargo Master and you can use there basket or other brands, One warning though....relocate your license plate.
 
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