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Unread 11-11-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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Need Info on RACK (Roof Racks)

Ive been looking for a rack and dont know where to start, so I figured I would ask here. I have been looking at the yakima racks (MegaWarrior and LoadWarrior) and was wanting to see what you think and recomend. I also saw the rack extention and just wondering if they are worth the extra cash. I want a basket style rack I will be carrying bikes, posibbly a spare, and would like to put some lights on it. I would love some picks of any racks and whatever info you can provide. Thanks alot.

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Unread 11-12-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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We used to carry several different roof rack brands.

I dumped them all except for the Wilderness racks from Garvin Industries.

They have proven to be the best all-around racks for durability, looks, fit and strength. Some of the most durable powdercoating out there too.

They are more expensive than some, but you know the old saying...
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Unread 11-12-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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Unread 11-12-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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I wondered if Garmin's Wilderness was really worth the extra $$$. I was looking at Pro Line Racks earlier. Thanks for the info
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Unread 11-12-2008, 04:17 PM   #5
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I love my Garvin Wilderness Rack, and Dirk at DPG is the place to buy it!



Here's mine with my 33x10.5 spare mounted on it.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 04:29 PM   #6
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I wondered if Garmin's Wilderness was really worth the extra $$$.
If you're actually going to be using the rack for cargo, then yeah, get a Garvin. If you're mainly just wanting it for looks and maybe some lights, Surco's racks are cheaper and lighter, but not nearly as durable. We had a Garvin Wilderness rack on our TJ and they're definitely sturdy pieces.

If you're going to be carrying bikes a lot and won't really be using the cargo rack for heavy cargo, I'd probably look at something more along the lines of a Yakima rack system with either one of their cargo baskets or the Coleman cargo basket (if it's still available anymore).

Really just all depends on what your primary use of the rack is.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 04:40 PM   #7
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i've loaded up my surco quite a few times and it holds it own. sure, its not gonna see 300+ lbs every weekend but its taken 1-200lb weekends without breaking a sweat.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 04:51 PM   #8
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If your interested, I can build you a rack to your specs with whatever you want on if for mounts, light tabs etc. I do not paint them but I do offer herculining.

PM me for details. Example of my work is in my sig.

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Unread 11-12-2008, 05:21 PM   #9
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I love my Surco. I have Hella lights on the front, sides and back. A Hi-lift jack and shovel. I carries my canoe, camping gear, fishing rods and many other odds and ends. I also like the fact that it is aluminum, making it light weight.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 08:20 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info guys keep it coming.I am going to use it for hauling my bike but I want to put some lights on it. I like the looks of the baskets more than the specific bike racks. Thanks a lot for the information ill check out some other brands. Does anyone use the Yakima racks.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 08:33 PM   #11
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I used to run a Yak Rack on my XJ, back when I biked more, and my Jeep was shorter. Eventually replaced it with a safari rack for cargo. Never had a basket on the Yak Rack though, just a pair of bike carriers.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 10:24 PM   #12
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i've loaded up my surco quite a few times and it holds it own. sure, its not gonna see 300+ lbs every weekend but its taken 1-200lb weekends without breaking a sweat.
Same here. It was also dirt cheap compared to a lot of the others. Best deal for the money if you are only going to be using it for heavy use every once in a while.
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Unread 11-13-2008, 09:07 AM   #13
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Some guys talk about how their dana 35 has held up under hard use and rockcrawling too.

Doesn't mean that holds true for everyone...
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Unread 11-13-2008, 04:38 PM   #14
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I have the Surco on mine and have been quite happy with it...





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Unread 11-14-2008, 07:03 AM   #15
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from an actual surco rack owner, here is my opinion on the rack:

it's a fantastic light to medium duty rack. plus it's very affordable.

will it hold what some of the other heavier-build and more expensive racks will hold? no. but if you're buying a surco for anything heavy duty then yes, you're going to be disappointed.

it held my spare 32 for a few years and it held up fantastically. never complained at all. and when i stopped putting my spare on the roof, it worked excellently for holding all of my camping gear on trips. heck, i even used it as a photography platform a few times.

can it hold a 35 and a few hundred lbs of camping gear AND a few extra gerry cans of gas? no. but for lighter duty stuff, it works GREAT
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