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Unread 01-03-2007, 12:58 PM   #1
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I know most guys here seem to like the Surco racks, but I'm seriously thinking of getting this roof carrier to go on my XJ. Does anyone else have this brand? Any issues, concerns, comments? Will it fit my Jeep? What about the size? Feel free to let me know what you all think. Also, I wonder if the standard Hi-lift jack mounts will be compatible with this model.

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Unread 01-03-2007, 01:05 PM   #2
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I dunno--seems pretty small at just over 36" wide, and the OEM rails you'll be mounting it to are not known for their sturdiness. For around the same $ as a larger Surco w/correct mounting hardware I don't think it is a great deal--just MHO, of course. I could have bought any rack and chose the Surco for the light weight and good value. My buddy has a Wilderness rack that is super heavy duty steel, but it is heavy, has bent his drip rail, and cost over twice what my Surco did.
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Unread 01-03-2007, 01:07 PM   #3
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Looks like a decent basket for the price. Never noticed that one before -- just be sure not to get a Zacatal off eBay -- craptacular. It should fit on the XJ fine, although you'll probably want crossbars from Yakima or Thule (since the factory rails are chintzy). You could also probably use the Hi-Lift mount from Yakima, which is less than perfect, but can be made pretty solid with a little ingenuity. Are you planning on putting the spare up there too? Might be a little small with a 31" and any amount of cargo (I have a Yakima mega-warrior with extension and have a decent amount of cargo room with the spare up there, but it's a lot bigger than that one). I say go for it...
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Unread 01-03-2007, 02:42 PM   #4
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i love my zacatal rack off ebay.
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Unread 01-03-2007, 03:02 PM   #5
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Yea, I'm not sure if that's a great deal. I have the 45x50 surco and it's well worth the money. It's almost exactly the same price. I'd do surco if I were you...I got mine from Summit and it's the cheapest I found.

BTW mecompco, thanks for the pic a few weeks ago of your rack install...I finally got mine and got it all installed and it's great...thanks again for the pic that threw me over the edge to go get one
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Unread 01-03-2007, 08:08 PM   #6
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I have a Surco wworks great and lightweight which I like. I would rather bend the aluminum rack then trash the roof or tear off the channel.
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Unread 01-03-2007, 08:30 PM   #7
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ALUMI...ayphotohosting

This one looks nice, and could probably be fitted to a Jeep easily
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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:02 AM   #8
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ALUMI...ayphotohosting

This one looks nice, and could probably be fitted to a Jeep easily
That seller has had 21 negative feedbacks in a month. No way would I deal with him.

Guys, I can get that rack from eTrailer for $149+ $12 shipping. And an extension is available for it. I don't plan to use it for the spare ... but you never know what the future might bring. I might be running 32's or 33's after I add another 1.5 to 2" of lift, and the spare might be too much for my tire carrier.

But I just like the looks of the Rola (Surcos are plain), I like the wind fairing on it, and if it's as sturdy as they say it is (being from Australia and all ...), it just might be worth the price. The dimensions do concern me though. What size racks is everyone running? I see the Surco's come in several different sizes/models.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:05 AM   #9
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That seller has had 21 negative feedbacks in a month. No way would I deal with him.

Guys, I can get that rack from eTrailer for $149+ $12 shipping. And an extension is available for it. I don't plan to use it for the spare ... but you never know what the future might bring. I might be running 32's or 33's after I add another 1.5 to 2" of lift, and the spare might be too much for my tire carrier.

But I just like the looks of the Rola (Surcos are plain), I like the wind fairing on it, and if it's as sturdy as they say it is (being from Australia and all ...), it just might be worth the price. The dimensions do concern me though. What size racks is everyone running? I see the Surco's come in several different sizes/models.
I have the Yakima Mega Warrior. It has a fairing and is huge. I carry any and everything with it.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:29 AM   #10
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My Warrior Products rack is 45x55", and I think that's small. That Rola rack looks nice, but it's itty-bity. Looks more suited for a Jetta than a Jeep.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 11:58 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by johnnyepic
Yea, I'm not sure if that's a great deal. I have the 45x50 surco and it's well worth the money. It's almost exactly the same price. I'd do surco if I were you...I got mine from Summit and it's the cheapest I found.

BTW mecompco, thanks for the pic a few weeks ago of your rack install...I finally got mine and got it all installed and it's great...thanks again for the pic that threw me over the edge to go get one
You're welcome. I think the 45x50 is a great size--the 45x60 would be OK too. Here's a repost of mine for the OP:


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Tires/Wheels: 33x10.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains on Alcoas.
Misc: Garvin Wilderness rack, Safari Snorkel, Redline Tuning hood lifts.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 12:05 PM   #12
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Thanx for the pix! I started this conversation just before the holidays asking what everyone was running. Then I searched some more (I think I saw these pics then), found the Rola, even tho' most prefer the Surco. I'm torn ... I've always liked to be a bit different from the crowd, but I want value and a proven product. I like the size of some Surco's, and the style of the Rola.

Ah ... decisions, decisions ...
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Unread 01-04-2007, 12:24 PM   #13
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Ha ha--I know what'cha mean! The funny thing is, 99.9% of the people who see it won't have any clue about who made it or how different it is. Some folks have added a front spoiler to the Surco--I think from Thule that looks good, too, and might cut down some wind resistance. I've seen other Surcos that had round holes cut in the flat plates and others that have had diamond plate added to the sides, so I guess any rack can be customized.
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Electronics: Remote start/locks, Pioneer DEH-P7800MP w/XM, Polk Audio speakers, Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS, Cobra 148 GTL P&T w/Wilson 1000.
Suspension: Old Man Emu 3" lift+OME AAL, JKS adjustable trackbar, QDs, LCAs UCAs, A.C.O.S., DPG Offroad adjustable bumpstop plate, Daystar poly bumpstops.
Steering: Currie HD steering, C-ROK steering box reinforcement, OME stabilizer.
Armor/Recovery: T&T Custom belly skid, Mopar gas tank skid, JKS LCA mini skids, Rock Lizard Super Skink Sliders, Mopar 2" receiver, ARB Bull Bar/Ramsey REP 8.5 winch.
Drive train: D30 front axle w/Superior Chromo D30 axles & outter seals, D/S 4.56 R&P, ARB locker, Ruff Stuff cover. Ford 8.8 rear axle w/Superior Super 88 kit, Ford Motor Sports 4.56 R&P, ARB locker, SOLID cover, Russell stainless lines. Front and rear Tom Woods HD drive shafts, 242 x-fer case w/Tom Woods SYE.
Tires/Wheels: 33x10.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains on Alcoas.
Misc: Garvin Wilderness rack, Safari Snorkel, Redline Tuning hood lifts.
Awaiting installation: Autometer A pillar gauge pod, oil, water, & tranny temp guages, PIAA driving lights, Goferit tie-rod flip bushing, '95 Brake booster and M/C, M.O.R.E. Motor mounts, TnT Custom 1.5" Shackle.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 02:19 PM   #14
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I like the look of that rola as well, they'd have to make others larger I'm sure???
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Unread 01-04-2007, 02:43 PM   #15
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I have the 45"x50" and I think that's the perfect size. I think 60" would be a little too long for my taste.

I haven't really noticed any wind noise or decrease in MPG since putting it on...I don't I'll do a fairing...I'm going the opposite and getting more wind resistance with four 6" lights
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