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Unread 06-29-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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Best XJ Roof Rack

Hey everybody,
I've a 97 Cherokee and one of the next things I want to add to it is a roof rack but I was looking to get some opinions first. I have looked up old threads but can't seem to find much. I have some preferences that I would like and want to see if anyone has some ideas. I want it to be durable, American made, able to carry a tire, optional places to attach lights, and be able to carry two kayaks. I want it to be cost effective but if the rack is worth it I'm willing to pay more and I would prefer it to be on the lighter end of the spectrum but would rather have the options I want than be light.
Thanks in advance for the help,
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Unread 06-29-2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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One rack that I have found appealing is the Warrior Safari Sport Rack which seems, to me, to have most or all of the attributes I stated above. It is easily removable and says it is meant to hold kayaks and canoes. I know Warrior is an American company but I haven't found anything that says their products are made in America. If anybody has any experience with this rack or just some knowledge of it please feel free to chime in.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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You'll have to at least take a look at these. JCR Offroading Protyping Crusader Roof Rack
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Unread 06-29-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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I really like the idea, especially the overhead light bar to protect the actual lights. It just doesn't seem to me like they executed on what was a great idea. The sloping sides would make it hard to hold a kayak. Plus they don't even have any idea for a price range??? Thanks for the suggestion and I'm going to follow that thread but I see work that needs to be done before it finished.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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I'd go with something slim like an LED lightbar if you're loading and unloading kayaks, and the slimmer nature/profile of the lightbar anyway. They are expensive though. I have a SURCO unit, they make attachments for a solid floor conversion, spare tire mount, hi-jack/shovel attachments. I'm not sure about a lightbar attachment but fabrication is in a lot of Jeep owners' blood.

I like the look of my unit, it's large, and it's extremely strong.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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Wow, that thing looks sweet and is exactly what I was looking for. I don't mind looking it up but do you know if Surco products are made in the USA? And yeah I've done my fair share of fabrication/destruction to my jeep already hahaha; I'm almost done with a hummer snorkel right now. I'll post some pics in the next day or two.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 12:45 PM   #7
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Great looking rig by the way, Lightning.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:13 AM   #8
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I have a Warrior Products rack that I carry a 17' canoe on and it works really well.
It was easy to install and is solid.
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Do you had the regular or the sport version that has the quick release pins?
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Wow, that thing looks sweet and is exactly what I was looking for. I don't mind looking it up but do you know if Surco products are made in the USA? And yeah I've done my fair share of fabrication/destruction to my jeep already hahaha; I'm almost done with a hummer snorkel right now. I'll post some pics in the next day or two.
I believe they are made in the USA. The rack says Los Angeles, CA on it and their website claims American made since either 1961 or 1962 if I remember correctly. Thanks for the compliment too!
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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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I believe they are made in the USA. The rack says Los Angeles, CA on it and their website claims American made since either 1961 or 1962 if I remember correctly. Thanks for the compliment too!
Hey that sounds good enough for me, we might have a winner!
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