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Unread 10-18-2013, 12:21 PM   #16
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Yeah this Curt rack will work just fine! $1400 for a rack...that would buy a hell of a lift kit!

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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #17
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I'll be gutter mounting a electrical conduit rack. Gonna go with 1" or 1.25" fully welded...yes I know galvanized which will be stripped!!!
Anyway, gonna make my own using 3 gutter feet per side...my idea is have the rack sitting on the stock slider rail things..so about 1" off the roof. Its goings to Resemble the gobi rack.. Single layer with some expanded metal in it so we can sit or lay up there if we want.
Not really a fan of the "basket" type of rack.
Gutter mounts are an option but you might be more satisfied with something different yet.

I removed the two sliding bars on my stock rack and mounted my Surco rack directly to the fixed rails of the stock rack. There are ten 6mm threaded inserts and screws holding the fixed rails to the roof. I used 80mm X 6mm cap screws to bolt my Surco rack directly to the roof.

This option gets your rack much lower to the roof and you don't need those unsightly gutter rail brackets that are prone to damage if you wheel a lot in tree'd areas.

this method has proven to be very durable.

Not the best pictures but looks like this.



I mounted the rack a little more forward than many others so I could keep the weight more toward the center of the vehicle. I normally carry 150lbs on the rack at all times and it routinely sees in excess of 350lbs.



Here it is all loaded up. Obviously for a stock or slightly modified suspension this is way too much weight on the roof of your XJ but the way mine is set up it works great.

Spare Tire - 110lbs
15 Gallons of fuel - 90lbs
Moose Head - 75lbs
Moose Hide and Guts - 50lbs
High Lift Jack - 35lbs
Axe, Shovel and Light Bar - 20lbs

Total 380lbs

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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #18
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A typical "Safari" rack, mounted to the gutters, can have up to a 300 pound load.
Here's the one I want to get:
https://www.trailduty.com/product_in...d2185527b18fc5
But at FOURTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, it's very LOW on my list :/
Neat idea for a rack but that's is severely overpriced for what it is
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Unread 10-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #19
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Neat idea for a rack but that's is severely overpriced for what it is
Boy, you're not just a kidding. $1395 is spendy for sure. Most XJ's aren't even worth that much money.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #20
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I'm ready to lift mine! I can see having a Jeep is probably going to get me divorced!!! She walked in today and says, "what have you ordered?" You are in way to good of a mood! Didn't order anything by the way...I see how this is going!! Ha Ha Women!
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Unread 10-18-2013, 05:04 PM   #21
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I'll be ordering my curt rack the 1st of the month and I can't wait.I'm going to be mounting the lights on it.I also plan on buying a hi-lift for it.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #22
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I'm going to mount my shovels, a spare and high jift jack in mine in due time. I need to get 4 small quick fist clamps for the shovels. I metal detect and I need a spot for my shovels. Keep the cab of jeep cleaner.
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Unread 04-13-2014, 12:19 PM   #23
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Any updates? Just ordered the Curt basket like you have for myself. Looking to get ideas on your configuration.
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Unread 04-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #24
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Check out this place www.discountramps.com they are kind of cheap but I don't need to carry a lot of weight just some folding chairs and stuff for camping . Mine was $99 and I grabbed a cargo net for it also just one thing to remember with any of these tubular racks coat the inside of the tubing if you can they always rust from the inside out . and of coarse the one I bought is on sale !!!
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Unread 04-13-2014, 09:10 PM   #25
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That curt rack the silver XJ ad earlier is what i have and with 4 cross bars it is VERY sturdy! and you can flip the Air Dam like i have
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Unread 04-14-2014, 07:27 PM   #26
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Why buy it... when you can make it...
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Unread 04-15-2014, 05:16 AM   #27
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Because I don't have easy access to a welder or metal but I do have easy access to eBay.
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Unread 04-15-2014, 08:06 PM   #28
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Mine came today. Doing some minor mods prior to final assembly and installation.

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Unread 04-20-2014, 08:20 AM   #29
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Here's one
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Unread 04-20-2014, 08:54 AM   #30
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I didn't like how the extension for the Curt basket didn't full integrate so I bought some 1/2" steel tubing and made sleeves to fully fit the 3 pieces together.



Mounted it a few days ago.



Used the thick plastic mounting blocks between the bars to make my Hi-Lift mount.
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