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Unread 01-05-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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hardtop mounted roof rack

Hey i want to see some roof racks mounted to a TJ hard top. Most of them on here are body mounted. I want to see how it looks so i can decide if i want to send one home or not. Thanks

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Unread 01-05-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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I took it off.






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Unread 01-05-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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Yea see i think it looks stupid that it isnt up against the hardtop, and its raised up like that
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Unread 01-05-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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Yakima Hardtop Rack to haul my ski's.

I chose this set up for a variety of reasons:
1. Cost was about the same as picking up a high quality rear mount set up
2. You get the high dollar equipment on the top of the Jeep not out back with salt road spray
3. 90% of this can easily be removed
4. I have no use for an actual cargo rack (like garvin or the dave's rack)
5. It is small and streamlined unlike rear set ups

Note: I have no intenions on hauling more than skis on the Hardtop. Because +03 the new hardtops are made from the same stuff PWC's hulls are, I felt the material would be strong enough for what I need it for.

The install was very straight forward. Place tracks on hardtop, mark holes to be drilled, then drill them. Apply RTV silicon around the holes, position a nylon washer in the silicon, set the tracks on, and bolt it all together. The install to me about 3.5 hours to do from opening the boxes to cleaning up the mess inside the Jeep.

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Detail of the Attachment:



Another frontal shot:


What it looks like on the inside:


The "powderhound" ski attachment opened up:


Warning! If you are vertically challanged (short ) and have a lift on your Jeep, you will want rockers with the tubed step to access the top! It was a struggle for me to reach the the clamps w/o my AtoZ rockers installed (I am 6'3").
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Unread 01-06-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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Is it a pita to install the rail?
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Unread 01-06-2010, 11:16 AM   #6
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Rail?

If you mean the load/cross bars, not a pita to install at all. Flip the leaver down on the 4 posts and pull off. Then snap the included cover on the landing pad that stays attached to the tracks. I never leave the rack on unless I am using it. You can see the protected landing pads still attached to the hardtop/tracks:


Or, if you are referring to the tracks that mount to the hardtop, they mount up easily as well. Set the tracks on the top, mark holes, drill, seal, and bolt together. I used a center punch to break the slick glaze of the hardtop at each hole, then drilled a pilot hole followed by the full size. Was a piece of cake and have had no water leaks or cracks form in the 3 years I have had this.
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Unread 01-06-2010, 11:42 AM   #7
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That looks sharp! Thanks for detailing the install as I've seen that rack listed on Quadratec.
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Unread 08-28-2010, 07:33 PM   #8
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so i am waking up an old thread as i begin to gather things for the upcoming winter. question about the rack is that the 52" rail if so i assume you didn't drill all of the 10 holes that are in each track? and what did you use to seal it from below?
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Unread 08-28-2010, 08:01 PM   #9
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thule sells there setup then grabs onto the gutter above the doors, its also like 430 compared to 560 from qtec for the yakima one
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Unread 08-28-2010, 10:51 PM   #10
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i am a thule and yakima dealer thats why i ask. i get a killer discount on their stuff.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 01:03 PM   #11
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Considering what you get in a basic rack, it's incredible how expensive they are. It's just wrong. However, they do look nice.

Here's the Yakima on Quadratec
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Unread 08-29-2010, 03:16 PM   #12
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thats what i am going to go with. that is a killer deal. all the things separate are about that much. so hopefully i will get that mounted up. thanks ill keep this posted when i get it. Thanks
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Unread 08-29-2010, 03:28 PM   #13
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wait is the yakima with 2 board rack cheaper then thule with 2 board rack, im talking snowboards
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Lets give this 4 year olde thread a question, How high do the Cross bars sit from the hard top?
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