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Unread 11-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Canoe Rack for CJ5?

I've been trying to decide the best route to go for a canoe rack. There doesn't seem to be many options for the CJ5. I'm thinking about the Lange front rack and a Thule Goalpost for the back. But I have just found a rack I really like and thought I saved a link for it but can't find it.
Does anyone know who makes the rack that has side bars that have like a v indention about midway back? I suppose it gives it extra strength. The front attaches to the windshield mounts, and I'm not sure how the back mounts.

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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:05 AM   #2
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Nevermind, I found it! It is the Congo Cage Rack Mount made by Kargo Master.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Nevermind, I found it! It is the Congo Cage Rack Mount made by Kargo Master.
Friend of mine has that one and has no complaints.

I intend to get one myself, but have MANY other things to do to the CJ before I have to worry about carrying anything on it... lol
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Unread 11-28-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Friend of mine has that one and has no complaints.

I intend to get one myself, but have MANY other things to do to the CJ before I have to worry about carrying anything on it... lol
Tell me about it. Mine is getting a new engine and transmission this weekend! I found a deal I couldn't refuse. Engine/tranny complete with carb, fuel pump, starter, distributor, water pump, etc. one owner. Only taken out to put a cobra engine in! $220
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Unread 11-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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I went with an Olympic light bar in the front and a removable custom Tee bar made from 1.5" square tube tagged onto a custom tire carrier in the rear with Thule bar mount pads. Ok it's a 7 not a 5. Over 6,000 miles so far without a problem. Mostly towing to FL.
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Unread 02-20-2013, 01:13 PM   #6
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Here's the Conga Cage Rack Mount I went with. I love it. It has the look similar to a roll cage, but it of course is not. It is rated to hold 500lbs as is.

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Those lumps look strange, like an afterthought to clear the top's bow. I would think something that secured to the bumper would be better, too. Those (3) 1/4" bolts from the taillights aren't meant to hold a lot.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 08:50 AM   #8
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There is a fourth bolt that goes through the body and is secured with a nut. I don't see it (the hump) as an after thought myself, but a design that keeps from having the entire rack higher. It is rated for 500lbs. It also feels very solid. At any rate, I like the way it looks, which is the reason I went with this one instead of two others I looked at. I'm having it customized to hold two Jerry cans in a week or so. I can't wait to see that!
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Unread 02-22-2013, 08:53 AM   #9
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I thought about having something custom made that would attach to the bumper. I decided the risers would just be in the way. They would also have to be set in so as to not block the tail lights. I think for my use (canoe hauling/Jerry can mounting) this design fits the bill just fine.
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Unread 02-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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Here it is with my canoe loaded. It fits perfectly between the two rails. I couldn't be happier :-)
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Hi, According to Kargo Master website, the racks are for CJ7. I am curious what you did, if anything, to make the Congo Cage to fit on the CJ5? Thank you, Grevas
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I built my own. Out of square tube, and I made it removeable. Bolts to the bumper in front and has a slip fit in the back. I also use rubber bungie cords over the top . One I saw similar to this had a piece of pipe in the rear on a bearing, so you [one person] could set the back up on the mount and walk it around to the front as the rear rotated.

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Hi, According to Kargo Master website, the racks are for CJ7. I am curious what you did, if anything, to make the Congo Cage to fit on the CJ5? Thank you, Grevas
+2 on this. There are so few racks for the 5. Did you modify it yourself? Or is it like something on Kargo Master's hidden menu?

There's the Warrior Products Safari Water Craft Rack which doesn't have fore-n-aft tubing to connect the front and rear hoops so tub length isn't an issue. Also sold as being for the 7, but I figure it could be modified (if necessary) for a 5.
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Unread 06-29-2014, 07:38 PM   #14
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Hi, According to Kargo Master website, the racks are for CJ7. I am curious what you did, if anything, to make the Congo Cage to fit on the CJ5? Thank you, Grevas
I had 10 inches cut off the rails that run fore and aft. We had to hold the hump in the rails over the tension bar for the jeep top, then measure how much to take off each end of the rails. You have to use the ends since they are smaller than the rest of the tubes. The smaller ends bolt into pieces that are on the uprights. So you have to figure out how much you need to shorten them on each end, cut off the mounting section, remove how much you need to of the bigger tube section, then weld the mounting ends back on. Hope this helps. Byron
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I went with an Olympic light bar in the front and a removable custom Tee bar made from 1.5" square tube tagged onto a custom tire carrier in the rear with Thule bar mount pads. Ok it's a 7 not a 5. Over 6,000 miles so far without a problem. Mostly towing to FL.
Would that setup work with the hard top on?
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