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Unread 07-17-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
jonrjen
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Daves roof rack....

I have been thinking about picking up a Daves Roof Rack for my TJ. On one of my past Wranglers I had a roof rack, I believe it was an Olympic brand. It was pretty stout and had no rattles to it.
A few of the things I like on the Daves Rack is that it can be raised for ease of folding down the soft top. It also comes with a basket mounted to the rack for easier carrying of crap. And has a 500 pound weight limit.
But, in the over all picture, how are these built? Do they rattle enough to drive you nuts. How will the extra displacement effect MPG?
Any feedback is appreciated.
FYI, I have located a used rack in great condition for less than $300. But if it ain't worth having, it ain't worth $300.

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Unread 07-18-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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Gas mileage WILL drop. Dave's are supposed to be among the best, but if you don't haul stuff all of the time. I'd take it off. Wind noise is the complaint I've read most about, not rattles.
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Unread 07-18-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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I have a Dave's rack on my jeep. I use it all the time for camping, it really helped out with interior storage room.
If it cut gas mileage, I didn't notice, but I do get a lot of wind roar from it. When it is loaded, my top speed is limited to about 65-70 because of drag.

I bought mine used, and shortly after I got it, I had to reinforce the front bars where they mount to the windshield. They had cracked around the welds and were close to breaking in half. I put a sleeve inside each one and had it welded in place. 2 years now, no more problems.

The folding part of the rack is nice, one of the reasons I bought it. I also thought the fact that it flipped back to make a shade was kind of cool. Well, flipping the rack backwards isn't really practical since it is usually loaded, and its pretty heavy.
I paid about $300 for mine, and I would buy it again, but not for the flip feature.

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