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Unread 03-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Hard top roof rack

Hey yall, just wondering. if a roof rack were to be mounted to the top of a hard top with 4 bolts through it and seald ( rack about 3x4) how much weight do you think it could hold without cracking the top or blowing out a window? thanks in advance

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Unread 03-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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I don't know, I just went with 1 of these.

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Unread 03-22-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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I wouldn't think it would hold much, I've seen a few people on here that have used a factory roof rack from an older explorer, I'd bet they would have a good idea of what they would hold
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Unread 03-22-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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A friend of mine put a rack on his top, then on the inside he braced all 4 attachment points with brackets(he custom made) that were then bolted onto the roll bar allowing heavy loads, since the wieght of the cargo is actually being held up by the roll bars. Other than how he fabricated the braces, I would not put a rack on my top, with the weight and vibration, its sure to crack the top.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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well the reason i ask is because there was one installed on the hard top when i bought it. I may just remove the rack, seal up the holes and get a real rack that can hold up
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Unread 03-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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That would be my choice if you can't fabricate brackets that will hold weight as I described.
Most people that are not familiar with Jeeps and the hard top construciton think that the top will hold up with a rack, all they do is make holes in the top that someone else has to deal with.
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