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limecolbyjack 07-04-2005 11:59 AM

sierra rack
 
anybody got one of these? i seen the sierra rack in the quadratec mag. $169 seems better than the garvin ones that cost $500. looks like since theres no supports it wont be able to hold as much weight. im mainly looking to haul a cooler lantern and a small tool box. rear seat is coming out and the jeep will be filled with other BS. is this rack worth the $169? someone mentioned the xtra weight on the tail gate is bad, is this only when u open the tail gate? any pics of these on your jeep? -chris

limecolbyjack 07-04-2005 07:36 PM

since no one has these, im wondering if its a waste of time. -chris

cjdirtbiker 07-04-2005 09:52 PM

Cargo Racks
 
It puts your cargo really far back, making any weight you put in to it behind the fulcrum on your rear axle, virtually multiplying it twofold.

Of all the cheap racks the Warrior products is probably the best, they bolt to the tailgate. But the problem with all of these is the weight on the tailgate. It's not designed to handle that much weight. You can get away with light cargo in one with a stock or stock sized spare. Anything bigger or for more cargo you need something heavier duty.

Some guys use a hitch mounted rack and then leave it at camp when they go wheeling. In otherwords, none of these work for actual offroading.

The bumper mounted systems are the way to go. I have one custom built by All J Products: www.boulderbars.com. It's one of the best designed and sturdy racks out there. You can check out pics at their site, or pics of my setup from the link in my sig.

The over head racks are okay too, but they add a lot to your height, and then all the weight is up on top raising your center of gravity.

AggieDog 07-04-2005 10:14 PM

In a word, Jeeperman rear bumper, swingaway tire carrier and rock rack. Top quality and well constructed. It makes Wilderness Unlimited stuff look like kids stuff.

cjdirtbiker 07-05-2005 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by AggieDog
In a word, Jeeperman rear bumper, swingaway tire carrier and rock rack. Top quality and well constructed. It makes Wilderness Unlimited stuff look like kids stuff.

The Jeeperman stuff from Raingler is okay, but there are problems with the swing pivot as the whole assembly swings there. Quinn designed his to tie into the body as well, with double pivot points, and it uses the original spare hold-off rubbers to snub the top bar of the rack assembly. Much more stable and rattle free. It is also easier to unlatch with a double latch system with first and second position detents, much like a car door.

Besides, last I heard the Jeeperman stuff was more than a month backordered. And they are one of the most expensive at about $1400. If you're going to spend that much you should look at Hanson: http://www.hansonenterprise.com/

Quinn at All J products build them custom, mine was $1100 with swing tire carrier, integrated class III hitch reiever (tucked up and in and out of the way) jerry can carrier with quic release, and rubicon/safari top rack, installed. Everything was powder coated too.


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