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post #1 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep JK roof rack

Has anyone figured out how to carry a canoe on the JK? Is there any roof rack systems available for the hard top?

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post #2 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 04:43 PM
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Chris, Do a search on this Jeep forum, many threads on this subject.

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post #3 of 14 Old 12-20-2008, 04:47 AM
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The Congo Cage is the easiest and safest.
A receiver at both end with uprights would work for a long enough boat but would cost more than a cage; it's a good alternative if you don't want a cage...

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post #4 of 14 Old 12-20-2008, 06:41 AM
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Here you go, tons of info, pics, etc. But if you search "kayak" in titles only you get like 20 more posts also:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/yakima-overhead-rack-wrangler-freedom-top-647518/
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-20-2008, 11:56 AM
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Warrior products also makes a nice rack


2001 XJ... 3.5" RE Lift, 31" BFGs, Bilsteins, Defender roof rack, Dana 30 HP front True Trac and 4.10s, Dana 44 Rear True Trac 4.10s, SYE, tom woods D/S, SUPER CLEAN LOW MILES
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-21-2008, 11:28 PM
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there's a gabillion threads on this... In brief.. having owned a jeep with a Safari (congo style) rack and a JK now with a Thule artificial rain gutter system. I will NEVER go back to a cage rack. They're noisy, they do flex a bit, forget taking your top off (it can be done, but the PITA factor goes up by 10) and they are INSANELY more expensive. 2 or 4 door, you can have a solid rain gutter system for under $300 that is more than adequate for a kayak. Some guys are running them on factory gutters for light stuff (ski & snowboards), but you will never convince me that the FT panels will support the wind load of a kayak.

Here's my set up (2-dr) I use 4 artificial brackets and 4 extended towers with long bars. I run 2 bikes and 2 creek/play boats from FL to NC all the time.

If you have a 4-dr, I suggest using 2 brackets and 2 xtended towers in the back, and then 2 standard tower on the factory gutters above the rear doors.


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this coming spring, I intend to buy this:


Kargo Master Congo Cage...you can add add-ons, or run it as is...and it's cheap ~$330

I wish I had realized this sooner last season...my kayaks just sat.
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-22-2008, 04:01 PM
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this coming spring, I intend to buy this:


Kargo Master Congo Cage...you can add add-ons, or run it as is...and it's cheap ~$330

I wish I had realized this sooner last season...my kayaks just sat.
Does this rack require any drilling to install?

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if it does, only the rear bumper. not in the tub like other ones.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-22-2008, 11:27 PM
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Does this rack require any drilling to install?

http://www.kargomaster.com/item.asp?id=62

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Thanks for the link -- If I understand these installation descriptions correctly, once you install the brackets that hold the rack in place, you can remove the rack whenever you want simply by removing 4 bolts. That sounds pretty attractive, and I like the fact that no special drilling is req'd.
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There will also be a rack out shortly from Body Armor that requires no drilling at all; it will have a basket and light tabs included though. Price will be about $250 more than the Kongo.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/new-roofrack-wranglers-644101/

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Chris - with a soft-top, that congo cage is just about your only option, but with a hard top, I wouldn't touch one with a 10' pole. I owned a rack from Top5 that was almost identical to the cage shown above (only stainless) and the wind noise was BRUTAL and I think I took my top off about 5% of the time that I actually wanted to - it was a huge chore. ...and having to dril into the body; you go right ahead.

You get what you pay for. Cheap cage racks WILL rust, they're flimsy, they make lowering the top so tough that you'll hardly ever do it, they are noisy...

I'm telling you, with the hard top, go with a bolt-on rain gutter rack - those cages look tough, but that's about it. I'll never own another one.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-23-2008, 09:57 PM
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Well, that may be your setup...

But, make sure to always take your hard top with you when you want to take your bikes out!

All setups have pros and cons. tricked 919 obviously likes his, he had a bad experience with a cage.

All users are different and their needs/wants/opinions are all different.

Hi, Conga Cage is NO DRILL. Not cheap/flimsy, bad paint rusty, Etc. NOT PERFECT - It is noisy!

Definitely don't want it on all the time, I take it off.

"Chores" can be automated (see winch in ceiling): Hoist to take cage and top on/off:





Tell me, should this kayak setup have been mounted on a drill into the hard top solution?

There's only the ability to make a 3Ft crossbar spread MAX on the hard top.

Imagine the stresses put on such a small area going down the freeway at 70!, FOR 500 MILES.





All of our experiences are different, no one solution is perfect. Good luck, get what suits your needs/wants/situation/opinion.

Then, GET OUT AND JEEP!


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