Hey evryone I'm new here and I just boutht a 2010 4dr JK. Has anyone ever mounted a Yakima roof rack to the factory hard top. I just got all the parts today, now I need the guts to drill the holes in the roof. anyone out there that has done this to your jeep, or a camper shell.
do a search on the forum before you drill. Not sure what you plan on putting up there, but the ply's on the roof are the weakest part of the top. Not saying it won't work - people have done it but there are far stronger, less expensive and less intrusive options. Look at Thule gutter racks.
'07 JK 2dr Sahara - auto w/ 4.10's and rear locker. 2" OME HD coil lift, BDS shocks, and 1" body-lift. 34" Hankook RT09 MT's on 16" AEV Bridgers. ARB diff covers, Warn bumpers, Warn 9K winch, a couple Hella lights ...and a WORTHLESS AirRaid CAI.
Well i installed the Yakima rack last night. It took some time to lay out where everything went, but it was pretty straight forward. I made a lot of calls to Yakima suport and they told me about all the testing they do and they were confident with the custom/ perminent rack being drilled through the hard top. I already had all the Yakima bike and snowboard carriers as well as a cargo box. Next is to get a load warrier basket. My set up is the same as you would see on a truck cap, my buddy has the same set up on his Tacoma. I'll post pics sometime. Thanks for all the suggestions.
I have the short tracks drilled into the front (freedom tops) & the long tracks onto the hardtop itself.
So, when I carry the long flyrods I can separate them as far as needed or keep them short for the ski & bike racks. These bad boys are NOT going to go anywhere it has giant washers underneath too.
Freedom Top section:
Ski& fly rod holder on the Right side:
Driver side has bike rack:
Long enough when wife says "Get a ladder & start painting!"
Originally Posted by smcutter
It's hard to give you good advice at this point. It's almost like you're saying, "I want to have sex, but don't want to get her pregnant. I can't afford condoms, so for now I just want to use Saran Wrap. What brand would you recommend?"
On yakima website you have to look under the custom install section to find the tracks. I did not use the tracks on mine, therefore the crossbar spread is fixed. I used the control towers and landing pad #6. The pads are mounted directly to the roof. I set the crossbar spread at 32" which will accomidate all the yakima accesories I need, including bike carriers, snow board, Cargo box and the load warrier basket. I figured if down the road I needed any adjustment I can add a section of tracks. But I have had my Yakima rack on 4 other vehicles and never changed the crossbar spread once I got it set up.