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post #16 of 33 Old 01-28-2013, 10:49 AM
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I run my thule with I think one of their largest boxes. I use mine as a ski vehicle and have fit something 6-7 pairs of skis and 3 snowboards in there. I mount to the freedom panels only because I am worried about the torque that much weight would produce if I didn't. If you are only using it for transporting a surf board not attaching to the freedom panels shouldn't be an issue at all. The only warning I would give is that my gutter mounts have rubbed away the paint in the places it mounte to. Doesn't look great with the rack off but at least I know where to put it back.


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post #17 of 33 Old 01-28-2013, 11:08 AM
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i also have that concern being that a 9ft surfboard can act like a sail. although i wont be at high speed on the hwy when i go to surf. do you think theres a way to avoid the gutter mounts rubbing the paint away? also, if you have it mounted to the freedom panels, how long does it take to take to front rack off? say you wanted to take panels off...

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post #18 of 33 Old 01-28-2013, 12:09 PM
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i've got a thule rack for my jkur. I mount it to the freedom panels, definitely would suggest the wind deflector for it. I sourced all my parts off of ebay, picked up a set of used feet. thule 300, and make sure they come with locks, they won't mount securely without them. The bars are 52" i believe. It definitely makes a decent amount of noise, and your mileage takes a hit with the added resistance. I can get the rack off the truck front and rear in under 5 minutes. I haul snowboards and ski's, will most likely be using it occasionally with a 11'6" stand up paddle board
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post #19 of 33 Old 01-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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i've got a thule rack for my jkur. I mount it to the freedom panels, definitely would suggest the wind deflector for it. I sourced all my parts off of ebay, picked up a set of used feet. thule 300, and make sure they come with locks, they won't mount securely without them. The bars are 52" i believe. It definitely makes a decent amount of noise, and your mileage takes a hit with the added resistance. I can get the rack off the truck front and rear in under 5 minutes. I haul snowboards and ski's, will most likely be using it occasionally with a 11'6" stand up paddle board
interesting you mentioned the wind deflector. i had one years ago on previous vehicle and it made more noise with it on then before i had it. used it for 2 weeks and never used again. you find it helps on the JK? for around town driving i cant see it affecting mpg's too much, i drive 2 miles at like 30mph to go surf. not really concerned about that though. no choice anyway, 9ft log is not spending much time inside the JK. plus gotta have a rack..its a must. i have tried sourcing the parts, lost patience quickly. might just bite the bullet and buy the whole kit for $240.

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post #20 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 06:39 AM
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i've got a thule rack for my jkur. I mount it to the freedom panels, definitely would suggest the wind deflector for it. I sourced all my parts off of ebay, picked up a set of used feet. thule 300, and make sure they come with locks, they won't mount securely without them. The bars are 52" i believe. It definitely makes a decent amount of noise, and your mileage takes a hit with the added resistance. I can get the rack off the truck front and rear in under 5 minutes. I haul snowboards and ski's, will most likely be using it occasionally with a 11'6" stand up paddle board
thank you for posintg this, saved me some loot. went on ebay last night and got the load bars brand new for $73 shipped. also just found the feet brand new for $100. granted they are 5 years old, but still brand new on the box. you mentioned you have to use the lock cylinders, can you elaboroate? i never used them on the racks on my XJ..

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post #21 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 07:38 AM
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i got the thule 300 feet used, and they didn't have lock cylinders. They don't screw down tight without them. Maybe brand new ones come with a plastic plug that'll let them get tight? Honestly, pick up an 8 pack of thule cores on ebay, mine were $40, that way if you add a ski rack or anything else thule you'll have one key that does everything. You won't have to worry about some punk unscrewing your $200 worth of racks and just walking away with them.
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post #22 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 07:43 AM
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awesome thanks, is there a model # for the lock cylinders? or are they universal?

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post #23 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 08:10 AM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/THULE-588-8-...item460c31f3d4

that's what i have, real easy to do.
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post #24 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 08:12 AM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/THULE-588-8-...item460c31f3d4

that's what i have, real easy to do.
i wont need 8, just 4, will this do?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121056372353...84.m1423.l2649

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post #25 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 08:27 AM
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I only say get 8, because if you add stuff in the future, ski racks, bike racks, etc, it's nice to have the extra cores. If you just want the locks for the feet, that set of 4 will do just fine. for the extra $10-15, it's worth it to have the extras on hand.
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post #26 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 08:36 AM
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thank you for all your help..fired up to get my racks and get em on!

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post #27 of 33 Old 04-04-2013, 08:47 AM
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finally got my Thule racks on. easy to install (very easy with 2 people). look great and work great too. only question i had when installing was how tight to tighten them down. already put a 9 foot surfboard on and took a ride to the beach with winds gusting to 30mph. all good! although when i got back i noticed the back rack had a little movement, tightened it down one turn on each side. i sourced all the parts on ebay and saved around $100 as opposed to buying as a complete kit. i think i spent about $180. it will take about 2 minutes to take the front rack off, when i plan to take the freedom panels off.
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post #28 of 33 Old 01-11-2015, 05:49 AM
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Any paint damage from gutter mounts?

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post #29 of 33 Old 01-11-2015, 11:23 AM
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Those gutter mounts are the easiest install on the JK unlimited.

I did buy two gutter mounts that are made for those fiberglass truck caps and installed one behind each rear window on level with the other gutters. So I have one rack attached back there and one goes over the rear passenger doors. I did this to leave the freedom panels "free" to pop off.
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post #30 of 33 Old 08-06-2015, 10:54 AM
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You guys who have the gutter mounted type of rack, any issues or damage/cracks from the mounts to the gutters ?


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