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Finally, a complete roof rack system that is tough enough to conquer the off road! Constructed of over-built 2 x .120 wall textured powder coat painted steel tubing backed by heavy duty 1/4 brackets, this Roof Rack System is as tough as it is good looking! Features: Removable Cross Bars for easy Soft or Hard Top removal. The Cross Bars are designed for use with almost all aftermarket accessories (Thule, Yakima, etc.) Four point mounting -- Attaches to front door mounts and to the rear frame -- Holds up to 300 pounds of evenly distributed cargo. Contoured design eliminates the typical boxy look. Add on the lightweight Outland Rugged Rack for the ultimate off road rack / basket combination. Modular design is easy to install and is UPS-able.
It was simple enough to install but a big pain, you can keep the lower door hinge backing plate in place with some duct tape when removing the lower door hinge bolts. The rear upright bars are not identified right or left a L or R sticker on these would have been helpful. Opening the rear lower mount boltholes to fit the bumper bolts was also a pain, the holes needed to be enlarged towards each other and towards the outboard side of each mount. Six hours things were finally done but I am old and disabled so I have a pass on that one. Good luck and happy wrenching.
I've been looking for a roof rack for a while and was not really happy with what was available. When I saw this style and I saw that I would be able to put the jeeps top down without removing the roof rack I was sold. Thank you 4WD since it was ordered on Thursday am and was at my home Friday to be installed on Saturday. Before you buy please read and think about these reviews. This was a three hour install and if you understand these reviews you will understand why. The directions are useless to a point. As another reviewer stated layout all your pieces so you understand the assembly. There are two thing I want to mention. 1. The lower door hinge. If you remove your door and are careful you can remove the hinge bolts and never moved the hinge bracket. Put a piece of the supplied foam sheet over the hinge bracket for protection. Attach the upper roof rack bracket with one bolt then swing the tube over the hinge bracket and carefully install the two bolts. Then install the last bolt on top. Snug up all bolts - do not tighten - since you will need some flexibility to install the rest of the assemblage. Put your door back on so if the bracket does come loose your preserve the door alignment. 2. The rear mount. The instructions read that you need to remove the rear bumper. This is not true. You can remove the milk jug and then the two rear bumper nuts. There is a small piece of metal that needs to be cut away for the bracket to fit. You also need to grind out the holes on the bracket bringing them a little closer to each other. Position the bracket and re install the bumper nuts. I actually cut out the milk jug and re installed it for a nice finished look. Also, like other reviewers stated the plastic knobs that they give you are junk. pop the nuts out of them and go to your local hardware store and get new knobs. Most people who have a Jeep like to tinker and this rack if perfect for us. I put pipe insulation on the cross members for a completed finished look. Over all very happy with the product but disappointed that the engineering is not better.
I took a look at the directions and immediately forgot about them. It was easier to get all the parts separated and laid out. It's heavy duty steel so that's a plus but cumbersome if you are installing it yourself. The hardest part is that once I tightened everything down, the other side wouldn't fit. I suggest putting the nuts on and then ratchet everything down at the end. Another con is that the overhead bars are not labeled, one is shorter for the front. My last complaint is that the knobs are garbage, bottom line. The nut is glued in there and you probably won't get more than two turns before it snaps or breaks the seal. If you keep a trail bag you should already have the sockets/Allen wrenches, if not, I suggest going to lowes and buying sturdy ones. All in all, a good product with some minor problems that are easily remedied.
I purchased this rack to carry Canoes and Kayaks on my 1999 Jeep Wrangler. I think that it is a functional rack for a fair price. However I did run into a couple of issues. the first is that while it is not difficult to install, the instructions are really horrible. They are some of the worst instructions I have ever seen for a piece of equipment! Made worse by the lack of any usefull pictures or exploded view of the rack installed on the vehicle. A middle school kid could have easily written better instructions! The installation in the front is pretty obvious. However in the back is where I ran into trouble. The rear risers actually install on the inside of the ends of the cross member behind the bumper using the bumper nuts. The instructions lead one to believe you must remove the bumper and tow hitch. This is FALSE ! There is no need to remove the factory bumper! Just the two nuts on the end holding the bumper to the frame cross member! You can do one side at a time and not need to drop the bumper. I did call Smittybuilt and was helped to figure this out by someone there. unfortunately I had already unnecessarily dropped the bumper and hitch by this point. I did need to open up the bolt holes on the Rear riser slightly with a metal grinding bit for a power drill, as they were not drilled on the propper center for this vehicle, but it says in the instructions that this may be the case. On the left side rear frame crossmember I needed to use the same grinding bit to take about a 1/16" X 1/4" of a weld bead out of the inside end of the crossmember for the rack to bolt snug and flat. but this was no problem at all and just cleaned up a messy bead of weld. I am sure the welder was not worried about neatness on that spot that is normally hidden by the original bumper end cap. Which reminds me. The factory bumper end caps must stay off with this rack. I have uploaded a picture of the instilation on the rear drivers side of my jeep. The layering as you will see is with the rack riser on the inside of the crossmember with the bumper on the outside with it's bolts passing through all. ;-) Lastly, the knobs supplied with the rack were junk. The nuts inside strip out of the knob really easily! you may find that they strip as you are tightning them and then that you cannot get them loose either. This happned to me on three out of the six knobs. If this happnes I found that the knobs break real easily if you smack them on the top with a hammer. lol :-)Then you can un screw them with a wrench. I replaced all my knobs with ones from the local hardware store. I would do this and not even bother with the ones supplied. while Smittybuilt has some improving to do on their instructions supplied with the rack. Overall I like it and would buy it again. PS: Smittybuilt, GET BETTER KNOBS!
Just what I was looking for to carry kayaks and canoe on my Jeep.
Will this rack fit on my 2005 Jeep LJ or (long wheel base) model? It has different dimensions than the standard wrangler. If not, is there a rack that is compatible?
Asked by Gunnar from Thousand Oaks, CA on
Gunnar, the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack will not fit your LJ. Here is the one you will need:http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Exterior-Parts-Accessories/SRC-Roof-Rack.aspx?t_c=3&t_s=82&t_pt=3426&t_pn=S%2fB76715. Thanks for the question!
Answered by Sara H. Ext 4874 from Thousand Oaks, CA on
Can I still remove my freedom hardtop front pieces easily??
Asked by kim from KENTUCKY on
Hi Kim the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack will allow you to take on and off the freedom panels. But if you have freedom hardtop you have a jk and this part number will not work with your jeep here is the part number that you will need if you have a 2 door S/B76716. if you have a 4 door S/B76717. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Thanks,
Answered by roy ext 4928 from KENTUCKY on
What is the diameter of the main support bars that connect to the jeep itself?
Asked by Nclj from Durham, nc on
Hi Nclj The SRC Roof Rack is showing two inch tubes for the support bars. Thanks
Answered by LWiff ext 4804 from Durham, nc on
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