Constructed from high quality steel tubing and supported with heavy duty bracketry, the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack system provides extreme toughness, confident stability, and superb convenience, making it the complete package.
Bought mine back in 2013 , for my 13 sahara , yes getting it on was a chore. But it’s been great since
The rack is on after two days. I installed the src bumper and the rear upright on Sat. Sunday, starting early found that to get the lower window hinge bolts out (4), on a 95 yj that I had to lower the windshield and remove the dash to get to the nuts that are not welded. Still ended up drilling the bolts and used a chisel to break them off. I used stainless bolts instead of theirs. I found that you need to prefit all pieces. When all together it looks great and will hold my canoe just fine.
Put this on my '15 2 door JK. Looks very good and solves the problem of carring gear, kayaks, etc... Used it for family vacation to Maine (from NJ) and was able to put everything on top and keep room for us inside. One suggestion is to add a template for drilling the rear attachment points for stock bumpers. This would save much time and aggravation. Only complaint is the knobs that attach the cross bars. They are plastic and they stinks. Break easily and more for show at the end of the day. I removed them and use a socket and allen wrench to install them.
The rugged rack does not fit the src rack like it says.crossbars do not line up.I had to modify for a good fit.The U bolts that came with it are useless.You need to change that also.When the whole rack is mounted and ready to travel.You my notice a loud humming noise at around 45mph.This is do to way the air hits the rack.You need to make an air fairing to change the way the air hits it.
We purchased the SRC Roof Rack to transport a canoe on my 2015 Jeep Wrangler with standard factory bumpers after being told via email by the Web support guys at 4Wheel Drive Hardware this rack could be mounted on the frame of my Jeep if I cut the plastic bumper. Once we received and we prepared to install the rack, it became apparent there is no way it could be installed on the frame with the factory bumper. A follow up email to 4 Wheel Drive hardware verified this. The choice then was to return it (a real pain since this is supper heavy duty) or drill holes in the side of the Jeep and install on the body. We chose the latter. The installation still was a challenge as the holes on the front mounts were close but not perfect. Once installed, the 3 middle cross braces were a challenge and didn't seem to fit. Since we didn't need them for the canoe, we took them off. It rattles like crazy when we drive. I am working on solutions to stop the rattle. It should haul the canoe and is super heavy duty. I would recommend with the knowledge learned above.
Instructions appear to be written by someone who has never assembled the rack. Directions to install with OEM rear bumper lead me to put the rear supports on wrong, with required changing them the rest of the rack did not align with them. See photos of correct orientation and of the two nuts and one bolt that must be removed to install the supports. Also, found it easier to remove doors and hold the hinge backing plates myself then to find a contortionist to lay across the seats and hold them for me. Other than problems with the instructions, I love the rack and how it allows me to carry my canoe, ladders, lumber, etc. with a soft top.
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.
This is a great fitting & looking rack. It is reasonably easy to install. I installed it by myself, but had wifey hold inner door hinge plates. This does not fit the XRC Smittybuilt rack without removing the angle brackets & trimming wrap around part of the bumper.
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!
I have a 2011 wrangler sport and would like to fit this roof rack, but notice there are conflicting answers regarding factory bumpers-Can you cut the factory bumper to allow fitment or do you have to drill separate mounting holes above the bumper
Asked by TB from Barrie ON on
Hey TB, the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack would mount to the frame rail and may or may not require you to cut or trim the stock bumper. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from Barrie ON on
will this fit a 2015 Jeep Renegade?
Asked by steven from United States on
Hey Steven, the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack will not fit for you but I think you may just be wanting the basket and not the rack. The basket part number is S/B17185. You should be able to mount the basket to your Jeep. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from United States on
I just read in the Q & A section that the Smittybuilt SRC roof rack system is not designed to be removed when not in use. If it bolts on with no additional drilling needed, why can it not be un-bolted and removed if a Jeep owner wants to return to the original look of the Jeep? Did I read that wrong? The question was from the guy that wanted to carry a paddle-board.
Asked by Chuck from Agoura Hills, California on
Hey Chuck, the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack can be removed it can be time consuming to do so. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from Agoura Hills, California on
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