Roof Racks

Pro-4K Oct 21, 2020

  1. Pro-4K

    Pro-4K Test Drive

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    Only post I could find on roof racks was years old.

    I’m in the market! Preferably by Black Friday (hoping for some sales).

    I know of the Gobi racks and the ExpeditionOne rack. There’s the FrontRunner slimline... Are there really no other racks for the gen 2?

    What do you have? Do you like it? Am I missing some major players in the roof rack market?
     
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  2. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    I think that's it for full racks.

    I run a cheap Amazon drop in in my factory roof rails. Then you have Hep's drop in rack.
     
  3. ffxcores

    ffxcores [fully disclosed] Supporting Member

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    I know you already know, but for the benefit of anyone else reading, Calmini made one, but last year they were sued by California for scamming customers. Not sure what the outcome was, but recent BBB complaints indicate the same BS is going on today.

    There's also a P&P Engineering full rack replacement.

    Baja used to make one but don't anymore, but if you call them and they still have the original schematics they may be willing to fab one.

    For drop-ins, there's also Roxterra.
     
  4. AdventureRider81

    AdventureRider81 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    MaxGear makes a really nice drop in for the stock rack. It's the only one I am aware of that has a flat surface. Also has many attachment points and option for a matching Rangler net.


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  5. ffxcores

    ffxcores [fully disclosed] Supporting Member

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    Attached the Maxgear catalog. I forgot they had that. I may be getting their ditch light brackets.
     

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  6. Pro-4K

    Pro-4K Test Drive

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    It seems like the Gobi Ranger and the ExpeditionOne are the two best options.

    someone on Facebook was telling me that th Gobi’s 600lb static capacity was only valid if you WELDED the crossbars in. I was not able to find anything on the Gobi website to substantiate that claim, but I did reach out to Gobi to be sure.

    I really like the look of the ExpeditionOne. It’s really aggressive looking and has a nice stealthy cutout for a light bar.

    I also like the classic look of the Gobi Ranger. I looked up the stealth and it’s just too short. It doesn’t have the right proportions in my opinion.

    it’s a shame there are so few.
     
  7. ffxcores

    ffxcores [fully disclosed] Supporting Member

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    That doesn't make any sense, especially since I don't believe they offer welded in crossbars. (The picture does appear to show a weld though.) The crossbars are steel and extend over the side rails, so that would be saying that a weld is stronger than steel sitting on top of steel.

    They might be mistakenly reading it and saying the limit of one crossbar is the limit for the whole thing. But if you have two crossbars, it's still 600lbs.

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    Source of image (and there's a PDF spec sheet as well).
     
  8. AdventureRider81

    AdventureRider81 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    It really depends on your needs. If you ever plan to run a RTT the Gobi with tall siderails will make it mount very high. If your carrying cargo that fits within the rail size, the Gobi is awesome.
     
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  9. Pro-4K

    Pro-4K Test Drive

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    I think it was a guy on Facebook just didn’t understand what he was reading. And I also think he just pulled those halved figures out of thin air. If you skim, it can appear you have to weld something. I’m confident it’s a solid product with no welding required based on the specs below.

    See below.

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  10. outback97

    outback97 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    I think the ExpeditionOne racks look pretty sweet, and I like that they are a Utah based company. I wasn't able to find any accessories on their site so I'm not sure exactly how one attaches things to it. That is one thing that Frontrunner does well, they have tons of (overpriced) mounting hardware and accessories.

    I always wonder how bad the wind noise is on these things. It'd be pretty crappy to spend a lot of money, and time removing the stock rack, only to end up with some whistling howling thing on your roof.

    As far as what I use, I have been very happy with my simple strut crossbar setup and it works for everything I've wanted to carry on the roof. I use the wetbox on probably every trip and I like the low key out of sight, out of mind security one gets from that, since most people probably don't know it's there.

    It's not anything like a full rack replacement, but it has made the existing OEM rack very functional for my purposes:
    https://www.xterranation.org/index.php?threads/how-to-strut-channel-cross-bars-roof-rack.9099/


    @Pro-4K What are you planning on carrying? I'd start there and figure out which solution will do that the best.
     
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  11. Pro-4K

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    @outback97 Ideally I would like to carry a rooftop tent. some lockable hard cases, traction boards....possibly a solar panel.

    That last one would take some thinking because it can be no so effective mounted in a fixed position, but neither here nor there...

    While that’s only about 200lbs, I’m not the lightest guy out there. I can do the the ExpeditionOne easy enough, and adding a kid would be fine, but adding a second adult would be over the rack limit. So then I’d need to get the Gobi, but they sit so much higher. (Not a fan of the stealth -too short, proportions are kinda whacked out IMO)

    I love the aggressiveness and sleekness of the ExpeditionOne, but the Gobi has that classic “gone on safari” look I love, plus a higher weight capacity. It’ll be a hard decision.
     
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  12. RikRong

    RikRong Bought an X Supporting Member

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    To me, the load capacity is what the rack can carry in it basket. The RTT should be attached to cross bars and the side mounts and not siting as a load in the rack itself. I've personally witnessed what I would probably consider over 600lbs combined load on the roof with a tent on a stock rack, as well a FrontRunner rack. I may be off, but I really think the load capacity refers to what's inside the basket and not on the rails.
     

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