SHOULD I INSTALL A ROOF RACK ON MY JEEP?


SRC Roof Rack for 07-Up JK Wrangler, Rubicon, and Unlimited 2-Door Model by Smittybilt

A roof rack is primarily designed to offer drivers extra storage space on their vehicle. There are different models available, but first you should figure out if a roof rack is something that you need to add to your vehicle. Since many off-roaders have to travel to get to the hills or mud that they are dreaming about, perhaps a roof rack is a worthwhile expense.

If you have a long drive and are taking a few friends along with you, a roof rack may offer you the extra storage space you need to stow extra luggage and supplies. By storing your extra supplies on the roof rack, you will free up needed space inside the vehicle so that you and your passengers can enjoy the ride without being cramped.

The installation process of a roof rack is relatively easy and can be done in an acceptable amount of time. Most models can easily be added without the need for any specialized equipment. However, if you are installing a model that features lights, and you are not too experienced working with the electrical wires on your vehicle, you may want to seek the help of a professional.

Not only do Jeep roof racks give your extra storage space, they can also give you an extra source of light if you find yourself in an unusually dark area or if you just need extra light while you are setting up camp. Choosing a model with a light feature may be worth the extra money. You will be guaranteed that you will always have ample light while you are driving in a secluded area. Many off-roaders prefer roof racks that offer the additional light.

When you’re choosing a Jeep roof rack for your vehicle it is important that you choose a model that was made to fit your Jeep. If you try to install a model that is the wrong size you will run into problems. If you are unsure of which model to choose, ask an expert and they will help you find the roof rack that will accommodate all of your needs.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

6 comments

  1. I was told that a roof rack could interfere with off roading activities, especially if there were low hanging branches. It sounds like it could be a problem, but I noticed you didn’t mention any here. Am I looking for a problem that doesn’t exist? HELP!

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  2. This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. I just really can’t decide. Most of the time I have enough room for my gear and passengers. Maybe 2 or 3 out of 10 trips it gets to the point where I would like to have some additional room. I was discussing it with my brother today and he offered to share the expense since he is most often one of the passengers. How cool is that?! Looks like a roof rack is in my immediate future.

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  3. Not to worry Ricky. I wondered the same thing but I really needed the cargo space so I bit the bullet and had one installed. I haven’t had any trouble with mine. It’s gotten a few scratches but if it hadn’t been for the rack, it would have hit the roof.

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  4. My Jeep already had a roof rack when I bought it. I can’t imagine what I would do without it. It surely has never given me a reason to wish it wasn’t there and it has not slowed me down at all. If and when I get another Jeep you can be sure it will have a roof rack also.

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  5. Heck yes. I’d be lost without mine. I hauled my kayak with me over the 4th of July trip along with all of my usual paraphenalia. I wonder how come it took me so long to get it and more, I wonder what I did with all of my equipment before I got it. It sure makes life easier when I hit the road, especially when my final destination is off road!

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