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SRC Roof Rack

By Smittybilt

Part Number: S/B76713

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Overview

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.

Installation Instructions

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Technical Details

  • Fits 1997 to 2006 TJ Wrangler and Rubicon
  • Textured black
  • Removable cross bars for easy soft or hardtop removal
  • Cross bars designed to work with almost all aftermarket accessories e.g. Thule, Yakima and etc
  • 4-point mounting
  • Holds up to 300 pounds

Product Specs

CapacityDrilling RequiredFloor TypeMaterialRoof Rack Type
300lbs.NoN/ASteelRoof Rack

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SmittybiltSRC Roof Rack
 
3.0

(based on 8 reviews)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (4)

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    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great Concept, but Missed The Mark!!!

    By Gary R.

    from Savannah, GA.

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Looks good

    Cons

    • Hard To Install Or Use
    • Holes Don't Line Up
    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

      [$] is way TOO much for this [*] junk! I bought it to carry surfboards. Like the others, I had a VERY difficult time installing the Smittybilt SRC rack. If you're using the stock bumper you have to MODIFY the rear uprights, as in drill larger holes! You have to completly remove the rear bumper and the instructions (and I use that term lightly) assume you know how to this because they have no explanation on how to do it. Shouldn't it be designed to mount to OEM items and modify for aftermarket?!? Smittybilt got this backwards. I used a die grinder to enlarge the holes. Photos of how the rear uprights mount to the bumper would have been a TREMENDOUS help, but none to be found. It would also help if the parts were labeled left or right but they are not. You just have to figure it out on your own. The holes for the top rail and the rear uprights did not lineup. I had to drill holes out to make it work. It is a pain in the butt to get the rear uprights aligned on the bumper bolts and then the nuts are difficult to get to to tighten them up. A project that should take no more than 2 hours took me 5. As another person mentioned, there was brown gunk on the crossbard when I opended them, looks like rust, but wiped off. I haven't put it on the road yet so I can't speak to the noise. Had I known before what I know now, I would've spent more money on a better product. Not very happy with the installation process. I wish I had read these reviews before I bought it.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice look, but painful installation

      By Shotcake

      from Houston, TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great look

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install
      • Instructions suck

      Best Uses

      • Without top

      Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

      I read most of these reviews...and thanks to everyone's input. For the price and for my general uses (>50% top down) this product after all said and done I am very happy with.

      Now then said part before the done...

      The wind shear noise is indeed an annoyance and looking for a solution that doesnt require drilling or molding or fabricating plastic.

      The instructions suck...I had to drill into the rear uprights on the passenger side upright to fit to my Body Armor 59" rear bumper.

      I too..also had to go to hardware store as screws for rear upright were to short I had to purchase same thread but at 1.5 inches to fit rear bumper.

      I would rate this much higher...but the wind shear is very annoying with my soft top I own 2005 Wrangler X

      • Car & Truck:
      • Casual Driver

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid robust constructio

      By jackcast

      from Portland, OR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Sturdy rack

      Cons

      • I had to add a mtg pt

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

        Once I added a 2nd mount point to the rear up-rights it was as sturdy as though it were part of the frame. Just the two bolts down at the bottom on the bumper mount allowed too much "wobble" for me so I ran a 4" long 1/4-20 bolt into the corner of my 98 Wrangler through a 1" stand-off spacer and used a 1" fender washer inside to firm it up. Now when I grab hold of the rack and "yank" on it real hard all it does is shake the whole Jeep. I plan on using it to haul my boat and we all know what wind will do to a boat if it isn't secured like it was to withstand a hurricane.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worked for me!

        By JR

        from Chicago, Illinois

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Looks good on the Jeep
        • Well made

        Cons

        • Instructions

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

          Good Instructions except for rear connection to frame. The cross bars add significant wind noise to the already noisy interior when driving at slow and faster speeds.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Smittybilt Roof Rack

          By jjouper

          from Newcastle, WA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Stout build

          Cons

          • Noise

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Driving

          Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

          The roof was fairly easy to install however, would have been much easier with two people. Only draw back was low frequency hum at speeds above 30 miles per hour. I went [...] and bought 5 - 1/4X1in stanless steel screws, washers, lock nuts and 5-1 inch cable clamps with rubber grommets. Went to TAP plastics and had a fairing made 1/4 inch thick smoked plastic 54" long, 7 1/2" wide, 1" radiused corners. They drilled 5 - 1/4 holes 1 inch in on a long edge equally spaced. Mounted it to the front cross bar. Jeep is quieter than it was without the roof rack. Cost around $40 for the fairing. The fairing is absolutely necessary if you want to save your hearing! Looks pretty good also!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          great idea, BUT....

          By ben

          from honolulu, hi

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Difficult To Install

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

            great idea, BUT.... installation SUCKED! first impression when opening the big heavy box was, "is that surface rust or brown powder?" luckily it just wiped off. now for the install. Had to modify either stock rear bumper or the system's rear uprights. i chose to cut the off bolts from the stock rear bumper because i couldnt see myself over-sizing the mounting holes on the rear uprights(after all i just bought the rack im not gonna start drilling larger holes in it!), i then used the supplied bumper bolts. okay. should bolt right in now right? wrong!! after fighting with the big heavy pipes going from the front upright to the rear upight i realized the right rear upright holes are so mis-aligned that i would need to drill my newly purchased "bolt in no mod" product anyway! besides having to drill the right rear upright, most of the bolts are barelly long enough to go through the pipes... how are we supposed to add the washers and the nuts to those bolts? im sure 1/4 inch longer bolts included wouldnt have been too much of a problem. i find myself driving with my windows up more often now because the cracking sounds the rack makes gets very annoying. as far as the drone @ about 30mph thats sounds like a big tire 4x4 is driving on your roof, i added kayak pads to the front and rear crossbars.. no more loud big tire 4x4 driving on my roof.. as far as being functional, it does a great job holding my kayak and paddle boards.

            • Car & Truck:
            • Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Inexpensive and works with some nags

            By hobbyhack

            from Marietta, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to secure to
            • Inexpensive
            • Sturdy
            • Wide rack

            Cons

            • Difficult To Install
            • Difficult to remove top
            • Makes odd road noises

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

              The instructions assume you are not going to put your rear bumper back on which makes no sense. So if you are you have to enlarge the mounting holes on the kit to get your bumper back on. That takes a while if you are not prepared for it but it worked out OK with my dremel.

              When my soft top is on there is an odd hum coming from the top of the jeep and when i have no top on there you can hear the cage squeaking constantly. It is not really loud or obnoxious but it is annoying. Especially with the top down.

              This adds 5-10 minutes of time to taking off or putting on the soft top. Every cross bar most be completely removed with an allen wrench. It is not a huge deal but these certainly don't fold out of the way or anything some of the others do.

              The cross bars are not adjustable. This is fine for what I am using it for but just in case you are wondering. They are placed at logical locations.

              I know I had some nags but this inexpensive product holds my kayaks perfectly. I think it would hold most anything. It gives a wider space than the built in rack on my Expedition which is awesome. I can get 2 kayaks on it without having to turn then on their side like I have to do in every other vehicle I have tried.

              • Car & Truck:
              • Casual Driver

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              When You Need a Swingset on Your Jeep

              By h5mind

              from Raleigh, NC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Decreases Gas Mileage
                • Difficult To Install
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Coat Rack

                Comments about Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack:

                I bought this for my Jeep TJ to hold the SRC cargo basket. I cannot recall another time I paid so much and received so little. Don't get me wrong-- the concept is great, it's just the execution which sucked. The unit bolts very solidly to the door hinges in front and the Jeep frame rails in rear. Good thing too, because the tubes are HEAVY. You could club a grizzly bear to death with any of these pieces. The front uprights were a bit of a nooge to install because the lower door hinge backing plate falls off when the OEM screws come out, and you need to have a contortionst or midget helper to hold that in place from inside while you screw everything together outside. The stock rear bumper has to come off to mount the rear uprights, and oddly enough, SRC's own tube bumper is not compatible with their rack. Go figure.Then the fun really begins. On my unit, the top bend on both front uprights was about 8 degrees off horizontal. Doesn't sound like much until you try to insert a 5 foot length of tube into that and its companion at the rear. Won't happen. Did I mention this stuff was heavy? After much sweating, hammering, etc I finally managed to get the ends inserted. Of course, screw holes didn't line up properly so out came the drill. Next adventure was the hardware. For [$] you would expect grade 8, but it's more like "grade IKEA". Screws cannot be securely tightened without stripping them. Half a dozen of the bolts weren't even long enough, so I had to hit the hardware store to finish the install.The cross members juggled into position and I only stripped one of those bolts putting them on.Now came the best part: the test drive. At around 20 MPH, I noticed a sound like a giant blowing across an open Coke bottle. Stopped and taped over the bottom of the front uprights (they're hollow) and thought I had it licked. Not so. Now the roar threshold was 30 MPH, increasing to hurricane force level over 45 MPH. Deafening, and literally undriveable. You could mount 44" flotation tires and they would still be drowned out by this contraption.Apparently, Smittybilt never actually drove a Jeep Wrangler with this thing installed. Save your money (and your hearing) and look elsewhere.

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