Smittybilt Defender Rack Roof Rack Mounting Kit for Jeep - DS5-6


  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/BDS5-6
  • Fitment:Direct Fit


This vehicle-specific hardware kit is designed to attach a Smittybilt Defender Rack roof rack to your vehicles factory roof rack rails without drilling or modifications.

Customer Reviews

3.0 3.0
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3.0 Not as pictured, tech support confused, QC

The pictured product is the gutter mount bracket. Do NOT buy these if that’s what you’re looking for. These brackets slide onto ‘97-‘01 OEM XJ roof rails. Tech support between 4WP and Smittybilt gave me opposite answers, and neither were correct for my rack (40504). The QC is also poor: They sent me an unthreaded nut (useless). Apart from these frustrations, the brackets are easy to assemble and install. They feel SOLID mounted to the OEM rails with the Defender rack mounted. Can’t speak on longevity of the product, as I installed today. Don’t let this deter you from buying, just know exactly what you’re buying.

from Denver, CO |
The brackets in their actual mounting location, which is not the gutters as pictured.
The brackets and rack feel solid. There will be plenty of room for gear once the spare goes on a carrier. Note: The pictured Hi-Lift bracket is NOT what Smittybilt sells.
Assemble barely hand tight, slide onto OEM roof rails (remove end cap with a T25).
Unrelated to the review, but if you happen to have extra rack brackets you can invert them to make Hi-Lift mounts when paired with extra, separate hardware.
1.0 Too Short

Not recommended for 1990 XJ. Length is too short and needs gussets.

from San Diego |


Question & Answers

4 Answered questions

Q: the picture for this product here on your website shows it mounted on the rain gutter........ where does it really mount to ?? Answer this question

A: Hello You are correct the brackets will hook into the factory roof rack rails. They will slip inside the slot then have a second bracket that holds it in place. To get a more correct picture pull up part number S/B DS16-4 These are not the clamps you need but will give you a better idea.

Answered by Rody on 11/05/2014

Q: How many brackets come with the kit? Answer this question

A: Hello There are 6 brackets in the kit so you will need one mounting kit.

Answered by Rody on 10/29/2014

Q: I have a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with roof rack. It says this mounts to the exiting roof rack but in the image it is a gutter mount. How exactly does it install? Do the factory roof rack bars have to come off or does it mount to those? Answer this question

A: New Dude- Thanks for your question. The Smittybilt Defender Roof Rack Mounting Kit for Jeep mounts with the factory roof rack, not too. The mounts grab the drip rail. The factory roof cross bars do not need to be removed to fit the rack.

Answered by Mike on 05/27/2014

Q: How many mounts come with this there Is no info on that Answer this question

A: Dan- Thank you for your question. The Smittybilt Defender Roof Rack Mounting Kit for Jeep comes with 6 mount brackets.

Answered by Mike on 04/28/2014


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This Product Fits the Following:

  • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Classic  
  • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Laredo  
  • 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Limited  
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Classic  
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Laredo  
  • 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Limited  
  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Classic  
  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Laredo  
  • 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) Limited  
  • 1998 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Classic  
  • 1998 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 1998 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1998 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) 5.9 Limited  
  • 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) TSi  
  • 1997 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Country  
  • 1997 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1997 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Orvis  
  • 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) TSi  
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Classic  
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Country  
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1995 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Country  
  • 1995 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1995 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Orvis  
  • 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) SE  
  • 1994 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Country  
  • 1994 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) SE  
  • 1994 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) SE  
  • 1993 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Base  
  • 1993 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Country  
  • 1993 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Base  
  • 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Laredo  
  • 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) Limited  
  • 1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (SJ) Base  
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Base  
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Briarwood  
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Laredo  
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Base  
  • 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Briarwood  
  • 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Laredo  
  • 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (SJ) Base  
  • 1990 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Base  
  • 1990 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Laredo  
  • 1990 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Limited  
  • 1990 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Pioneer  
  • 1990 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Sport  
  • 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (SJ) Base