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.
As with anything Chinese manufactored the cost is resonable but the ultimate product is a little lacking. Installation took a little over 3 hours because I still have the factory rear bumper (or what's left of it after converting it into a stubby with a razor knife). Most holes lined up pretty good and the gaps inbetween crossbars aren't too large. The rack is very strong and the wind noise isn't too bad. For the money, I think this is a fine product, but make no mistake- this is not American engineered and produced, but than again I didn't spend over $1,000...
By ssteacher95 from Central Florida
Great Rack for my 1998 Wrangler
Going straight to the point, it is a great rack from the price. Installing this will definitely require two people at least. The rack is solid and doesn't wiggle under it's own weight. I was able to keep my windshield lights on with the rack installed.
One major problem I will point out is the way the rack attaches to the frame at the rear. I have tube bumpers that curved around the body, but I wasn't able to install the bumper back without a slight modification of the brackets holding the bumper.
At 40 mph and higher, there is a "wind tunnel" effect through the cross bars, making a loud wind noise but that can be solved with a few clicks of the radio. The rack also changes the handling with the added weight above the tub of the Jeep.
Overall, great product for the price.
By Torrance from Atlanta, Georgia
Great looking, cool rack!!!!!
This system is getting a bad rap on the difficulty of the install.
It doesn't come out of the box & just jump on the Jeep, but with common sense & patience, you can install it without the instructions, if needed. They do hit on a couple important steps.
It looks really cool, (which is why we buy it), & it works very well for it's application. The price is very reasonable too!!!
I have a SmittyBuilt XRC bumper & had to trim off the corners of my bumper & remove the corner braces for this to work. Which was easy to do with a grinder. Some are complaining about the holes needing enlarged, it takes 5-10 minutes with a good 1/2" bit to just eat away at the holes from the inside.
The bolts supplied for the rear connection are shorter than I like, so I bought 4 3/8's x 2" grade 8 bolts to replace them.
Once I had it all put together, I used self drilling screws on all the joints & the basket cross bars, this took care of the rattling.
It does make some hum & noise going down the road, but so do cool tires, other cool accessories, etc.......
I really like mine & think it is a good product!!
By ToddMonty from Mattoon, IL
Not as good as it sounds
My wife bought me the Smitty built roof rack for Christmas so I purchased the Basket to go along with it.
The good: it is very light weight and looks great.
The bad: The manufacturing and alignment of the parts is very pour at best. The screws that came with it would not work (I used only 10 of them, and after driving with it installed for a few weeks 2 are missing and I used lock tight on the threads) . I had to use a pop rivet gun and re-drill 70% of the holes to make it line up and fit together correctly. I would have taken it back and asked for another one, but the time it took me to make it right was not justified since i had the tools to fix it. If I did not have the proper tools to fix it properly I would have.
I have smitty built bumpers (front and rear with spare tire carrier), rock bars, winch, and roof rack and sing their praises to every other jeep owner I know. If this was one of the first of there product I had purchased I would not have bought any others. To say I was very disappointed in the construction of the rugged rack basket is a huge under statement.
I am still very pleased with the other Smitty built products I have purchased and have put them through the ringer on level 5 trails throughout the Rockies and would positively recommend them to any one. This product has some issues.
It is very light weight and does look good one once properly assembled.
By Bill from Dallas TX
Great product, but hard to install
By Surfer Bob from Mission Viejo, CA.
I would by this product again
Directions were not specific enough for the YJ, windshield bolts are not welded in place, better have a long wrench and a skinny arm.
By Surfer Bob from Mission Viejo, CA.
Great Concept, but Missed The Mark!!!
[$] 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.
By Gary R. from Savannah, GA.
Nice look, but painful installation
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
By Shotcake from Houston, TX
Solid robust constructio
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.
By jackcast from Portland, OR
Worked for me!
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.
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