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As a natural outdoorsy type, it makes sense you might seek to upgrade your Jeep with a roof rack.
Easing up the limited space that comes with Jeep ownership, you can expand your adventure options.
If you’re looking to bring a bicycle along, there is another option. You can mount a bike rack to your Jeep’s hitch. We have an article on that here.
We took a look at the options available on the market to give you a quality addition based on value, reputation, and reviews.
Here are the 4 best roof racks for Jeep Wranglers:
EAG 2 4 Door Roof Rack Cargo Basket with Wind Deflector
Fit: 2007-2018 Jeep Jk 4 Door
The well reviewed EAG 2 is a good choice for Jeep owners wanting a sturdy roof rack that requires no drilling.
Mounting brackets are included and the installation won’t ruin your Jeep. A concern many owners have is the drag of wind resistance one of these adds to your vehicle.
EAG added a nice little wind bevel to make it a more aerodynamic option.
It’s constructed from 1 inch steel tubing with a black powder-coat finish. Overall it’s a well constructed piece of equipment from a reputable brand. Customers seem very happy with it.
It comes in one solid piece with a mounting bracket kit.
Trailfx Trail FX J029T Jeep Roof Rack
Fit: 2007-2018 Jeep Jk 2 and 4 Door
This behemoth of a rack is the heavy duty option for Jeepers. Particularly popular with the kayaking crowd.
It can fit 2 kayaks comfortably, and potentially 3. It’s rated for 350 lbs, many drivers use it to store camping gear. Including tents.
This would be our top recommendation if it wasn’t for one thing that makes a lot of owners uncomfortable. That is, you’ll potentially have to drill into your quarter panel OR you’ll have to take off your stock bumper for installation and use those pre-drilled holes.
If you’re okay with that, then it’s an amazing choice and our favorite. The installation is quick and takes anywhere from about 1 to 3 hours. Construction wise they use 2 inch metal tubing, powder coated.
If you end up taking this on a kayaking adventure, let us know! We would love to see pictures.
Smittybilt 76713 SRC Roof Rack
Fit: 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ
The clear winner for for Jeep TJ owners when it comes to roof racks is this offering by Smittybilt.
It’s rated at up to 700 lbs. The highest of any rack we’ve reviewed. The standard 2-inch steel tubing will add 100 lbs to your ride.
There is however one common complaint with this rack, and that is that installation is a pain in the neck. If you can handle adversity you’ll be ready for battle.
Amazon does offer an expert installation service with this product, which you might want to consider. If you do plan on using a factory bumper, you’ll have to drill new mount holes in this rack.
Rhino Rack Aero Bar Gutter Mount Base Rack
2007-2018 Jeep JK 4DR
2019 Jeep JL 4DR
Installation is easy. Taking some people less than 30 minutes. They fit in your rain gutters. Simply torque the screws and you’re good to go.
What’s our gripe? The carrying weight is minimal. At only 85 lbs, you’re not left with a lot of options. These weigh 11 lbs themselves and that leaves you with 74 lbs of leeway.
You could perhaps fit some minor stuff on top, but it cuts down a lot of your options. We like the sleek design, just not the strength.
Roof racks can empty your wallet and your patience pretty quickly. But, we found you various options that aren’t going to break the bank with variety between them.
If you have a Jeep TJ, the Smittybilt SRC is the clear winner. If you have a Jeep JK, you have more to choose from. Did you end up purchasing one of these racks?
If so, let us know how it worked out for you in the comments.
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.