Jeep roof rack with Sky One-Touch power top?

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New to the Forum and a new Jeep owner so pardon my ignorance on most things Jeep. I came on for the sole purpose to find a roof rack that would work with the Power One Touch. Cross Bars Specifically. Yakima seemed to be the only ones that advertised compatibility so I gave them a go.
As you can see from the first pic, I used the spacers so that the roof could fully open while the racks were installed, but in my opinion they were way too tall. Didn't like the look and felt that once I added a cargo box or Snowboard racks the drag would be too much. I took the spacers out (second picture) and the look is a lot better but I have found that it is REALLY Loud. I think primarily because of the soft top.

Have any of you found an optimal placement on the roof that lessens the noise factor? In addition, have any of you found that some Cargo Boxes or quieter than others? Any help would be appreciated.

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New to the Forum and a new Jeep owner so pardon my ignorance on most things Jeep. I came on for the sole purpose to find a roof rack that would work with the Power One Touch. Cross Bars Specifically. Yakima seemed to be the only ones that advertised compatibility so I gave them a go.
As you can see from the first pic, I used the spacers so that the roof could fully open while the racks were installed, but in my opinion they were way too tall. Didn't like the look and felt that once I added a cargo box or Snowboard racks the drag would be too much. I took the spacers out (second picture) and the look is a lot better but I have found that it is REALLY Loud. I think primarily because of the soft top.

Have any of you found an optimal placement on the roof that lessens the noise factor? In addition, have any of you found that some Cargo Boxes or quieter than others? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Elad--in your experiences you've given me an idea to "pipe dream" incorporating small, vertical linear actuators at each attachment point to raise a rack that sits just North of where the power top bunches up in back when open. The design can raise the rack a couple of inches, just before its (fully) opened or closed, and then bring the rack back down again provided the top's fully opened or closed. (I know the power top can stop at any point in this length--but I'll discount that for now.)

It will probably be cost prohibitive compared to just getting a "Gobi rack for Power Top" but I'll have to see.

It's a small market to sell to...but thanks for the inspiration. You've given me something to think about.:)
 

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Elad--in your experiences you've given me an idea to "pipe dream" incorporating small, vertical linear actuators at each attachment point to raise a rack that sits just North of where the power top bunches up in back when open. The design can raise the rack a couple of inches, just before its (fully) opened or closed, and then bring the rack back down again provided the top's fully opened or closed. (I know the power top can stop at any point in this length--but I'll discount that for now.)

It will probably be cost prohibitive compared to just getting a "Gobi rack for Power Top" but I'll have to see.

It's a small market to sell to...but thanks for the inspiration. You've given me something to think about.:)
Like the idea and glad to have been an inspiration for you. Let me know when you're done and I'll be your first customer.
 

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Elad--in your experiences you've given me an idea to "pipe dream" incorporating small, vertical linear actuators at each attachment point to raise a rack that sits just North of where the power top bunches up in back when open. The design can raise the rack a couple of inches, just before its (fully) opened or closed, and then bring the rack back down again provided the top's fully opened or closed. (I know the power top can stop at any point in this length--but I'll discount that for now.)

It will probably be cost prohibitive compared to just getting a "Gobi rack for Power Top" but I'll have to see.

It's a small market to sell to...but thanks for the inspiration. You've given me something to think about.:)
In your second pic does it still clear the soft top?
 

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In your second pic does it still clear the soft top?
Hey Mike. I think you meant to direct this question to @ELAD -- who I would guess would reply that the taller rain gutter mounts are sufficiently high enough--aesthetics notwithstanding--to clear the power top, as that's, I think, what the extension poles on each of the 4 mounts were designed for. :)
 
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Sorry for taking forever to update the thread, been busy.

I ended up going with the Thule crossbars and the 6 pair extendable ski carrier. Only tip I have was to move the front crossbar back to where the second door begins. Thule recommends 18" from the front of the roof, but I found moving the cross bars back a bit drastically reduces flapping noise of the roof...

Full order was this:

Thule Wingbar Evo 150 (60in.) Black
Thule 300R Rapid Rain Gutter - Low
Thule 544 4-pack Lock Cores (matched the locks on the ski carrier and the rack)
Thule Snowpack Extender Ski & Snowboard Rack - Black

$900ish, installed (I'm lazy and work a lot). I plan to use it for exactly 0 activities outside of skiing and I know Thule makes a reliable product/ plus I can always move the Showpack extender to a different vehicle if I want to... And again, I will never open the SkyTop with the ski rack on (it's just like remembering not to open a sunroof with a ski rack on folks--not a big deal at all)... I added a pic at the end to show you the height of the crossbars showing that you can't open the SkyTop.. If it really bothers you, I saw a YouTube video where someone put tall Thule rain gutter feet on (substitute for the 300R), but I couldn't find the part number (didn't really look)...

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I just put these on!

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My thought was to carry that bike in the background, possibly a kayak, our two inflatable SUPs, and maybe a basket for gear. Of course not at all at the same time :) Well maybe....

I took about 6 weeks for delivery as the supplier was running low. Etrailers was very good at communicating this and letting me know what the schedule was going to be.
 
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I just put these on!

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My thought was to carry that bike in the background, possibly a kayak, our two inflatable SUPs, and maybe a basket for gear. Of course not at all at the same time :) Well maybe....

I took about 6 weeks for delivery as the supplier was running low. Etrailers was very good at communicating this and letting me know what the schedule was going to be.
Look great! Can you link the product please?
 

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I just put these on!

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My thought was to carry that bike in the background, possibly a kayak, our two inflatable SUPs, and maybe a basket for gear. Of course not at all at the same time :) Well maybe....

I took about 6 weeks for delivery as the supplier was running low. Etrailers was very good at communicating this and letting me know what the schedule was going to be.
Curious if the removable windows leak when installed with rack and raining.
 
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My thought was to carry that bike in the background, possibly a kayak, our two inflatable SUPs, and maybe a basket for gear. Of course not at all at the same time :) Well maybe....

I took about 6 weeks for delivery as the supplier was running low. Etrailers was very good at communicating this and letting me know what the schedule was going to be.
Is it this set?
https://www.rhinorack.com/en-us/pro...tex/vortex-rl110-black-2-bar-roof-rack_jb0099

with these legs to extend over the retracted roof:
https://www.rhinorack.com/en-us/pro...ck-parts/spacers/vortex-bar-rl-fit-kit_va-fk1
 

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Curious if the removable windows leak when installed with rack and raining.
Not sure. We haven’t had rain lately, but I can spray it down and check. I don’t think they would though.
Curious if the removable windows leak when installed with rack and raining.
i washed it today and just for you I sprayed the windows every which way I could while keeping the door open so I could check for leaks. There were none!
 

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How has the wind noise been? On another post some members have said its really loud?
 

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