JL Sliding Roof Rack

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    My garage is barely tall enough to fit the JL I'm in the process of ordering, so any rack will have to come on/off easily. This also make any destructive installation much less appealing depending on where and visibility of the holes when not installed. Looks like a great system though and I'll be watching to see if the final product could fit my needs.
     
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    I imagine having the top down with the tubular rack would be a similar feel to having tube doors. More open than full doors, but with more functionality than no doors. I could see myself running my JL topless & doorless in the summer with this rack to haul kayaks and such.
     
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    I envision oversized drawer slides...the kind overlanding trailers use for their slide out kitchens and such. A small set I used on some large drawers in my house have a 100lb capacity and slide all the way out (back edge of drawer is even with front edge of cabinet).
     
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    Guys, they already do with with their Jk version just to the rear instead of the side. That one is cantilevered even more than the JL version will be.
    https://lodoffroad.com/products/jee...017-jeep-jk-4-door-sliding-roof-rack-405.html
     
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    Thanks. It's a stock Sahara, no lift, stock tires, etc. Hopefully it will be design so that I can still use the garage after installing it.
     
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    Also will depend on garage door height. Mine is 7'
     
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    Yup. That's exactly how tall mine is too.
     
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    +1 For support legs. Would make a great awning and dry/shade area. Could sell aluminum panels to install on top of the cross bars and legs as an awning package. If it's designed with support legs that can support a RTT AND the weight of 2 people plus gear on top while it's deployed, that would be awesome. But I can also see how big of an engineering challenge that would be.
     
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    I think what we have here, is an incomplete perspective. The JK rack, when fully extended, will be cantilevered out further than the JL version due to the fact that the rack is longer than it is wide and the way it slides vs the JL version. Irregardless of how much you need to slide it for your intended purpose (soft top in your example) the rack has to be rated at it max capacity with the weakest link taken into consideration (fully extended).

    So, with all things being equal, logic would dictate that when fully extended, the JL design would, at a minimum, meet the same load ratings as the JK design and would most likely exceed it by a fair margin due to the shorter cantilevered distance (by several feet) and the wider supporting base (also by several feet).
     
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    While we're at it, we might as well make some sort of extra accessories to go with it. A bug/screen room add on for camping? A hanging solar shower with shower curtain for camping/overlanding? Lots of possibilities!
     
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    That is an interesting point you bring up; there are more than few exoskeleton racks that attache to the front windshield/pillar area but also to the rear bumper bracket area for support in back. So you are saying those designs are bad designs that leave the vehicle dynamics potentially compromised and put extra stress on the exoskeleton framework?
     
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    As mentioned above, we will not be tying the body and frame together as they move independently of each other and this would potentially cause damage to your Jeep and the roof rack over time.
     
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