Maximus-3 JL 2 DOOR Roof Rack System

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Just finished installing my Maximus-3 two door roof rack. It took me the better part of an afternoon but it all worked out great in the end. I found it a little easier to use a hoist to lift the roof and rack a little to line up everything.

Attached is a picture of the Jeep with the doors and Freedom panels off and the rack mounted.

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I don’t mean to hijack the thread, but was wondering whose rotopax mount you are using.

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I don’t mean to hijack the thread, but was wondering whose rotopax mount you are using.

thanks
That is my own mount. I made it from a 2'x3' piece of plexiglass, a set of 3D printed gutter mounts on top and a set of 3D printed cleats to attach it to the bottom.

I am thinking of going into production but since I have a two door JL I still need to get the dimensions for a four door window. I don't want to hijack this thread either, but I can tell you more if you or anyone else wants to DM me.

On a more thread specific note: My Maximus-3 roof rack has been awesome. It does make it more difficult to remove the hard top in the Summer so I'm trying to find a solution for that. The fact that it mounts directly to the roll cage gives me the confidence to throw almost anything on the rack and not worry about it. My main reason for getting it was for mounting a roof top tent, although I haven't decided which one yet.
 

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I have been VERY happy with my M3 rack. I modified the Front Runner quick release kit to work with the Pioneer Platrform. Works great. Ladders are surprisingly useful.
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I have been VERY happy with my M3 rack. I modified the Front Runner quick release kit to work with the Pioneer Platrform. Works great. Ladders are surprisingly useful.
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Hey David, Do you mind sharing how you got the M3 rack to work with the Front Runner quick release kit. I am lookin at getting the exact same set up.
 

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Hey David, Do you mind sharing how you got the M3 rack to work with the Front Runner quick release kit. I am lookin at getting the exact same set up.
You mount the Front Runner "Receivers" lengthwise in the Pioneer Platform with channel nuts and bolts from Home Depot. You need to slightly enlarge the mounting holes in the receivers with a drill. The "Male" attachment points get mounted to your rails on your tent, so the other part of the equation is moving your tent rails so they are the correct width. The hardware that came with my 23Zero tent worked with the "male" part as you can see. Study the pics and see if it makes sense. I used a piece of wood as a template to make sure I had everything spaced correctly. Measure twice. Test fit with rails off of tent. Let me know if you need more info. I am happy to help. Zoom in on the receiver pic where it is secure to the platform. You can see that I added a spacer (extra bolt) to account for the depth of the platform channel. FWIW, I can fit in my 7'6" garage door with 35s and a 2.5 inch lift (not seen in these pics) with the tent in place. Also, despite being pretty low profile, I have a 3 in space between the floor of the tent and the platform. Perfect for securing large flat items. I didn't have the option of securing straight to the platform because I have the M3 ladders. With no ladders, you could get lower profile, but I dare say I have the easiest RTT removal system I can think of.
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You mount the Front Runner "Receivers" lengthwise in the Pioneer Platform with channel nuts and bolts from Home Depot. You need to slightly enlarge the mounting holes in the receivers with a drill. The "Male" attachment points get mounted to your rails on your tent, so the other part of the equation is moving your tent rails so they are the correct width. The hardware that came with my 23Zero tent worked with the "male" part as you can see. Study the pics and see if it makes sense. I used a piece of wood as a template to make sure I had everything spaced correctly. Measure twice. Test fit with rails off of tent. Let me know if you need more info. I am happy to help. Zoom in on the receiver pic where it is secure to the platform. You can see that I added a spacer (extra bolt) to account for the depth of the platform channel. FWIW, I can fit in my 7'6" garage door with 35s and a 2.5 inch lift (not seen in these pics) with the tent in place. Also, despite being pretty low profile, I have a 3 in space between the floor of the tent and the platform. Perfect for securing large flat items. I didn't have the option of securing straight to the platform because I have the M3 ladders. With no ladders, you could get lower profile, but I dare say I have the easiest RTT removal system I can think of.
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Thanks for the detailed explanation, you have convinced me to go with this set up!

Also very clean build, are those Mopar 7 inch off-road lights on the bumper?
 

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Thanks for the detailed explanation, you have convinced me to go with this set up!

Also very clean build, are those Mopar 7 inch off-road lights on the bumper?
Yes. 7’s on the bar in front of the winch, and 5’s on mounts at the base of the a-pillars.
 

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I have been VERY happy with my M3 rack. I modified the Front Runner quick release kit to work with the Pioneer Platrform. Works great. Ladders are surprisingly useful.
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Hi Dave, Quick question. Is the tent you have a 23ZERO WALKABOUT 56" DOUBLE BED MODEL and did you have your rack off the jeep to install the Front Runner quick release kit. Please let me know thanks. Joe (really like your jeep and set up)
I have been VERY happy with my M3 rack. I modified the Front Runner quick release kit to work with the Pioneer Platrform. Works great. Ladders are surprisingly useful.
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Hey David, Do you mind sharing how you got the M3 rack to work with the Front Runner quick release kit. I am lookin at getting the exact same set up.
 

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Just finished installing my Maximus-3 two door roof rack. It took me the better part of an afternoon but it all worked out great in the end. I found it a little easier to use a hoist to lift the roof and rack a little to line up everything.

Attached is a picture of the Jeep with the doors and Freedom panels off and the rack mounted.

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running into a snag with the 2-door install... The directions are not very clear or I'm just overanalyzing...

The center brackets, R2 specifically ...which looks to be the starting point of all your measurements...where is this supposed to be? I looked on Rhino-Rack for the crossbar placement & it states the system isn't available for the 2-door.

The Maximus-3 directions, my platform is different as I don’t have bolt holes for the center brackets but measured increments.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm considering this rack, but from all the pictures and install guides I haven't been able to figure one thing out:

Could you run this system with only the cross-bars attached to the mounting brackets, leaving the rest of the pioneer platform off? For a lot of the things I do I only need a traditional '2-bar' roof rack to attach a cargo box to, and I'd rather not keep the whole platform on all the time with extra accessory bars just to attach a box.

I guess my core questions for folks with this setup are:
- Are the Pioneer Platform crossbars detachable from the rest of the rack, and are they solid enough to attach some standard roof-box clamps to?
- Is there enough room between the crossbars and the hard-top to fit the clamps? From the pictures I can tell it's pretty close to the top, but not exactly how much room I'd have to work with.

Thanks folks!
 
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