Yes, both bow and stern get a tie down.... the issue with jeep hard top racks is uplift, more than weight.... the rack towers are spaced as far as possible on the rear with out going on the removable front section....this boat is a 15'.6" Current Designs Mystic with a Kevlar layup; it is only 42#.... with a tie on the front and back, doing 70mph is not a problem..... my average trip is less than 100 miles round trip..... I am going to go with a custom trailer soon.... it's getting to much to load boats on the roof anymore.... and then I can get a fishing kayak..... they are just to heavy to lift to a roof rack.Do you ties down the bow as well? I also see you have gone right to the back and front of the hardtop for your racks - that's different to many I have seen on this thread - what are your thoughts with that? Last questions - how heavy is you kayak? How fast do you go over what distance?
Hey chk out these pics to gauge the distances. Our bar spread is limited by the Skybox mount points. Def roof rails have been majorly punished at speed bombing over FSR potholed and washboard ruts. But airing down to 18 helps the Rubi suspension float nicely. As well uplift on the hwy is perfectly fine up to 70. No problems at all.Such great info and pic - thanks. How far from the back and front of the hard top do you mount your racks?
Great set up. Can you define "Cheap" including total cost of this set up?Here is my set up - cheap 4x6 utility trailer with rack systems. Similar to a previous thread but I have mine set up for two kayaks on top and one below which can be easily removed for camping gear.
We've had no issues with the rack. So far mostly used it for Bikes but I have taken kayaks on occasion. Only short (5-8 ft), light (around 30 lbs) whitewater boats but no issues on the interstate and 70-80 mph. The JL is my wife's daily driver so it's not my primary adventure vehicle.Have you got a follow up report on what you loaded the JL with? Weight? Length? Speed? Distance?
It's been good!How have the past 18 months gone with your setup? I'm not sure I'm going to use the freedom panels, but am planning a very similar setup.
Awesome V10! Personally, I've got a Stellar on order for the summer but the Epics are truly amazing!Ok, here's the setup. Thule ProBar Evo 1.5m with Thule 9512 rain gutter feet and Thule kayak cradles. Leaving tomorrow for Byron Bay, 760km with speeds of up to 110 km/h.
How long is your canoe in this photo?It's been almost a year and a half since I started this thread but I'm happy to report that I finally strapped my canoe onto my JLUR.
I ended up getting a set of Rhino Vortex bars and paired them with a Thule Portage canoe mount.
The instructions for the Vortex indicated that I should place the front bar onto the Freedom panels - although I'm not sure how safe that is.
I also found it a little difficult to find a place to mount my front tie down but that's just another excuse for me to upgrade my bumper in the future.
Any canoeists or kayakers here?
How are you planning on transporting your canoe or kayak on your JL?
My JLUR will be my first Wrangler and I'm just starting my research on how to carry my 12' kayak and 16' canoe.
Yeah, Rhino says it's ok and although I've had no issues with the freedom panels, I'm going to play it safe and move them backwards. I'm guessing an inverted canoe would have a lot more surface area to push upwards on the freedom panels, versus say, a narrow sea kayak.I need to mount 17' canoe that weighs ~ 60 lbs and I am looking at options.
What I find odd is the mopar mounts say you cannot mount to the freedom panels but Rhino rack says AOK.