Question for Folks with the Pioneer roof rack (Maximus 3 or Rhino Backbone)

  1. Bocephus

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    Hey folks,

    I've mounted the Rhino Backbone Pioneer roof rack.
    The Maximus 3 system also leverages the Pioneer rack.

    Question is - do any of you run this rack through car-washes that are NOT touchless? If so, any issues ever?
    I realize it is not a good idea...but wondering if certain racks are more or less prone to getting caught in the brushes.

    My jeep is filthy, and the touchless car washes don't accomplish much. Fully realize I can wash by hand, but I do love the convenience of the automatic car-wash.

    An idea I've had is to purchase a custom vinyl cover (not too expensive) matched to the dimensions of the rack, along with draw-string / elastic or other closure...I'd opt for whatever is most secure. I'm thinking that this sort of cover might mitigate the potential for the brush to catch. Any thoughts on that?

    Cheers all!
     
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    The rhino rack instructions say not to. You risk breaking up the caulking seal and having a leak. Not worth the risk
     
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    I've done mine a few times (maximus 3 system). No leaks, no problems. Even have the for O ring tie downs.
     
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    Awesome, thank you
     
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    Maximus-3 uses rubber gaskets no seal to break if its removed. Ive taking mine thru a few times now and had no issues with the rack on.
     
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    Is this Biohazard Bill? From Michigan Jeepers / Great Lakes 4x4?
     
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    Thanks guys, I ran my Rhino Backbone Pioneer rack through the car wash today. Zero problem.

    Leesburg Station AutoWash, Leesburg Va - truly the best car wash I've ever been too. Pulling up, the attendant says - oh roof rack, have you ran that through before? Nope. Hold one second he says, and brings a second attendant. They take a few seconds to assess and advise that I should be fine, they provide their reasoning, and add that although I should be fine..of course they're not liable for any damage.

    Ran through like a champ, no leaks, no snags.

    At this car wash, the only elements that contact the rack is a bunch of ~3 inch wide heavy/wet fabric strips suspended above that lower and gently undulate in a sort of pulling/scrub motion. I think I "should" be good to go at this car wash, and will make it my regular stop for my jeep. Totally realize, as Mattyp1214 smartly pointed out, that this is not advised and done at risk.

    Thanks all!
     
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    Nope. I'm from NC, currently living in NY, heading to TN next year.
     
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