Roof rack for Surfboard

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Hi, I can’t find an update on this subject. Can anyone recommend a roof rack for carrying a (longboard) surfboard on a JLU?
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X2 - Im not seeing any good suggestions in Search for surf racks. I had always suspected that I could find an attachment to work in the Mopar cross bars. Is anyone on the forum have some suggestions for boards? Mine are all shortboards... but I suspect any rack would work for most long and short boards.
 

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We have the mopar roof racks and use pads and straps to hold them down. Most local surf shops should carry pads and straps or you could order online.

Here are some from a google search Surf pads and straps
 

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Thanks @broncoguy - That's a good suggestion and certainly more affordable that the option I had been considering. My buddy uses the INNO rack which I like as it has a locking mechanism. But, I was just not sure if it would work with the MOPAR cross bar.

 

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Here's Thule's 60" bars, I use for carrying a kayak, but could easily mount surf board attachments.



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We use Yakima round bars for multiple 14’ SUP stacking. Without bags we just use SIC bar cushions and pool noodles. From time to time will use a locking Yakima strap with cable core. Bars and towers are locked on. Works fine on the JL at highway speeds.

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I recall that I read somewhere that many Racks specifically exclude carrying things like surfboare and kayaks supposedly, it’s the “lift” that they can cause..

that said, the Mopar rails For the JL actually have a kayak attachment..... so, one would think that they would be OK for a surfboard too. Good luck in your search!
 
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Thanks for the feed back and the photos! I heard the mopar rack whistles and has been known to crack at the mounts after a few years. I'll take a look at the Thule and Yakima options :)
 

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Ok so I went another direction now, I ordered this temp. soft rack, I'll post after I get a chance to use it:

https://www.epicsurfracks.com/OE-Rap-Rax
I've driven across Florida with an FCS soft rack and several boards, no problem. They are a bit of a pain getting the boards on and off compared to a hard rack, so if you are using it all the time it can get annoying. However, for just going to my local beach, I just throw my 8' board in the back with the rear seat folded down and the board sticking out with the glass open.

However, I recommend for long or high speed trips with a soft rack, you put at least one strap around the whole thing after securing the boards - they tend to lift at speed ;)
 

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So after much research I went with the Mopar cross bars and the INNO surf adapter. I really wanted something that I could lock my boards as I typically trek with more than one board so that I can have the choice of which board to ride depending on conditions.

Also, given that I am sitting on 35’s / Mopar suspension, I wanted to keep it as low as I could as with the cross bar alone I already am to tall for some garages. (Yakima sits taller)

The components are super well constructed and the bow and crane make it super easy to add at least 3 bagged boards and still synch down while well protected on pads

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So after much research I went with the Mopar cross bars and the INNO surf adapter. I really wanted something that I could lock my boards as I typically trek with more than one board so that I can have the choice of which board to ride depending on conditions.
nice looking Jeep!

Do you get any whistling or obvious noise from the rack when you’re not carrying boards?
 

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When I mounted the MOPAR cross bars I did get some very minor whistle at highway speeds. What I have found super surprising is that as I mounted the board pads and the INNO attachments... it was slightly reduced. I had anticipated that it would be the reverse.

I have had other racks - notably Yakima / round bars that were loud as HELL!!! While these are notable in creating a sound consistent with having a rack - it is well more quiet than I would have anticipate and as I mentioned above - less so with the full set up than bars alone.

Hope this helps!

nice looking Jeep!

Do you get any whistling or obvious noise from the rack when you’re not carrying boards?
 

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So after much research I went with the Mopar cross bars and the INNO surf adapter. I really wanted something that I could lock my boards as I typically trek with more than one board so that I can have the choice of which board to ride depending on conditions.
Hey MarcDM - thanks so much for this post last year. I am currently facing a similar situation that you were facing. I have a 2021 2-door wrangler coming, and I'm looking for surfboard rack options. The one difference, is that I have a soft top not a hard top.

Two questions for you:

1.) Are you still happy with your Mopar Cross Bars and INNO surf adapter setup?
2.) Would this work for a soft top?
 
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