It is tricky, because you would need an exoskeleton type rack that you can remove. I am sure I've seen it before ,very expensive and I don't know how easy to remove is. Then to switch soft-top to hardtop must be a pain.Yeah, I’m not a fair weather boater. I’ll iSUP or kayak in the rain, so highway driving with the top down isn’t what I’m looking for.
I’ve looked at a Gobi but NOWHERE tells me whether it’s compatible with a Sunrider OR if it’s easy to remove. I won’t order one until I know it will work, but which one will work??
I honestly don’t understand why this has been such a challenge to find an answer for!! This MUST exist... I’ve asked my local Jeep groups but they all drive JK’s (or older) and use racks that aren’t compatible with the Sunrider (side bars too far in). And none of them are kayakers, and the ones that are all have gutter mounted crossbars (like mine). And of course I’m the only one with a Sunrider...
I started a thread here too but got no replies.
I think the best option for you is a nice rack on the hardtop and something you can easily pop when using the softop. I have a 13 ft ocean kayak I take with me to the beach all the time. I used to have a softop and used the hitchmount rack to carry the kayak. I know you don't want one, but honestly it is so practical and easy to use with a softop. It is built very well and takes less than a minute to put on and off. It also doesn't move around, at all. And the nice thing is that it also has regular crossbars so it functions like a regular roof rack.