December 31, 2017
Elegantly Designed/Crafted Roof Rack/Basket System
All-in-all, I really like the Barricade rack and basket combination much better than the much more expensive Garvin one and other, less elegantly engineered brands. Oh, and speaking of elegant, the Barricade basket is much sportier looking with the downward dip of its front and rear bars than the other brands which look like something homemade that I might fabricate, if I could.
Comparatively, the price was much better than rival ones, but of course, cheaper still is always better. Shipping was free, speedy, and hassle-free even though I ordered both items right in the middle of the Christmas season.
I've wanted a roof rack/basket for years, but couldn't decide on one. I chose the Barricade roof rack and the Barricade matching roof basket system because I hate drilling into my 2002 Wrangler Sahara TJ, and the Barricade rack gives a sturdy, rigid mount without any drilling. I am really pleased with this Barricade roof rack and basket system.
I've had the Garvin Expedition rear bumper with all the accessories for years, so didn't know how the Barricade roof rack would work with it. Turns out it was an easy install - only had to grind a little excess off the Garvin bumper/frame mount and rebolt it all together - easier than even the Barricade instructions suggested - didn't have to remove anything but the two outermost bolts that mount the Garvin bumper to the Jeep frame.
I thought this would be a trickier install and would require me to do more "MacGyvering" than I did. Only had to use ratcheting tie-down straps to pull the main front-to-rear sidebars together to align holes for cross-member bolts and knobs.
I had to redo some steps when I installed the wrong uprights on the rear. I thought I had done it correctly based on the instructions, but eyeballed the angles incorrectly.
I also used the wrong holes for the front and rear cross-members on the rack. I had to relocate the front one to the front-most hole and the rear one to the rear-most hole so that the Barricade rack cross-members would align correctly with the cross-members of the Barricade roof basket that clamp to the roof rack cross-members.
I added some stiff rubber padding between the spacer brackets and u-clamps to take up any slack and prevent rattling, but never took the Jeep out before adding this rubber to see if this is even an issue.
The cross-members of the basket do have room to move a little. If they cause rattling, I'll find some nylon or hard rubber shims to tighten up the cross-members in the receiving holes on the side members of the basket.
I was surprised how easy this system went together. I was prepared for a tedious, slow installation, and while I took my time with it, most of that was due to removing and reinstalling pieces that didn't seem to fit right the first time - because I hadn't done them right!
As for the durability of the cross-member mounting knobs, I used a Torx bit to tighten the bolt while holding the knob stationary, rather than rotating the knob to tighten it on the Torx head bolt. For some reason, this seemed to put less stress on the knob.
The only thing that would have made it better would have been removable labels that identified the right from left rear upright supports because of the angle issue, and some sharper photos and clearer wording in some of the instructions.