December 28, 2019
Great entry level rack system, poor instructions
So the reviews are true, the directions to put this thing together are woefully lacking. It’s not the big parts that are problematic, it’s the small bits and nuts and bolts that are poorly described and labeled that make you mad.
There is padding to add to the rack to avoid scratching your paint on the front mounts. The one sided sticky padding is shaped like the entire front Jeep bracket that the bar mounts to. I.e. you get the impression you’re supposed to put this sticky padding onto your Jeep which is what I did. Then found out the bracket isn’t even that big and I had 20 square inches of padding now messing up my Jeep. Was a bear to take it off. So, pro-tip - put the padding on the brackets. Cut off what you don’t need, which is a lot.
With lots of experimentation finally got all the bolts and bits in the right place.
I recommend solidly mounting the front brackets, then loosely installing the back, then the second most rear bracket, then finally the long straight piece. The passenger side went together pretty fast with the driver side being the experiment side.
NOTE: if you use this rack and you have the Garvin bumper with a passenger side gas can holder, you will lose the ability to open the rear window all the way. The Barricade Rack sticks out too much and won’t allow the passenger rack to open far enough. I still like the rack despite this drawback.
Definitely get a helper, makes it easier all the way around.
Once everything was tightened up, it is pretty solid. Hosts a roof top tent and seems to bear it up with no problem.
I opted for this version not because of price, but because it doesn’t require drilling into the Jeep. This easily attaches to the bumper bolts (I have a Garvin bumper) and the front windshield mounts.
For your inspiration- I drilled 1/4” holes in the middle and the rear sections to run wire down the tubes to the hole in the bumper section in order to mount lights. I ran the wire to the front to relays/switches and now have custom lights that have no exterior wiring or wire harnesses or cords/cables. This is another benefit of the Barricade design.