(approx) 1 Hour
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This Garvin Adventure Half-Rack is for those of you that have a four-door 2007 to 2018 JK that has a hard top installed on it, that are looking for a roof rack that's going to give you a really clean look and a good bit of usable space, but not one that's going to go all the way from the front windshield all the way to the back bumper. That's how a lot of more traditional roof racks are. This one, again, is going to be half-rack, a little bit smaller, but I really like the sleek look that it provides. This is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrench installation. It's probably gonna take you right around an hour, maybe a little bit more to get it bolted up, but I'm gonna show you exactly how to do it in just a second.So, even if you have a four-door JK, which has the most cargo space of any of the Jeeps up to the JK's generation, there still isn't a ton of space to carry stuff. So, whether you're looking to haul more gear on the road, off road, whether you're going to your campsite, maybe you have a rooftop tent, adding a roof rack is going to be a really nice choice for you. And this one, in particular, is very, very well-built. It is almost over-engineered at times, but the engineering makes it so it's not going to rattle. It's not going to make any noise for you. It's not gonna rust. It's just going to continue to look good and to function really, really well. So, if you are gonna be doing some more serious hardcore wheeling, you're probably not gonna have a lot of weight up on top of your Jeep. You don't wanna get top heavy, especially if you're in some off camber situations. But, again, if you're doing more of an overland-style wheeling or going to the campsite or even on the road, this is going to hold up to 300 pounds up on the rack, 600 pounds static.And the reason that they make that distinction is because if you do have a rooftop tent up there, you have yourself, maybe two people up there, you're going to have a different weight when the Jeep's not moving than when it is moving. But this uses inch and three-quarter tubing, everything has a nice heavy duty powder coat finish on it, and maybe more important than the diameter of the tubing is the thickness of the wall. And I don't have an exact spec for you there, but I know that this is nice and thick. It's nice and strong. This is heavy weight and it is going to be heavier duty than a lot of the less expensive racks that you can find out there. This is going to be a half-rack and it is gonna be a little bit more pricey than some of the full racks out there, but again, you're not gonna get this level of engineering, or craftsmanship, or quality of build, or quality of materials on some of those less expensive choices. One of the things that I really like about this one is that you never have an area where you have two tubes that are going together, a slip fit joint, that it's drilled all the way through and you're just putting a nut and bolt going right through that. This is actually a thick-enough wall material that Garvin is able to thread the tubing itself, so you just have a nut going into a nice clean threaded hole.It might seem like a small detail, but when you've seen as many roof racks as I have, you really start to pick up on those details that mean quality and this has a lot of those. A couple of other things that I really like about this one are the bump stops. It has a bump stop down low here on the body and also one up top here on the hard top and that really takes a lot of the play, a lot of the motion, out of a roof rack like this. If you install this to spec, you tighten everything down, and you use a silicone lubricant between your slip joints in the tubing as well as tightening down all these bump stops, this is going to be one of the quietest roof racks that you can get. A lot of them from Garvin are gonna have the same bump stop style, but this one, in particular, is gonna be really, really quiet for you. And the fact that it attaches onto your rain gutters here on your hard top generally means that you have a little less carrying capacity, but again, 300 pounds on this rack, 600 pounds static is going to be a lot of carrying capacity even for a full roof rack, let alone a half-rack that attaches onto the hard top.So, a lot of good things to say about this rack. It is very, very well-built, but as with a lot of products, when you're purchasing a premium product, you should expect to pay a premium price, and I alluded to the price being a little higher on this than some of the other racks out there. This comes in at right around $750. Now, while it isn't more expensive than even some of the full racks, I absolutely think it's worth it. If you're somebody who has the budget, you're looking for something that's not only going to look good, but function well and hold up for a very long time, I think spending a little bit more upfront is always a good idea, and by going with a premium brand like Garvin, you are going to get a better product for your dollar. So, all of that said, I mentioned before I'm going to show you how to get this thing installed, so let's jump into it.So, the first step in this installation is going to be removing the tail lights from the Jeep. That will give us access to the inside of the tub where we're going to drop this bracket in. This bracket will allow this stud to come through an existing hole in the bottom of the tub and we're going to go ahead and bolt an external bracket onto that. So we'll go ahead and remove the tail lights. Now, there were a total of four screws around your tail light. You're gonna need to remove the two inner screws to get the whole tail light assembly off of the tub. Now, on the passenger side of our Jeep, which is obviously the corner that we've started in, there's a little bit of insulating foam on the inside of the tub that you're gonna have to get out of the way to expose the hole that you're gonna drop that bracket through, so we'll just reach down, get some of that out of the way here.And what you're looking for is a small hole that is right on the edge of one body panel and another. So there's a seam here, yup, there's the hole. So, once you have the hole exposed, you can determine how much more of that foam you'll have to remove to get this bracket to sit nice and flush in there. Of course, if there's a bunch of foam there, it's not gonna sit down in there nice, so you'll just have to clear the area around the hole once you find the hole. So we'll remove a little bit more foam here. Now that I've cleared a lot of that foam and all of the dirt out of the inside of our tub, we'll drop our bracket into place. And there we go. That's sitting nice and flush. So now we're gonna repeat the same process on the driver's side. However, there shouldn't be as much foam on that side.Those are the last couple of brackets we're going to need to access that area for, so we're gonna go ahead and reinstall the tail lights now. And we'll reinstall the passenger side as well. So this is our rear lower support bracket. This is what's going to get attached onto the stud that we just installed through the tail light opening. As you can see, this thing is really beefy, all kinds of gussets here. This is gonna be taking a lot of the weight because a lot of the rest of the rack is just attached onto the hard top itself, which really can't support a lot. So this is very strong and very important that you get this on there and tightened down nice and tight. So it's going to go right in this space here, over top of that stud. It actually goes right around the pinch seam and there were a couple of set screws that make sure that it's nice and tight up against the pinch seam as well and that's going to give us this mounting point here to go up with the rest of the brackets.So these are gonna be a small set screw with a pointed end and you put a jam nut on top of that so you can tighten everything down and make sure nothing rattles loose. And these aren't really supporting any sort of weight. This is really just indexing that bracket that we just installed so that it sits the proper distance away from the body of the Jeep up top. So we go ahead and start the jam nut on there. Thread the pointed set screw into the threaded hole. It will tighten up against the pinch seam. Give it a couple of cranks with the supplied Allen key and then tighten down the jam nut, again, just so nothing rattles loose. And we'll just repeat the same process on the other side.Now, that these lower brackets are installed and all tightened up, we can go ahead and install our rear supports. There is going to be a left and a right here. It's pretty clear in the instructions which one is which. This is going to be a bump stop bracket and this is gonna go toward the rear, so there are a couple of different bump stops included in this kit, one is going to be between this piece and the body here so there's no contact made there, no damage, no noise. And then there's also an upper bump stop bracket here that's going to rest directly down onto the hard top. So, our bracket that we just installed already has a factory installed bolt here. It already has a nut and some washers there so you don't have to go rooting through your parts bags for that. We'll go ahead and remove the nut, the washer, and then the star washer, and then we can get this put into place. I'm just gonna leave that hardware loose for now and then go over to the other side and install the same bracket over there.Now that we have our two crossbars installed, we can install the center bar that connects those together. But before we do that, we're going to install the upper bump stops, and this is just going to protect against any damage from this bar up against your hard top. You could have installed bump stop onto the bracket before you even installed the bracket onto the Jeep to ensure you're not going to damage your hard top, you could throw a blanket up here, whatever you wanna do, of course, just minimize the scratching of your top as much as possible, but we're gonna go ahead and install this bump stop at this point. Actually, I have the instructions here as a little bit of a cheat sheet because there are a lot of different pieces that go in a very particular order to get these installed. So we have our long bolt, the small washer that goes up through the bump stop. We have a large washer that goes on top of that. One jam nut gets threaded all the way on. Another jam nut that goes on top of that. Flat washer on top of that, then we'll go ahead and put this into the bottom of the bump stop bracket. Another flat washer, cut washer, the last nut, and then there's a small rubber vinyl piece that goes on top of your bolt just to keep anything from getting snagged on there, to keep a little bit of moisture out of the top of that as well.So we're just gonna leave this as is now. Again, this is gonna help protect against any scratching of the hard top, and then once we have everything else installed, we can go back and readjust for the height of these. So we'll go ahead and install the other one on the other side. Along with coming back to tighten these down and make any adjustments on our bump stops after we have the crossbar installed, we're also going to install these small 3M pads that come in the kit, but again, we can't install those until we figure out exactly where the bump stop hits on the hard top. Now we're gonna install our first crossbar. There are a couple of different bars. They have different measurements. The instructions are pretty clear here. This is going to be the 38-inch bar that goes between our two rear supports here. Now, if we're installing this roof rack permanently, we would wanna use a little bit of a silicone sealant, a black silicone sealant or RTB, something like that around the inside of these pipes, and what that's going to do is ensure you don't have any rusting, but it's also gonna ensure that you don't have any noise. That's going to keep you from having any metal on metal contact ever. You're not gonna rub any of this powder coating off. It just makes for a much nicer long-term installation. So, go ahead and make sure you have a tube of that handy before you start this installation.You can see why we left everything loose, made it much easier to drop those into place. And one of the really nice things about Garvin and a lot of these high-end roof racks is that the bars are thick enough that they are threaded, so a lot of the other ones would just be drilled on the inside and the outside and you would bolt all the way through them, which is a problem for a couple of different reasons. You can crush the tube. You have a bunch of the bolts sticking out the other side. It's just not as clean of an installation, but because these tubes are so heavy duty and so thick, they can actually thread the tube itself and all you need is a bolt and a couple of washers and you can thread everything together instead of having to nut and bolt everything. So we'll get that started there. And we'll install the same bolt over here on the other side. And Garvin does provide you with an Allen key to tighten everything down. We're just gonna use an Allen key adapter on a socket just to speed things along a bit.Now the next step we're gonna complete is attaching the brackets onto the rain gutters here. That will allow us to put the rest of the bars up top. Now, this is another thing that I really like about Garvin, they're not going to allow any damage to happen to the top. They provide the soft side of some Velcro here that you can put on this bracket so as it sits inside the rain gutter over time, you don't have any kinda chafing or anything like that. So, that's the first thing we're gonna do, is actually peel the backing off of the Velcro piece, right across like that. Fold it over, and then you have protection on both the front and the back side of that bracket. So that'll work out really nicely. Now, what we need to do is figure out where this bracket goes because, of course, it could go anywhere along this entire rain gutter space. So, again, the instructions are pretty clear on this. I'm just gonna set that in there for a second. You take a measurement from the gap between the hard top itself and the Freedom panel or the gap between the front and the rear door, whatever you wanna call it. We're gonna come 12 inches back, so at the one-foot mark is where we want our bracket sitting. So that's exactly where that needs to go.As far as the hardware goes, you have the outside brackets, so that's what's actually going to clamp this on to the rain gutter itself. So we can loosely put that in there, gets a flat washer on top. It gets one of these locking nylon nuts so we won't be able to get that tight by hand but at least that'll index that in place. And then we have some additional hardware, some carriage bolts that are going to go through from the inside because, of course, that's where the square hole is. That's the whole point behind the carriage bolt, is that it holds the head, so a carriage bolt goes from the inside on the square hole through the outer bracket, but there's a small nylon washer that has a little bit of thickness to it that we need to put in between there, so a little bit of a of a game we're gonna play, figuring out what needs to go on first, second, and third to get everything lined up here. That'll go there, flat washer on the outside, and then another locking nylon washer nut on the outside. That'll go there. Then we needed the same setup on the other set of holes here, and then we can sort of leave everything loose again until we get the other side installed and then the crossbar that goes between these. We're really gonna leave almost all of our hardware loose as we're doing the installation and go back through and tighten everything down.Once these brackets are installed on the rain gutter, there is a second bracket that we have to install onto this one before we can put that front crossbar in place. So this is going to attach in much the same way as a lot of the other stuff so far, with these carriage bolts. Of course, they go directly into the square holes, then the bracket on the back side of that, and that gets finished off with some flat washers. Just like all the rest of the hardware, we're gonna leave that nice and loose. That'll make it easy for us to install the crossbar, but first, we're gonna jump over to the other side and install the same bracket on the other rain gutter. Now that all these front brackets are in place, we'll install this crossbar. This does have a top and a bottom. Again, the instructions are pretty clear here. This bracket is going to be down and this is going to go right onto here.Again, we're using the carriage bolts, so you're only going to have a washer on the nut side and the bolt is going to get captured into the hole that it goes into. And like with the rest of the hardware, this is going to be all nylon lock nuts, so you're not gonna be able to get very far tightening these by hand, but that's okay. We're still leaving everything loose until we have everything started, so just go ahead and get it hand tight and then we'll jump over to the other side. Now we'll go ahead and get these long bars that run front to back installed, so they're going to sit on top of the rear hoop that you installed a little while ago, again, with carriage bolt, washer, and nyloc nut hardware. We'll install both of those sides, again, as with everything, leaving it nice and loose because there's another center bar that we have to put in and we want everything to be loose to make sure that we can get that installed. So, again, leaving that loose so we can move these around and get that center bar installed, but first, we'll jump over to the other side. Same thing over here on this side, flat washer, nyloc nut. And then we can jump up front and install that crossbar we talked about.This front crossbar here, we'll install just the same way as the rear one. Again, if we were installing this permanently, we would use some black silicone sealant here. Get both sides started, flat washer, and then that same threaded hole that we had on the back crossbar, we have on the front here. And the same hardware on the other side. Now, we're going to install the bars that we just finished up with to the crossbar that attaches onto the rain gutter here, so same deal as before, drop yourself a carriage bolt in. And just do the same thing on the other side.The last part to install up top here is the center bar and that'll drop into place right here. Same hardware that you're used to seeing at this point. Carriage bolt, flat washer, nylon lock nut. Then the same on the other side. The last thing we're going to install is another set of rubber bumpers. These go between your cage and your body here, that way, if you do have any weight up there, if anything starts to sway back and forth, this nut here is not going to make contact with the tub. And, again, these are adjustable just like the ones up top. So we'll go ahead and assemble that. Just like the ones up top, there are a lot of pieces of hardware here that all go together, a couple of different jam nuts, a couple of different washers, so just use the included picture in the instructions, makes things a little bit easier. We're gonna leave that a little bit loose as well just like everything else until we make our final adjustments.And because we left everything loose, the whole rack is completely movable right now as you can see. So, what you're gonna wanna do is start tightening everything from the front to the back. And I recommend starting at the front because as you tighten down all of this hardware, it is going to raise the level of the roof rack to somewhere around there. So once you have these tightened down, then you can see if this bar is more or less running parallel to the top, which is gonna visually look the best, either level or parallel to the top. Ideally, they'd be the same. And then you can make your adjustments back here, sliding the whole rear hoop forward and backward to adjust the height again and really just work your way from the front to the back making sure it's sitting exactly how you want as you're tightening down all the hardware. Once you have everything tightened down, then you'll go ahead and adjust all of your bump stops so that they're firmly sitting on both the hard top and on the tub and then you're gonna be finished up.So, once you have the rack leveled up, sitting exactly how you want it, and all of your hardware is tight, then you just need to tighten down your bump stops. But before you do that, there's little pieces of 3M. It's almost like a paint protection film. It's a clear piece that you're supposed to attach onto the body of the Jeep just to eliminate any type of chafing. So you wanna loosen up the bump stop, make sure you give yourself some room to work in there, then you can peel off the adhesive backing for the PPF, put it exactly where the bump stop is going to hit on the body. Of course, it doesn't hurt to clean the body of the Jeep a little bit before you go ahead and stick that on there. So, stick that on. Just kind of press it down. And then you can adjust your bump stops so that it's nice and tight. So, you have a couple of jam nuts. You'll loosen and tighten, kind of just play with things to get it sitting how you like it. And then with a half-inch wrench, you can just snug everything down.Now, if you were to overtighten this side, it'll push the whole rack that way or over-loosen it because you can do that with the jam nuts, it'll pull the whole rack this way. So you kind of wanna look at it from the back, judge it, make sure that you're tightening them evenly and that by overtightening or over-loosening one of them, you're not pushing the rack one side or the other. So now that we have this one pretty much sitting how we want it, we'll get the other side snug, take a look at it from the back and then make any adjustments that we might need to make. Them we can jump up top here and this is gonna be the same tightening process as below.So, if you're looking for some additional storage but don't need a full roof rack, I would definitely recommend considering this half-rack from Garvin that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Off Road Look. When taking your 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK off road, you'll need a secure place to store all your cargo, so make sure you install Garvin's Adventure Half-Rack for Hard-Tops. This half-rack adds a serious, rugged accent to your Jeep while simultaneously maintaining its removable front for your convenience.
High-Performance Applications. Not only is this half-rack a fantastic aesthetic addition to your Jeep, but it also features four bump stops that provide the stability and strength needed to haul up to 300 lbs. of gear on the toughest terrain. When standing still, the half-rack can stand weights up to a massive 600 lbs., making it perfect for a roof top tent addition.
1-3/4 in. Tubing. In order to provide maximum strength and durability, this half-rack is designed from 1-3/4 in. steel tubing that can stand up to difficult off roading conditions. The steel is then finished with a zinc powder coat primer and a black light textured top coat that gives it the protection it needs to stay pristine in inclement weather.
Warranty. If you have any issues with the materials or workmanship of this half-rack, check out its limited lifetime warranty. Some limitations do apply.
Installation. Set aside about 1 hour for the installation of this half-rack. All necessary hardware is included.
Application. Garvin's Adventure Half-Rack for Hard-Tops is perfect for all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JKs with 4 doors.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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October 23, 2019
Best with 2 people
I installed this myself after watching the video instructions, however it took approximately 6 hours as I had to first remove my AEV Rear Bumper prior to the rear mount installation.Helpful (1)
October 07, 2019
A heavy-duty rack that stays silent even when off-roading. Holds our rooftop tent with room to spare. Super pleased.Helpful (2)
April 26, 2019
All the rack without the drilling.
I chose this half rack from Garvin strictly because of two things. 1) I didn’t have to drill into the Jeep. 2) Still allows you to remove the freedom panels. Wrack is very sturdy, easy to put on and looks great. Very happy with this purchase.Helpful (2)
April 09, 2019
roof rack works great
I have the steel wrap around bumper. This needs removing to install the lower pieces. Take this into account as I had to take it to a garage for help with this part. When you receive the package make sure you install the lower bumper stops BEFORE attaching the upper pieces. I needed the rack to sit a little further back on my jeep to allow the soft top freedom roof to open and there is enough adjustment for that to happen. I just needed to add rubber to the top bumper stops to make contact with the hard top. It looks great and works well. Love itHelpful (1)
April 09, 2019
The rack was surprisingly easy to install and secure. It fits well on my JKUR. I’m not giving it five stars due to the random extra parts and seemingly needless changes of bolt size. Could have been simplified with all the same size. Also the bracket attaching to the rain gutter could have been made from half the parts and it would stronger.Helpful (3)
April 09, 2019
rack em up
install was a breeze, I watched the video a few times and all packaging is well labeled, the only complaints would be the rear legs were not manufactured square and kept pulling the rack to one side. Also some front legs on the front gutter mount, probably would make this mount more solid. I purchased this for its lower profile design, so the jeep still fits in the garage, also plan on mounting a tent on it. at this point I'm not sure if I need additional bars to mount the tent, I've read conflicting reviews.Helpful (3)
February 16, 2019
Love the rack hate the wind moise. Would be nice if they made a wind deflector for the half rack.Helpful (8)
August 06, 2018
Great Roof Rack
I love this roof rack. Fits well and allows for easy removal of the hard top front panels. My one complaint, and I dinged it on the fit of the product, is how challenging it is to install. The instructions are ridiculously vague. If anyone is interested in installing this product I can send photos and instructions on how to install the pitfalls I learned installing it. Overall I do recommend this product highly just take your time installing it.Helpful (12)
January 30, 2018
I love it! Product went up in about an hour and a half, kind of on your own when it comes to instructions. I plan on putting an overlander up there at some point with some exterior mounted lights on the rack around the tent. The Half rack is great because you can still remove your freedom top with ease. Contacted Garvin and they said i can't mount the overlander tent without there crossbars, kind of disappointed about this but other than this it's a good product!Helpful (10)
Will the smittybilt overlander rtt bolt right up to this or will I need to purchase a crossbar kit? It looks as though it should work without it as there are two crossbars already on this rack... Thanks in advance.
This should work with the rooftop tent without the need of the crossbars.
What is the maximum height from the roof for this rack? My garage door is low, but I do have some clearance.
This roof rack will add about 6" from the top of the roof line.
How many inches above the roof line does this rack sit (height)?
This rack will sit approximately 6" above the roof line when installed.
If I plan on using this for a roof top tent for just my wife and I would I need to purchase anything else for it as far as attachment wise for the rack?
This rack will be able to hold up to 600lbs static and will be all you need to hold a roof top tent and 2 adults without worry.
Could you possibly attach a 270° awning on this?
We would recommend the Garvin Adventure Rack Basket for use with the Garvin Adventure Half-Rack for Hard-Tops.
This is compatible with the stock JK rear bumper.
You should be able to easily mount your Kayaks to this roof rack!
This would work with the Thule box yes.
This will weigh around 90 lbs.
You will need to remove the rack prior to removal of the hard top.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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