Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Garvin Adventure Rack fitting your 2-door 2007 and up JK. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this rack which is a very simple one out of three wrenches because this is designed to bolt directly on to your Jeep without any major modifications. So if you decide to tackle this job on your own, you can get this done in your driveway in about two hours, but we'll talk a little bit more about the install in just a minute. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the features of this rack.
Even though the newer JKs do have some more space inside of them than the older TJs did, if you are somebody who needs to haul a bunch of gear, chances are you don't have room inside your JK, so a roof rack could be a really nice option. Now, I don't recommend a roof rack for those of you who do some really hard core off-roading and get yourself into a lot of off-camber situations. Having the additional weight up on top of the vehicle can make you a little bit top heavy and can raise your center of gravity which isn't a good thing. However, if you do more of an overland style of off-roading, or you stay on the road, or you're just trying to haul some gear to the camp site for the weekend, a roof rack can be a really nice solution.
Now, there are some very inexpensive roof racks out there on the market but those ones aren't going to hold up quite as well to rust and corrosion because of the coating. They're probably going to make some rattling noises when you're driving down the road or certainly when you're hitting the trail. That's not what you're going to get with a rack from Garvin. This is a really high-quality roof rack and not only is it built really well and going to hold up really well and be very quiet, it's also going to look really good. It's very sleek in its design. Some of the less expensive racks on the market do look a little bit boxier, in my opinion, and aren't quite as sleek. So while you are going to spend a little bit more money for a Garvin rack, you are getting something that's gonna hold up well over time, it's gonna be quiet, and it looks good.
As far as the construction goes, this is a steel tubular roof rack that's covered in a textured black powder coat finish. Again, this finish is going to hold up really well to rust and corrosion. And the way that this thing is designed and built, it is going to be nice and quiet and rattle-free as long as you follow all of the instructions when you're installing it. This can hold up to 300 pounds and it is a little bit different than, say, the Garvin Adventure Rack which is a more expensive rack. The Adventure rack essentially has a built-in basket that covers the entire roof area of the Jeep. This is a much more simple rack that just has a couple of bars on it. However, you can get a basket or any number of other accessories so that you can strap down whatever type of gear you are trying to haul.
One of the other nice features about this rack is that it does tilt back allowing you to lower and raise your soft top without completely removing the roof rack. So this is hinged in the back making it very easy for you to tilt it and actually your soft top without having to completely remove the roof rack.
As I mentioned before, the installation of this rack is a very simple one out of three wrenches, and you can probably get this done in right around two hours. As with most other roof racks on the market this is going to attach to the windshield hinges in the front and has some brackets on your rear frame rails that come up, and that's where your pivot point is going to be for the rear of the rack. Once you have the mounts on the front and the mounts on the frame on the rear, it's a simple matter of attaching the hoops and the crossbars that run front to back on your Jeep. This is going to be a very simple rack to install but you are going to wanna follow the instructions that are included to make sure that you're getting everything bolted in place exactly where it goes, and make sure everything is nice and tight so you're not going to have any rattles. You're not going to need any specialty tools to get this job done, just your traditional hand tools and, again, about two hours of time.
As I mentioned before, this rack is going to be a little bit less expensive than the Garvin Expedition Rack just because it is a simpler rack, there isn't quite as much here. However, this is going to be more expensive than some of the other racks on the market. There are Barricade roof racks out there that are certainly less expensive than this one is, but this is a very high-quality rack. It's a very well-built rack, and as we said before, it's very low profile and it is a sleek-looking rack. So it really comes down to what you're looking for on your Jeep. I think that this is absolutely worth the price you have to pay for it. However, if you're not somebody who's going to be running a roof rack year round, you're not as worried about the rattles, you don't live in an area where you have a lot of salt so you're not worried about corrosion, then yeah, you can probably go with one of those less expensive racks and save yourself a little bit of money. But, if you're looking for a really high-quality rack that's gonna look sleek, hold up well, and be noise-free, I think this one is worth the price.
So if you're looking to add a little bit of additional cargo space to your two-door JK, a roof rack like this one is a really nice option. This is going to give you the ability to carry up to 300 pounds of gear on the roof of the Jeep, it's going to be a really sleek-looking rack that will hold up really well over time and is really easy to install. So that's my review of the Garvin Adventure Rack, fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.