(approx) 10 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys. Today I'm here with the Lange Originals front rack frame fitting all year Wranglers. So, this is going to be a quick solution for the Wrangler owner looking for a very simplistic and very affordable way to get a roof rack system. So paired with the rear rack, this is going to be perfect for somebody who's looking to carry any of that extra large cargo that you can't fit in the back of your Wrangler, like snowboards, surfboards or even kayaks or just any other cargo that you don't want inside of your Wrangler. This is going to be a very solid system, paired with the rear rack made of steel with an epoxy finish on it. So this is going to last a long time. So again, this will be for just the front rack, and in order to mount up any of your cargo properly and safely, you will need the rear rack in order to do that. However, together they will be a very solid system. Other more expensive options that you may be seeing on the page will be a little bit bulkier, they will have different add ons that are a little bit extra that you don't necessarily need if you're looking for a sleek and very simple system to work with. If you're not looking to get all the bells and whistles, this is definitely going to be for you at a very affordable price. So install is going to be a very easy two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This will take a little bit of time just to get everything adjusted correctly. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install today were an impact wrench, a quarter inch drive ratchet, an 11 millimeter socket and a T40 Torx bit. So for our first step is going to be to remove the top two bolts on our A-pillar. I am going to be using a T40 Torx bit on our JK. If you do have an earlier model, it may be a different tool to remove those. So now we can take on our JK, our factory hardware and sandwich this in between that and our A-pillar. If you are installing this on an earlier gen Wrangler, then you will use the hardware that is provided. So we are just going to put that in place hand tight. We are not going to tighten down anything yet because we do want to get our rods in here as well as the rest of our rack installed and then we can position everything and tighten everything down at the end. So now we can do the same thing on the other side with our T40 Torx bit. So after we have our mounting brackets installed, we do have to do a little bit more of some assembly before we can mount up the rest of our rack. So we do need to install our poles that are going to be holding up the top of our rack. These will just very easily slide into this channel here. Same thing for both of these sides. So we are going to attach our end caps. This is just going to prevent any water or any debris getting inside to our rack, potentially causing some corrosion on the metal. So now we can attach our hardware. We are going to very loosely attach it just because when we do get to the Jeep, we want to make sure that everything fits in place before we go ahead and tighten anything down. Just going to thread those in just a hair and then do the same thing for the other side. I do have a ratchet here with an 11 millimeter socket ready. So when we do get over to the Jeep and we put these on the mounting brackets, that we can tighten those down and then we can go ahead and tighten down our actual mounting brackets. Let's go over and attach this to our Wrangler. So now we can mount them in the brackets here. Make sure that everything is adjusted and good. If you do have to adjust these, you can take them back out of the brackets and shimmy them whichever way you want to, but once we have this all bolted up, we can secure the arms down to our top rail with our bolts that were provided and then we can tighten down our mounting bracket. All right, so we can continue to attach these. We actually have these attached, but I did take them out just because I did have to go back and adjust a little bit and I only threaded them in just a little. Then I'm going to take an 11 millimeter socket and just tighten those down. These will not actually bolt down all the way. The head of the bolt will not lay flat on the mount. That's because we are wedging these up against the top rail just like we'll do for the arm knobs in just a second. Make sure you tighten those down to where they are not going to move anywhere. All right, and do the same thing for the other side. So after those are tight, we can tighten down our mounting brackets. So now we can tighten down these bolts on our mounting bracket after everything is in position with our T40 Torx bit. You can do that on both sides and then you can go ahead and secure everything down with your knob. So that's going to wrap it up for my review and install on the Lange Originals front rack frame fitting all year Wranglers. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Sturdy Cargo Rack. The Lange Originals Front Rack for Jeep Wranglers is strong enough to carry 150 pounds of kayaks, canoes, or other gear. Lange designed the frame to bolt onto the windshield bolts so isn’t a bar running from front to back to interfere with converting your top. An optional 2-Bike Holder keeps bikes or canoes from bumping into each other while you drive. You can carry bikes or kayaks without the optional holder, but you will need to attach them securely to keep them from crashing together.
Quick Release Clamps. Lange Originals engineered quick release clamps into this Front Rack so you can spend your time in recreation, not loading your equipment. The Front Rack itself attaches and detaches in seconds. Each rack is self-supporting and fits every year and model Jeep Wranglers. The durable black epoxy paint protects your Lange Front Rack from rust and corrosion.
Application. The Lange Originals Front Rack fits all 1987-2018 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK models.
Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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October 18, 2018
Great alternative to a fixed rack!
I had designed and was going to DIY something very similar and then stumbled across this one. The extruded aluminum top rail is actually really burly with very little flex even under load. The powder coating on both aluminum and steel parts is a bit thin and weak. It's designed well to allow one person to install or remove the upper rack portion from the vehicle solo, which is really nice. The engineering could use a little tightening of tolerances, as the bolt holes to attach the lower frame mounts are a fair amount larger than the bolts creating a lot of play in the rack unless you CRANK the bolts down. Overall a great option as a quick rack for occasional use.Helpful (10)
June 14, 2018
It works for what it is
It looks good in the package, but had to drill several holes to get it to fit. The bolt holes also started rusting after only a couple of weeks even though it's only seen a couple days of rain and stays in the garage the rest of the time. The rack ends won't stay on and it makes a horrible whistle on the road. There is also near-constant contact with the mounts and the antenna, which makes a little more noise. It held my 10' kayak in place for a 1500 mile drive just fine though.Helpful (11)
March 12, 2018
I bought this rack to haul around my fishing kayak and it works great. Just wish it came with kayak mounts.Helpful (11)
(approx) 10 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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