Review & Install Video
The interior of a JK, even a larger four-door JK, is pretty small, so whether you're looking to haul some additional gear on-road or off-road, a roof rack is a nice option. But some of you guys don't want to have to drill into your hardtop or don't have a hardtop at all, and some don't like the roof racks that wrap all the way around the jeep, down to the windshield hinges, and the frame, and the rear. So if you're just looking for a minimalist rack that goes on your hardtop that doesn't wrap all the way around the body, and something that doesn't require drilling, and is removable, I would definitely the Rhino Rack Vortex SG Black 2 Bar Roof Rack, fitting all 2011 to 2016 JKs that have a hardtop installed. This will attach onto the rain gutters when you need it, and pop right off when you don't. Now this is going to be a little bit expensive when you compare it to the weight capacity of other racks on the market, however, if you're looking for something that is non-permanent, I definitely recommend taking a look at this. The cross bars of this rack itself are made of metal covered in a black powder coat finish, and the brackets themselves are a combination of metal and plastic hardware. Now these do come as you see them, disassembled. There are a few additional parts that I didn't put on the table here that will go onto these brackets to make sure that you can quickly and easily connect them and disconnect them from the rain gutters. You can really put them anywhere forward and backward on the Jeep, but Rhino Rack does give you some pointers to get the most carrying capacity out of these. Even when these are positioned correctly, you're only gonna be able to put 88 pounds on this roof rack. If you compare that to luggage, or to a canoe, or a kayak, all of the sudden you get very close to that weight limit. A lot of the stronger racks do require you to drill through your hardtop and support from the roll bar itself underneath the top, or if you can get one of those roof racks that wraps all the way down to the frame and attaches to the body in the front. Gobi makes a really nice rack, as does Garvin, but they're gonna be very, very expensive when you compare them to this rack. However, they do have a lot more capacity, so it just comes down to what you need and what you want for your Jeep.Getting these installed on your Jeep is a really simple process because, as I said, these are designed to clip on and off and not be a permanent rack. All of the assembly happens on the ground or on a table, where you'll put together the mounting brackets and attach them to the cross bars. After that, it's just a matter of picking it up, clipping it onto the rain gutters of your hardtop, and you're ready to use the rack. The assembly process may take you around an hour, give or take. The instructions are very good that come with this setup, and getting them clipped onto the Jeep is a five minute process. You won't need any specialty tools to get these clipped onto the Jeep, or to get them assembled, just some regular hand tools.When you look at the price and the value of this rack, it really comes down to what you're comparing it to. If you want maximum carrying capacity for your dollar, I wouldn't say that this is your best bet. I would go with maybe a Barricade roof rack. You're gonna be able to carry 300 pounds on that, and it's not gonna be that much more expensive than this rack. However, if you're comparing this to one of the most expensive full on roof racks that you can attach onto your Jeep, that can run upwards of $1,200, so this is definitely going to be in the middle there. However, both of those options that I just mentioned are gonna carry significantly more weight than this. While this rack is very well-built, it has a low carrying capacity because of the way it attaches to the Jeep. However, the way it attaches to the Jeep is also the selling point for a lot of you guys. This is a temporary rack that can come on or off when you want it to, and it doesn't require any drilling at all. So if that's what you want, a temporary rack for light use, I would say that this is worth the money. So that's my review of the Rhino Rack Vortex SG Black 2 Bar Roof Rack, fitting all 2011 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.