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Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack; Black (07-21 Jeep Wrangler JK & JL 2-Door)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, I'm gonna give you my review and install of this Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack in Black, fitting all 2007 and later Jeep Wrangler JK and JL models in the 2-door. Now, you should really be checking this out if you are looking for a solution and a way to carry oversized items on the roof of your Jeep, but you don't need a whole lot of cargo-carrying capacity. Now, rated at a maximum of 88 pounds of carrying capacity, this Rhino-Rack is a perfect solution for those of you out there who are looking to carry things like kayaks, surfboards, skis, snowboards, bicycles, or any of those type of oversized items that aren't gonna fit in your Jeep but aren't all that heavy. Another attractive aspect of the design of this Vortex SG kit from Rhino-Rack is that it's very easy to mount and take off of your Jeep.Now, like I said before, if you're carrying those kind of weekend fun things like kayaks or a canoe, this is perfect for that because it's very easy to just throw this rack on when you need to use it. And then when you're done using it, take it back off, especially for those of us like me who use their Jeeps as a daily driver. That way you can take this back off, you're not worried about having that rack up there during the week when you don't need it. And that way, you can whip into a carwash if you want to and not worry about this getting damaged in there. And the other aspect to it too is a lot of us like using our freedom panels and taking them out. That is very easy thing to do with our Jeeps, and, of course, if you have this mounted up there, you can't do that. But with those Rhino-Racks set up, you can take these Rhino-Racks off in about 15 minutes or less, no problem, and then you can remove your freedom panels and enjoy that open-air feeling that we love with our Jeeps.Now, like I said, these are rated to only carry up to 88 pounds of weight on the roof of your Jeep. Now, this is a non-permanent solution like I've already mentioned. There are other heavier-duty options out there. If you need to carry heavier items or maybe loose items that don't necessarily strap to a roof rack like this, we have lots of options here at ExtremeTerrain with greater carrying capacity and come in a different setup, like a rooftop basket for carrying smaller, loose items like that that you're gonna strap down. Now, this rack is very competitive price-wise compared to similar setups that we sell. This unit is currently priced around $300, very competitive compared to similar roof racks. The more expensive, heavier duty roof rack options, you could end up spending two to three times that much for a full-on rooftop basket. So why spend that kind of money if you don't need all of that? This is a perfect solution for those of you who need to carry a little bit less on the roof of your Jeep.Now, as far as the installation goes, guys, as you're about to see here in a minute, it's very simple. The initial assembly work that we're gonna do putting some of these pieces together and mounting on the Jeep might take you up to an hour to do that. But once you have the pieces assembled and the brackets all put together, from then on forward, you're probably looking at about a 15-minute process or less to get them mounted on your Jeep or to take it off your Jeep when you are using it on a regular basis. So let's go ahead and take a look at just a couple of tools we're gonna need for this installation, and let's do the installation itself. All right, guys, the only tools we're really gonna need for this install is a Phillips head screw mounted into our drill. You could use a hand tool, but I recommend for ease of installation using a power tool, and you're gonna need the Allen key tool that is provided in the kit.All right, guys, first step to this installation is we're gonna do a little bit of assembly work up here in the table. First, go ahead and grab one of your rails. And one thing I do wanna call out is that the front rail and the rear rail are actually different lengths. The front rail is just a little bit shorter. It is labeled, there is a label on it that says front, and the other has a label on it that says rear, but you might want to make a note of that somewhere and just remember that. As these things get weathered and exposed to, you know, use outside, these labels might come off and need to know which side is which. So, with that said, let's take a look here. What we're gonna be doing is basically mounting these inside your roof racks. And it's a very snug fit. And the manufacturer recommends that once you get it in as far as you can, if you can't get in any further by hand, you might need a rubber mallet to just kind of tap it in there. It's designed to be a very snug fit that when you have it up on the rack, there's no wobbling or wiggling or anything like that. It's gonna be nice and tight. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna mount it inside, and then you're gonna need the four Phillips head screws that are included in the kit. We're gonna be using those as a set screw and kind of screwing those into place once we have them pounded in.So literally... See, that one is almost there. I'm just gonna need to tap it a little bit. And that's a nice snug fit like that. And we're gonna go ahead and put the screw in. Now, we're just gonna simply repeat that step for the remaining three brackets. All right, guys, now when I was tapping in that last bracket, you may have noticed this little threaded piece popped out. Now, these basically just pop into place, and that's gonna give a threaded mounting point for these bolts to screw into when we're gonna put this part of the bracket against the rain gutter and clamp it up to the Jeep itself. Not a big deal. These will drop out. They just pop back into place. The only thing you need to check is to make sure that it's twisted and oriented correctly so that we can thread our bolts in when we need to.And once you have those all secured in and screwed down, you can go ahead and put them on the truck or on your Jeep. This lip right here is gonna rest on the inside of your rain gutter. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna go around and bolt up these clamps that basically pinches it into place. All right, guys, now we're up here by the roof of our Jeep. I have our racks up here already. I have the front one here and the rear one there. Now, the front one is a little bit shorter, and that's because the leading edge of the roof of your Jeep kind of tapers in a little bit, so it needs to be shorter. So we're just literally gonna rest it into the rain gutters. You're gonna want to have it kind of towards the front. Now, the manufacturer specifies that the centerline of each rack should be approximately 18 and 7/8 inches apart. So roughly 19 inches. And when I set these in place, we're gonna take a quick measurement to make sure that we're following that recommendation. Right now, we're only about 17 inches from centerline to centerline. So, obviously, I'm gonna have to adjust that a little bit and bring this one back.I'm gonna leave my tape measure out like that. And that's pretty close. That's pretty much where we're gonna want it. So, now, I'm gonna go grab the rest of the parts of this kit, and we're gonna bolt up the clamps here, and that will literally pinch your rack to the rain gutter lip right here. All right, guys, now, go ahead and grab one of these pieces for the bracket, as well as two of these bolts, along with a flat washer and a lock washer. We've got one started in here already. And try not to drop them like I just did. And grab another one. Now, those little metal pins that I showed you earlier, if they're not angled properly, you can check and turn it. You need to make sure they're angled properly so that these will thread in like you need them to. And you can grab the tool that comes in the kit and cinch these up. Go ahead and repeat that for the back one. Then go ahead and repeat those steps for the other side.All right, guys, that wraps up this review and install of this Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack in Black, fitting all 2007 and later Jeep Wrangler JK and JL models with the 2-door. And, of course, for all things Wrangler, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Hard Top Rack
      • Rain Gutter Mounts
      • For Use with Factory Hardtops
      • Suitable for Light Off Road Use
      • Compatible with Most Accessories
      • Easy to Install and Remove
      • 88 lb. Load Rating
      • Lifetime Warranty
      • For 2007-2021 Jeep Wrangler JK and JL 2 Door Models

      Description

      Modern Utility. Make room for all your travel storage needs with the Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack. This black rack features a 88 lb. load rating and a modern design with removable cross bars that mount directly to your factory hard top's rain gutters. Installation and removal is simple and easy for complete versatility.

      Cross Bars. This rack includes 2 Vortex bars engineered to reduce wind drag and noise while providing 18 to 59 inches of usable support.  Each bar is finished off in a capped mounting foot, further preventing unnecessary noise and whistling found in common tube style racks.

      Accessories. Designed to help you make the most out of travel and adventures, this rack is compatible with a large number of accessory mounts available on today's market, even big name brands. It'll accommodate a variety of ski racks, bike racks, as well as kayak and other watersport mounts.

      Application. This black Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack is designed for use with factory hard tops found on 2007-2021 Jeep Wrangler JK and JL 2 door models.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Vortex cross bar
      • (4) Mounting feet
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      4.7

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