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Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack - Black (11-18 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door)

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

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


      • 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 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door Models


      Modern Utility. Make room for all your travel storage needs with the Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack. This black JK 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 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 door models.

      Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# SG60

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (27)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 27 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • October 07, 2019

        5 2015 Wrangler - DG415 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy Installation

        lighter than I expected they look great and installing them was easy, I can’t wait to throw the snowboards on top!

        Helpful (1)
      • May 21, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - LorneH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        have not used it yet but looks good and easy to install

        Helpful (1)
      • March 10, 2019

        5 2018 Rubicon - Matt Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great value

        Easy fit , looks nice , very strong and doesn’t feel cheap . Little hard to put together but putting it on the truck is the easy part. Would recommend 2 ppl for sure. Overall great product for cost and love it

        Helpful (1)
      • January 12, 2019

        4 2015 Rubicon - DanielD

        Good Rack

        Good rack!!! Would of been five star except that the install required 4 self tapping screws. I searched the box it came in for 15min, and couldn’t find them. Just went down to Home Depot and got a box of them. Other then that it’s a really simple install, and a nice rack for what I need.

        Helpful (3)
      • January 01, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - TimothyM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good product.

        I worried about if this product could hold our two kayaks. It held the product the down safely on my vehicle well. It was a good purchase.

        Helpful (8)
      • December 22, 2018

        5 2009 Wrangler - MarkD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Operation Ski rack e freedom

        It was a quick and easy assembly. However, I didn’t anticipate the limited space available for the ski bindings because of the two door rail. It looks goofy securing the skis mid binding. But it’s worth it keeping the wet skis on top, instead of inside the cabin.

        Helpful (6)
      • August 15, 2018

        2 2011 Wrangler - MichelleM

        Missing Parts

        I think this would be a great product, but this is the third time I have ordered this product and it did not come complete with all the parts needed to install.

        Helpful (6)
      • August 14, 2018

        5 2012 Wrangler - DanB Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        support rack

        easy to install and a sturdy product. support my kayaks without any issue

        Helpful (11)
      • August 06, 2018

        5 2011 Wrangler - PaulM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good Solid Product

        Besides the fact that putting Rino Racks on a two door Jeep as I have done does not make much sense (Jeep should really extend the gutter over the side windows so you can spread them apart more) they still look good and are pretty strong. Taking them off to get a car wash doesn't make much sense. It's not like they just snap on and off that quickly, but I like them. I will figure out how to use them. I need to find a roof mounted box of some sort to stow stuff or make something.

        Helpful (5)
      • June 30, 2018

        5 2017 Wrangler - someguy Installation Time: Afternoon

        worked great

        Mounted these to a 17' JK 2 door and then mounted the Yakima SUP Dawg carrier with the Rhino Rack paddle carrier. they look great and work great so long as you know they are not for heavy weight items >50#.

        Helpful (8)

      Questions & Answers (25 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      How far apart do these bars mount from each other, I’m seeing kayak racks that need 22-24 inches? Recommendations for which kayak racks/holder to go with for this rack?

      • The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack will sit with just under 19" between both bars on 2 door models. 4 door models will have a 31" spacing.

      Helpful (3)

      Why does the Rhino Rack Website say that this will fit 07-17 4 and 2 door models if it doesn't? I mean They all have gutters?

      • Thank you for your question and I do apologize for any confusion. As per Rhino Rack's website, part number SG60 only works with Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV Hard Top 11 to 17. You can find it on their site here as well:

      Helpful (3)

      Will this work with a 2 door 2018 JK

      • Yes, this will work with 2-door JK models, from 2011-2018.

      Helpful (1)

      Rhino states that the SG59 racks are not be used offroading. What is your experience or opinions about using the rack when offroading?

      • We would recommend that these racks are not to be used for offroading as this was not the designed application.

      Helpful (0)

      What is the height of the rack measured from the hardtop? Trying to determine if the Jeep will fit in my garage once these are mounted.

      • These will add approximately 4" from the hardtop to the top of the rack cross member.

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      10 More Questions
      Would there be an issue (keeping total weight under 88#'s) using the MaxxTow MaxxHaul Truck Bed and Roof Load Extender (may have to use a hitch extender due to the spare tire), and 1 Rhino-Rack Vortex SG to haul a kayak? 1 answer
      Would the Rhino Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack work on the 2014 4 door Wrangler Sport Unlimited as well? it has the rain gutter over both doors. 1 answer
      The weight capacity is 88 lbs, your staff initially say it can hold 2 Kayaks as long as they weigh less than 88 lbs. Later you say it can't hold 2 kayaks. Later someone asks if it can hold a cargo carrier. Assuming it has a total weight less than 88 lbs but your staff says no. I don't understand, if it is rated for 88 lbs it should hold 88 lbs. perhaps it is not rated for the weight it says. Anything weighing 88 lbs is going to have to contend with wind turbulence etc. 1 answer
      I have a two door wrangler. The bars look really close together on the two door vs the four door. Does anyone have experience carrying a kayak with this system on a two door? How about two kayaks? Is this not the right system for this purpose? 1 answer
      Are these mounted permanently or can they be removed when the hard top comes off? 1 answer
      will this fit my 2017 Rubi? 1 answer
      Will this fit a 2017 Jeep Sahara 2 door 75th edition? 1 answer
      I have a couple questions. 1. Will this fit a Volvo 240 gutter rack? 2. Is there any security system/locks of some sort? 1 answer
      Can I use this rack for a four door? I know it says 2 door but there's a customer picture with a four door jeep with the roof rack. Need answer asap cuz I am planning on purchasing it soon 1 answer
      88lbs load rating per bar or between both bars? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

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

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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