(approx) 20 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
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
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October 07, 2019
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
have not used it yet but looks good and easy to installHelpful (1)
March 10, 2019
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 itHelpful (1)
January 12, 2019
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
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
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
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
easy to install and a sturdy product. support my kayaks without any issueHelpful (11)
August 06, 2018
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
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)
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.
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: http://www.rhinorack.com/en-us/products/roof/roof-racks/vortex/vortex-sg-black-2-bar-roof-rack_sg60.
Will this work with a 2 door 2018 JK
Yes, this will work with 2-door JK models, from 2011-2018.
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.
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.
We believe this could work, however we have not tested these products together to determine how viable this setup would be, and if any modifications are required.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack will also work with 2011-2018 Wrangler JK's.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack has a load rating of 88Lbs, including the weight of the crossbars (11lbs). As long as this is not exceeded, most loads will be fine, but larger, less aerodynamic loads may cause additional stresses at highway speeds.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack would not provide a great amount of stability when used on a 2 door, due to the length of the Kayak.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack is easily removable, and is not permanently mounted.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack works with all 2 door hard top jeeps from 2011-2017.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack should fit your 2017 75th Anniversary edition Jeep Sahara 2 door as long as you have the factory hardtop.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack is designed specifically for the width of the wrangler, and would most likely not work on a Volvo due to this. We do not carry any security products for this rack.
The Rhino-Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack, part number SG60, is designed specifically for the 2 door models. Rhino rack makes a separate part number SG59 for the four door models.
Thank you for your question! The 88lb load rating is for weight on both bars together.
(approx) 20 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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