Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Surco Removable Safari Hard Top Rack with Basket, fitting all 2007-2017 JKs with a hard top. Today, we're gonna talk about some of the features and the construction of this rack as well as the way it gets installed.
The most unique thing about this rack in particular, is that it is a no-drill rack for a hard top that does not require you to have a full roof rack installed. So this is a smaller bracket system that attaches to the hard top, that will allow you to run this basket, but it doesn't require a full roof rack that goes from the windshield hinges all the way to the back corner of the Jeep, and is a full cage around the vehicle. The fact that this will allow you to mount on to a hard top without drilling through your top, which of course, is a permanent modification, that a lot of you guys don't want to do and also can open up the opportunity for some wicking, makes this a really nice option.
Even the newer four-door JKs don't have a ton of cargo room on the inside, so if you are looking to haul some additional gear on the road or to your favorite campsite on the weekend, and you have a hard top, this is a really nice rack option. This rack is made from three quarter-inch aluminum square tubing, that's covered in a black powder coat finish, which means that it's going to be lightweight, it's going to be strong, and even if you do get a scratch in the finish, it's not going to rust because it is aluminum. This rack has five-inch sides, and it does have some slots on the floor which will allow you to run items that are about a medium size. There is a flooring kit available for this basket, so that you can have additional flooring slots, and run even smaller cargo in here without the risk of falling through. These sides allow you plenty of opportunities for straps, bungee cords, or elastic nets to make sure that your cargo stays put when you put it in here.
Now, what you're getting when you purchase this product is actually two pieces. You're getting this basket, and then you're getting a Jeep JK Hard Top Specific Mounting System. You're getting two different boxes. So you'll put the basket together, you'll put the mounting system on the Jeep, and then you'll be able to put the basket on that mounting system. Again, the big benefit to the mounting system is that it attaches to the rain gutter, and it attaches to the area between the tub, and the rear windows of your hard top, all without the need to drill anything.
So the first thing you'll need to do to get this system installed is assemble the basket. The basket comes in four different pieces for the sides, a bunch of different bottom rails, and of course all the hardware to get everything together. Once you have the basket installed, you can put the mounting system on your hard top. In order to do that, you'll just follow the instructions carefully. There are a couple of clamps that will attach on to those rain gutters, above the rear windows of your four-door JK or the front windows of your two-door, and also some brackets that go between the hard top, and the top of the tub of your Jeep. Once all that mounting hardware is in place, you can ahead and put the basket on that and you're finished. Again, nothing to drill. This is removable although you do have to remove all of the bolts that hold your hard top in place, to get the mounting system on and off the Jeep. It is going to be a lot easier to remove than something that bolts into place. We've gotten bolt hardware or something that you drill, and then you permanently uphold in your Jeep.
Now to get this thing installed, it will probably take you around two hours, probably a little bit less, but that's for the first installation. Once the basket is fully assembled and the mounting system is assembled, the next time you take it on and off will definitely go a lot quicker. You won't need any specialty tools for this job, just a good socket set and some screw drivers. I think that this roof rack basket is a really good value. When you take a look at some of the other roof rack systems on the market, granted a lot of them have a lot more material. Because they're those full roof racks with or without baskets, they're a lot more expensive than this is.
Personally, I like the look of this basket. I think it's a lot cleaner while still being very functional, and I love the fact that this doesn't require you to drill anything. It will also come on and off a lot easier than those full roof rack system, so I think this has a lot going for it. You couple that with the fact that it's a high quality system, and I think that the price you have to pay is more than fair. So whether you have the two-door or a four-door JK that has a hard top, and you're looking to be able to haul more year on-road or off-road, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this rack. I love the fact that you don't have to drill anything, and it's not a permanent modification to your Jeep, but it still gives you additional cargo space, and as far as a functional cargo rack goes, I think this one looks pretty good.
So that's my review with the Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack with Basket, fitting all 2007-2017 JKs, you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.