(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Functionality. Carrying your outdoor essentials is made easy with the Surco Safari Removable Hardtop Rack. It provides plenty of space to accommodate your necessities. The Surco Safari Removable Hardtop Rack works perfectly with the Hi Lift Jack Carrier and the Ax and Shovel Carrier.
Construction. This hardtop rack is made of heavy-duty aluminum with a black powder-coated finish to last long and resist rust and corrosion. It features 5-inch tall side walls that keep your gear from falling.
Setup. With the included mounting kit, this Jeep Wrangler accessory can be easily installed without any cutting or drilling.
Fitment. This accessory is designed for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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October 20, 2019
The details matter
Overall the rack is solid. It’s approximately the entire size of the large portion of the freedom top. Directions are absolutely horrible and some of the pieces (particularly the gutter clamps) don’t feel like they fit correctly. I was disappointed in how many knicks and scratches came on the rack directly from the factory. Details matter Surco. It’s not that I wouldn’t have beaten it to death myself but when you pay 600 for a rack you expect quality finish. I’m still pleased with it and it was exactly what I need to help load my belongs for a move across the country.Helpful (1)
October 08, 2019
Super easy and functional
Got one of these slightly used. Was easily installed without instructions, it’s very self explanatory. Sturdy and looks great!Helpful (1)
February 19, 2019
Perfect for Wrangler jk 4 doors
Its perfect on my Wrangler JK unlimited and it’s look good on top of my roof..it’s good for me ican put alot of my staff if i go from place to place..Helpful (3)
December 14, 2018
Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket
Takes awhile to assemble out of the box but once complete it easy to put on and remove from the jeep. Great for hunting and trips to the coast.. I left it on my jeep for the last year and its held up great.Helpful (6)
November 09, 2018
Great luggage rack!
Very sturdy and easy to take off! This would handle any luggage needs I have!Helpful (6)
October 04, 2018
Safari hard top rack
Love my new Rack fits perfect easy to install and very strong.Helpful (6)
September 08, 2018
Surco safari Basket
Looks good but it’s incomplete all I have is the Basket still waiting for the other partsHelpful (6)
August 22, 2018
Fairly easy to see install...
The rack itself seems very sturdy and well-made. The rack basket is very easy to put together. It is not quite as easy to install on the Jeep as advertised. It does take two people and the hardtop has to be unbolted and moved/removed for installation. This is definitely a two person job.Helpful (7)
July 22, 2018
Looks great on the Jeep gets lots of looks easy to installHelpful (7)
June 15, 2018
Super light rack
Easy to put together but you need assistance mounting it. The flooring braces are not enough to safely strap/mount things on. You will need to purchase the additional flooring kit if your planning on throwing your luggage on there. Overall a great rack!Helpful (7)
I have a 2016 wrangler 2 door - do I need a second set of rear bracket assemblies to remove two piece front roof when using?
Hello, this rack comes with all the assemblies needed to install on a 2 door that will make it compatible with removing the freedom tops.
Can you remove the front roof panels on a 2 door with this rack installed?
Yes, No issues
How much weight can this hold while driving and stationary?
The Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket is designed to handle 150 lbs. of cargo.
What's the total height from the roof to the top of the basket? I know the basket is 5", but unclear on how tall the supports put that off the roof. Thanks.
Hello, for the Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket (07-17 Wrangler JK) the total height would be around 9 inches.
Would I be able to use the crossbars (without the basket attached) to transport kayaks?
The Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack can be used to transport Kayaks with the basket removed.
The dimensions are approximately 60" x 50" x 5" (L x W x H).
Hello, unfortunately we do not sell a Ladder for this Rack System.
The Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket (07-17 Wrangler JK) basket measures roughly 50in. wide x 60in. long and 5in deep.
At this time there are no awnings for this rack.
This would not work with Kayaks no.
You would need to drill some holes in the basket in order to mount lights or fabricate a clamp system to mount lights.
This will not work on the JL tops no.
This basket is installed directly to the Jeeps hard top, so it would only be able to hold up as much as the hard top in question is limited to carry.
This basket would only be able to support up to 150 lbs. It would not be recommended for carrying and using a roof mounted tent.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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