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Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket (07-18 Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Features 5-Inch Tall Side Walls
    • Made of Aluminum
    • Comes with a Mounting Kit
    • Bolt-On Installation Requires No Drilling and Makes Removal a Snap
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from, 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

    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

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Front Basket End
    • (1) Rear Basket End
    • (2) Basket Sides
    • (2) Cross Bars
    • (3) Floor Slats
    • (2) Basket Rear Mounts
    • (2) Basket Front Mounts
    • (2) Load Braces
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Wrangler?
    • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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    Sweet Rack!

    This is a great rack for the price and quality! It will hold from tires to gasoline to all your wheeling needs, also it is very lightweight and easy to install! Can be outfitted with lights, jacks, shovels ...

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    I am very happy with this item, It was very easy to assemble, and the fit is fantastic. As you can see from the photos, I did a real test the first day, moving plastic boxes from California to Arizona. Even ...

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    Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    32 Questions / 7 Answers

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    Can you remove the front roof panels on a 2 door with this rack installed?


    • Yes, No issues


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    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.


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    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.


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    Is there a recommended compatible ladder that attaches to this rack system?


    • Hello, unfortunately we do not sell a Ladder for this Rack System.


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    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.


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    what size is the basket


    • The Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack w/ Basket (07-17 Wrangler JK) basket measures roughly 50in. ”wide x 60in.” long and 5in” deep.


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    Overall Rating 4.2

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    • Fit 4.583333 4.6
    • Appearance 4.666667 4.7
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.25 4.3

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 08, 2014

      Sweet Rack!

      This is a great rack for the price and quality! It will hold from tires to gasoline to all your wheeling needs, also it is very lightweight and easy to install! Can be outfitted with lights, jacks, shovels and other accessories!


      Year: 2013Puyallup, WA, USA

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 14, 2017

      Surco safari roof rack

      Rack is nice, easy to install, sturdy. Basket in aluminum and the cross bars are too. But the attachment parts are cheap steel and will rust to the point of breaking in 6 or 7 months in a beach environment, washed after trip ( about 10 trips ). Just should have used stainless steel, and stainless steel nuts and bolts too, it would have held up to a salty environment a lot better. Have to buy new connection parts off of eBay, and I'll paint with rust proof paint and get stainless steel nuts and bolts. Kinda dissatisfied with the price being compared to what I feel it's worth . Stainless steel is the what they should have used for the steel parts.


      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (7)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 06, 2014


      I am very happy with this item, It was very easy to assemble, and the fit is fantastic. As you can see from the photos, I did a real test the first day, moving plastic boxes from California to Arizona. Even had the front tops off for the drive, and there isn't any wind noise. It is better than I expected, and I would highly suggest it if you are looking for a removable rack.


      Year: 2011Anaheim, CA

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    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 09, 2017

      Surco Safari Removable Hard Top Rack

      I purchased this product within the last month. The from manufacturer are very vague. I watched the video from Extreme Terrainstructionsin...which did not help. I have several complaints about the product. 1) The 1/4-20 bolts should come with lock washers. 2) You need a special wrench to tighten the1/4-20 bolts OR you need to use a flat blade screwdriver...which is a pain in the neck. 3) The rubber pieces that attach to the gutter should be self adhesive or they move around and fall off. 4) There should be a very detailed video on How To Install this. I figured it out by trial and error. You need to make a video by the KISS principal. I gave a low rating on this product, because of installation instructions.


      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 12, 2016

      I wouldn't get anoher one

      ruined my hard top. rattles loudly when you're driving. hard to get things onto and off of roof of jeep. not easily installed or removed.


      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 16, 2015

      More than a rack!

      The rack was received quickly and installs quite easily. Just have a garage stall or area to lay out the pieces and assemble. I easily lifted it on with one other person, and it was simple to attach. Once on, it of course can haul your off-road gear, beach stuff, or luggage to the airport. Added Benefit - I decorated it for christmas with lights and all! Got a lot of great looks and comments in the drive-throughs. Word of caution - if you have any lift on your Wrangler - watch your garage height when pulling back in for the first time :-)


      Year: 2014Durham, CT, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 23, 2014

      Parts missing

      Looks ok - easy to fit and very quick to remove if required. BUT less than the stated number of stainless bolts and nylon nuts in the pack. Cost about $10 plus a couple of hours to get the required number.


      Year: 2013Las Vegas, NV, USA

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    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 01, 2017

      Needs better instructions​.

      I installed this with two friends. However, the instructions have some errors, some as simple as listing wrong screws in the drawings. The high jack instructions were hand drawn. For f price of this rack, customers deserve better.


      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 20, 2015

      Surco Safari Rack - a viable storage solution for your Jeep!

      The Pros: No drilling, or modifications to the hardtop, or the Jeep itself. Plenty of additional cargo space (short people better pack a step stool though.) Made in USA The Safari Basket assembly is pretty straightforward – just pay close attention to the directions. Seems VERY durable - I've successfully "branch tested" it on numerous jaunts through the Ozark & Ouachita National Forests. If there's a low hanging limb - I always seem to find it. The basket remains undamaged, and securely mounted. The Cons: On our 2 Door anyway, mounting/aligning it took a bit longer than I thought it would. It took a lot of effort to get the front brackets to seat deeply enough in the rain gutter/lip of the Freedom Top panels to get them lined up correctly. Maybe the gutters on the JKU Hardtop are slightly different? We got it on, it just seem to take a lot more effort than it should have. It sits up several inches higher than it needs to, unless the goal was to have the flat of the hardtop used for flat storage under the basket. That actually works, btw - I've hauled plywood (placing a mover's blanket on the paint job), then tying the wood to the light bar brackets in the front & to the basket in the back. See the branch testing note above. Surco really could've redesigned the mounts to bring the basket down a good 3-4 inches. Wind Noise... Wranglers are not aerodynamic to begin with, and placing metal bars, trays or cages on top of them results in all manner of wind noise, buffeting, etc. I was already dealing with the noise for the giant light bar mounted right in the path of air coming over the top of the windscreen, so this isn't a biggie for me. You just get used to turning the volume on the stereo up louder. A fairing/wind deflector on the front would help immensely with wind noise (and even boost MPG) – it doesn’t look like Surco has one available – I may either adapt a Yakima one, or make my own. In summary, the basket design bolts together solidly, does no permanent damage or modification to the Jeep, and gives you much needed cargo space. It may not be something you’d want or need on a daily basis – but combined with a big cargo bag, it’s a great way to make your Jeep Wrangler capable of hauling all your gear for long trips.


      Year: 2012Arkansas, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 14, 2015

      works well for mounting extra gear.

      Went together well and mounted on my jeep without drilling holes. I've mounted a jack to it and a fly rod storage case for three fly rods. The one down side to this rack is it's lack of floor cross beams as items placed in will fall through. To help support cargo to be tied down an extra cross beam to make four total would be a big help.


      Year: 2014Colorado

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 24, 2014

      Surco hard top rack

      This is the one, put it on my 2008 JK in less than an hour. I will make my own axe shovel and jack rack to fit the luggage rack. way to go Surco.


      Year: 2008Vancouver Wash.

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 12, 2017

      Surco Safari on 08 Wrangler

      Needed extra room for a family camping trip so bought and installed this rack on my Wrangler. Assembly was easy and installation was even easier. Only downfall was at the price it should come with floor kit, had to put plywood down to keep gear in place. Rack held a ton of gear and kept it in place for the whole trip. I have left it on ever since I installed it not only for convenience but I think it looks awesome as well. Plan on buying flooring kit before vacation.


      Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 14, 2016

      Good price, easy install

      I just wish it came with a couple more floor boards. That would have made a great deal of difference. I know I can order more if I want, but just having 2 more would have made loading smaller items like wood or my gas grill a little easier. The installation was a little annoying because some of the mounting rubbers kept getting bunched up but it didn't add much time to the install. Very easy install. Centering it properly on the roof probably took just as long. Other than that, the rack does what it's supposed to do! Still waiting on replacement rubbers for the mounting hardware. Mine flew off somewhere along the road.


      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 17, 2015

      Nice Rack

      Very impressed with the quality and fitment and I like that it is made in the USA. The only cons are that the instructions were terrible and the rack needs a wind deflector for the front, makes a lot of wind noise.


      Year: 2009Eagle Point, OR 97524, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 22, 2014

      Great Rack!

      Love this rack. It took around 2-3 hrs to put together, mainly because I added the optional floor kit which I recommend. You need two people to lift it up unless you have a roof pulley lift system which I also recommend. Only issue is that it interfered with my satellite radio reception as it sits over the antenna. I relocated the antenna after getting a new one from the dealer and a new antenna cable. I left the old one in place and attached the new cable and put the antenna just under the passenger freedom panel at the top of the windshield. It took about 30 minutes to do.


      Year: 2014Jackson, MS

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 21, 2014

      Great rack

      Good looking Roof rack that's easy to put together and install on your jeep. The only thing is you should buy the extra floor panels.


      Year: 2007Bishop, CA 93514, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 01, 2016

      Easy to install no drilling.

      I purchased this rack without the basket which is perfect for two kayaks. No drilling, easy installation and unlike some other "Roof Racks" it doesn't look a piece of playground equipment is trying to eat your jeep, rolling down the road. If however, you use it without the basket you will need to wrap tape around the forward cross bar to prevent a siren loud scream at hwy speed.


      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 19, 2015

      Roof rack

      Great product, looks good, easy to install. I would recommend buying this rack.


      Year: 2014Tooele utah

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 03, 2018


      It really gives my 15' Sahara a safari/off road look. My first real upgrade and I cant wait to put on the jack, shovel and ax.


      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 14, 2017

      Easy install so far no issues

      Easy to put on no bad things to say about it works good planning to put snowboards etc… can’t wait to push it to its limits and see what it can carry


      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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