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Looking to get a roof rack.

My FJ didn’t come with one. I like the OEM rack bc it doesn’t cover the entire roof. Do people upgrade bc the OEM just isn’t feasible? Is it garbage? If so is their an aftermarket rack that’s better, but doesn’t Cover the entire roof?
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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

Some people make the OEM rack work but it doesnt work very well with many things. Can be hard to attach items, etc. If you want the OEM look but not much functionality, then go for the OEM.

When I bought my FJ new in Nov 2009 I elected not to spend $629 for the factory roof rack because it was already getting trashed as useless on this forum. I ended up buying a Prinsu rack for about the same price (they were cheaper then and I got during a group buy).

Havent seen a 3/4 or 1/2 aftermarket roof rack, but doesnt mean one doesnt exist. There is a whole sticky on roof racks. I suggest you read through it as a starting point. Also, try to evaluate what exactly you are planning to carry up there and how it will attach. Also, some racks are more for a DIY sort of person that others (e.g. Prinsu vs. FrontRunner as only one example).
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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

1/2 racks are available from a few of the vendors. Front Runner ends about a 8" - foot shy of the windshield header panel unless you call them and ask for the extensions.

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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

I had a baja rack and liked it. I had to sell it. I was going to buy another one a few years later but they are getting really expencive now. It was $900 last time I looked

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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

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My FJ didnít come with one. I like the OEM rack bc it doesnít cover the entire roof. Do people upgrade bc the OEM just isnít feasible? Is it garbage? If so is their an aftermarket rack thatís better, but doesnít Cover the entire roof?
I just took my OEM rack off. You can have it if you are near Knoxville, TN. I assume by the goVOLS you might be? I have the hardware as well. Its not in new condition, has a few dings, but the price is right if you want to give it a try before spending money somewhere else. I listed it for sale locally last week, but I am happy to give it to a fellow forum member and Volunteer..
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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

I'm in the DFW area. I'll be taking my OEM rack off soon, as I bought a warrior rack.
I wanted a sturdier low profile rack to be able to fit in the garage and to be able to hold equipment when and if I need to.

If you're close by here, mine is available for free also.
It's not off yet, but will soon be.
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Re: Looking to get a roof rack.

Yeah aftermarket prices are getting a little out of hand. I think there are some cheaper options still though. I liked lower profile and more mounting options so I went with the Baja. Got mine new for $780 shipped back in the day if you can believe it!
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I had a baja rack and liked it. I had to sell it. I was going to buy another one a few years later but they are getting really expencive now. It was $900 last time I looked
If you have a business address or shop that can receive your package, you can save some bucks. Chitown 4x4 shipped to my work and it was under $900 for the large flat rack. This was 2 years ago so prices have gone up but shouldn't be over $1k.
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