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Unless you are less than 4 feet tall, you should be able to reach anything on your roof rack by standing on a tire, the door sill or on the back of the bumper/cargo area, so why do people get ladders? (This is an honest question, I don't understand the need.)
 

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yes, i know i have a 6" lif (and no rack either), but...

makes it easier to climb up on top of the roof. some roof racks can support large people! there are pictures on this forum of people standing on their roof racks to take pictures and what not...
 

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~~ This question is for lifts under 6" ~~

Unless you are less than 4 feet tall, you should be able to reach anything on your roof rack by standing on a tire, the door sill or on the back of the bumper/cargo area, so why do people get ladders? (This is an honest question, I don't understand the need.)
For the stock roof rack, I agree. If you have an aftermarket rack with much more usable space and a real floor, then you just about have to climb up on top of it to efficiently pack it and use all the space. To be honest, I didn't think I would need one even with my Gobi Ranger rack - but it came with one free, and now I see the real value of it.
 

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They do aid in climbing completely up onto the roof. If we're honest though, people get them because they look cool. ;)
:cheers: they do look cool
 

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They do aid in climbing completely up onto the roof. If we're honest though, people get them because they look cool. ;)
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though I also like being able to open my back window so I have been debating getting rid of mine. But I do think it looks cool
 

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though I also like being able to open my back window so I have been debating getting rid of mine. But I do think it looks cool
That's why I wont get one of the current design. If they come out with one that will allow me to open the rear window, I'll consider it.
 

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I use it every time I access my HiLift, axe, shovel, spare water/fuel cans - all of them are on the back of my stock roof rack. Makes it MUCH easier to get up there. Why struggle to get up there while lifting something heavy and awkward?
 

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we use ours for access to our spare :bigthumb:



oh yeah, and for the kids jungle gym :lol:



 

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besides making it easier to get up on the roof rack, they also make a great place to hang stuff while the FJ is sitting still, the bad part is if you forget and it falls off then it is lost
 

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Great thread -- but all this begs the question...can one stand on the OEM roof rack? Meaning the thinner cross bars....I gotta believe the beefy side rails can take it.
 

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Can you at least crack open the window a couple inches to get some fresh air?
The rear window opens?

Joking. It'll crack. Installed ladder with Gobi rack for access to fully floored rack, and was planning to use ladder for hi lift mount.
 

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Great thread -- but all this begs the question...can one stand on the OEM roof rack? Meaning the thinner cross bars....I gotta believe the beefy side rails can take it.
Hmm. I don't risk it. Only the main metal bars and then on to the Gavin mini-rack cage I have up front.

Can you at least crack open the window a couple inches to get some fresh air?
Nope. Tiny rear window is dead after ladder.
 

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My ladder came w/my Gobi Stealth rack, but I used it the other day to get up on the rack and properly tie down a bundle of 2x4's on center. Bummer about the window though, my Boxers would really like it open.
 

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When I bought my ladder I was also looking around at tires a lot and paying attention to posts on here about whether people were still able to open their window with this or that tire. Never ever crossed my mind about the ladder :lol: When I finished my ladder install and stepped back to take in how cool my FJ looked ;) then realized......"oh, well, guess I don't have to worry about tired blocking the window now" :lol:

You could crack the window a tiny bit but it's not going to help anything. Plus you would want to put something between the window and the ladder cos the window will rattle against the ladder.

Cap'n, I agree, it would be nice to have a ladder that allowed the window to open. But I don't see how they could make one without seriously sacrificing structural strength. I guess they could have the top of the ladder on some hinges of some sort and allow the bottom to be detached so you could lift it up then open the window. A swing-up ladder. They could probably do that and still have it be pretty strong.
 
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