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We just picked up our new Sting Gray JLUR 4xe, our first real jeep.

I had some questions about carrying our kayaks. It seems like there are generally two systems available for roof racks out there: the "cage style" that attaches to the rear bumper and in front of the windshield and looks sorta like an exo cage, and the rain gutter style which clamps onto the raingutters of a hardtop.

However, all of the cage style racks that I have seen attach in front of the windshield right where the charging port is, so being that we have a 4xe, those are seemingly ruled out.

The other thing is that we have a soft top. So the rain gutter kind of roof rack is also out because there aren't any rain gutters on the hard top. Another concern with the rain gutter kind of rack is the weight. A couple of racks like this that I have seen have a weight limit of less than 100 pounds, which worries me because our sea kayaks weigh about 50 pounds each. Add the weight of the actual kayak rack, and were easily over the weight limit.

Not sure if anyone else came across a similar problem. Any ideas?
 

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There are rain gutters… mine has them, my wrangler before had them… they run down the whole length of the truck. I use my Thule rack and Thule box all the time. It fits. I forgot the Thule tower kit number. But the jku tower works on my 4xe
 

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I use this combo:
 

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We just picked up our new Sting Gray JLUR 4xe, our first real jeep.

I had some questions about carrying our kayaks. It seems like there are generally two systems available for roof racks out there: the "cage style" that attaches to the rear bumper and in front of the windshield and looks sorta like an exo cage, and the rain gutter style which clamps onto the raingutters of a hardtop.

However, all of the cage style racks that I have seen attach in front of the windshield right where the charging port is, so being that we have a 4xe, those are seemingly ruled out.

The other thing is that we have a soft top. So the rain gutter kind of roof rack is also out because there aren't any rain gutters on the hard top. Another concern with the rain gutter kind of rack is the weight. A couple of racks like this that I have seen have a weight limit of less than 100 pounds, which worries me because our sea kayaks weigh about 50 pounds each. Add the weight of the actual kayak rack, and were easily over the weight limit.

Not sure if anyone else came across a similar problem. Any ideas?
Another option to consider: American-Made Overhead Hitchmount-Rack | Mission Systems
 

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I've just seen that Gobi has a 4xe Stealth Rack that is even compatible with the SOT option (GOBI Jeep Wrangler JL 4Door Stealth Rack 40" LED Setup).
This looks to be exactly the right rack. Spoke to them, and the wait time is indeed months, not weeks, like 4-6 months out. The installation seems pretty straightforward with no drilling, but to be honest I lost interest around "Figure 87" in the installation guide. So many small parts, screws, removals, replacements. Might be worth it to find an installer. I'm guessing 6-8 man hours to bolt this thing on.

Thanks for digging this up, @G_Solo!
 

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We just picked up our new Sting Gray JLUR 4xe, our first real jeep.

I had some questions about carrying our kayaks. It seems like there are generally two systems available for roof racks out there: the "cage style" that attaches to the rear bumper and in front of the windshield and looks sorta like an exo cage, and the rain gutter style which clamps onto the raingutters of a hardtop.

However, all of the cage style racks that I have seen attach in front of the windshield right where the charging port is, so being that we have a 4xe, those are seemingly ruled out.

The other thing is that we have a soft top. So the rain gutter kind of roof rack is also out because there aren't any rain gutters on the hard top. Another concern with the rain gutter kind of rack is the weight. A couple of racks like this that I have seen have a weight limit of less than 100 pounds, which worries me because our sea kayaks weigh about 50 pounds each. Add the weight of the actual kayak rack, and were easily over the weight limit.

Not sure if anyone else came across a similar problem. Any ideas?
I have the Sahara 4xe and was looking at roof rack systems. There is a system out there made for the 4xe that takes in to consideration the plug-in. Here is the link!

 

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DO NOT BUY RHINO-RACK

If you have a problem with any part on your Rhino-Rack product, the company will respond to all emails with interrogations to ascertain how they can justify not providing service.

You cannot purchase any spare parts if you damage them, ONLY hardware (which is cheaper at the hardware store).

I have a backbone system and if I could go back, I would never have bought it and purchased from Maximus-3 as they really do care about post sale service.
 
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