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Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

Mopar crossbar roof rack. Great looking and high quality. Nice low profile aero look. Installed in ten minutes. Bike mounted to Yakima Forklift. Super sturdy. Sorry for the hazy photos, camera is acting funky. By the way, could I be any happier with this jeep you ask ? Not a chance !!!






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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

nice. cool to see a fellow mtn biker geared up as well. happy trails.
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

curious as to why you chose a roof mount as opposed to hitch mount. i'm trying to decide between the two... thanks.
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

I prefer a hitch mount for bikes myself...but if you are also gonna carry kayaks, skis or snowboards and whatnot as well its less expensive to just buy the roof mounts if you already have the rails and crossbars.
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

I never understand why people with SUVs bother with roof-mounted racks for bikes. Just use a hitch rack. I find them much quicker and easier to use. There's no lugging the bike up high on the roof and there's no need to take any wheels off the bike!
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

It's just personal preference. I'm a roof rack guy, but plenty of friends go hitch rack for bikes and skiis.

Pros: rear hatch freely accessible, way less road poo, equipment doesn't get bumped or damaged by cars/obstacles, tow hitch can tow, rack adapts to carry other gear/building materials/Grandma Griswold, less fuss than most think

Cons: vertically challenged are challenged, garage accidents, aero drag and noise
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

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It's just personal preference. I'm a roof rack guy, but plenty of friends go hitch rack for bikes and skiis.

Pros: rear hatch freely accessible, way less road poo, equipment doesn't get bumped or damaged by cars/obstacles, tow hitch can tow, rack adapts to carry other gear/building materials/Grandma Griswold, less fuss than most think

Cons: vertically challenged are challenged, garage accidents, aero drag and noise
Perfectly said. Given the fact I'm 6'4" makes the height thing a non issue. V8 makes the aero drag (or any drag for that matter) a non issue. I keep all my gear in the rear and while getting ready I open the rear hatch and sit on the bumper. All in all I think it looks cleaner.
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

That looks great. I need to figure out something for my bikes as well.

Love that color!
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

I will be getting another yakima forklift for the passenger side so I can carry the mountain and road bike or a buddies bike if we are driving to where we are riding.
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Re: Pics of Overland with roof bike rack

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Perfectly said. Given the fact I'm 6'4" makes the height thing a non issue. V8 makes the aero drag (or any drag for that matter) a non issue. I keep all my gear in the rear and while getting ready I open the rear hatch and sit on the bumper. All in all I think it looks cleaner.
LOL, I'm 6'0" myself. Are you telling me that you can put your bike up on that rack without having to stand on something? There's no way you can do that unless you're 8 feet tall.

I mean, it's obviously your choice, but don't kid yourself. The disadvantages of your set-up are perfectly clear: Harder to mount/dismount, increased potential for scratching your vehicle as you put the bike up and take it down every time, clearance issues (I can drive right into my garage with my bike on my hitch rack), increased drag (doesn't matter what engine you have, drag is drag), and you have to constantly remove & reinstall the front wheel of your bike. Even if you have a quick-release hub, it's still something that you have to do every time.

Like I said, I'm not bashing you personally, I'm just saying that a hitch rack makes much more sense to most people with an SUV. I use my roof rack for my kayak and my skis, but my mountain bike always goes on the hitch rack. And BTW, hitch racks have the ability to tilt out with the push of a release lever so you can open the rear hatch and sit on the bumper if you want to.
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MSCA, thanks for pointing out that our beloved roof racks are obsolete, don't know what millions of SUV owners were thinking. It was a miracle those bikes kept flying up there by themselves, must be the thin air in the Mountain West, or maybe they are all 8 feet tall. Plus, those damn quick releases aren't really that quick, takes at least 5-10 seconds. Who minds rebuilding really expensive hubs, headsets, bottom brackets, drivetrains, and brakes from the mung that collects off the back, heck we can just stay in when the weather turns south. Just wish we had known sooner.
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LOL this is clearly a religious issue
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