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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:35 PM
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Which Roof Rack

So I have an 84 defender and thinking about which roof rack to put on top of it. I've been leaning towards frontrunner, but not all to sure yet. Does anyone have any roof racks which they really like and would recommend?

Also not worried about fitting into garages, with the lift kit it doesn't already so I leave it outside where it's supposed to anyway.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:47 PM
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I love my Hannibal. Front Runner and Hannibals are about equal I believe. Question is, what do you need a roof rack for? That would need to be answered first.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:28 PM
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wouldn't mind throwing camping gear on top instead of in the back, there isn't too much load space if I throw my pup back there, spaniel is small but he likes some space. Otherwise extra tire, bike mounts, sand tracks on the side, maybe one of those small water tank things in the future.

Do you think the basket racks are nicer than the flat ones like the Front Runner???
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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NO! They are much less versatile. go with a flat one. my hannibal came with removable side rails on half the rack. Plus the flat south african racks all have cargo rings that slide along the length of the runners.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:56 PM
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I have a Front Runner Wind Cheatah on the double cab and like it a lot. Very high quality compared to SD on my other truck. Tina the SA lady who is the US importer/distributor is pretty cool to deal with.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 12:18 AM
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Ok, I like the idea of removable side raise on half the rack. Where did you find a US dealer for the Hannibal? I think it will between Hannibal and Front Runner
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Old November 11th, 2011, 09:05 AM
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I dunno what you're going to use it for but I can share my experience. I have a 110 with the usual ladder type galvanised roof rack with access ladder. I use it to carry wood and it never fail to do it's job as meant to be. In my leisure time there's a roof top tent on it and a steel box for storage. Between the tent at the rear and the box up front, I bolt a piece of plywood to be able to walk on put a chair. Usually it is use for extra carrying space (fuel and bulky object). Last spring I had a contract in a remote area and needed to carry everything needed for a week. I had the 110 loaded and the rack must have had 500lbs on it. The kinda rack built for toughness. If you need specific set-up they're easy to bolt on, strap or tie down. I can't remember how much I paid for it but, somewhere around 200cdn$. It was second hand. No rust nor maintenance needed. I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling on that forum but, I think those hannibal rack are greatly too much for what most of us actually do and they're not cheap either. Affordable and simple that's what a rack need to be for me.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 10:11 AM
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I have a Front Runner Wind Cheeta on my 90 and it's the cats pajamas. Love it. Very durable, lightweight and doesn't rust. Why have an extra 100lbs of weight up there if you don't need to? Endless opportunities for attachments that fit into the slots: bike carriers, gas can holders, tent and light mounts, etc etc. Price was very reasonable as well. I ordered mine from Adventure Trailers.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 12:17 PM
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I agree with CDN rover that $1400 is a little much for me to spend on a rack, yet Front Runner I have seen for around $1100 so they aren't that cheap either. The more I look into the racks the more I do like Front Runner and I think I may wait and save a little more cash to buy one of those.

Unfortunately just yesterday I was driving out to Indiana, only 2 hr drive, and when I got there I got out of the car and my front door lock was gone! the tumbler had fallen right out... So I'm going to have to take some cash out of the roof rack jar to pick up a new set of locks.
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Alternative one that I had made. I can detach the roof top tent and affix a basket to the rack or other items

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32547
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Old November 16th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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Nice set-up you have there Clay!
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Nice set-up you have there Clay!
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Overland Journal has a shootout this issue on roof racks. Those included are: Baja Rack, Front Runner Slimline 2.2m, Gobi Stealth & ARB Alloy. That might give you some ideas on what they look like and are capable of.
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