Reviewed By Charles R (ERIE, CO) Reviewed for a 2011 Jeep Wrangler —7/31/2012 7:32 AM
When I first opened up the boxes for this, I immediately thought "this is the best roof rack I ever could have chosen." The size of the tubing was larger than most of the competition and quality looked great. But as I started assembling the rack, I then began to see the flaws that began to make it a major challenge to install and it started to lose its appeal in my mind. In a nutshell, the top front bracket didn't fit perfectly. It appeared like it was slightly deformed during the manufacturing process and took some bending and forcing to get it to fit at all. The same also applied to two top cross bars which also seemed to be slightly "twisted" in that one end would bolt down and the other was no longer facing downward toward the other screw hole. I was able to force it again with a c-clamp and bolt it down, but it doesn't look perfect and the top-front bracket that mounted to the windshield bolts still looks slightly off. The minor annoyance that this has for me is that it hums really loud at 45 mph and higher if I have the top cross bars on (removable horizontal cross bars.) Other than those issues, I love this rack. I probably could contact SmittyBilt and have them resend the parts, but I don't want to deal with the hassle. Maybe I just lucked out and no one else will have this same experience.