Kevin’s Offroad Jeep Cherokee Platform Roof Rack
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Pros
The rack is VERY low profile
The mounting to the vehicle
Well made
Good attachments points
Platform option
Cons
The rack is VERY low profile (read below)
Summary
When I started looking at roof racks for the XJ, I knew that I wanted one that can handle a good amount of weight, is low profile and must be flat with easy attachment points. The best looking rack I found was Kevin’s platform roofrack with steel mesh base. Here are my findings after a few months and many trips testing is with my roof top tent, awning, fuel and other accessories on top.

Pros:

- The rack is VERY low profile. There is no wind noise at all when installed with nothing on top. This is pretty awesome because all racks I had on my other vehicles made noise and I had to get wind deflectors to minimize it.

- The construction is very good. The welds and bends are top notch and it comes with pre-welded tabs for lights and other accessories both front and rear.

- The mounting to the vehicle is ingenious and can handle a lot of heavy abuse. It utilizes the factory rail mounts with quality brackets that clamp on to the rails. I have had over 200 lbs on the rack between the RTT, awning and fuel, bouncing up and down the beach in Mexico and “pre-running” the washboard roads in Arizona with no issues at all.

- Good attachments points are important to me because of the variety of gear that I want to carry. This rack has plenty of that with its steel mesh bottom. All that is needed is a ratchet strap and I’m good to go. This was a big selling point for me because I didn’t have to buy additional attachments to secure cargo on top. This also means that I do not have to drill holes of modify the rack in any way that could possibly lose integrity.

- Platform – a lot of racks these days come in a basket type setup where the edges are raised a bit. That creates a problem if you’re running an RTT, because that means that the tent has to sit on the raised ends instead of having the weight distributed over the whole rack. If the rack is a platform, there is nothing to interfere with the tent fully opening up.

- Finish material – it is nice of Kevin’s to offer this rack in plain steel/unfinished form. I have had previous racks that came in a pretty powder coat which cracked the first time I singed the awning brackets down on it and rust started to develop. Kevin’s does offer powder coating as well, but I got the unfinished in case I wanted to weld any more attachments and then used quality bedliner to finish it. That way if some of the bedliner gets damaged, I can just re-apply, which you can’t do with powder coating.

Cons:

- The rack is VERY low profile. It is hard to get bolts/attachments to mount under the rack due to it being so close to the roof line. The RTT had to be mounted with the rack unbolted from the roof, just sitting on the vehicle. This however is a price I am willing to pay because that also means that the tent is lower on the vehicle thus keeping the center of gravity lower and overall vehicle more compact.

If you are looking for a simple, high quality, very well engineered roof platform/rack, I highly recommend Kevin’s Offroad.
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