Front Rack Frame
Rear Rack Frame*Optional kayak & bike rack sold separately.
- Features: Steel
- Color: Black
Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2017 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2016 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2015 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2013 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2011 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2010 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2009 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2008 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
- 2007 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door (JK)
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
- 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-Door (JK)
I agree with the above review except that mine wasn't missing parts on arrival. I easily installed it on my 2016 2-Door soft top JK and my 10' SUP barely fit, but did fit securely and I was pleased.
Until I got my ride above about 30mph. The rack didn't just whistle, it was like when the recess lady blasts on her whistle because some kid is doing some stupid or dangerous...and it gets louder the faster you go. My drive to the lake is only about 20 minutes and my ears would ring when I got there so I had to take side streets where i could drive slowly instead of the freeway.
I tried filling the channel with foam tape, but I ran out before filling it completely. The recess lady still wailed, but my ears didn't ring and I got up to 65 on the freeway.
Aside from the ridiculous whistle--people in other cars looked around, trying to figure out where that sound, that horrible sound, was coming from!--this rack served me well since most of it could come off in between trips to the lake.
It did, however squish my spare tire. I've since upgraded to a full rack, but I kept this one in case I get frustrated that I can't put the top down without loosening my new rack. This one, if the rack is empty, it doesn't at all interfere with putting the top down or up.
The only other frustration was that once my board was on my ride, I couldn't open the rear gate easily. Every time I did, the board would have to come out of the back carrier and to close the gate, I'd have to lift my board back up into the carrier at the same time I was closing the gate. I suppose if I was just using straps for my board, it might've been a little easier.
It's a good rack, especially if you're hauling long things, but there are a few drawbacks.
-Light weight and very easy to install (watch the video on YouTube)
-Soft top can be raised or lowered with rack in place (although boards or Kayaks would have to be removed first)
-Can easily be removed from vehicle when not needed (2 minutes)
-Arrived from Lange with missing and broken parts
-Very difficult to reach customer service (two days of calling)
-Slot in crossbar creates unbearable whistling sound when driving more than 30mph. This can be fixed by covering slot with duct tape or filling in with silicone caulk
-Metal plates that bolt on to sides of vehicle do not have any protective surface to prevent scratching of paint. I made my own from gasket material to protect paint.
-Distance between front and rear crossbars is too great for most paddle boards and just about all surf boards on the Wrangler Unlimited. Probably fine on two-door Wranglers. My 12 foot paddle board was just long enough to span the two bars, but the 10 foot board was too short. Ihad to strap it on top of the longer board with extra straps. This rack will not work on the Wrangler Unlimited for kayaks or boards less than 12 feet long.
-The rack itself does not interfere with raising or lowering the top, but any paddle board or kayak would have to be removed to do so.
I previously had a two door JK with a Rugged Ridge Shirpa rack. That was a nice looking, solid rack, but it added another few minutes when raising or lowering the soft top, and it was big and heavy and actually decreased my gas mileage a bit and added a lot of wind noise. The Lange rack suits my needs now that I have the parts for it and figured out how to fix the whistling noise. It could have got five stars if not for the problems listed above. But if my boards were any shorter, I would not be able to use it at all. Don't buy it if you have a four door Jeep and your kayaks or paddle boards are less than 12 feet long. The other big drawback is that the rack needs to be unloaded before the soft top can be raised or lowered.