Buyer's Guide: Roof Racks
Aluminess Products Inc.
Based in Santee, California, Aluminess has been producing high quality lightweight aluminum bumpers, tire racks, roof racks, and off-road products for over a decade. Their designs are known to be strong, rust-proof and provide great protection off-road. They offer products for a wide range of vehicles.
Note: Aluminess makes each rack out of aluminum to order, examples of how they look are shown below. Look here for a guide to Aluminess racks.
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
Focusing mainly on the new Jeep JK Wrangler, but also providing products for other Jeep models, AEV is a 4WD accessories manufacturer that provides parts with OEM-like fitment and quality. They are perhaps best known for their V8 Hemi conversions and complete vehicle conversion kits such as the Brute. AEV produces bumpers, racks, suspension systems, body parts and more.
ARB is Australia's largest manufacturer of 4x4 and overland accessories with an international presence in more than 80 countries around the world. Known best for their iconic air locking differentials and bull bars, they also produce a full line of vehicle accessories from recovery gear, to roof racks and roof tents.
Baja Rack is a company specifically founded to produce racks for the 4WD and overlanding market. They have a variety of custom-tailored solutions for your vehicle with a variety of add-on accessories.
Toyota FJ Cruiser Series
FJ Low Profile rack (Half Mesh Floor)
FJ Low Profile rack (Full Mesh Floor)
Land Rover Series
LR4 (2010-2011) EXP (Roof Top Tent) Rack
Toyota Tacoma Series
Toyota 4Runner Series
Toyota 4Runner Gen 5 (2010-2011) EXP rack (Roof Top Tents)
Land Cruiser Series
Land Cruiser 80 Series EXP rack (Roof Top Tents)
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Series
Hummer H3 Series
Nissan X-Terra Series
If you've seen an old Land Rover Series on an expedition then you've likely seen a Brownchurch roof rack. Not only will the company help you prepare your vehicle for an expedition, they can do it with their own products which include roof racks, awnings, roof tents and more.
Defender Roof Racks
Built and designed in the United States, Defender Roof Racks is a supplier of roof racks and 4WD accessories. They offer a variety of bolt-together and one-piece racks allowing the customer to choose a rack suited best for their needs.
Based and manufactured in South Africa, Eezi-Awn has been making roof tents and overland accessories such as awnings and recently roof racks for nearly 30 years. They are popular enough to be sold almost all over the world.
Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters
Front Runner parts are made with pride in South Africa with the very latest materials and manufacturing technology. Known as a leader in the industry worldwide, they also have offices and distribution centers in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Front Runner produces a comprehensive array of innovative overland-centric products from roof racks, to water storage solutions transform your vehicle into the ultimate adventure machine. Don't forget to check out the dedicated line of accessories for Front Runner's roof racks.
Front Runner offers two different racks, the Slimline, and the Slimline II. Both are available for nearly every imaginable 4WD built; Front Runner mounting options include gutter mount legs, track mounted feet, and grab-on feet. There's even a solution for pick-up beds. For those vehicles who cannot be serviced by traditional mounts, like the Jeep Wrangler, custom mounts have been designed for the Slimline and Slimline II.
Specific Front Runner roof rack information can be found here: http://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/Roof-Racks-c35/
Offering a variety of roof rack solutions custom tailored to a variety of vehicles, Gobi Racks are solid and Made in the United States. The company also offers ladders and accessories for roof racks.
Hannibal is located in Cape Town, South Africa, a town that knows a little something about overlanding. They've been in the business of 4WD accessories and roof tents for over 15 years and also manufactures roof racks, awnings and various 4WD kit.
Based in England, Safety Devices is perhaps best known as the makers of the iconic Land Rover roof racks installed by the factory as well as protection accessories such as roll cages, ladders, underbody protection.
TJM is a major Australian manufacturer of 4WD and overland accessories, their line includes bull bars, snorkels, suspension systems, winches, racks and more.
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