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I'm waiting for delivery of the Uneek rack for my JKU that I ordered in November. Yes it's exxy but it's the lightest and strongest rack that I can still use the soft and hard tops with.

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AEV. Itís been awesome. No load carrying issues at all as itís brackets are attached directly to the roll bar. Above the hardtop itís essentially a rhino pioneer system, so all the rhino hardware fits. The only downside is the hardtop has to stay on. I want to go convertible again now so itís for sale if any interested (SYD northern beaches)


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Thanks so much for the responses guys, it's really helpful.

There's plenty of people favouring the Rhino Backbone system. At the moment mine is very similar to @Nanook setup.

I am leaning more towards the AEV system purely because I want to eventually get a rooftop tent and this will support it easily.

My only concern is the height. I'm already at 195 cm's with a 3.5" lift on 33's. My underground car park at my unit is silly low, I just about fit and with the extra height I won't get underneath. Nor will I get in most Sydney public car parks!

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Thanks so much for the responses guys, it's really helpful.

There's plenty of people favouring the Rhino Backbone system. At the moment mine is very similar to @Nanook setup.

I am leaning more towards the AEV system purely because I want to eventually get a rooftop tent and this will support it easily.

My only concern is the height. I'm already at 195 cm's with a 3.5" lift on 33's. My underground car park at my unit is silly low, I just about fit and with the extra height I won't get underneath. Nor will I get in most Sydney public car parks!

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Are you planing on moving?

Rooftop tents are not conducive to underground parking arrangements, they are heavy, cumbersome and a pain to shift and fit unless you have a garage you can rig a cradle for or half a rugby team at your disposal.

The last thing I would want to be doing for a weekend away is trying to arrange help to get a rooftop tent on and then getting it off when you get back from a camping trip... nope

If your not going to be able to use it for short trips is it really worth it? I guess if you do a lot of extended touring it could work.

Not trying to put you off the AEV rack it looks awesome but man that and the rooftop tent is a lot of expence and I would be wanting to get my money's worth of use out of it.
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Are you planing on moving?

Rooftop tents are not conducive to underground parking arrangements, they are heavy, cumbersome and a pain to shift and fit unless you have a garage you can rig a cradle for or half a rugby team at your disposal.

The last thing I would want to be doing for a weekend away is trying to arrange help to get a rooftop tent on and then getting it off when you get back from a camping trip... nope

If your not going to be able to use it for short trips is it really worth it? I guess if you do a lot of extended touring it could work.

Not trying to put you off the AEV rack it looks awesome but man that and the rooftop tent is a lot of expence and I would be wanting to get my money's worth of use out of it.
Hey Rick,

I completely understand your train of thought on this.

The Mrs and I are thinking about a Oz wide tour, potentially next year sometime. Whilst it is a while away, I feel it's a bit unnecessary to buy racks for now and then racks for then. Kind of like to buy stuff once and know I bought right the first time. The rack is potentially a bit overkill for the most part, but I believe it'll be more useful than the other options.

Your opinion is much appreciated though and we'll take it into account.

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My only concern is the height. I'm already at 195 cm's with a 3.5" lift on 33's. My underground car park at my unit is silly low, I just about fit and with the extra height I won't get underneath. Nor will I get in most Sydney public car parks!

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This is why I went with the basic setup I have. Originally I was going for the Uneek rack but would have to modify my garage entrance as I just fit in as it is. Mine's so tight, I can't secure my maxtrax with ratchet straps as that little bit of height stops me. I use flat luggage straps instead

I looked at roof top tents but I liked my vehicle garaged at night and you have to pack up every time you want to go for a drive so I opted for a camper trailer. I'm guessing that's no good to you in a unit though.
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This is why I went with the basic setup I have. Originally I was going for the Uneek rack but would have to modify my garage entrance as I just fit in as it is. Mine's so tight, I can't secure my maxtrax with ratchet straps as that little bit of height stops me. I use flat luggage straps instead

I looked at roof top tents but I liked my vehicle garaged at night and you have to pack up every time you want to go for a drive so I opted for a camper trailer. I'm guessing that's no good to you in a unit though.
I like your setup, it is so similar to mine, i just don't have the tray/rack. I'm also tight for space in that I can't fit in the garage with the bars on, so a rack would never fit.

To be honest, it's all another "I hate living in Sydney" thing! My problems here come from a deeper, darker place!
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I like your setup, it is so similar to mine, i just don't have the tray/rack. I'm also tight for space in that I can't fit in the garage with the bars on, so a rack would never fit.

To be honest, it's all another "I hate living in Sydney" thing! My problems here come from a deeper, darker place!
I lived in Sydney for nearly 30 years due to my work so I know how you feel. Although to be honest I do miss Sydney, even though I was born here in Newcastle. I only moved because the missus had had enough so I changed jobs.

However, if I stayed in Sydney I wouldn't have bought the Wrangler. As much as I love driving it on weekends (I have a Hilux work truck), I don't think I could have handled spending every day driving it in Sydney traffic. I don't know how you guys do it.
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