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I've search everywhere but can't find a definitive answer that I want to hear.

Does anyone know how much load/weight the GC roof can handle with Front runner roof racks?

I know the sticker on the car says ~75KG, but that seems rather little? where we've all seen owners put several 20L jerry can's ontop and spare wheels on the roof.

How much is too much? that would affect the center of gravity of the GC?

We've all seen the French safety review video where the GC lost a little balance during their testing, and there were no load on the roof at the time
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I believe the roof loading is 68KG if the rack is connected to the rails.
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if the racks use the 4 anchor points there is a 68kg rating .

frontrunner use a backbone system and apparently can take 120kgs i think from memory. i only put light stuff like tent, self inflating matresses, box with compressor and recovery gear and other light stuff up top as well as shovel and recovery tracks. If i am going camping with the kids i take a trailer for all the kids gear

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Jeep GC's have a low roof loading because they mount roof racks on the middle of the roof panels. Toyotas for example mount them on the welded roof gutters which are a lot stronger. In my opinion that is one of the few bad points of our Jeeps, it's a shame the roof loading isn't higher.


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Hi,

I've search everywhere but can't find a definitive answer that I want to hear.

Does anyone know how much load/weight the GC roof can handle with Front runner roof racks?

I know the sticker on the car says ~75KG, but that seems rather little? where we've all seen owners put several 20L jerry can's ontop and spare wheels on the roof.

How much is too much? that would affect the center of gravity of the GC?

We've all seen the French safety review video where the GC lost a little balance during their testing, and there were no load on the roof at the time
70kg or thereabouts then.

There will be people who overload their roofracks, it doesn't mean that it's legal or advisable to do so.

Sweden...close enough, hey.
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Just to let you guys know. I completed a trip with the caravan last year. All I had on the roof rack was a 35KG spare tyre. I hit some very large corrugations
on the Peninsula Developmental road. The 35KG weight pulled one of the bolts from its thread and it started to bang up and down when hitting further corrugations. I was only going 55-60 KPH. Jeep refused to fix it as they said the 68KG limit is for a static load. When I hit the corrugations the 35KG load would have multiplied and exceeded the limit.

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Just to let you guys know. I completed a trip with the caravan last year. All I had on the roof rack was a 35KG spare tyre. I hit some very large corrugations
on the Peninsula Developmental road. The 35KG weight pulled one of the bolts from its thread and it started to bang up and down when hitting further corrugations. I was only going 55-60 KPH. Jeep refused to fix it as they said the 68KG limit is for a static load. When I hit the corrugations the 35KG load would have multiplied and exceeded the limit.

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Great....

Im going on a trip in 2 weeks which consists of 220km corrugated and 90km soft sand. Which Im going to load 3*20L jerry cans(required)...

What type of roofrack?


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