As people focus on a more outdoor-focused lifestyle, traveling and seeing the world, some sacrifices must be made. It might mean that Doordash won’t be able to reach you with a ramen order at 1:00 AM. And it might mean that there’s nobody within your Tinder radius. That’s probably fine, as such conveniences might even be toxic, according to science. Anyway, there are several upsides to getting away from it all. More to the point, there are several vehicles out there that can help you achieve this, such as the Jeep Wrangler. And Yakima wants to help you haul all your essentials with its new RibCage rooftop track system for the Wrangler‘s JL 4-door hardtop and the Wrangler JK models.
Jeep Wrangler Yakima RibCage: Details
Each rooftop track system retails for around $600 and is designed to be integrated with the vehicles. These heavy-duty, externally mounted track systems can negotiate dicey off-roads carrying up to 330 pounds of gear in dynamic loads and up to 825 pounds of static loads. Both RibCage models are permanent hardtop installations and are almost identical except for the specific components that mount to the Wrangler’s internal supports. In addition, the company says that occupants shouldn’t worry about cracking the Jeep Wrangler’s roof since the tracks are attached to the vehicle’s internal roll cages.
The Yakima RibCage parts don’t interfere with passenger or cargo space, which is a plus. According to the specs, the hardtop is still easily removable by unbolting the rack’s internal supports. Some optional accessories can allow for an expansion of the system. So if you’ve been seeking a product that’s made specifically for demanding off-road use and raises the bar of cargo capacity, this may be the product for you. The product has been tested in a lab and the real world to ensure it can hold up to whatever a customer throws at it—making the Yakima RibCage for the Jeep Wrangler an ideal pairing of low-profile utilitarian track and robust supports.
This product will likely be perfect for overlanders carrying a bunch of gear when they go off the beaten path for days on end. However, we recommend that you remember to upgrade your shocks if you add a ton of weight to the vehicle and the brakes while you’re at it, as stopping distance is reduced with added weight.