When it comes to maximum versatility in a passenger vehicle, it’s hard to beat the Jeep Gladiator. The newest member of the Jeep family combines the open-air fun of a convertible with the towing and hauling capability of a pickup truck and the rock-crawling, mud-conquering, sand-smashing capability of a Wrangler — the sort of combination that made it a lock for our Most Important Car of 2019 award.
Still, there hasn’t been a car invented yet that the aftermarket couldn’t add capability to. And Front Runner’s new Slimline II roof rack for the Gladiator brings exactly that to Jeep’s new pickup, adding the ability to carry even more gear out beyond where the pavement ends.
The new rack uses the Gladiator’s factory mounting points for maximum strength, yet its clever design enables the owner to still be able to remove the Freedom Top’s roof panels if they want to go al fresco — because you didn’t buy a Gladiator to be deprived of the great outdoors, did you?
The new roof rack, along with Front Runner’s new cargo bed rack kit, comes with a lifetime warranty and cross-compatibility with the company’s wide array of other off-road and overland accessories. Granted, at $1,259 for the roof rack and $825 for the bed rack, adding this capability to your Jeep will add a couple grand to the bottom line. But if you’re already spending more than $50,000 on a new Gladiator Mojave, why skimp after the fact?
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