This is an independent review of the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack, we are not paid for it. So it’s just an honest review.

In this post we will show you how to install the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack for Jeep Wrangler. As you might already know, we are getting prepared to overlanding with our Roof Top Tent.

Until this day, our overlanding rideouts were more or less day trips, staying overnight in vacation homes or a hotel. Back in the days, we went on vacation with our Harley-Davidsons and a tent. We loved the independence to choose freely where we want to spend the night. As soon as our four legged friends Mila & Rey joined us, we sold the Harleys and went with a Jeep Wrangler. This is the perfect solution to combine our passion to being off the grid and having our dogs with us at all time. So the next logical step for us is to overland with a roof top tent.

Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack
Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack

Why the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack

As you can see for example in this post about our winch, we love the Smittybilt products. We are open for other manufacturers and we don’t mount Smittybilt products only, but for quite a big part. How we choose our products? Alex spends a lot of time researching on the internet to find the best solution for our cause and our wallet. The price is an important criteria, as we live on a tight budget. We are convinced of the good quality of Smittybilt and the price is affordable, as this a big criteria for us too. The Roof Rack is compatible with our Havoc Offroad Bumper. I actually believe it’s compatible with most bumpers available. Anyway, the Smittybilt works perfectly for us.

Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack
Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack

How to install the Smittybilt Roof Rack

The Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack is being mounted to the front windshield hinges and to the rear frame. No drilling needed. Even several washers are included for different bumpers. Alex didn’t need to customize any parts to make it fit. Quite boring, right? At least he didn’t curse that much and that’s good for our relationship. The modular design makes it pretty easy to install, but the steel tubes are heavy. So we don’t recommend installing it by yourself. Call a buddy or your better half and mount that Roof Rack. The cross bars are easily removable. For now we demounted the ones in the front, so we can open the Soft Top until we install the Roof Tent.

Preparation for the mounting of the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack
Preparation for the mounting of the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack
Everything is ready for the mounting of the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack
Everything is mounted and we're ready to go!
Everything is mounted and we’re ready to go!
Without the rails in front, we can even open the Softtop
Without the rails in front, we can even open the Softtop

What about the Noise

We were wondering about the noise the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack will make on the highway. Of course we head for the offroad areas where we drive at a slow pace. But as we want to leave the roof rack mounted all the time, it’s unavoidable to drive on a highway from time to time. As we drive with the soft top, you can clearly hear the outdoor noises better than with the hard top. The wind noises are audible, but not in a disturbing way. We can still hear the music and can have a conversation in contrast to Lucies YJ šŸ™‚


As a conclusion we can say that we are very happy with the Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack. We still have to test it with the roof top tent and we will report on that.

The Smittybilt SRC Roof Rack is:

  • Easy to install
  • Wallet-Friendly
  • Compatible with OEM and Aftermarket Bumpers
  • Available for most Wranglers
  • Audible, but not too noisy


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