Yakima Introduces RibCage, a Heavy Duty Track System for Jeep Wrangler Hardtop Models
April 12, 2023
Lake Oswego, Ore. (April 12, 2023) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Yakima – the innovative manufacturer of cargo and gear management solutions – announces RibCage, a high-capacity, externally-mounted track system for 4-door JK and JL Jeep Wrangler hardtops that greatly increases off-road carrying capacity. The heavy duty roof top track system provides versatility of mounting options, while the rugged internal supports ensure the roof is safe for long-term use carrying heavy loads such as roof top tents, recovery gear and a wide array of other off-road accessories. RibCage comes in two models, RibCage JL 4DR, which is compatible with the 2018-current Jeep Wrangler JL 4dr Hardtop; and RibCage JK 4DR, which is compatible with the 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JK 4dr Hardtop.
Both RibCage models are permanent hardtop installations and are identical except for the specific components that mount to the Wrangler’s internal supports. Yakima Skyline Towers – paired with a Landing Pad #26 or Yakima TrackTowers – are both compatible options for installing a rack system to the tracks. Attaching to the internal roll cage means that RibCage users can more safely manage heavy loads without fear of cracking the roof.
The system is off-road rated up to 330 pounds for dynamic loads and up to 825 pounds for static loads. RibCage’s parts do not interfere with passenger or cargo space, and users can remove the Freedom Panels with the system installed. The hardtop is still easily removable by unbolting the internal supports.
“With RibCage, we listened to Jeep owners who were seeking a product that’s made specifically for demanding off-road use,” says Todd Scott, Category Manager. “RibCage raises the bar of capacity way above the competition, and our rigorous in-lab and real work testing methods back that up. It’s an ideal pairing of low-profile utilitarian track and robust internal supports that we know Jeep owners have been looking for.”
RibCage’s 48-inch HD Track sections allow for 2- or 3-crossbar setups or numerous tower configurations with the LockNLoad platform, each of which are sold separately of the RibCage track system. Four towers will support up to 220 pounds of weight, while six will ensure the full 330 pound weight limit.
The RibCage JL and JK retail for $600 and are available on Yakima.com and from Yakima retailers. Complete the setup with the SkyRise rooftop tent, RoadShower portable shower, MajorShady awning, or other Yakima accessories.
Based in the Pacific NW, Yakima Products Inc. has been a pioneer of cargo and gear management solutions since 1979. We connect people with their passions to bring them closer to nature with our innovative, rugged and dependable products. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered outside of Portland, Oregon. For more information about Yakima products, visit yakima.com.