Top 16 6th Gen Bronco Roof Racks

6th Gen Bronco Roof Rack

With So Many Options, Where Do You Start?

When the Broncos first came out, options were limited for aftermarket roof racks. You had three or so main players and that was it. Now that the Bronco has been out for a few years, your options are nearly endless.

I was able to find 17 different roof racks now available for the Bronco. So how do you choose with that many options? Well in this article, I want to break them all down for you and see if I can help guide you to your perfect roof rack.

Types of Racks

There are a few different types of racks to choose from. The most popular roof rack out there is the modular roof rack. In the broadest terms, what you will find here is side rails with cross rails that are attached with multiple bolts. The cross bars or load bars, are typically an aluminum extrusion with TSLOTS for infinite mounting possibilities.

Next, you will have a fully welded design and that is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of the side rails and cross rails being attached by bolts, they are welded at the factory and shipped as an entire unit. These are typically stronger, but will still be limited by what Ford rates the roof at.

The last category would be an exoskeleton-style rack. While there is only one on this list for the Bronco, they are a pretty cool option for added protection on the trails. Instead of just covering the roof, exoskeleton racks will extend down certain parts of the body. In the case of the Bronco, the cover the A-pillars and the rear corners of the vehicle.

Rack Configurations

JCR Half Rack for the 6th gen Bronco

There are two main configurations of roof racks for the Bronco. The Half rack, and the full rack.

The half rack covers just the portion of the roof that does not have removable panels, meaning for both the 2-door and 4-door Broncos, it will be over the storage area in the back. These are great if you want to carry some accessories such as extra fuel, traction boards, and recovery gear to name a few.

Then you will have the full rack which is going to run from the front of the roof to the back of it. The only exception to that is on some soft top options, in which case they stop about a foot and a half short of the rear. If you plan on running a rooftop tent, full racks are your only option.

There are also some hybrid options that give you the best of both worlds. This is a full rack that has the ability to separate where the half-rack options would start. So, if you don’t need the full rack, or if it’s a nice summer day and you want to take the roof panels off, then this is a great option.

Weight Capacity

6th Gen Bronco TrailRax TRMR Rack

The last thing I need to cover before we get into this list is the weight capacity of the roof racks. There are some misleading capacity figures out there, so this part is crucial to understand.

Ford Racks the Broncos roof capacity at 110 lbs dynamic and 450 lbs static evenly distributed. There are some racks that will claim to have far better capacity ratings, but that is for the rack itself. The wording you might see is “our rack is rated for 600 lbs dynamic and 1000 lbs static”. While the rack itself may be capable of carrying that weight, the Bronco’s roof is not, therefore you still need to stay within the limits that Ford has set out.

There is one exception to that, and that is any rack that utilizes the tub of the bronco to distribute the weight. All of the soft top options do this since they have no roof to attach to in the rear. There is a place attached to the rear quarter panel section of the bronco with bars between it and the roof rack. By distributing the weight to that portion of the vehicle, you are able to run far higher weights than relying on the roof alone.

With all that covered, I think it is time to start looking at some racks. I will start with the lowest-cost options and work my way to the most expensive. I will be sure to point out which weight capacities apply to the rack when on the Bronco.

1. Hooke Road Half Rack ($299.99)

If you are on a budget, then Hooke Road has you covered for both a half rack and a full rack. The half rack is available for both 2 and 4-door models of the Bronco and is only compatible with the hard-top equipped Broncos.

The side panels are made from 13-gauge (3/32”) steel and the 3 load cross bars are made from extruded aluminum with TSLOTS. Both the side panels and cross bars are powder-coated black for a lasting finish. The TSLOTS also have a cutaway that allows you to add hardware without removing the load bar. This is something that few people actually offer.

Hooke Road claims that it will hold 200 lbs. evenly distributed, but please keep in mind that the Bronco is not rated for that weight. This rack will add 3.4” to your Bronco and 32 lbs. to the overall weight. Installation is completely bolt-on and will take you approximately 1.5 hours.

2. Hooke Road Roof Rack for Soft Top ($469.99)

Hooke Off Road For soft top 6th gen Bronco

If you have a Bronco with a soft top, then Hooke Road has an option for you as well. Again made with 13-gauge side panels and aluminum extrusion load bars, this rack is strong enough to carry 300 lbs. evenly distributed (dynamic or static not specified).

To mount this roof rack, there are side panels that run from the rack down to the rear quarter panels of the Bronco. On this side panel, you have a MOLLE cut pattern so you can attach a variety of different accessories you may want.

At 86 lbs., this is the heaviest rack for the Bronco that Hooke Road makes, but if you are the owner of a soft top, this is one of the few companies that make a roof rack for you. There are a couple more, but we will cover them a little later in this article.

3. Hooke Road Roof Rack ($499.99)

The full roof rack from Hooke Road is made of the same material and has the same design as the half rack, just a little longer. The full rack will run the entire length of the roof of the Bronco.

That added length means added weight as well as added capacity. This rack weighs in at 62 lbs. and is rated for 800 lbs. Hooke Road does not specify whether that is static or dynamic weight rating, but I would assume they mean static. Again, the rack may have the weight capacity, but the Bronco does not.

This rack will only fit the 4-door Broncos, so if you are rocking a 2-door, you are going to have to look elsewhere I am afraid.

4. JCR Half Rack ($719)

JCR Half Rack for the 6th gen Bronco

While Hooke Road has a mix of steel and aluminum, JCR went full aluminum construction for their rack. Because of that, this rack comes in at 24 lbs. for the 4-door which is 8 lbs. lighter than the Hooke Road.

JCR’s rack is CNC from 3/16” aluminum with extruded aluminum rails. These rails do NOT have the cutaways to be able to add hardware. So, when it comes time to change up the setup, you will have to remove the load bars in order to get new hardware on it.

This rack is rated at 120 lbs. based on field testing that JCR has done. You definitely will not be putting a tent on this rack, or any half-rack for that matter, but this is a great option for someone who wants to free up space in the vehicle itself.

At the time of writing this, there is a sale going on this rack and you can pick it up for $647.10. There seem to be sales often from JCR, so keep your eyes peeled for that if this is the rack you want.

5. Turn Off Road Half Rack ($499)

If you are looking for a low-profile half rack, then this might end up at the top of your list. The Turn Off Road Half Rack adds less than 3” to the height of the Bronco. This low profile also means that the wind noise is minimal with this on the roof.

You will have two cross bars running perpendicular to the Bronco and then two more running in parallel between the first two bars. The set of bars that run parallel have the ability to move side to wide, allowing for customization to fit your specific needs.

This bolt-on rack is made entirely from steel and is rated at 150 pounds off-road, 200 pounds dynamic, and 350 pounds static. It also has universal mounting holes, offering you a ton of options for aftermarket camp lighting. Installation should take you about an hour and a half for this half rack and you’ll be good to go!

6. DV8 Roof Rack Hard Top ($899)

Dv8 Off Road offers yet another steel rack, this time, it is the full rack for the 4-door Broncos. This racks side, front and back rails, are all of an open ”C” design, meaning they will be far more rigid than a flat sheet of metal. Instead of TSLOT extrusion cross bars that are super popular amongst rack manufacturers, they just use square tubing. This is going to be plenty strong but will limit your mounting options.

The rack has openings on each side of it, allowing for many lighting options, or simply something to grab ahold of when you need to climb up there. With a 200-pound dynamic rating. Given it’s fully bolt-on construction, please beware that while this rack can take the weight, the Bronco might not.

The rack is 90.5” tall and 44.5” wide. They do not give a height measurement, but it appears to be one of the tallest racks on this list. They also have a 40” and a 50” light bar option that you can buy from DV8 to complete the rack!

7. DV8 Roof Rack Soft Top ($1,199)

This is the same rack as the one that we just discussed, modified for use with the soft-top Bronco. Really the only difference is that this rack comes with bars in the back of the rack that mount to the rear quarter panels, rather than the roof like the hard top version. This rack has the same construction, same dimensions, and same capacity as the hard top version. You also have the same options for light bars.

The use of this rack does mean you are going to lose functionality of the soft top. You will no longer be able to throw the top back on a nice day, nor will you be able to pivot the back up to have better access to the storage area.

8. VanGuard Roof Rack ($909-$2,099)

The Van Guard rack is made from Q235 steel construction, then powder coated to finish. VanGuard claims a weight capacity of 500 lbs. on-road and 350 lbs. off-road. I’m going to assume that is dynamic given they specified the terrain, but they don’t say whether that is dynamic or static.

What is unique about this roof rack, is that it offers a couple of add-ons that no one else on the market is doing. They offer a side-mounted gear carrier, a ladder, or a combo deal where you can get both. The wind deflector has a cutout for a light bar as well, although they do not say what size it is designed for.

Unfortunately, that is all the information they have listed on the site. There is nothing about what the crossbars are, whether or not it requires drilling, and they don’t talk about the side rails either. The side rails appear to have a flat surface on the top after two, 45 degree bends, but there is no information as to if you have mounting options on it.

9. Turn OffRoad Rack ($994)

We have already covered the half rack variant of this rack and most of the bullet points remain the same. The Turn Off Road Half Rack adds less than 3” to the height of the Bronco meaning wind noise is kept at a minimum.

You will have two cross bars running perpendicular to the Bronco and then two more running in parallel between the first two bars. The set of bars that run parallel have the ability to move side to wide, allowing for customization to fit your specific needs.

Weight capacity is up from the half rack and is rated at 200 pounds off-road, 225 pounds dynamic, and 400 pounds static, this time with aluminum and steel construction. It also has universal mounting holes, offering you a ton of options for aftermarket camp lighting. Installation should take you 2-3 hours.

Turn Off-Road has a great graph on their site that tests the decibels with and without the rack installed, so head over there to see how little sounds this actually makes!

10. King 4WD Roof Rack ($1,099)

King 4WD is the first rack on this list to be a completely welded frame and platform roof rack. The rack is made from a steel tubular construction, and the platform is also made of steel. The platform also extends down to the tub of the Bronco, meaning it should be able to handle more weight. Unfortunately, the capacity of this rack is not listed.

The rack has a 2-stage powder-coated finish meaning it will resist corrosion, UV rays, and scratches better than most. The rack has a side rail with limited mounting options but looks like a good place for recovery gear or a shovel and axe.

This rack will only fit the 4-door hard-top Broncos and will take you 2-2.5 hours to install.

11. RCI Roof Rack ($1,209.99)

You may not be familiar with RCI Off Road, but coming from the Toyota world where they are everywhere, I can tell you that RCI’s made-in-America quality is top-notch.

RCI makes this rack completely out of aluminum and will come in at 74 lbs. While it adds less than 4 inches to the height of the bronco, there is still enough space for you to be able to remove the roof panels with the rack installed. If you do not plan on removing them, they have panels that will fill this gap for a more finished appearance.

RCI also allows you to run this as a full rack or a half rack with the rack easily separated just in front of the roof of the storage area. There are 8 bolts, 4 on either side, that you have to remove as well as the two in the front and the entire front portion of the rack will come off.

They also offer lighting solutions for you that you can package together. They work with Diode Dynamics and offer their 42” light bar in white or amber which will include all mounting hardware and a wiring harness.

As for weight capacity, RCI is very clear that the capacity is limited by Ford and the factory hard top. Even though their rack is plenty strong and will hold over 750 pounds dynamic, the Bronco still comes in at 110 pounds dynamic and 450 Static.

12. ARB Base Rack ($1,358)

ARB took a very different approach when mounting this to the Bronco. Their method will involve drilling into the hard top, but what you end up with is a very sturdy and clean installation.

It doesn’t actually mount to the roof itself. Instead, mounting brackets are placed on the roll bar in the Bronco that supports the rack through the roof. The rack itself is a fully welded design so you will experience no flex of the rack even under load all while coming in at just 37 pounds.

If you are going to run lighting or solar on the roof rack, then ARB has channels built into the rack for you to be able to hide the cables. It also comes with a wind deflector which adds to the clean look of the rack but also reduces wind noise created by the rack.

The net payload of the rack is 285 pounds dynamic with no more than 55 pounds on each load bar. This is a half-rack design only and is only available for the 4-door hard-top Broncos.

13. JCR Full Rack ($1,399)

At this point in the list, I would imagine all these racks are starting to look the same. But JCR Off Road has a trick up their sleeve.

The JCR Off Road Full Rack can actually turn in to there half rack. They make it easy to remove the portion of rack that runs over the front and center hard panels. Which by the way, can be removed while the full rack is in place. JCR also offer a light bar cutout option for you to be able to 40” light bar on the roof.

The 3/16th aluminum rails are coated in a 2 stage satin black powder coat, along with the extruded rails for a last finish. They also offer financing through affirm if needed. 0

14. Trail Rax TRMR ($1,449-$1,949)

Let’s finally look at the original Bronco roof rack, and the only one, to be endorsed by Ford. TrailRax took an innovative approach to handling the poor weight capacity of the Bronco, and that is the Pak Rax.

The Pak Rax allows you to mount a plethora of accessories from traction boards to extra fuel and even an axe and shovel. But the beauty of the pak rax is that is attaches the roof rack, to the tub of the Bronco and in doing so, gives the TRMR a weight capacity of 300 lbs dynamic and 850 lbs static.

Not only do they have the Pak Rax options, but they also have a 90-degree bend on the side rails which increases their strength and rigidity of them, as well as gives you more mounting options with the pre-drilled slits on the top.

Because of everything stated above and then some, this is the rack that I choose to run on my Bronco. I have ran it for a year and a half and have loved every minute of it.

15. Prinsu Roof Rack ($1,580)

Prinsu is another modular rack option for the Bronco. They take great photos and have clearly spent time on their website design, but there’s very little actual information on the roof rack on the website.

For example, they appear to have the lowest profile rack on the market. Which I would hope they do given that you can no longer take the panels of the Bronco with the rack installed. We can also see that it is made from Aluminum and powder coated, but no idea as to what type of aluminum or metal thickness was used.

They do however have redesigned aluminum extrusion cross bars that increase their strength with the use of a convex bottom, rather than a flat bar. They also have cutouts for you to drop carriage bolts in, easily changing the configuration of accessory mounting.

Prinsu claims a load capacity of 600 lbs dynamic and 1,000 lbs static and it is implied, but not explicitly stated, that that is the weight capacity of the Bronco. Seems like along with good web design, they also have good lawyers. While the rack itself can likely handle that, it does nothing to change the structure of the Bronco roof itself, therefore this claim is false. Stick with Ford recommended rating of 110 lbs dynamic and 450 static if choosing this rack.

16. Gobi Roof Rack ($2,195)

Last but not least, is the Gobi Roof Rack, ironically called the Stealth Rack. This is the only exo-skeleton-style roof rack on the list, meaning there are bars that run down the A-pillar and down the rear of the Bronco to the bumper, making this the most conspicuous rack on the list. Name aside, this looks like a great rack option.

Because of the way it is mounted and supporting weight of the roof on the bumper, tub, and down the a-pillar means that is has a weight capacity of 300 lbs dynamic and 800 lbs static. The frame is made of 1-1/4” 14 gauge tubular steel and the cross bars are made from 1-1/8th” tubular steel.

This is quite a tall rack, adding 4.5” from the tallest point of the roof and 6.5” to the side profile. But it does come with an integrated ladder so maybe the height isn’t that bad. They also have different light setups, allowing you to run a multi-round-light setup of 50” or a single row LED light bar at 40”.

I should note that the price tag of $2,195 is without any options. If you would like to run a tent, it will be an additional $200. If you want ladders on both sides, that is going to be another $350. And if you want a backpack (?) that is going to cost you $50.

While this rack has a hefty price tag, it is a really good option for the hard-core explorer or anyone whose setup changes frequently.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We covered a lot in this article and there is still more details for you to dig in to. But hopefully this was enough to let you know what is on the market and whittle down your options a little.

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