Yakima added the RibCage, a high-capacity, externally-mounted track system for four-door JK and JL Jeep Wrangler hardtops to increase off-road carrying capacity, to its lineup.

The heavy-duty rooftop track system offers various mounting options, while internal supports carry heavy loads, including rooftop tents, recovery gear and off-road accessories.

RibCage comes in two models, RibCage JL 4DR, compatible with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL 4DR Hardtop, and RibCage JK 4DR, compatible with the 2007 to 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK 4DR Hardtop. Both  models are permanent hardtop installations and identical except for the components that mount to the Wrangler’s internal supports. 

Yakima Skyline Towers, paired with Landing Pad #26 or Yakima TrackTowers, are compatible with installing a rack system to the tracks. Attaching to the internal roll cage manages heavy loads without 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 parts do not interfere with passenger or cargo space, and users can remove the Freedom Panels with the system installed. The hardtop removes 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,” said 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 various tower configurations with its LockNLoad platform, sold separately from the RibCage track system. Four towers support up to 220 pounds, while six support 330 pounds.