The best roof rack in my opinion for the Wrangler (JK/JL) is the Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System.
The Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System is the only roof rack that I have found that can truly meet the dynamic, as well as static needs of a roof rack. And this capability still allows removal of the Jeeps hardtop, just as it was prior to the install of the Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System.
The Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System can handle all of your gear-hauling and Overlanding/RTT needs with a Dynamic Load Rating of 264 lbs., and a Static Load Rating of 800 lbs.!
While there are other roof rack systems available that may offer the same dynamic and static load capabilities and may cost less, I believe that the Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System is still the best rood rack system for your Jeep!
These other systems may add overall size to your Jeep, and not only the top! With the Rugged Ridge 11703.02 Roof Rack, you are creating a small exoskeleton that will add wind noise to your Jeep as it goes down the road, and there is a big potential for squeaks and rattles.
I am sure that there are some Jeepers that may claim to like this exoskeleton look, however, it reminds me too much of the “Supermarket Safari” racks that we always made fun of on the Land Rover Discovery II’s!
Removal of the hardtop cannot be that simple either, by the looks of the exoskeleton Rugged Ridge 11703.02 Roof Rack system. I imagine over time that the metal tubes of the exoskeleton will become corroded if you live in any part of the “rust belt”, or in a warm salty air climate.
All of this assumes that your Jeep has a hardtop, and if it does not, an exoskeleton type roof rack is what you will need, however, if you have a hardtop, go with the Rhino-Rack USA JA8548 Backbone Roof Rack System.