Review on Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack & Accessories – Off Road Tents

1 comment / Posted on by Maria Harley

Review On Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack Kit And Aftermarket Accessories To Add To This Modular Rack

Front Runner is a giant in the overlanding industry, known for manufacturing some of the most sophisticated, high-quality and reliable roof racks. All the way from South Africa, their products have been tested on some of the toughest trails, ensuring durability.

If you have been thinking of buying or purchasing a Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack for your vehicle, then this is a blog post that you must definitely read. Here you will find an overview and review of this platform roof rack and all the different accessories that you can add.

It's not for nothing that their Slimline II roof rack kit is one of the most sought after worldwide, thanks to the great design, durability and reliability. Their slogan, "Travel. Dream. Design. Build. Test. Evolve. Repeat." truly encompasses the values and ideals behind the brand's work ethic. 

Their products have a well deserved reputation and are carefully manufactured in South Africa in their own Front Runner Factory, which we at Off Road Tents have personally visited and can ensure they live up to their word. This facility features in house laser cutting, bending and powder coating. 

The modular “base layer” for much of the company’s equipment is available in 55 sizes to accommodate a broad range of utility vehicles. The price of the roof rack will vary depending on the vehicle and model you own. 

Plus, one of the the most distinctive aspect about the Slimline II Cargo Carrying Roof Rack is its modular design, for anyone who is looking to add versatility to their rig. Plus, Front Runner offers over 50 rack accessories and most non-native add-ons that will fit just fine.

Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack and Accessories

Features: 

As tough as it gets, the Slimline II Roof Rack kit has an excellent functionality and over 660lbs static load capacity. It will carry even your most demanding cargo, from kayaks, surfboards, canoes, cargo carriers, gear, to even rooftop tents.

However, the roof of your vehicle can take a certain amount of weight, which is generally prescribed by your vehicle manufacturer. This is the limit of the amount of weight you can put on your roof rack, and we recommend that you stay within the capacity of the roof. Nevertheless, this rack can take a lot more weight than your roof. 

In this blog post we will walk-through all the different accessories that can be used with this completely modular roof rack. It is really easy to install everything and any accessories onto the side of the rack.  

In general, all the Slimline II Roof Racks have the same looking platform. What changes is the type of mount that each rack has, which can be a gutter mount, a grab-on to the side rails of the vehicle, or a rack that requires to be drilled on the roof of your vehicle.

You can also find the truck bed Slimline II Bed Racks that are mounted to the bed of your pick-up truck.

front runner slimline ii roof rack

Slimline II Vehicles To Work With:

The Front Runner Slimline II cargo carrying rack will pretty much work with most vehicles, SUVs, pick-up trucks and such.

You have to keep in mind that the Slimline II is perhaps one of the world's best off road roof racks, which means it's better suited for off-road vehicles, which are designed to carry more weight, and can be used in tougher trails and roads.

Naming all the vehicles the Slimline II will work with would account for an enormous list. It's easier for you to use our "Fit My Vehicle" section to find what racks fits your car, but if not, just use the search bar and type: "Front Runner" and then your vehicle's brand, model and year.

Generally, the Front Runner Slimline is seen as a great after market rack, ideal to upgrade your vehicle and modify it for outdoor and overlanding experiences, or to make your life easier and enable you to carry more gear, from ladders, to luggage, boxes, you name it.

Therefore, the majority of our customers own the following vehicles, which are highly recommended with the Front Runner Slimline II:

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500
  • Ford Ranger
  • Ford F150, F250, F350
  • Jeep Wranger JK
  • Jeep Wrangler JL
  • Jeep Wrangler JKU
  • Jeep Gladiator
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Chevy Colorado
  • Volkswagen Atlas

And of course, there are many more Slimline cargo carrying racks for many other vehicles. You can find all of them HERE.

Slats: 

Each Slimline II Roof Rack comes with different amounts of slats. They can be removed or moved around as you like, with different holes where you can potentially place them.

In addition, the slats have a channel with holes, which will allow you to place different types of accessories, such as tie down rings, adjustable cargo chocks, mount kits, easy-out awning brackets and more.

Plus, the side frame of the Front Runner Rack also has channels, that enables you to place tie down rings and add more accessories to your roof rack.

With this said, in case you have a sunroof on your vehicle, you could choose to remove the slats that are on top of it, giving you that accessibility to your sunroof.

However, this is not recommended as the roof rack itself will lose some of the load rating. As the slats allows the rack as a whole to keep the load rating.

front runner slimline ii slats

Accessories:

Roof Top Tent Mount Kit:

This is one of the easiest solutions for you to mount your roof top tent. Instead of battling with the different brackets and having to place your arms below the rack, this accessories facilitates your every move whilst mounting a rooftop tent.

There is a regular and taller version of the roof top tent mount kit. The one you choose will simply depend on your choice, the clearance you have wherever you park your vehicle or how low-profile your rack is, then it is your choice.

There is also the quick release mount kit, which is also one of the easiest system kit out there.  

front runner roof top tent mount kit

Adjustable cargo chocks for storage boxes:

The adjustable cargo chocks can be used to brace and secure a variety of gear on a Front Runner Rack. These adjustable along the slats with the tie down rings to resize and fit a variety of gear like the Wolf Pack, Cub Pack, and Water Tanks.

It will safely secure your rack using Eye Nuts and supplied hardware. These Eye Nuts create lashing points to secure cargo using Stratchits or Lockable Straps. 

These will safely transport your storage boxes, with no rattling or moving to different positions.

front runner adjustable cargo chocks

Easy-out awning brackets:

They set on the frame of the roof rack, where there is a small lifted lip on the side to place them. This is a no drill, off-road tough mounting solutions that offers a refined alternative to the ugly and bulky galvanized L brackets.

It will allow you to seamlessly attach an awning to the side of the platform roof rack. 

front runner easy out awning brackets

Under rack bed table kit:

Great accessory to have. Mostly works with the Tall Slimline II Roof Racks or versions that mount to the gutters or side rails, which are a little more lifted than the regular Slimline’s.

This gives you enough space for you to slide a table under the racks, and will sit there through your off-road adventures. It will not rattle a lot as it has a special cloth that will make your table sit in place. 

This is the easiest way to transport your Front Runner Pro Stainless Steel Camp Table anywhere you want, as it is efficient and it will not take any cargo space.

front runner under rack table mount kit

Ratcheting Spade/Shovel Mount:

This accessory will allow you to mount your Front Runner Shovel onto any of the 4 sides of your roof rack. It can be installed along in minutes and required no drilling.

These straps adjust to fit various circumferences and lock tight to the sides of a Front Runner Roof Rack for rattle free, rock solid transportation. Plus, the quick release latches allow the spade/shovel or other gear to be easily removed.

front runner ratcheting spade/shovel mount kit

 

Overall:

If you are searching for a sophisticated, high quality, durable and reliable roof rack, then the Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack will meet and exceed all expectations. 

These are some but not all accessories that you can add to this completely modular roof rack. Anything will surely be more efficient to install and it will make your life easier. 

We highly recommend this roof rack not only because it is one of our Best Sellers, but also because we have personally tried it and completely loved it! 

Truth is, the Slimline II Roof Rack from Front Runner Outfitters is user-friendly and adaptable platform suited to any overland, off-road and outdoor adventure. This is simply the best, and probably last rack you will ever buy.

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email to info@offroadtents.com, or even better, give us a call to +1 844-200-3979.

Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack Review YouTube Video:

1 comment

  • Posted on by Off Road Tents Team

    Robert, to answer your question, no they will not work. These shovel mounts were specifically designed to fit a Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack.

Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing