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Old 05-10-2016, 04:07 PM #1
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Advisory: Baja Racks

First off I do not want to turn this into a bashing thread or "baja sucks" thread. I merely wan't others on here to be educated when researching rack options for their own vehicles.

This rack has been installed for a year and the only thing mounted to it was a James Baroud tent that weigh's 130lbs, a Fiamma awning that is mounted with the Baja brackets that weigh's 19lbs. The combined weight of the two people sleeping in the tent is 270lbs.

I recently removed the tent and rack from the vehicle to re-position the tent on the rack. This is when I discovered issue 2 below.

Issue 1:
Driving down the paved highway, one of the awning brackets broke. Luckily the window was down and we were only traveling 35mph and the passenger was able to grab it when we heard the snap and no further damage to the vehicle occurred. After a couple weeks of me chasing them and correspondence, they sent me new brackets that were redesigned and much stronger for free. I cannot say the process was good but the end result was acceptable customer service.


Issue 2:
The Baja Utility rack has dented the top of my 4Runner in 6 places. On all four corners the outside of the feet have dented the roof. On the two rear rear ones it has also dented the roof from the inside edge of the feet. This was not noticeable when the rack was mounted to the vehicle. With that said, I am curious how many other people have removed their rack and have or have not found dents? I am curious if this is just a manufacturing problem with my rack or a design/jig issue that would result in more people experiencing the issue. My guess is that most people do not remove their rack once installed so there's potentially many others that might not know. This is really the intent of this thread, awareness and education.





What I think the problem is, and unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the bottom of the racks feet where the touch the car, is either the angles of the feet do not match the angle of the sheet metal OR the small steel tubes that come down into the channel are not long enough. These tubes are welded to the bottom of the feet and allow the rack to stand off the car the correct amount. This tube is where the rack bolts into the stock mounting holes. The solution below is what I came up with and appears to put the rack into the proper position. This is a 1/4" piece of aluminum, so quite the distance to correct the manufacturing/design issue. The rack has always been installed using the Toyota recommended torque. Baja did not specify a torque nor did they have one when I called upon original installation.


I have several very professional emails to Baja with their Sales, Engineering and Support email addresses along with Sergio Murillo's business email without ANY response to the issue. Over the course of the last 3 weeks all 4 email address were cc'd on all correspondence. ZERO response. They were sent the same pictures you see here. One voice mail was also left. My time spent reaching out has been exhausted. From my perspective this is horrible customer service.

I hope the people here find this of some value and education. Even more I hope I am the only person with a brand new 4Runner that has significant dents on its roof from using this product.
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These are made in Mexico correct?
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These are made in Mexico correct?
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The above comments are all unnecessary. Cut the crap.

OP, bummer to hear about this. I hate bad customer service, especially being left in the dark. Best of luck to get this resolved. Hopefully others on the thread can shed some light onto the issue.
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The above comments are all unnecessary. Cut the crap.

OP, bummer to hear about this. I hate bad customer service, especially being left in the dark. Best of luck to get this resolved. Hopefully others on the thread can shed some light onto the issue.
My apologies Gruppenführer.
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I'm sorry you went through this and I really appreciate your intent behind the post. I too am curious if anyone else has this issue, I know Gobi uses a similar attachment method as well so I'm wondering anout them. Anyways, take it easy brother.
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The above comments are all unnecessary. Cut the crap.

OP, bummer to hear about this. I hate bad customer service, especially being left in the dark. Best of luck to get this resolved. Hopefully others on the thread can shed some light onto the issue.
#Feelthebern?

Anyways, I see a lot of issues with Baja. Pretty sure JBlick is having pretty rough time with his rack.
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Dang, I considered getting this rack for a while, but after reading all the recent bad reviews I'll look elsewhere. Sorry go hear about the issues OP, hopefully they'll eventually respond and make it right.

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#Feelthebern?

Anyways, I see a lot of issues with Baja. Pretty sure @J-BlickPhoto is having pretty rough time with his rack.
tossed in an @ for a mention so he can chime in.
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I ran a Bajarack Spy for a while, and just took it off about a couple months back for something more compatible with my RTT setup. I didn't notice any abnormal denting at the top of my roof when I removed mine. I ran it for about a year on multiple trips without any issues. I think for your application specifically it may just be the way the load was distributed with your RTT or perhaps something else. Either way that is something I'd be concerned about.

I believe Jblick was having some rusting/finish issues. FWIW all carbon steel racks (Gobi included) will eventually rust due to the finish and material used.
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I have several very professional emails to Baja with their Sales, Engineering and Support email addresses along with Sergio Murillo's business email without ANY response to the issue. Over the course of the last 3 weeks all 4 email address were cc'd on all correspondence. ZERO response. They were sent the same pictures you see here. One voice mail was also left. My time spent reaching out has been exhausted. From my perspective this is horrible customer service.
I just saw this part, which completely sucks. My experience with Sergio and the crew has been the complete opposite. They scrambled to get my rack done in less than a week, and helped me with a small electrical project a few months afterwards. I really hope they can make this right for you.
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Thanks for sharing. Hope it resolves to your satisfaction
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