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Sherpa vs RCI vs Westcott Rack

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by LT Smash, Jul 6, 2024.

  1. Jul 6, 2024 at 10:15 AM
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    LT Smash

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    Need help deciding on a roof rack:

    Sherpa Crestone Sport - Pros - lightweight, lo pro, good reputation, lifetime warranty, $850. Cons - not a fan of the side aesthetics, 7 crossbars instead of 9.

    RCI Full Rack - Pros - not as light but still lightweight, good reputation, 9 crossbars, like the look, $850. Cons - RCI more known for sliders than racks, not as well-known reputation as Sherpa or Westcott.

    Westcott Designs - Pros - lightweight, good reputation, lo pro, 9 crossbars, $900. Cons - slightly more expensive, longer lead time, not sure how adaptable to cargo.

    With this info, which would you choose and why?
     
  2. Jul 6, 2024 at 10:58 AM
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    I have the RCI. The rack is as solid as their sliders. I have both. I would put them up against the others as superior all day long. Solid company.
     
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  3. Jul 6, 2024 at 11:15 AM
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    Westcott - American made product made in house with the highest QC possible! Jeff is an amazing business owner and stands by his products.

    Low profile rack with zero noise and plenty of room for cargo. Highly recommend all their products and I can attest to it as I have several of them.
     
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  4. Jul 6, 2024 at 11:47 AM
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    Do they come with a warranty? Notice any change in mileage? Wind noise?
     
  5. Jul 6, 2024 at 12:07 PM
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    From RCI's website:
    Warranty Info
    LIFETIME WARRANTY

    We are proud to offer a lifetime warranty on the structure of each product to the original purchaser of the product. This applies to:

    • Defects in material and craftsmanship, which impair the product for its intended use
    The warranty does NOT apply to defects caused by or due to:

    • Improper installation, alteration, abuse, neglect, accident, corrosion, off-road damage (with some exceptions), and normal wear and tear
    RCI will repair or replace the product, at our discretion, and only after receiving the product for inspection. The warranty does not cover freight charges, labor cost, installation cost, incidental or consequential damages, or cost due to down time of the vehicle.

    No change in gas mileage, and wind noise is actually less than the stock rack. I have a Limited with a sunroof, and if you open the inner shade, wind noise is prevalent with stock rack. With RCI, the wind deflector pushes it up and over the sunroof for significantly less noise. I am very pleased. It's quiet even with the sunroof open!
     
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  6. Jul 6, 2024 at 12:25 PM
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    Sherpa Crestone. 4X Innovations Sliders
    I like my Sherpa
     
  7. Jul 6, 2024 at 12:42 PM
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    Do you have the Crestone Sport?
     
  8. Jul 6, 2024 at 1:11 PM
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    Crestone not sure if it’s the sport.
     
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  9. Jul 6, 2024 at 1:31 PM
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    Crestone has 9 crossbars, sport has 7. My understanding is sport is lighter and more low profile than the more expensive Crestone. I also think sport says “sport” on the front etching part.
     
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    Not the sport, then. 6CB77C1B-D31D-43D0-8D9E-E95993855DFC.jpg61D30B55-FF31-40AD-B435-9934FC3FD3C1.jpg
     
  11. Jul 7, 2024 at 1:29 PM
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    TEQ customs has the sport for $800, no tax, free ship...
     
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    Sherpa's mounting is the best on the market and that's the direction I went. Westcott makes an excellent rack as well.
     
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    Just went with the RCI. They have a really good sale today. $50 off the rack but then they have free shipping and 76% off (in honor of 1776) all other rack accessories. So I got some handles and mounting plates for a steep discount.
     
  14. Jul 8, 2024 at 8:36 AM
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    Just installed a Sherpa Crestone on my 2024 ORP. Pretty easy install and still sits low enough to get into my garage with room to spare. Now for a light bar and exit lights.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2024 at 8:45 AM
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    I'm running the Westcott with the rubber Sherpa mounts. Fwiw, if you go with the Sherpa sport, and possibly the Westcott lo, they do not have the same load limits as the full racks. Just putting that out there.
     
  16. Jul 10, 2024 at 4:48 AM
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    I have not yet bought from them but plan to in the near future. What convinced me was 1. their customer service told me their rack works with thule hullavator. As someone who kayaks and had a heavy kayak, hullavator is an absolute must. 2. even before buying their customer service has been super helpful and available. I have had a few emails exchanged with them and a real person answered the questions for me. When it comes time to buy -- hopefully soon -- RCI will be the one getting my money.
     
  17. Jul 10, 2024 at 5:52 AM
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    I reached out to RCI and asked about their lead time because I’m taking a trip at the end of the month. They wrote back and said 4-5 weeks.

    I ordered from them anyway and they had it shipped 3 days later! I will be getting my rack this Friday with plenty of time to spare for my trip.

    For what it’s worth, I also emailed Westcott and asked them the same thing. They wrote back and said 4-5 weeks but that they would “pull some strings” and try to get it to me sooner for my trip. At that point, I had already ordered the RCI rack but Westcott also scored top customer service points in my book for their willingness to even consider expediting my order.

    So both RCI and Westcott appear to have terrific customer service!
     

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