Jake (Flagstaff) | January 30th, 2021
This rack does NOT fit the Rigid Adapt 40” light bar. I would’ve thought that they considered the biggest players in the OffRoad lighting world, but apparently they forgot about Rigid?!? The build quality of the rack itself could use improvement, their logo on the front fairing has an error on mine. Also the hardware came completely unsorted and could be a stronger grade alloy. I will be searching for a new rack that will actually fit my 40” lightbar.
Note From Victory 4x4: We apologize for any confusion. These fairings ARE sized for the standard single-row Rigid SR Series, Baja Designs S8, and countless clone 40" bars. The product description states a max lens width of 41.25" The Adapt bars are slightly larger than that at 41.84"; the Adapt would be the outlier in this situation. It's a cool bar, but not a standard dimension. We keep the fairing tight to "standard" lights to minimize wind noise. You can however easily trim your fairing to fit the bar. Let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Rick Andal (Santa Clarita, CA) | July 9th, 2020
Just installed my Victory 4x4 roof rack on my 2015 GX460. Video instructions was spot on. Easy to follow. Perfect fit and finish. The quality of this product is far superior from other manufacturer. Cannot wait to install accessories for the rack. Could not be happier with the ease of installation. We’ll be buying other products from Victory. It’s a WINNER.
Shannon (CA) | July 2nd, 2020
If you are interested in a Victory 4x4 rack, I am almost certain we were both looking at their competitors. I purchased this around 2/2020 and as of this review I have had a good 5 months of use and experience so I would like to give my feedback to help others.
I just didn't like the look of Baja Rack or Front Runner although they are just as functional! (Probably easier to place and mount any and all accessories to be totally honest. You aren't limited to placement and mounting points on a crossbar style rack. You also aren't limited to mounting hardware either). If I am going to spend $1k+ on a roof rack the looks must factor into the equation! I narrowed it down to Prinsu or Victory. I watched their GX460 YouTube install and found it very helpful. There was a question in the comment section that distinguish their rack from others and this really helped make my decision. One of the features is the mounting brackets that attach the roof to the rack are made out of steel. Prinsu's "bracket" is part of their aluminum side panel that is a bent tab. Since Prinsu is a very very popular roof rack I have not heard of any failures on this point. However, just for my piece of mind I wanted to go with the steel mounting bracket instead.
The quality, fit and finish are great. I had no problems with fitment issues and it was very straight forward. I had a problem with shipping from UPS at no fault of Victory 4x4. I e-mailed them and told them UPS damaged the box and upon further inspection, the separate box of hardware had fell out and was lost. The very next morning, I was contacted by Mitchell and he shipped out another set of hardware that day! Exceptional customer service!
I have loaded my roof rack with your typical rife case, traction boards and 2 wavian jerry cans. The jerry cans by far weight the most -- 25-30ish pounds x2. It is mounted with the dual BajaRack jerry can holder. I mounted this in the center of the rack and noticed a lot of "bounce" but it never bottomed out and it never hit my roof. I thought about it more and after 10-15 trouble free miles on a mountain trail, I decided to shift it over closer to the side rail for more support. I am more confident with this setup now.
Mounting, hardware and size of bolts really isn't easy information to find. You have to do some research. Here is what I've learned.
These aluminum bars accept 1/4-20 carriage bolts because it has a square neck that slots into the rack, thus not spinning when you attach a nut to the threaded portion in comparison to your typical button head counterpart. The width of the rack opening is also 1/4". However, I had to grind down and "square off" the round carriage bolt edges to fit into the slot before sliding into the rail. I also had to grind down 2 sides of the square neck....we are talking 1mm each side due to clearance issues. It took me a while to figure this out! 1/4-20 t-bolts also fit but again I had to grind down and just angle the side edges a little. In my personal opinion, I do not think t-bolts are a higher torque/load type of nut so I would just stick with carriage bolts. I also found 1/4-20 "eye lifting" bolts that are the rings for tie downs. They are threaded to accept the 1" carriage bolts since I bought a 50 pack but the threads protrude into the eye hole a bit but there is enough space for a hook or rope. 3/4" carriage bolt would work better.
T-nut hardware is a little oval threaded plate that you can slide into the rail and bolt from the top down. The biggest limitation is the depth since it will bottom out into the rail. So you either have to calculate the thickness of whatever you are mounting and factor that into the length of the bolt. It's super complicated and or restrictive. The only application I use this setup is for my quick fist mounts. The bolt is flush and out of the way of my shovel and it was included in my hardware kit so made use of it. If you were to use a carriage bolt the nut would be proud and may cause interference, or again, you'd have to grind down the threaded portion for clearance.
I did encounter my crossbar bolts backing out on the trail even though I double checked and tighten each one before heading out. Perhaps user error? Maybe include split locking washers? I am going to blue locktite everything. $50 extra for black hardware was a bit much but I did it anyways.
The overall versatility of the aluminum crossbar is good but not great. This was my compromise for form over function. Tubular style basket racks give you the confidence of holding your gear in place and won't fall off the sides. You can pretty much place whatever accessory any where you want and you really aren't limited to specific mounting brackets and hardware. It really comes down to what you need and what you pack. For example, if you pack a lot of soft bags, boxes or firewood a basket style would be a better option for simplicity and not having to buy special hardware for mounting points, just need straps or rope! The front runner rack has a similar channel style mounting system but the platform is very large, wide and stable.
I do like the basket that Victory just came out with. But I also would like the concept of an optional modular "side rail" that sort of mimics a basket style rack. That would be cool.
I wish the aluminum rails had cut outs to accept bolts on both sides! I'm sure the cost to do this is minimal. You have to "pre-plan" when you set up your accessories. For example, I have all of my hole cut outs on the passenger side. I mount my shovel and slide it over to the drivers side and then my traction boards on the passenger side. If i were to change my mind and wanted to move my shovel to the very rear, I'd have to remove my traction boards, slide out that hardware just to get to my shovel hardware. This is a real world situation out on the trail. Ask me how I know!
One last thing, the cutouts for the aluminum crossbars to adjust forward and back are very limited. I think Prinsu has more cutouts allowing you to slide the crossbar virtually anywhere you want. Or even add more crossbars. I ran into a few issues that limited me to where I could mount my accessories because the crossbar didn't adjust to where I needed it.
I am still very pleased with my purchase and got it when Victory had a sale and it looks great on the GX. Every time I use it I gain more confidence in the durability and versatility for my specific use but it does have a learning curve. Victory 4x4 is a great company and their customer service is top notch. I will continue to support them and can't wait for new products to come out!
Casey inman (Bend, Oregon) | January 29th, 2020
After doing tons of research I ended up at Victory 4x4. They are a hidden gem in this big industry, the attention to detail in this rack was amazing and have a feeling they are just getting started. The fitment and how to video was spot on. This was a huge upgrade for the GX, fit like a glove
Note From Victory 4x4: Glad you like it! Thanks for the review!
Jay Alonzo (CA) | January 6th, 2020
Since I didn't have any help to lift the rack once assembled, I laid all the parts on the floor and assembled one by one on the roof of my GX460. I started with the main posts, then the rails, the rest of the parts just bolted right in. no adjustments or modifications needed. It has been 3 months since I installed the rack, no noticeable change in MPG and wind noise. My only regret is not ordering the fairing with the light cutout.
Note From Victory 4x4: Thanks for the order and review!
Jay Alonzo (CA) | December 4th, 2019
First, thank you for the fast shipping. received the rack in a week after I ordered. Installation was a little challenging for me since I did not have any help, so I resorted to assemble the rack directly on to the roof. took longer than normal, but all the parts bolted in perfectly with no slight issue. The youtube video helped out a lot also and was very detailed with the assembly. So far I have loaded some sheets of plywood on top for my diy drawer system.
Note From Victory 4x4: Thanks for the order, glad it's working out well for you!
Jim Stepkoski (Palm Harbor FL) | October 23rd, 2019
Assembly: If you can use a screwdriver this should be very easy. The instructions video on YouTube was very thorough and easy to follow. This is a very easy rack to assemble. The only hard part is placing the rack on the vehicle. I used my wife and daughter (we are a tall family) to place it very gently on top of the GX. I did roll up some small towels, just as a precaution, and placed the racks feet upon the towels. That was the hardest part which was not that hard. Take your time and all should go well.
Function: I have had two small Yakima racks on it at once with no problems. I put a piece of plywood on top and used some homemade T-nuts to secure it. My wife and I put chairs on top and watched a concert in the park. I am impressed with the strength and the things you can do with it due to the T-Nut function. I am also very happy that the powder coating is holding up well in the Florida sun.
So far, the rack has held up great and we have used it on some light overland trips and on some long vacation trips to the Florida Keys. There is no extra wind noise noticeable by my ear and the decibel app on my iPhone. It does allow you to use your sunroof a bit more. It seems to get rid of the buffeting that I had without the rack.
It is a great product that if nothing else takes the “Soccer Parents look” out of the Gx 460
Future plans are to order the Victory Awning Mounts and maybe the Accessory Mounts for some Rotopax containers.