How does the Rhino Rack Backbone and Pioneer Platform system work?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — No Comments Yet

How does the Rhino-Rack Backbone system work?

The Rhino-Rack Backbone is fitted to the internal chassis of your Jeep Wrangler (or several other vehicle applications), re-enforcing the strong design and distributing the weight of your gear evenly over the body of the Jeep. The Backbone is made of cast aluminium point mount pads, connected internally with steel frames to the interior body of your Jeep. All of the external parts of the system are powder coated to match the appearance of your Jeep. The Backbone is then fitted with a Rhino-Rack track mount leg set and either roof rack crossbars of a Pioneer Platform. 

Rhino Rack Canada Backbone and Pioneer Platform

The main benefit to the Backbone system is it will not affect the appearance of your Jeep. This system was specifically designed to improve the roof load carrying capacity of the Jeep without affecting the image you know and love. The ability to remove the entire roof without dismantling the Backbone adds to it's convenience and makes it an easy choice for any off-road adventures. 

The Pioneer Platform

For vehicles fitted with the Backbone system, the Pioneer Platform by Rhino-Rack is a stylish but rugged system for hauling gear on your roof. The non-corrosive Pioneer Platforms are made with reinforced nylon and aluminum making them lightweight but still strong and durable.

Rhino Rack Canada Pioneer Platform

Designed for rapid use when loading and unloading equipment, adventure gear or tools - simply slide your gear onto the Pioneer Platform and tie down directly to the bars. The flat platform creates the extra space you need to load up your off-road accessories like the Rhino-Rack luggage bags, jerry can holders, spare wheel holders, shovels and loads more.


To find the correct Backbone system for your Jeep please visit our Rhino Rack Canada application lookup and enter your vehicle info. To view all of the Pioneer Platform options please check out the Cargo Carrier Accessories section. If you require assistance choosing your setup our team members are Rhino-Rack experts and are happy to help! Please contact info@hitchweb.com or call us at 1-800-300-4067 

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