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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I purchased a set of OEM cross bars off of Ebay and was able to install fairly easy. Blunt side facing forward as you all say to do. I had no problem with keeping the rubber strips with corresponding cross bar. However, in measuring and reading the thread knew that the bars were different sizes. Now that they are on the vehicle I am not sure the correct one is forward. As is the shorter bar is in front and longer in rear. Can someone confirm if this correct. The instructions were vague and bars were not labled front and rear. Thanks.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I know my Thule 47" Aeroblades have more excess past the feet on the rear bar than on the front bar. So I would guess that the longer bar goes in front.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Thanks for the post. One question. Can the T Slot be used to mount a ski rack and if so, what happens to the rubber insert when the rack is mounted? Sort of two questions but thanks in a advance.
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I got your back, wjs81866!!

Notwithstanding the valid concerns of some of our fellow JG'ers, I decided that the Mopar roof rails would meet my needs in terms of utility and security, and that they suited my taste the best in terms of looks. Hat tip to Mashie for sharing some detailed photos of his install with me as I was researching my options. As you will see, I also relied heavily on 81866's excellent writeup.

Went out in a light DC snowfall this morning to get the rails at a local dealer. Took the WJ so that the WK2 would be warm and dry when I returned for the install. It was an enjoyable and satisfying DIY project that anyone can handle.

Commentary by photo #:

1. I threw this pic in just for fun. I had zero need for any of the tools but the hot coffee came in handy in my cold garage and I had dialed up this thread on my iPad to refer to 81866's walkthrough. Plus, I had the workmate set up from my recent repair project on the garage door extension springs detailed elsewhere. Props to JeepGarage. (oh yeah, my stepladder was a big help; not pictured)

2. The components come fully assembled (I removed the non-photogenic plastic from the 4 towers for this shot). I add my vote to the consensus that the printed "instructions" do nothing to edify the first-time installer. I benefitted from the advice here about the differing lengths of the rubber strips that fit into the top of each rail. Someone mentioned a touch of WD-40 to ease their insertion but I decided to go w/o lube. I found that alternating thumb presses from either side just above the rubber ridges worked to get them to drop into the slot.

3. Yes, the labeling makes the placement and orientation of the rails foolproof.

4. The screw that drops the mounting bracket into installation position is the one to the outboard end of the crossbar (the inboard screw tightens the crossbar to the tower itself but the assembly ships with some play in the connection to allow for positioning. I had no need to adjust that inboard screw at this step). There is no reason that I could see to back that outboard screw out any further than flush with its fixed retainer, as shown.

5. Note the rubber gasket where the tower meets the chrome roof rail. Make sure it is pressed up into place or it will interfere with a proper fit.

6. I tightened the two screws in back and forth fashion with a slight priority given to the inboard screw (the one that clamps the crossbar to the tower). I found that grasping the tower as shown allowed me to torque it into alignment as I tightened it down. I don't have the tools to measure the force I used to tighten these screws. The inboard screw will tighten to a firm stop and I used common sense on the outboard screw.

7. I chose to install the two crossbars at max spread (front to back) on the rails. I may have to adjust the rear crossbar forward depending on the ski rack that I end up with and how the ski overhang interacts with the liftgate when opened. Note that the outside view makes it look like the tower is mounted forward of its rearmost position, but if you look across you can see that it is in fact back all the way. The roof rails' black trimcaps curve in and create this illusion.

8. The inexplicable "lock" design. The lock has no other purpose than to prevent the removal of the end caps. The simple addition of a longer strip of metal would prevent access to the two critical screws even if a thief tore off the rubber strip. If my security needs increase I may have to re-engineer the "lock" to accomplish this. I was shaking my head as I took this photo.

9. I am very happy with the finished install! I prefer the aviation-style wing look to round crossbars. The Mopar setup adds an understated sportiness and completes the athletic look of the WK2 IMO. I tugged pretty vigorously on the finished product and can report that it feels like it is welded to the roof. No junk whatsoever.

I took way longer than is necessary on this project as I enjoyed my coffee and decided which steps warranted photos and comments. Questions welcomed and thanks again to our OP wjs81866. Any redundancy with his writeup is due to my OCD/overkill tendencies and is not a reflection on his effort!

I just orderd these myself ! Great post , did you noticed any wind noise ? and would you happen to know the load cap?
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Does anyone know if the standard Thule T-slot adapters work with these cross-bars?
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Also, having looked for both bike and kayak racks to mount here - none that I can find use the t-slot available behind the locks - but just bolt or clamp on the crossbars. Again, what am I missing??
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Thanks for the post. One question. Can the T Slot be used to mount a ski rack and if so, what happens to the rubber insert when the rack is mounted? Sort of two questions but thanks in a advance.
These load-bars/cross-bars are apparently OEM from Thule (according to a brief post in another thread). They do work with the Thule T-Track/T-Slot adapter kits. I have seen suggestions to poke holes in the rubber cover (kind of defeats the purpose of a quick in/out with a T-Track) or cut the strip short. I chose to cut mine, as I want to be able to remove my Bike carrier quickly (clone/OEM of the Thule Criterium).

FYI, a non-branded version of these bars is available on eBay. I paid $160 with free shipping. The bike carrier sold for $78 with free shipping. These are both Chinese manufactured and imported into the US in bulk by resellers.

Everything fits well! The bars are silent at highway speeds without the carrier. The carrier adds a small whistle over 35mph without a bike. Cutting the cover strips to fit the reduced track length somewhat reduced the whistle.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

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I purchased a set of OEM cross bars off of Ebay and was able to install fairly easy. Blunt side facing forward as you all say to do. I had no problem with keeping the rubber strips with corresponding cross bar. However, in measuring and reading the thread knew that the bars were different sizes. Now that they are on the vehicle I am not sure the correct one is forward. As is the shorter bar is in front and longer in rear. Can someone confirm if this correct. The instructions were vague and bars were not labled front and rear. Thanks.
Same question, long bar or short bar in the front? Picked up a set of the replicas and they dont have the stickers on them. Thanks.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I just installed the OEM cross bars on my 2013 Summit about an hour ago. I think the guys at the factory got my stickers on correctly (thin edge toward rear). I just measured and the longer cross bar (47") is on the front and the shorter cross bar (46") is on the rear. I haven't had a chance to check for wind noise yet.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Thanks for the pictures. I had the dealer install my roof rails and the noise was unbearable. After looking at your pictures I took them off and reinstalled them in the opposite direction. That solved the noise problem. Thanks for the help. (The stickers with the forward arrow must have been put on backwards)
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Love the mopar cross bars but how do you find attachments? Do yakima and Thule products fit perfectly?
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Love the mopar cross bars but how do you find attachments? Do yakima and Thule products fit perfectly?
they should work just fine... most of the new racks, cargo boxes and other kinds of attachments should work just fine with mostly all bars!
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I only plan to have the cross bars installed when hauling my canoe, so was hoping it would be a quick install/remove process. The bars arrived today. After installing the first one (and learning how), I installed the second one in 2 minutes and 22 seconds. This included removing one end cap and the rubber strip, and re-installing them. Didn't include getting out the step-stool and putting it away. These are "OEM-style" cross bars from ebay for $159.99.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

The Laredo has the rubber rails vs. chrome on the fancier models, has anyone installed the OEM Mopars on the rubber rails?
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