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First, I would like to thank both wjs81866 and Cperez for their invaluable posts on this subject. I am not an uneducated person and not totally inexperienced in mechanical things, but I will admit that until I read these, I was just about stumped by the Mopar instructions. These made it possible to get the cross bars installed without significant increased blood pressure medication. Also, while I was glad to read, prior to installing, that the racks and accompanying rubber strips were different lengths and to beware of this - the strips were still BOTH too long and needed to be trimmed. Not hard, but why not made to fit? Also, the included allen wrench didn't fit the bolts. Thought it was just me at first - but no - it actually was the wrong size. Ok, grab my set and that worked fine. However, after getting the crossbars on, I still have observations and questions. One, I fail to understand the value of the locks on these. After fully installed, I could pull the rubber strip out on each end and with an allen wrench have the entire rack and it's contents off the jeep in under 2 minutes. What am I missing here?? 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?? My goal is to have a set of kayaks on the jeep that are both secure from falling and secure from other's that think they want them more than me. All appropriate suggestions are welcome.
I took delivery of my GJC with the sports roof racks installed. But when it came to fit kayak cradles I could not find a brand which fitted neatly. I ended up buying Rhino-Rack 570s but they are not exactly a neat fit and the screws are too long. A further problem is the racks are spaced too close together for carrying a performance kayak or surf ski and there was even a sticker on the side back window warning against this practice. Now a SUV which can't be used to carry a kayak? That's disappointing. Surely it could not have been that difficult to engineer a more flexible sports roof rack system with a capacity to space the racks further apart.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I installed the Mopar racks this past weekend and followed the above instructions (read and re-read many times) , check positioning and the darn things howling starting at around 30mpg and really start screaming at 70mph. Not sure what else to do other then remove / return. I have them set forward and back as far as they go, both rubber strips are flush, gaskets seated and set like an airplane wing. The only thing I didn't do is adjust the positioning screw, the only screw adjusted was the one that holds the brackets. Anything I am possibly missing before I remove and return ?
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:43 PM
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

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I installed the Mopar racks this past weekend and followed the above instructions (read and re-read many times) , check positioning and the darn things howling starting at around 30mpg and really start screaming at 70mph. Not sure what else to do other then remove / return. I have them set forward and back as far as they go, both rubber strips are flush, gaskets seated and set like an airplane wing. The only thing I didn't do is adjust the positioning screw, the only screw adjusted was the one that holds the brackets. Anything I am possibly missing before I remove and return ?
I bought the replicas, and also think there is too much wind noise to leave on all the time. I went through the trouble of reversing them, only to find out that i had them on right the first time. They are even louder with the thin side facing forward. Secure enough in my opinion, but I can't live with the noise.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Thank you wjs81866 for your detailed instructions. The rack installed just as you instructed. However, I'm having a bit of trouble with the "second person" you recommended I obtain. I married her and now she always wants to drive the new Jeep!
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Thanks to the original poster and the subsequent follow-ups. I installed the OEMs tonight and verified that the "forward arrow" sticker was backwards and that the rear bar (and rubber strip) is in fact wider. Saved me a lot of hassle coming pre-armed with that info. The locks are a true head scratcher, I agree. Not sure what the purpose is.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Not sure if anyone has had this problem but I am looking for a solution. When you loosen the screws with the allen key, if you loosen them too much the screw will not connect with nut that is built into the footing..( When you try to tighten them its like the screw is stripped and never catches) I had done it once and jeep service stated need to order new cross bars. ( on their expense not mine) Do any of you know if there is a fix to this other than ordering new cross bars?
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I installed my roof bars yesterday, many thanks for all who wrote and posted pictures, after all I read I was afraid it was going to be a real hassle to install them, I printed some of the posts with instructions, etc., went to the garage, opened the box and proceeded, to be honest it was quite easy, they had a sticker saying which was one front and which one was back, it must have taken me no more than 101-5 minutes to have them installed, they look solid, I tried shaking them and appear to be well attached.
Next month I'm taking my kayak on a 800 miles trip and I believe these bars will do very well.
I got the ones from Amazon, not the original from Mopar, the other ones, price was 149.99 with free shipping.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Hi Guys,

Any one know or can explain to me the point of the key? Once attached can you remove the bar with just the key?

Thinking of getting the mopar oem ones and would like it if the bars are as easy to remove as it looks like with just the key.

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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Hi Paul,

The key is kind of useless, it only locks the little plastic end of the bars but even with the lock on if you remove the rubber strip on top of the bars you have access to the nuts, so you can easily unlock those even with the keys locked on.

I think the idea of the key is more a visual thing than anything else, thats how I see it.

Besides the key I can say that they are quite firm (the roof bars), I carry my 2 kayaks with ease.

Hope that information helps you.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

The lock is the only complaint I have about the cross bars. On my old 4Runner and Explorer, I had Thule bars with the canoe carriers installed and the lock prevented the crossbars from being removed. I use a cable lock on the canoe when it is mounted, but with the Jeep system, a theif can remove the racks and the canoe, though it would not be as simple as it would be without the cable locking system.
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