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Old 11-23-2013, 09:16 AM
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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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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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