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I just had the dealer install the oem rack. Ridiculous amount of noise, so I took a look and the wing shape faces the back -back to the dealer on Monday. I'm hoping for very little noise once it's done properly since I really don't want to place and remove as needed. Fingers crossed.
I have noticed no real noise from the OEM racks, even with the sunroof opened, when they are properly installed with the rubber insert also installed.

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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Thanks to this thread and the pictures near the beginning I also noticed that the dealer did not put the central rubber cover on the rails. I can't imagine that would be good long term for the mounting bolts, or in winter if I needed to remove the bars it would be all iced over. Ridiculously badly installed-complete and utter incompetence.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I want to say thanks to everyone posting all the helpfulinformation. I received my OEM racksyesterday and installed them in about an hour. What I did with the rubber strips was to put a drop of liquid dish soapevery couple feet and then wet my fingers and spread the soap around. They pushed right in. All the markings for the install were correctper how everyone says to align them. Nowind noise.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I didn't slide the strips in on mine - I just laid them on top of the bars and pushed them into place. After they got started, they were easy to just push in the rest of the way by running my fingers down the strip.
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Does anyone have some detailed pictures of how the "feet" mount to the chrome roof rail? I'm thinking I can fab up something a bit lower profile if I can see how the feet interact with the chrome piece.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Installed the factory cross bars tonight. Earlier posts made it simple. Thank you. No problem with screws stripping. Agree the locks seem worthless. Had to trim about 1/16th off rubber strips for snug fit. Test drove the car with sunroof open and closed at speeds up to 50 mph with zero noise.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Hey, New Member here. Am about to install roof rack cross bars (Mopar). Looks easy enough, and made a whole lot clearer with the threads and photos. Great job, everyone!

So, while I'd likely answer my own question after installation, I'll still ask my first dumb question : What's the intent of the locks ? I.E., what exactly am I 'securing' with the locks ? Do they simply prevent the removal of the cross bars ? I had an '07 Grand Cherokee with stock rails and cross bars, that simply had screw knobs for loosening if you wanted to slide the bars backwards or forwards. I guess if the knobs were completely backed out, the bars would just lift off - which anyone could do. So, do the locks on my new set prevent that ? Thanks!
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I see no purpose for the locks.
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Hey, New Member here. Am about to install roof rack cross bars (Mopar). Looks easy enough, and made a whole lot clearer with the threads and photos. Great job, everyone!

So, while I'd likely answer my own question after installation, I'll still ask my first dumb question : What's the intent of the locks ? I.E., what exactly am I 'securing' with the locks ? Do they simply prevent the removal of the cross bars ? I had an '07 Grand Cherokee with stock rails and cross bars, that simply had screw knobs for loosening if you wanted to slide the bars backwards or forwards. I guess if the knobs were completely backed out, the bars would just lift off - which anyone could do. So, do the locks on my new set prevent that ? Thanks!
The only purpose I've seen for the locks is to prevent the removal of accessories from the crossbars. I have the canoe carrier mounts and the crossbars do make removing them difficult, if not impossible, without destroying everything. I much preferred the Thule system I had on my old 4Runner which protected the accessories and made removing the crossbars difficult, if not impossible.

I've been thinking about seeing if Thule makes a crossbar kit for the Jeep and just going to that.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Many thanks to Cperez for his helpful post about Mopar roof rack installation on Jeep Grand Cherokee !
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

good info, but I do anot understand why most of these companies state that their cross bars do not fit the "Altitude" model? It has roof rails like all the other Grand Cherokees I think?
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

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good info, but I do anot understand why most of these companies state that their cross bars do not fit the "Altitude" model? It has roof rails like all the other Grand Cherokees I think?
If you are referring to the High Altitude, it does not have functional roof rails. They are mearly cosmetic. I understand Whisper Bars does have a set up that bolts to the cosmetic rails on the High Altitude.

I have a '16 High Altitude and I purchase factory rails to replace the cosmetic rails. I haven't installed them yet, waiting for a little warmer weather. There is a great write up with pictures on the forum to follow.
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