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Old 03-04-2017, 03:06 PM
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For the whipbar racks in general, (S25, s17) in general how easy would it be to put them on and take them off annually? I really need racks for ski season, but am not sure about having them on year round (unless I get really into cycling or something). The idea of the temporary racks just feels weird on the jeep, but might be best. Any thoughts?

For the s17, any idea what kind of place would be able to cut them? Dont own any metal saws
my 2 cents...no real need to cut the S17 especially for on/off use. I did not cut mine and they did not look too ling IMHO...as shown above, a tad shorter doesn't hurt but your call. Forgot to get a pic of everything installed, duh....I'll let him post how he cut his. Even though the moron engineers effed up the 3rd holes from the front the second from the front are same distance from front hole so I ended up using those and you should too. So, your question for ease of on/off...it takes some one-time setup with what you put on them since they are not movable and just figuring out how they work not complicated at all. But now that I know how to put them on removal was easy enough time wise, 20 mins and and carrier and crossbars were off....a few tips:

1) K624 kit works fine and holds securely.

2) the roof rails are closer together in the rear than the front so this means the rear crossbar feet need to be more clicks inward than the fronts so once you set it up mark the clicks and front or rear with a sharpie to eliminate the re-work next time...the front fit perfect on the second hole from front of roof rail with 6 slots showing inboard and the rear fit perfect on the second hole from the rear of roof rail with 2 slots showing inboard...this is how I marked mine so I can just throw them on next time.



3) the studs for the feet needed slightly different bolt heights to allow the red t-nuts to both get on the bolt and have teeth to grab...maybe I am wrong and there is a perfect length for front and rear but I didn't find it so Iused blue loctite to keep the bolt and shaft hex nut at "depth" and then just marked 'em for front rear, again to make next time just a wrench session...



If I were going to use mine a ton or keep them on for a season I would probably do what Tifoso did..cut them some and powdercoat them...but for a week here and there not gonna....

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Old 03-05-2017, 08:55 AM
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Re: Whispbar roof rack pics on 2015 SRT

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For the whipbar racks in general, (S25, s17) in general how easy would it be to put them on and take them off annually? I really need racks for ski season, but am not sure about having them on year round (unless I get really into cycling or something). The idea of the temporary racks just feels weird on the jeep, but might be best. Any thoughts?

For the s17, any idea what kind of place would be able to cut them? Dont own any metal saws
As goplzgo said, you should be able to install or remove the bars in 20 to 30 mins once you have everything set up. So not a big deal to remove when you don't need them. I also bike in the summers so I need them on year round....

In terms of cutting the bars, as goplzgo said, it's totally personal preference. Try a "test" install without cutting and see how they look. I'm a little OCD and the overhang would've driven me nuts, so I cut them.

No metal saw needed. Do you have a miter saw (chop saw)? I just put a metal cutting blade on mine. You need to completely disassemble both ends so that you are just working with the raw metal (including removal of the foam noise reduction inserts). Keep in mind that the bars are slightly arched, highest in the middle, like a bridge. So to ensure a straight cut, you need to set them up just as they would sit on your roof - both ends level and the arch in the middle. Take your time and fiddle with different set-ups to be sure they are sitting level before you cut. Then mark with a sharpie and slowly cut through each end with your metal blade. I trimmed 2.5" off each end (so a total of 5").

Once you're done, ease all the edges with sandpaper, and you'll need to drill a new small hole to receive the dimple in the plastic end cap. Essentially you need to match everything about the piece you just cut off.... Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos.

As I try to write this up, I realize that it sounds quite complicated. Not so bad really. It took me a couple of hours total, start to finish, and I took my time..... But keep all of this in mind when you evaluate whether you want them trimmed!

You could probably have this done at a metal working/fabrication shop as well.
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Re: Whispbar roof rack pics on 2015 SRT

PDDave, or anyone who has installed the Whispbars, did you have to cut the bolts that go into the factory holes? I installed my setup this weekend and the only way I could get the covers back on the bars was to cut about a 1/4 inch off each bolt. I screwed the bolts into the roof the same length of the bolts I removed so the have a good catch on the threads, just curious?
I love the bars they look good and marginal additional wind noise.
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PDDave, or anyone who has installed the Whispbars, did you have to cut the bolts that go into the factory holes? I installed my setup this weekend and the only way I could get the covers back on the bars was to cut about a 1/4 inch off each bolt. I screwed the bolts into the roof the same length of the bolts I removed so the have a good catch on the threads, just curious?
I love the bars they look good and marginal additional wind noise.
not at all, should not have to cut them...I agree it is not a lot of clearance, you have to find the right balance of the that bolt's set depth and the main foot being in or out on clicks (see my pics) as 1 click either way mattered on being able to thread the red t-nut on the bolt because as the foot tower moves in/out a click it effectively gives or takes clearance/access to start the red t-nut on the bolt...this happens because the top of the foot tower "leans" inward/outward just a smidge and changes the open access clearance to the top of that bolt....make any sense?...all my fiddling with this made me realize I did not want to repeat it next on/off cycle esp since the front and rear are different on clicks and bolt set depth so that's why I used blue loctite to semi-set the bolt in the nut for fiddling and then measured the final numbers....with my click settings in pics the fronts had 16mm of thread showing and the rears 19mm...next roof rodeo should only take 20 mins or so...
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Re: Whispbar roof rack pics on 2015 SRT

GoPlzGo, thanks for the reply, I did notice in your pics the length you had exposed, and I also played around with the width adjustments but ended up with both the front bar and the back at the same 2 marks in on each side. I wanted to get as close to directly above the factory plastic pieces. I will look at it again and see if I need to adjust, thanks again for the reply. i should have added earlier that I have the s25 flush bars that will make a difference on length.
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GoPlzGo, thanks for the reply, I did notice in your pics the length you had exposed, and I also played around with the width adjustments but ended up with both the front bar and the back at the same 2 marks in on each side. I wanted to get as close to directly above the factory plastic pieces. I will look at it again and see if I need to adjust, thanks again for the reply.
keep in mind the oem srt rails are pigeon toed, closer in the rear so if you have front and rear same clicks in/out then either front or rear (or both) are not ideally vertical, thus, leaning in or out and monking with the t-nut/locking cap clearance....when u re-visit it look as the flushness of the foot boot as you mess with in/out clicks...
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