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2014 GC roof rail removal

I am thinking of removing the two (drivers/passenger side) roof rails for the roof rack. I popped the front black plastic cover off of one and see there is a steel lug sticking up from the roof that holds the plastic in place. Is that removable?
Has anyone else removed the roof rails? (not the side to side pieces, but the front to back runners)
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

Search has good stuff on the concept but more is better, and I'm not sure as precise as you need. I hope someone can chime in too as more wisdom just makes things like this easier.
Any plans once you get them removed? I'm going with the low profile mopar rails but the no rail at all look would clean up the profile nicely.

Link to a good link.
Need help with switching metal roof rails with low profile plastic one.

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Jeep WK2 Low Profile Roof Side Rails - Mopar # 68088702AC, # 68088703AC #68088702AC_68088703AC
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

It couldn't be any easier-remove the four black torx bolts, and slide the entire rail forward. That's it.


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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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It couldn't be any easier-remove the four black torx bolts, and slide the entire rail forward. That's it.


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I see how that can be easy but I am looking at the large lugs at either end and wonder if they are removable or not.
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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Search has good stuff on the concept but more is better, and I'm not sure as precise as you need. I hope someone can chime in too as more wisdom just makes things like this easier.
Any plans once you get them removed? I'm going with the low profile mopar rails but the no rail at all look would clean up the profile nicely.

Link to a good link.
Need help with switching metal roof rails with low profile plastic one.

Mopar low rails.
Jeep WK2 Low Profile Roof Side Rails - Mopar # 68088702AC, # 68088703AC #68088702AC_68088703AC
I'd like to see how it looks with nothing. I've seen the low profile black plastic rails but that is not the look I was hoping for.
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

Can anyone chime in with information on the large bolts/lugs on the rail hold-down?
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Can anyone chime in with information on the large bolts/lugs on the rail hold-down?
Greg

I believe they are part of the body/roof structure and not removable.


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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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If this is what you are referring to, they are "riv-nuts" and not intended to be removed easily.
Not possible to get a "clean roofline" without some fabrication. Headliner removal as a start, riv-nut drilled out and then holes plugged.


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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

Hi Kone I to have been trying to find out if you can switch the functional roof rails to the Low profile one. I see that is the rear one in pic does the front one look the same as that.? It almost looks like those are just spacers. If you pull the screw out out will you be able to remove that silver spacer. As I know the rail just slides under that piece. If possible could you take a pic of your whole roof without the rail. I would like to see what the the other 4 mounts in the middle look like. Thanks very much for any help.
As for the OP I have checked on this with a friend at a Jeep dealer his dealership has never done a swap but he did look up all the parts info. The rails can be had for 90.00 shipped and you need to buy different screws which are 16.00 for a bag of 20 for the low profile rail. Maybe that is why so many people are having problems the screws are shorter for the low profile one. Would appreciate if anyone else has some more insight to this swap.
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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If this is what you are referring to, they are "riv-nuts" and not intended to be removed easily.
Not possible to get a "clean roofline" without some fabrication. Headliner removal as a start, riv-nut drilled out and then holes plugged.


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That is what I was referring to.
My first preference would be to remove the complete rail assemblies and go with bare metal but if it is going to look ugly then I would lean towards the low profile black filler strip.
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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Hi Kone I to have been trying to find out if you can switch the functional roof rails to the Low profile one. I see that is the rear one in pic does the front one look the same as that.? It almost looks like those are just spacers. If you pull the screw out out will you be able to remove that silver spacer. As I know the rail just slides under that piece. If possible could you take a pic of your whole roof without the rail. I would like to see what the the other 4 mounts in the middle look like. Thanks very much for any help.
As for the OP I have checked on this with a friend at a Jeep dealer his dealership has never done a swap but he did look up all the parts info. The rails can be had for 90.00 shipped and you need to buy different screws which are 16.00 for a bag of 20 for the low profile rail. Maybe that is why so many people are having problems the screws are shorter for the low profile one. Would appreciate if anyone else has some more insight to this swap.
What he said.
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Re: 2014 GC roof rail removal

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These are not just spacers but raised "nuts" above the roof and have a flange below. Similar to rear riv-nut, (rivet-nut) aka nut-sert (nut-insert?) that do not come off. I removed the factory roof rails and fabricated a custom bracket for my rack. This GC is intended for expedition type trips.
The picture without any roof rails is what remains once everything else has been removed. All of them look the same, six on each side. The rear one (in prior pic) has a black bolt inserted to keep out water but is otherwise same as ones holding down the bracket.
For the look you are going for a low profile rails seems to be the best option, but you will need to cover these.


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