Originally Posted by TonyMontana
Why would the major players stop making mounting kits for the flush rails on our rigs? The JGC is a top selling vehicle. I hope they are just coming out with a new foot design as I'm in need of a rack and do not want one that hooks onto the roof edge around the doors.
I recently researched the topic too since I was wondering the same thing myself. I didn't like the newest solutions. I didn't want a kit that would fug up my vehicles paint by resting on the roof / door sill. This is an issue since I leave the rack on all year. The answer I got from Yakima and Thule was:
1.) Not enough bar spread allowed for the factory rails
2.) Too low of a load restriction for factory rails.
This does not impact persons who wish to use the rack for:
1.) Ski's / snow boards
Since the total load and bar spacing far exceeds the requirements of these applications. Where you run into trouble is long or excessively heavy loads. Not the best solution for:
2.) Heavy cargo carriers
3.) Surf / wind boards
Unfortunately neither company has the luxury of supporting all applications through multiple kits. They cannot afford that type of inventory for a nich market. Therefore they decided to opt for the side of worse case scenario.
Thus the reason why all new risers use the "roof rest / door sill secure" mounting method. This allows for wider bar width ans heavier loads (140+ pounds).