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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

I put on Rocky Road Outfitters roof rails and cross bars a couple weeks ago, attached 3 pics. I suspect wind noise could be loud since it is bulky and a simple round pipe for cross bar but I can't hear it even with sunroof open. BUT I do have significant hearing loss. And I haven't gotten any friends to ride w/ me for a sound check.
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:44 AM
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

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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
2.) Bicycles

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:

1.) Kayaks
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).

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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

BigCat, that's a nice setup, and I especially like the integrated lights front and rear. I have the sunroof on my JGC so any rack solution will have to NOT block out the sight lines when the rack is empty.

And JeepLee2011, when you have someone who can evaluate the wind noise from your Rocky Road rack (which also is nice!) please let us know.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

Guys, I put together a list of rack system options for the WK2, here.

I haven't decided which one I'll get for mine. I've owned Yakima for many years on my last three cars (wow, I just realized that goes back 20 years that I've been a happy Yakima customer!) but am looking at all options for my new WK2.

I keep my rack on, always. That's my plan for this one too. One good thing about a setup like RobbMG's upthread, is that the bar extensions outboard of the tower mounts give you a handhold when you're up there loading and tying down.

Anyway I hope that list helps.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

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Lights and wiring were an additional $1200.00 and I've added an axe/shovel mount and a locking Rotopax mount for 2gal. gas and water cans.

The actual rack install doesn't look hard and only took Gobi a little over an hour to do, but definitely a two person job minimum. Living only an hour away and having them install for free was a big selling point.


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BigCat, great pictures of the Gobi! I am looking at picking one up, can you explain how it is mounted to the roof? Do the side rails have to come off? Also, where does the wiring for the lights enter the cabin? Thanks and nice setup!
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

The best for me Yakima whispbar. Works well with other accesoirs and its the non noisiest one I`ve tried.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

It's raining right now so can't take new pics but, for echo7tango-with the sunroof insert removed the lights block a little looking forward but no line of sight blocked on the sides.

For VolJeep - the stock rails are removed and Gobi brackets bolt into the stock holes. My wiring enters thru the rear hatch and power for the switches enters at the driver's side door. I'll update with specific pics of wiring and roof mounts tomorrow.


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Here are the pics promised for echo7tango and VolJeep. Once the wiring comes in at the top of the rear hatch it is run under/above the headliner to driver side a pillar and under dash to switches mounted below regular light controls. Power from fuse box under hood to driver side door access point.

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Switches actually to right of normal light control knob. The small spiral cable from door panel to cabin is for my "Jeep" puddle lights from Mr Kustom


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Great detailed pictures, thanks for the assistance BigCat
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Yes, thank you! When you posted on the 11th, I was hoping that you'd include pictures of the switches, so thanks also for that, BigCat!
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No problem guys, let me know if need anything more detailed or specific.


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