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Old 06-13-2014, 08:36 AM
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I have the Yakima S25 with the K624 fit kit. Very quiet even at 75+mph. I test drove a JGC with dealer installed Mopar kit, and I could hear the wind noise as soon as I pulled out of the driveway. Here are some pix of mine installed.

I am betting the mopar rails were installed backwards on the one you test drove. This was a common mistake on the 11-13 models as some members discovered the install stickers weren't even correctly placed on the rails from factory. I've had my mopar ones on my overland for 2yrs now and hardly ever hear them...maybe during a cross-wind now and then.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

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Actually I don't notice any wind noise unless I open the sunroof shade and even then it doesn't bother the wife or me. I can leave the optional sunroof insert installed and still use the vent mode which was an unexpected bonus.

As far as MPGs, maybe a 1-1.5 drop on the highway but then I drive a hemi with a lead foot and a radar detector so YMMV.

I've had it installed for almost 2 months now with no regrets and lots of compliments.


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Big Cat, Looks awesome. There is no drilling into the roof correct? Also, what light kit is that? I do not have a dealer where I am from to install (Canada) so I would be doing this solo. Know anything more about the wiring of the lights and where the switch is located inside the vehicle?
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:55 PM
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

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Big Cat, Looks awesome. There is no drilling into the roof correct? Also, what light kit is that? I do not have a dealer where I am from to install (Canada) so I would be doing this solo. Know anything more about the wiring of the lights and where the switch is located inside the vehicle?

Thanks Mrconnsmythe! Now on to the questions/answers: in addition to the info below you can also refer back to posts 43-45 of this thread.

There is no drilling, the original rails are removed and the Gobi bolts into the existing holes. There are 2 support feet on each side at the front of the rack that rest on rubber pads but don't bolt to the roof.

The lights I used are Rigid Industries SR Series 6" Hybrid spot/flood combos (white) 4 front and 2 rear.

If you refer to the attached pics below :

Fig. 1a and 1b show the lights front and rear and in 1a on the far right you can see one of the support feet

Fig 2 shows where the front wiring is fed into a grommet/ hole drilled into the bottom tube of the rack and snaked back to tie in with the wiring from the back lights

Fig 3 shows the grommet/hole where the front wiring comes out and ties in with the back loom and gets routed to the rear hatch opening

Fig 4 shows the wiring going to the rear hatch

Fig 5 shows the routing of the wiring inside the top of the rear hatch and entering the vehicle along with the factory wiring bundle(sealed with silicone). From there the wiring travels under/above the headliner to the front driver's side pillar and down under the dash to the switches (shown in Fig 9 of the second picture)

Fig 6 shows the power wires ( connected to +/- inside ) coming from the main fuse box ( arrow below Hemi shows individual inline fuses bundle) through a notch cut under the weather stripping and then ran across the engine bay to the driver's side

Fig 7 picks up the wire loom routed by the master cylinder behind the front fender and into the driver door area

Fig 8 shows the wiring zip tied to the driver door hinges where it enters the cabin through a pre existing grommet ( the small spiral wire is from my in the door trim "Jeep" puddle light from Mr Kustom)

Fig 9 shows the switch location where all the wiring connects under the dash. Top left switch is for the front two outermost lights, top right is for the two front inner lights and bottom switch is for both rear lights.

Hope this helps anyone wiring their own install.
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I like the look of the Low profile basket Great choice of lights $out of reach$ but great job
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

If anyone is interested, I am selling my Thule Rapid Podium roof racks for 2011 - 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Full set, including all manuals and spare parts. They no longer make this fit kit, but looks much cleaner than the new one from Thule. Minimal use on my 2012 GC, but does not fit the SRT Jeep decorative rails so I had to order a new set. Originally cost $455, selling for $250. I am in the DC area, and would prefer local pick-up (buyer pays shipping otherwise). Set is fully assembled, just need to bolt onto factory chrome roof rails (will not fit plastic rails on SRT or Alpine models). Kit includes Rapid Podium 460R feet - $195, 47 Inch Aero Blade - $170, and 4019 Fit Kit - $90. PM me if interested. Thanks.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

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Thanks Mrconnsmythe! Now on to the questions/answers: in addition to the info below you can also refer back to posts 43-45 of this thread.

There is no drilling, the original rails are removed and the Gobi bolts into the existing holes. There are 2 support feet on each side at the front of the rack that rest on rubber pads but don't bolt to the roof.

The lights I used are Rigid Industries SR Series 6" Hybrid spot/flood combos (white) 4 front and 2 rear.

If you refer to the attached pics below :

Fig. 1a and 1b show the lights front and rear and in 1a on the far right you can see one of the support feet

Fig 2 shows where the front wiring is fed into a grommet/ hole drilled into the bottom tube of the rack and snaked back to tie in with the wiring from the back lights

Fig 3 shows the grommet/hole where the front wiring comes out and ties in with the back loom and gets routed to the rear hatch opening

Fig 4 shows the wiring going to the rear hatch

Fig 5 shows the routing of the wiring inside the top of the rear hatch and entering the vehicle along with the factory wiring bundle(sealed with silicone). From there the wiring travels under/above the headliner to the front driver's side pillar and down under the dash to the switches (shown in Fig 9 of the second picture)

Fig 6 shows the power wires ( connected to +/- inside ) coming from the main fuse box ( arrow below Hemi shows individual inline fuses bundle) through a notch cut under the weather stripping and then ran across the engine bay to the driver's side

Fig 7 picks up the wire loom routed by the master cylinder behind the front fender and into the driver door area

Fig 8 shows the wiring zip tied to the driver door hinges where it enters the cabin through a pre existing grommet ( the small spiral wire is from my in the door trim "Jeep" puddle light from Mr Kustom)

Fig 9 shows the switch location where all the wiring connects under the dash. Top left switch is for the front two outermost lights, top right is for the two front inner lights and bottom switch is for both rear lights.

Hope this helps anyone wiring their own install.
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Great info!

Another Q: does that front 'Gobi' deflector rest on the roof panel and if so, does it scratch? I would presume there would be some rubber rail but it looks like it floats and would be concerned it would bounce on the roof or whistle a fair bit with the sunroof open.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:09 PM
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No scratches. It does have a rubber rail on the bottom edge and doesn't whistle.


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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

I'm looking for a basic roof system for my '14 Limited that won't run into hundreds of $ since I won't be using it on a regular basis. Can anyway comment on this rack. It was mentioned in the beginning of the thread as being noisy. Any experience long-term and what other accessories have you used with it, without issue. Thanks!

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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

Just ordered this rack for our 14 JGC Overland. Did you read the comments on Amazon? Most JGC folks really liked them and a few commented that they aren't that noisy.

I think it is fully dependent on whether you will be using them all the time (on the car 24/7/365) or just for a couple of times a year.

We will only be using them a couple of times a year on very long road trips, in conjunction with our Thule Sidekick Top box.
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I'm looking for a basic roof system for my '14 Limited that won't run into hundreds of $ since I won't be using it on a regular basis. Can anyway comment on this rack. It was mentioned in the beginning of the thread as being noisy. Any experience long-term and what other accessories have you used with it, without issue. Thanks!

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I've had these crossbars for about a year and think they're perfect. NO NOISE at all that I can tell- and as others have said, just make sure you have them pointed in the correct direction. I take them off from time to time and put them back on when needed. So easy, I can put both on in less than 10 minutes. There are obviously other systems that work well and look great, but for my money these Mopar knock offs are fine.
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I assume there are plenty of ski racks and other vertical use racks that will fit on this as a base.
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Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee

Just installed the roof rails I bought from Amazon. Good for the price and easy to install. I noticed they quoted a small torque value, namely 5Nm, for the installation hex bolts. Which might be the reason why a few folks stripped said hex bolts!

I will be using a Thule Sidekick box on them and so moved the front rail back about 4 inches to accommodate the fitment holes on the Thule box. I moved the front rails back as I would rather have the front of the box further back from the windshield.

I'm actually keeping them on to gauge the amount of wind noise from them. If it isn't noticeable, I'll be lazy and keep them on. Wifey came in to check them out and said they look great !

All in all, I like 'em!
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