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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Hey fellas I've read thru almost this whole thread... I can actually chime in here!! Here's the deal with why the plastic cap rails wont fit flush... My niece has a '13 Laredo WITH the rail mounting strips, and I have a '14 SRT with the plastic decorative caps. I was just going to swap with hers, as she will never use them for anything. So when I removed one side of mine, then one side of hers to compare notes & fitment, the bolts actually ARE different! and I am really sorry, and wish I would've snapped a couple pics while I had hers off. The bolts that hold on the rack strips (not sure what I'm supposed to be calling them) are a little taller, and more like a T pattern at the top. Whereas the bolts holding down the decorative plastic strips are smaller, and lower profile. Same screw head, but different everything else. The rack strips would go on my SRT, but not the other way around. the decorative strips are low, and in my opinion, basically just there because Chrysler probably drills holes in every GC that comes down the line, and says oh crap, we need to hide those holes. IDK for sure, just guessing.

And as far as why a $70k SUV doesn't come with them, or as even an option, is because their logic is a car that'll do 150mph doesn't really need a bike rack on it. Again, probably a CYA, liability move. But again, I'm just guessing...

hope that helps.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:12 PM
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This is why I made some spacers when switching from decorative rails to functional rails. It allows me to tighten the functional rails nice and tight without bending the chrome.

It's what I tried to explain in earlier posts.

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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Does ANYONE just have the full non-production-rail kit from Thule?

Thule Removable Rook Rack Crossbars for Jeep Grand Cherokee - Item # TR486056


I'm looking for more info / reviews on that one.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Hey guys,

I have 2013 Grand Cherokee Altitude and needed a roof rack. I was going to go with Tuned8e's solution but I did some more research and came up with another setup after considering the price of buying the chrome rails and a roof rack.

I went down to a local roof rack shop and they let me look at all of the Yakima Landing Pads. I found one that I thought would work on my current plastic non-functional roof rails.

I bought two 2-packs of the Yakima Landing Pad #11 for 78 + tax. Landing Pad #11 is designed to attach to a roof rail with just one bolt per landing pad.

I had to use my Dremel to cut out the fronts and backs of the landing pad to fit on top of the black plastic rail (the cut line is shown in the image in bright green).


I found the Yakima Control Towers with keys on Craigslist for $100 instead of paying full price of $198 + key cost + tax. I also bought the Yakima 48" crossbars on Craigslist for $50 instead of paying full price of $89 + tax.

To install, all I had to do was remove the second bolt from the front and the second bolt from the back from each of my plastic rails. Go to Home Depot and buy four 50mm M6 bolts, some washers, and some silicone (to be safe) for about $10. I used 5 washers on each landing pad to get the proper length for the bolt. Then I applied a little silicone to the bolt before I screwed it down to a very secure fit. The rubber "feet" that come with the landing pads really help ensure a secure fit.

Total cost was about $250. Took me about two hours to get the right cut on each of the Landing Pads and install. I was able to keep from adding any more chrome (which I hate) to my Jeep. And I'm very happy with the final look and feel of the rack. It is very solid.









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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Tuned. I am looking to get the "bright side rails" for my 2013 JGC Laredo. It has the decorative black rails. I plan to install them exactly how you did but I am having some issues finding them online and ensuring that I am getting both the plastic surround and the chrome rails. I have found these for $90 Roof Luggage Carrier Side Rail/Roof for 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee but to me it doesn't look like it has the black plastic surround. I have found these for $100 Roof Rack. Fits: GRAND CHEROKEE 4x2, 3.6L Mid V6, 5-Speed Auto W5A580 LAREDO, GRAND CHEROKEE 4x2, 3.6L Mid V6, 5-Speed Auto W5A580 Limited... | Factory Chrysler Parts as well. Do the first or second link appear to be what I would need? Thanks!

I know these MOPAR Roof Rack Rail, Right Side - 55079172AI-M will definitely work but they are the most expensive at $120
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