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

I am also wanting to replace my side rails but have not yet purchased the ones from justforjeeps. I noticed a link at the bottom of this page called W2Kjeep.com. On the next page I chose the Silver GC and scrolled to the bottom of the page. There is a link in blue "luggage rack removal (PDF).This looks like this might do the trick. please let me know. thanks.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Hi Guys,

Here is the Mopar solution to the side rail issue:

http://www.justforjeeps.com/threrora.html

Just installed one on a customer's WK2 and they work awesome.

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

In Australia we get the chrome rails with the channel on our WK2.
The rails are held in place by clips at the front and back and torx screws in the middle.
The screws fix into rivnuts that are in the roof and form a seal from the outside. There is no need to access the underside.
These rivnuts are a special item and inserted with a tool. They are readily available from industrial hardware places and maybe could be adapted.
Check this out for info http://www.wk2jeeps.com/misc/2011_wk_luggage_rack.pdf
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

WK2's that have the black molding strips do not have the rivnuts needed to install the silver side rails. The real pain comes from having to drill out the existing threaded inserts to install the rivnuts. This has been a nightmare for the dealers attempting it. I went with the Thule setup through just for jeeps and it worked out really well. Those guys were awesome! They took the time to work through Mopar to come up with the right solution for me. I tried to go the route of replacing the black molding strips with the silver side rails and it just wasn't worth it. This Thule setup is totally the way to go. Thanks again to the just for jeeps guys. They really took the time to work with me and help me find a solution that works.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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WK2's that have the black molding strips do not have the rivnuts needed to install the silver side rails. The real pain comes from having to drill out the existing threaded inserts to install the rivnuts. This has been a nightmare for the dealers attempting it. I went with the Thule setup through just for jeeps and it worked out really well. Those guys were awesome! They took the time to work through Mopar to come up with the right solution for me. I tried to go the route of replacing the black molding strips with the silver side rails and it just wasn't worth it. This Thule setup is totally the way to go. Thanks again to the just for jeeps guys. They really took the time to work with me and help me find a solution that works.
Can I ask a question - just for my information......
If the black moulding strips are fixed by threaded inserts can these inserts not be used to fix the silver rails?
The rivnuts are just a threaded insert themselves - as the name suggests.
It seems a bit strange that existing threaded inserts would be drilled out just to be replaced by another threaded insert. Yep, that would be a bugger of a job.
If someone wanted a stock look surely the silver rails could be adapted if threaded inserts are already in place?
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Can I ask a question - just for my information......
If the black moulding strips are fixed by threaded inserts can these inserts not be used to fix the silver rails?
The rivnuts are just a threaded insert themselves - as the name suggests.
It seems a bit strange that existing threaded inserts would be drilled out just to be replaced by another threaded insert. Yep, that would be a bugger of a job.
If someone wanted a stock look surely the silver rails could be adapted if threaded inserts are already in place?
Thanks
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Nope... Two totally different things... The rivnuts would need to be installed in place of the existing threaded inserts. I wish I took pictures when I tried to do this install but I didn't. The black molding strips have a lower profile and they don't have the raised rivnuts as the silver ones do.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Nope... Two totally different things... The rivnuts would need to be installed in place of the existing threaded inserts. I wish I took pictures when I tried to do this install but I didn't. The black molding strips have a lower profile and they don't have the raised rivnuts as the silver ones do.
Oh NO! You've got to be kidding me! I have the same black plastic molding on my 2012 JGC and I was hoping to get the silver rails installed. That's a bummer!!!

Woolly, does that Thule setup that grips the door sill look like it could damage the weatherstrip along the door?
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

This is unbelievable I was just about to buy a roof rack and lucky came across this thread...WTF the dealer said nothing about the all black plastic rails on my Altitude not being able to mount a rack, I told the guy I needed to get a rack for my kayaks.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

So as i understand this -i woud not be able to put racks on my 2012 Altitude ?
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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So as i understand this -i woud not be able to put racks on my 2012 Altitude ?
See earlier post

Thule make a kit that will mount on your roof but it won't use the black rails.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

My dealership had no problems putting the rails on my 'tude after waiting 2 months for them to come in after my purchase!
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Thule make a kit that will mount on your roof but it won't use the black rails.
Ya but it's not very sleek looking, looks like crap IMO
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