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

You may be the first.....the oem side rails may come with longer bolts...not sure. But you need to figure out which bolt holes you DONT use when installing the oem side rails and fill them with a bolt or sealant to keep your roof from leaking. Also...do this at your own discretion as you will not have the bolts that are required to hold the rails down. I would not overload the rails.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:30 AM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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You may be the first.....the oem side rails may come with longer bolts...not sure. But you need to figure out which bolt holes you DONT use when installing the oem side rails and fill them with a bolt or sealant to keep your roof from leaking. Also...do this at your own discretion as you will not have the bolts that are required to hold the rails down. I would not overload the rails.
Right - all I really want to do is get up to 4 snowboards up there-

FYI for the sake of information to this community the part #s are here for the OEM functional roof rails. These are Chrysler/Mopar Factory part #s.

55079172AI (Right)
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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I think Rocky Road Outfitters has a solution. I too have the 'decorative' rails and would like to have a roof basket on my WK2
I was going back and forth with RR about this and at the moment they don't have a solution. I was told they need to get a cherokee in to do a prototype, so its pretty much a waiting game. If they do make one it will be later next year.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:06 PM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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I was going back and forth with RR about this and at the moment they don't have a solution. I was told they need to get a cherokee in to do a prototype, so its pretty much a waiting game. If they do make one it will be later next year.
I'm determined to do a write-up on this. I cannot wait that long.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Maybe if we get a enough guys with "decorative rails" asking about it, they'll get on it and start making them...you'd think Rocky Road would jump on the opportunity since no one out there has a rack for us Altitude and SRT guys.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

i have the rack rails, and actually want the "decorative rails", cause I don't like the chrome on them...

Maybe should just plasti-dip them, as it sounds like a headache!
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Have you tried Rack Attack? They did black metal rails for me and the system is robust. Sorry if this has been covered already but see earlier post below.

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

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Have you tried Rack Attack? They did black metal rails for me and the system is robust. Sorry if this has been covered already but see earlier post below.

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Those all black rails look killer! I'd love to have a set installed so I could get this whole roof rail issue off my mind Only problem now is I don't live by a Rack Attack store.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

moose thanks for the advice those rack attack rails are so sweet

but just like this other user here above, I don't live anywhere close to that store

I'm not too concerned with total weight capacity as I only plan on carrying 4 snowboards max. I am just looking for more precise/clear installation instruction on the OEM rails. I kind of have an understanding on this process but without pictures or anyone doing a write up it is difficult to understand truely what needs to take place on the roof

I called the dealer I bought my car from and they would not do this for me...

I am just frustrated because I have the OEM cross bars ready to install...
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

tuned, i share your frustration about the roof rails and rack, it should have been a much better execution on an suv.

your challenge is compounded as you apparently still need to get a roof rail onto the vehicle - if this is correct, obviously you or someone will have to drill holes into the roof.

it comes with pucker factor, but both individuals and third party installers have done so without breaching the airbag electronics. you cannot rely on my BS opinion, but with a shallow drill effort it should not be an issue, same for the compression hardware. plus the roof channels should have some care involved in placing the airbag harness away from those locations. use another vehicle with rails on your dealer's lot as a go-by.

both in this thread and in others on this site you'll find examples of others taking the leap. another person in your situation ordered the rack attack rails online and did the drilling/install himself. if neither you, your dealer, nor a rack store in the area are willing to give it a go, perhaps you can find a body shop that will do so properly?
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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tuned, i share your frustration about the roof rails and rack, it should have been a much better execution on an suv.

your challenge is compounded as you apparently still need to get a roof rail onto the vehicle - if this is correct, obviously you or someone will have to drill holes into the roof.

it comes with pucker factor, but both individuals and third party installers have done so without breaching the airbag electronics. you cannot rely on my BS opinion, but with a shallow drill effort it should not be an issue, same for the compression hardware. plus the roof channels should have some care involved in placing the airbag harness away from those locations. use another vehicle with rails on your dealer's lot as a go-by.

both in this thread and in others on this site you'll find examples of others taking the leap. another person in your situation ordered the rack attack rails online and did the drilling/install himself. if neither you, your dealer, nor a rack store in the area are willing to give it a go, perhaps you can find a body shop that will do so properly?
Yes I saw his Rack Attack install process but even that was a little vague - he basically took out the stock base rail points, drilled new holes and plugged the originals. I think what I need to do here is simply get the OEM functional rails in my hands and go from there. That body shop may be a good idea - I have to do some searching there has to be a place here in Chicago that can do this for me.

Now, when you state 'pucker factor' are we referencing the physical act of puncturing the air bag assembly or having the roof pucker ? (metal puckering?) 2 separate things here?
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

^uh, i meant pucker factor, as in you can whistle from below the waist, or make diamonds, or hold a rose with no hands....

Urban Dictionary: pucker factor

hope you get it figured out, we use the roof rack weekly. also hope ullr starts bringing us some snow. lots of it. please. pretty please. like yesterday.

Note: tuned, you are welcome to have my stock roof rails, pm me your address and they are yours. i unfortunately do not have the mounting bolts and compression nuts.
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