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Old 03-12-2013, 07:13 PM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Thanks again tuned8e!
glad I could help! nice work
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:14 PM
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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?
That Airbags dealer quote sounds like a logical red herring... ie BS. There arent airbag sensors in the roof of a car... How on earth would putting roof racks on a SRT be any different to any other WK2 Jeep? SOunds like the dealer (sales guys are full of shit) was lookign for a way out of an embarassing situation where he/she lacked knowledge... and just dribbled shit.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:32 PM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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That Airbags dealer quote sounds like a logical red herring... ie BS. There arent airbag sensors in the roof of a car... How on earth would putting roof racks on a SRT be any different to any other WK2 Jeep? SOunds like the dealer (sales guys are full of shit) was lookign for a way out of an embarassing situation where he/she lacked knowledge... and just dribbled shit.
I believe we have debunked the airbag issue when messing with these small bolts
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:40 PM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Thanks to Tuned, I got inspired. I have fitted my roof rails. I used the original bolts except for at the front and back where the plastic clips are on the replacement rails. I found the original bolts didn't quite hold the front down. If I pushed the plastic it would pop out.

I used a M6 button head stainless bolt and a couple of washers. I had to file a little off the bolt head to get it into the front clip. Images 1 and 2. There are 2 1.11 mm stainless washers and 1 1.05mm nylon washer to pad it out. I chose the nylon as I thought it might help seal things. It is all done up nice and tight with a medium tack thread sealer. The top washer is a 3/4 inch (about 20mm) in diameter.

I also made up some 5.4mm washers to go under the metal rail part. This allows me to tighten up the bolts without the metal rail bending if the bolts are done too tight. It is a nice tight seal all the way to the roof. Images 3 and 4.

Image 5 and 6 show the rail in place, slid into the plastic clips and not bolted down. The last image is the finished product.

This feels really solid. The whole car shakes with no flex when grabbing these. The only extra step I may consider is some 25mm M6 stainless bolts to replace the stock 20mm bolts.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Is there any benefit of replacing the stock Altitude black rails (non-functional) with the bright-chrome (functional) ones + adding the mopar rack?

Rails: WK2 Roof Side Rails - Item # 55079172AI & 55079173AI
- cost: $227 for the pair

Mopar Rack: Removable Roof Rack - Jeep Grand Cherokee - Item # 82212072AB
- cost: $248


So $248 + $227 = $475


Versus just buying the Thule non-rail rack: Thule Removable Roof Rack - Item # TR486056

Cost: $314


I understand if you already have the bright rails (Limited, Overland, Summit, etc.), but for us Altitude and SRT8 guys... is there any benefit to adding the bright rails versus just going with the detachable version?
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For me I went the bright rails because I didn't want the pads rubbing on the roof and there are more roof rack cross bars (brands, styles and colors) to choose from if you have the bright rails. I also wanted to leave them on the roof. The pad style also has a lower load capacity. I have since fitted heavy duty rhino racks that have the full 68kg load rating and they are really solid, but a bit noisy. I picked these because they came in black in the style I wanted and they bolt into the roof using the existing built holes.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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For me I went the bright rails because I didn't want the pads rubbing on the roof and there are more roof rack cross bars (brands, styles and colors) to choose from if you have the bright rails. I also wanted to leave them on the roof. The pad style also has a lower load capacity. I have since fitted heavy duty rhino racks that have the full 68kg load rating and they are really solid, but a bit noisy. I picked these because they came in black in the style I wanted and they bolt into the roof using the existing built holes.
Link to your rack?

So yours bolted into the existing holes, of which I have (the holes) on an Altitude?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:19 AM
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Link to your rack?

So yours bolted into the existing holes, of which I have (the holes) on an Altitude?
Go back a couple pages, I have an Altitude and put on the bright functional rails. I outline the entire process.
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Link to your rack?

So yours bolted into the existing holes, of which I have (the holes) on an Altitude?
http://www.rhinorack.com.au/Vehicle_...6537_4690.aspx

Fitting instructions are on that page.

I followed tuned's instructions for fitting the rails from a few pages back and inserted some flat washers. Pics of my install are also on a previous page.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

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Go back a couple pages, I have an Altitude and put on the bright functional rails. I outline the entire process.

Yea I saw that, but it had me wondering if there was any benefit to the bolted-on rack (Mopar) versus just a non-permanent rack (Thule).

Then myke75 mentioned his Rhino Rack and I just wanted to see the difference.
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Re: Side Roof Rack Rails - NEED HELP PLEASE..

Bump.

Anyone have the non-permanent Thule (TR486056) roof rack? I'd like to see photos, if anyone does have it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:14 PM
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Just got a rhino rack xtray installed. So far its nice and solid. I'll give it a run down before going bush with the kids for a long weekend.
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