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Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

I went to pickup some cross rails for my new GC and was shocked how ugly, 1980's they look. My 2002 GC had more sleek looking cross rails.

Does anyone make something a more sleek.

In particular I don't like seeing the rail sticking out beyond the mount.

They are also quite high.
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

thule whisp bar- quite pricey though
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thule aeroblades also are good ones
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

From all the research I've done, I've come across several sources that say the mopar ones ARE Thule. Seeing as you can find them @ $220 online, I'm planning on just removing them when not needed. That's a big price jump to get into anything lower profile and then you need to consider antenna and hatch spoiler clearance... Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

Good point on Antenna. Ugh.
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From all the research I've done, I've come across several sources that say the mopar ones ARE Thule. Seeing as you can find them @ $220 online, I'm planning on just removing them when not needed. That's a big price jump to get into anything lower profile and then you need to consider antenna and hatch spoiler clearance... Just my 2 cents.
antenna and hatch spoiler won't be a problem because of where the flush rails will allow you to place the bars they won't get in the way. they might become a problem depending on what you are gonna place on top of the bars, but then that doesn't depend on the bar
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

Yakima Whisper Bars... might be a look you are after.



If the link doesn't work... go to youtube.com and type Yakima whisperbars grand Cherokee... etrailer has a good installation video
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Both Thule and Yakima have aero bar type cross bars which are sleek. Can also go with square or round bars and low profile tower for less $ than aero type.
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

I Have the Thule whispbar. I think the cross bars on the OEM are Thule. However the feet are different. The OEM feet have a higher load rating than the Thule feet. The Thule feet are a lot lower profile and thinner.
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antenna and hatch spoiler won't be a problem because of where the flush rails will allow you to place the bars they won't get in the way. they might become a problem depending on what you are gonna place on top of the bars, but then that doesn't depend on the bar
Sure it does. A higher bar will allow you more flexibility of what and where you put stuff on top. Every once in a while I need to grab a 4x8 sheet of something and any rail below the antenna will be a big problem.

I'm not putting skies up there.
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Sure it does. A higher bar will allow you more flexibility of what and where you put stuff on top. Every once in a while I need to grab a 4x8 sheet of something and any rail below the antenna will be a big problem.

I'm not putting skies up there.
I see what you say now!
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Re: Alternative to OEM Roof Cross Rails

Factory bars with Thule evolution 1600 leaves only about an inch and a half clearance to the shark fin antenna. Also, with the front bar as far forward as it will go, it just clears the hatch spoiler by only a couple of inches as well when open. I don't think you want to go lower if you are planning to ever use a larger cargo carrier.
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