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Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I have a new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and am wondering if the forum has advice on the best roof rack system to go with?

I'm in Colorado, and want to be able to switch between ski carrier, bike carrier, and kayak carrier. I'm looking at Thule, Yakima, and the Mopar (think these are Thule as well).

Any advice on what works best and/or looks best on the new ride?

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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

Lots of threads on here on this subject. Here's just one of many threads on racks for the WK2.

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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

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I have a new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and am wondering if the forum has advice on the best roof rack system to go with?

I'm in Colorado, and want to be able to switch between ski carrier, bike carrier, and kayak carrier. I'm looking at Thule, Yakima, and the Mopar (think these are Thule as well).

Any advice on what works best and/or looks best on the new ride?
Of the ones you list, the MOPAR rack will be the lowest profile, mount to the existing rails and the accessories from everyone else will fit it. They are also relatively cheap. IMO, it is a great way to go. The only negative that I have heard is that some of the ebay versions tend to fade.

We bought the Thule AeroBlades bars with the 460R fit kit and all Thule mounts, for skis, bikes etc. I don't think Thule make the 460R pedestals for the Grand Cherokee anymore. The 480 pedestals, which is all they offer now, don't mount the factory rails.

Yakima sells the Whispbar systems, which are twice the price of the Mopar system, but I know people like them.

Personally, I would recommend going to a specialty rack shop and see what they say. If you are in the Denver area, Rack Attack in Denver or Golden has all the different systems and can give good advice. I got some of our accessories in Golden and they were great to work with. They even exchanged some parts that I had gotten from an on line supplier that weren't right for my setup.
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I have whispbar (yakima) and I am super happy with it. If you search the forum you will find photos of the setup.

Quiet on the road, no wind noise. Bike attachments are very easy to put on and take off w/o tools. Ski attachments unfortunately require some fiddling around to install and take down.




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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

Rocky road roof rack was great looking and got a ton of comments all the time on the roof setup.
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I went with Thule for 2 reasons. They have the spread I need for a stable canoe carry and I have used them for all my vehicles, so already have the attachments. They are rock solid on the GC and are mounted when needed. Got them thru Crutchfield for a decent discount.
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

The short(er) answer will be what ever your needs and budget are.
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I like thule aeroblades, been using for 3 years and no issues, used to have on my old car and the same bars fit on the gc now
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

regular thule. I have been using them on 3 of my Jeeps just switching out the mounting points. I throw up a ski box, kayak rack, bike trays, and random buddies who want to ride on the roof. I can fit 5 14 foot kayaks on mine. The basic rack might be louder regarding wind noise but its rock solid. Foot pads I am using are the 460s.
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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I have gone Thule... I go with Thule for the roof rack, the ski holders, and my bike rack. Here are some pictures since they are so damn hard to come by. Let me know if you have any questions.









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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

Wait...this isn't a Suburu! The best rack.... Is an enclosed cargo trailer!


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Re: Best Roof Rack system for Grand Cherokee?

I have the rhino rack vortex bars on mine and they're great. They mount direct to the factory rails so they're stable and there's a ton of accessories to mount. I've currently got two of their fork-locking bike racks and a cargo carrier mounted. I'm thinking of getting one of their awnings or the fox wing before next summer. They were a little noisy without the wind fairing or the rubber inserts they come with, but I slapped those on and it's good to go!


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