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Old 11-03-2010, 07:55 PM
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Re: Roof Rail specs

Thule website still doesn't list any rails for the WK2 yet a cargo basket is shown at SEMA.
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Re: Roof Rail specs

Went to Rack Attack and talked through some options, they seem to be:

1) OEM cross bars: Great fit and finish, but locking mechanism is lacking as a security torx wrench is all that is needed to remove cross bars and anything attached from the vehicle.

2) Thule/Yak towers for WK2: Not available yet, but will be soon. Great fit, finish, and locking mechanisms both companies are known for. Weak spot IMO, is that WK2 roof tracks are somewhat flexy. See WK Stickey thread about a surfboard incident.

3) Rack Attack Roof Tracks: RA has their own house branded track system that can replace the OEM tracks mounted to the WK2 and can utilize existing Thule/Yak tower mounts. Noticeably stronger than OEM tracks, all black aluminum, lifetime warranty, aero/low profile. Pucker factor to remove stock tracks and remount RA tracks requiring filling and drilling holes into roof of brand new WK2. Cost can be reasonable or expensive depending upon vehicle labor. RA was mounting these up to a brand new X5 when I stopped by, and they looked perfect, sorry did not have a camera.

I had hoped a fourth option might be using some of the existing Thule/Yak clamping type tower mounts, but RA suggested not doing so as the WK2 tracks have dual tracks/hook areas.

I'll likely go with #2 or #3 above. Any CO WK2'rs want to buy my OEM cross bars for $20 less than I paid? Saves you $20 and I break even by avoiding return shipping.
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Re: Roof Rail specs

How long are the cross bars of the Mopar rack?
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Re: Roof Rail specs

What are the lowest rails you can get for the WK2?

I wish that there was a basket that sat very that integrated the rail mounts into the bottom of the basket to not get so much height out of it.
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Re: Roof Rail specs

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Got the cross bars. They are reasonably strong and aero. Mopar sticker is attached to what appears to be a Thule OEM product.

Any ski/bike/kayak/clamshell box attachments will slide into either end of the cross bars and then the cap and lock secure all attachments to the bars. That portion looks like good security.

Still not sure that the cross bars themselves and any gear attached could not simply be removed from the top of the roof mounts per the two torx style bolts. Per the below photo, a traditional torx head wrench will not fit into the nuts that hold the cross bars to the top of the mounts. This is OK, but still could be unattached with this skeleton torx wrench.

The other possibility is that the ski/bike/kayak/clamshell box mounts could potentially be mounted and locked over these two skeleton torx bolts, preventing others from getting to them without unlocking the fixtures above.

Yea, I'm a bit anal retentive and the best bet is to take your gear inside. Regardless, many lose expensive gear from their roof racks if not squared away properly.

I'll recheck this with a local rack attack. Thoughts?
Can you post a pic of the underside mount, how it atatches to the roof rails.

The reason I ask is I am looking at mounting a long-range whip to the roof on a folding bracket which I need to design a mount for.
I would like to use the roof rails to mount the bracket to.
No holes in the bodywork.
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Re: Roof Rail specs

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Went to Rack Attack and talked through some options, they seem to be:

1) OEM cross bars: Great fit and finish, but locking mechanism is lacking as a security torx wrench is all that is needed to remove cross bars and anything attached from the vehicle.

2) Thule/Yak towers for WK2: Not available yet, but will be soon. Great fit, finish, and locking mechanisms both companies are known for.

3) Rack Attack Roof Tracks: RA has their own house branded track system that can replace the OEM tracks mounted to the WK2 and can utilize existing Thule/Yak tower mounts. Noticeably stronger than OEM tracks, all black aluminum, lifetime warranty, aero/low profile. Pucker factor to remove stock tracks and remount RA tracks requiring filling and drilling holes into roof of brand new WK2. Cost can be reasonable or expensive depending upon vehicle labor.

I had hoped a fourth option might be using some of the existing Thule/Yak clamping type tower mounts, but RA suggested not doing so as the WK2 tracks have dual tracks/hook areas.
Moose, 5 months later... any "new" news that you've heard for roof racks?
Did you go RA route or different route?

Moose, never mind... found your other thread & pics! Thanks!
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Moose, 5 months later... any "new" news that you've heard for roof racks?
Did you go RA route or different route?

Moose, never mind... found your other thread & pics! Thanks!
DCJ, though I'm a bit of a freak for the roof rack setup, note that Fireon also just got the aftermarket towers and whatnot designed to fit properly in the WK2 stock roof tracks. If those were available back in the fall pre-ski season, I would've probably gone that route. In addition to being sturdy and secure, the aftermarket Thule/Yak stuff has really nice portability so the entire setup can be removed quickly.

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