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Question Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

We received a cargo bag (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0024ALBJ8) for an upcoming trip and are concerned about using it on our sunroof. Does anyone have information regarding the strength / ability of the panoramic sunroof to accept a load? Has anyone used a bag like this with the panoramic sunroof?
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Although the glass is tempered, I wouldn't put anything on the glass. Get the crossbars and attach your load to them which transfers the weight to the siderails that are mounted to the steel portion of the roof. Even those have a limit of 150 lbs.
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Thanks for the quick reply. I assumed that would be best... Unfortunately it's a soft carrier so I suppose I'll need 3-4 crossbars.
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Doesn't Jeep offer a soft cargo accessory that works with the pano roof? If so you may want to check out its instructions.

There doesn't appear to be sunroof exclusions but the weight limit is like 100 pounds.

http://jeepparts.mopar.com/jeep/gran...cessories.html
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

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Thanks for the quick reply. I assumed that would be best... Unfortunately it's a soft carrier so I suppose I'll need 3-4 crossbars.
You can get a cargo tray that fits to the cross rails. Google Thule or rhino racks.
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Why not use a hitch rack?? It doesn't affect wind resistance and it is more protected...plus you don't have to break your back getting everything up there and it is way cheaper.....and it holds 500lbs!

I just don't see a plus with putting cargo on the roof, unless it is over 3-4'.

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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Have to get some cross rails. i'm a huge fan of the Thule M.O.A.B. also. It's lightweight, can be installed in less than 15 minutes and you only need one person to put it up. Check backcountry.com. Sometimes they will have all the Thule stuff for 20% off. The MOAB also works with either the Mopar cross rails or the Thule Aero Bars (which I have). And your Jeep looks like it's ready for a expedition with the basket up top.
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

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Thanks for the quick reply. I assumed that would be best... Unfortunately it's a soft carrier so I suppose I'll need 3-4 crossbars.
Not really. The factory crossbars are adjustable, front to back. You could also put a panel or board underneath to support the cargo bag, which should support any sagging.
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

Hi Peckmv
Found this post, when you say 150 lbs total on the roof rack ?
Have a 2015 GC overland, would like to get cross bars for mine
But not sure of the total weight limit with the panoramic sunroof ?
Any help would be appreciated

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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

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We received a cargo bag (Amazon.com : Sherpak Go 15 Cartop Storage : Bike Car Rack Accessories : Sports & Outdoors) for an upcoming trip and are concerned about using it on our sunroof. Does anyone have information regarding the strength / ability of the panoramic sunroof to accept a load? Has anyone used a bag like this with the panoramic sunroof?
I wouldn't want to put any direct weight on it.

I'd use one of these + hitch carrier.

http://www.amazon.com/Rola-59119-Rai...qid=1430876835
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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

My situation is this, the weight limit that I am after is the
Load on the crossbars (whispbar maybe). I plan on putting
A kayak on the crossbars weight (68 LB). But with the panoramic
sunroof, the weight limit is different then one with out. The hitch is
going to be used for something else.


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Re: Strength / load ability of the panoramic sunroof

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My situation is this, the weight limit that I am after is the
Load on the crossbars (whispbar maybe). I plan on putting
A kayak on the crossbars weight (68 LB). But with the panoramic
sunroof, the weight limit is different then one with out. The hitch is
going to be used for something else.


Thanks Rick
Good point. I wasn't aware of differences on the rails themselves.
Keep in mind that with something like a Kayak, the Wind is probably WAY more of a factor than it's weight. The downward or upward force could be 100's of lbs at 70 mph. It's really hard to make it neutral.
As well as sideways gusts. Think of college kids holding a mattress on roof by hand going 35mph to their dorm
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