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jeepz 02-25-2014 08:27 PM

Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
Hey everyone,

Would anyone be able to recommend the best roof rack system (cross bars) for a '14 grand cherokee.

I'm looking at this one: Thule Roof Rack for Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 | etrailer.com

But not sure if that's the best or if maybe there are lower profile ones. Ultimately this will be for holding a kayak mount.

Thanks!

ledcat 02-25-2014 09:58 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
I got these,
Amazon.com: 2011 2012 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee CrossBars Roof Luggage Racks OE STYLE FAST SHIPPING: Automotive
Same design as the Mopar ones. They hold nice and tight, but I found the wind noise to be too noticeable to leave on all the time. A shame to, as I like the way they look and wanted to leave them on all the time. I have some old Yakima bars, that I could get the grab rails for, but if the ones I got from Amazon make too much noise, I think the Yakima round bars would be worse, but who knows?

jeepz 02-25-2014 10:02 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ledcat (Post 982397)
I got these,
Amazon.com: 2011 2012 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee CrossBars Roof Luggage Racks OE STYLE FAST SHIPPING: Automotive
Same design as the Mopar ones. They hold nice and tight, but I found the wind noise to be too noticeable to leave on all the time. A shame to, as I like the way they look and wanted to leave them on all the time. I have some old Yakima bars, that I could get the grab rails for, but if the ones I got from Amazon make too much noise, I think the Yakima round bars would be worse, but who knows?

Didn't consider the noise factor... I was hoping to leave them on all the time as well, but any noticeable noise would probably drive me nuts

Maybe something like these "aero" would cut down on the noise, not sure... Thule AeroBlade Edge - Complete Cross Bar System - 7502, 7502 - CargoGear

topdownfun 02-25-2014 11:10 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
FWIW, I just went through this process myself. After reading threads about Thule, Yakima, and Mopar discontinuing our mounting kits last year, I pressed on and found a Whispbar S17 (53 inch) throughbar system on Ebay at a decent price and the supposedly discontinued K624 mounting kit on Amazon. So far so good, and the Whispbars are supposed to be quiet. We'll see how it turns out when I get them installed in a couple of weeks. in the meantime, if you search on "rack" or "racks" you can get some more info including photos. Good luck, and get out the credit card...
TM

TonyMontana 02-26-2014 06:33 AM

Why would the major players stop making mounting kits for the flush rails on our rigs? The JGC is a top selling vehicle. I hope they are just coming out with a new foot design as I'm in need of a rack and do not want one that hooks onto the roof edge around the doors.

TurboRush 02-26-2014 10:00 AM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepz (Post 982400)
Didn't consider the noise factor... I was hoping to leave them on all the time as well, but any noticeable noise would probably drive me nuts

Maybe something like these "aero" would cut down on the noise, not sure... Thule AeroBlade Edge - Complete Cross Bar System - 7502, 7502 - CargoGear

I have these on the Subaru and they are whisper quite, no noticeable difference in noise with them on and they pretty much stay on year round.

I planned to buy these for the GC as they were originally listed as fitting the WK2, but that has since been removed.

TonyMontana 02-26-2014 12:34 PM

In Canada the dealerships have access to a large stock of Mopar cross rails that fit the flush rails on the 2014 JGC. I called them today and they could have a set in within 24 hrs from the national warehouses.

TonyMontana 02-26-2014 03:27 PM

eBay also has Yakima Whispbar HD w/ fit kit for under $300. They are repacks. They retail for about $600 from Yakima directly.

Wxchaser 02-26-2014 05:03 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
In my opinion - Gobi.

Gobi Racks

Great service too.

jeepz 02-26-2014 05:25 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyMontana (Post 982771)
In Canada the dealerships have access to a large stock of Mopar cross rails that fit the flush rails on the 2014 JGC. I called them today and they could have a set in within 24 hrs from the national warehouses.

It looks like Mopar has thule: Roof Rack, Removable - Thule - TR486056 | Mopar

Not sure the difference between these and the aeroblade. It looks like maybe the aeroblade doesn't continue on past the connectors, it curves in, where as the mopar go straight out.. I guess that gives you more attachment space...

TonyMontana 02-26-2014 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wxchaser (Post 982925)
In my opinion - Gobi. Gobi Racks Great service too.

Nice rack for sure.

I'm likely going to order the Yakima Whispbar HD with the canoe kit. It's all I'm going to use it for. For ~$300 off of eBay can't go wrong.

abarbs30 02-26-2014 05:35 PM

Re: Best roof rack for 2014 cherokee
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TurboRush (Post 982708)
I have these on the Subaru and they are whisper quite, no noticeable difference in noise with them on and they pretty much stay on year round.

I planned to buy these for the GC as they were originally listed as fitting the WK2, but that has since been removed.

I have this one too (thule aeroblades). It sits a little high, but minimal road noise. Looks pretty good, and is built very well.


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