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Unread 08-18-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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97-01 XJ roof rail dfferences?

Are there any differences between roof rails on the 97-01 XJ's?

Are any years longer than others?

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Unread 08-18-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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In about 1998 Jeep switched to shorter roof rails. The movable cross bars from about the mid 1990's to 2001 will interchange.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 03:16 PM   #3
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In about 1998 Jeep switched to shorter roof rails. The movable cross bars from about the mid 1990's to 2001 will interchange.
I believe they went to the shorter rails in '99. Or at least my '98 has (or rather had; I removed them) the full length rails.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 08:00 PM   #4
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I don't know about any newer ones, but '94 rails are shorter than '87/'88 rails. Older rails can be installed on newer vehicles, with a few minor mods. I don't really like the design of the newer rails, so I took the rails and crossbars off of two junkers ('87 &'88) and replaced everything on top of my '94. It was as simple as cutting the rails down shorter, re-drilling the holes at either end, and cutting and drilling the rubber strips that go under them down to match the rails. Went right on (with a little Permatex applied to the screws for good measure), and I've had no problems so far.
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Unread 08-19-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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I don't really like the design of the newer rails, so I took the rails and crossbars off of two junkers ('87 &'88) and replaced everything on top of my '94.
Personally, I think the factory rails are worthless. Nothing but wimpy sheet metal holding them down, and only in a few places.

The rain gutters are much stronger. If and when I decide to add a new roof rack, it will be rain gutter mounted.

I actually really like the Olympic 4x4 "top hat" rack:

http://olympic4x4products.com/content/cherokee-xj

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12037_1802_07.htm
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Unread 08-20-2011, 12:37 AM   #6
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I love my thule gutter mount feet
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but yeah my 98 had the shorter base members....as opposed to my 00. 98 vs 00 crossmembers are slightly diff but interchange
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My '98 has the long bases, my wife's '00 has short. I'll bet buyers had a choice of long or short right up to the end.
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My '98 has the long bases, my wife's '00 has short. I'll bet buyers had a choice of long or short right up to the end.
no your right...i was mistaken and backwards... 2000 has short and 98 long
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I have had 2 98's and 2 00's. Both 98's had the long rails (full length) both 2000's had short rails.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 10:43 PM   #11
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Yeah all 97-98 Cherokees had the longer roof rails and all 99-01 Cherokees have the longer roof rails and a slightly different looking crossmember ends!
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Yeah all 97-98 Cherokees had the longer roof rails and all 99-01 Cherokees have the longer roof rails and a slightly different looking crossmember ends!
Okay, quit confusing people!

All 99-01 had the shorter rails.
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So that settles it!

I appreciate the responses.

Now I know why I have seen late model XJ's with the long rails... LIKE I WISH I HAD.

My 2000 XJ has the short rails. And that sucks for putting a big roof rack on. I don't like
gutter mounts so I am out of luck.

I'll have to find a workaround.
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Okay, quit confusing people!

All 99-01 had the shorter rails.
Haha, wow apparently I didn't proof-read what I wrote!

Yeah I don't like the look of an gutter mounted roof rack either.
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Unread 08-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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Yeah I don't like the look of an gutter mounted roof rack either.
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I don't like gutter mounts so I am out of luck.
The gutter mounted racks are stronger, so if you plan on mounting a oversized spare tire or other junk, it is wise to get over the looks and go with heft and security.

There are plenty of options for gutter mounts including making your own, and I'm sure you'd rather look at any of those than your gear behind you on the trail or highway.

By the time you mount any sort of decent roof basket, nobody will be looking at how it's mounted.
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