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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Roof Rack Measurements for a LJ guy, please

Hi, folks.

I'm looking to install a roof rack on my LJ's hardtop. One option is the THULE tracks but I'd like to go longer that the longest 60" THULE. A number of folks have used junkyard Cherokee racks.

Does anybody know, or be willing to measure, what the track-length (without end caps) and track-track spacing are for the various generations?

Thanks. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 06-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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Hey,
The track length on my '96 XJ is 68" w/o end caps. The cross bars are infinitely adjustable along the length. Grab extra cross bars if you see any at the yard. I don't think there was much change to the roof racks across the years of XJ generations but the most signicant change was from 96 to 97 so there is a difference, that's where it'd likely be. Good luck in your quest and may a little bit of XJ live on in your LJ.
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Hey,
The track length on my '96 XJ is 68" w/o end caps. The cross bars are infinitely adjustable along the length. Grab extra cross bars if you see any at the yard. I don't think there was much change to the roof racks across the years of XJ generations but the most signicant change was from 96 to 97 so there is a difference, that's where it'd likely be. Good luck in your quest and may a little bit of XJ live on in your LJ.
Thanks Chris!!!!

Any idea what the width (between the tracks) is?

I'm trying to hit a specific width (around 46" track-fasteners to track-fasteners) in order to tie in to both shell layers where they are bonded. That will let me know if I can use the factory cross bars or not. I'd certainly pick up the cross-bars if I see them and the width works, otherwise I'll be forced into Thule mounts.

Thanks again.
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My tracks are at 46" OC (fastener to fastener), which leaves about 45.5" between them.
It seems like this might be a workable solution for you.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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Actually it is just perfect in both dimensions! Thanks again for checking on the width! Now I just need to find one ...
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