Just put on my Rola roof rack last night. The jeep didn't come with cross rails, and after looking at other installs, I didn't like how how the rack sat on the rails. So, I fabbed my own rials out of 1'' aluminum square tubing. The rails were coated with bed liner spray as well as the rola wind deflector. I don't like having company decals on my vehicles and this sticker was not coming up.
Getting these rails made was a lot of work! While I probably gained 2'' of clearance, I'm hesitant to say it was worth it when I could have just paid $60 for some oem rails. Between cutting, bending, sealing, painted, and mounting with u-bolts (that needed to be trimmed too) it turned out to be more work than I expected.
I also went crazy with sealing the Rola after reading all the posts about it rusting. Multiple layers of black RTV silicone in all screw holes and connections.
I'm starting to find out when someone on a forum says a job is easy and takes say 2 hrs..you should just go ahead and triple the time. Maybe they just have a cache of tools and never run into any issues along the way.
Either way, it looks good and I'm happy its finally on. Just got my IRO lift kit in so it's on to that next!