Originally Posted by Eugenethejeep12
*clarify*.....if you look at my GC's roof...it looks like it has rails...but they are just decorative. The rails can be unscrewed and removed from the roof...like you could screw on functional rails when you wanted...down the road. Parts guy said so when I bought the Jeep. Year and half later went to parts department and said I'm ready to buy and install functional replacement rails... and he said no such thing existed and they had tried to do something like it for another customer and "whatever" OEM rail they tried to use...well they couldn't make it work.
I missed this post awhile ago, but you can replace the WK2 plastic trim with OEM chrome rails fairly easily. It's not a jeep approved method so most dealers won't have a clue. There are a few DIY guides about the net, no drilling required, pretty simple. If no one posts the link or you can"t find it by the time I get back to civilization tomorrow, I'll try to dig it up.
Basically you unbolt the plastic trim , put the front and rear bolts in part way, slide the end caps over the front and rear bolts and then bolt the rails down, this holds everything in place securely.