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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Cross Bars (I need recommendations)

Hey guys/gals,

I have a 2013 WK2 Altitude and I am looking to get a set of cross bars as my Jeep didn't come with them. I normally do not like the OEM cross bars - they don't seem to be sturdy. I do have the side bars that comes with the Grand Cherokee so if anyone has any recommendations it would be greatly appreciated!

I primarily will be using the cross bars for my ski and bike attachments and will be getting some type of cargo bin in the future to utilize for camping gear.

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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Doe your altitude have the chrome metal rails on the roof, or the black plastic?
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Doe your altitude have the chrome metal rails on the roof, or the black plastic?
It has the black plastic ones. I don't think I have seen the chrome ones.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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The black plastic is decorative, not functional. So you will not only need cross bars, you need the OEM roof rails the cross bars attache to. Several altitude owners have discovered this to their dismay, and there have been quite a few threads on the subject. If I recall correctly, you have choices that range from cross bars that clamp to the door/roof to installing the OEM rails. Jeep sells the rails in their accessory catalog. The cross bars are a thule design, and many of their components fit. There have been quite a few discussion threads. Anyway you do have some choices.

The PITA of installing the OEM rails is that four fasteners need to be drilled out and replaced. I've read recently, however, that you can fit the OEM rails without that hassle because leaving the end fasteners loose enough to slide the end caps on works perfectly. The rails themselves are solidly bolted to the roof using the existing fasteners and the end caps are held securely in place by the rails.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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I've used Yakima in the past & just ordered the towers for my 2013 Laredo X. I already have the cross bars & everything else I need, so it was a no brainer to stick with them. Not to mention I just like their products. I haul a canoe & the round bars accept gunwale brackets that really lock the canoe in place to prevent any side to side movement. They work great.
But like ColdCase mentioned, it looks like you'll need the chrome rails added. That does seem pretty lame they would put plastic rails on the more expensive model. What the heck are they thinking when they do that?
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The black plastic is decorative, not functional. So you will not only need cross bars, you need the OEM roof rails the cross bars attache to. Several altitude owners have discovered this to their dismay, and there have been quite a few threads on the subject. If I recall correctly, you have choices that range from cross bars that clamp to the door/roof to installing the OEM rails. Jeep sells the rails in their accessory catalog. The cross bars are a thule design, and many of their components fit. There have been quite a few discussion threads. Anyway you do have some choices.
You are F'n kidding me!

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Unread 01-22-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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WAIT - hold the phone - maybe not pissed.

This black "decorative" ones only come on Laredos?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/roof-rails-1413908/

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Hey All,
I hope this isn't a duplicate thread. I have looked through the forum but can't seem to find what I am looking for.
I bought a Base Laredo that came with the black roof rails. I want to put a roof rack on for ski season, but I don't want to have to clip it into the door frame. So, does anyone know if it is possible to replace the black rails with the chrome ones that came on the Limited and up without having to do body work on the roof?
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So we only need the crossbars (OEM or aftermarket) on a Limited?
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Unread 01-22-2013, 09:29 AM   #8
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If your roof rails are chrome, you just need cross bars. If they are black plastic, you also need the chrome rails.

Base Laredos and Altitudes have the black I think, but I'm not sure.
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I'll check when I run out later... but I'm PRETTY sure there's chrome on our rails!
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I have the black plastic ones on my Altitude which is very frustrating... Especially since the MSRP on the tuck was $42k. Thankfully I only paid $34,200 - but still.
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while we're at it...is it true that Thule Crossbars are only 47" for the GC? I went through their fitment guide and it gave me a 47" crossbar.
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while we're at it...is it true that Thule Crossbars are only 47" for the GC? I went through their fitment guide and it gave me a 47" crossbar.
I believe I have seen that number before for the fitment, but I cannot be sure I haven't gone that route yet. That is just under 4 feet - so I would imagine it would be correct. I was hoping to avoid a cross bar like that.
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The Yakima & Thule are more expensive, and their design isn't as low of a profile as the Mopar.
Even at that, I think the Mopar ones are too much, I don't like that the crossbar extends past the tower.
I'm just glad I could mount them without changing the roof rails...

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Unread 01-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #14
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WKd - so which ones did you go with?
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WKd - so which ones did you go with?
The Mopar ones. I guess there's a damn tree in the way in that pic.
The only other shot I have of it ain't much better.

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