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post #31 of 45 Old 01-27-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Kensil - I really like those cross bars. I need to go to the dealership next weekend to get a quote on getting the chrome sidebars installed then decide on the cross bars.


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post #32 of 45 Old 01-27-2013, 04:09 PM
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Those Whisbars are nice, but about twice three price of the OEM bars.
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post #33 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 08:14 AM
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Yakima Whispbars
Damn. Wish I got those. Looks good Ken.
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Damn. Wish I got those. Looks good Ken.
You still can - just sell me those OEM ones on the cheap (I'm local)
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post #35 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 09:20 AM
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These are the Yakima towers I recently bought that use the round bars.
http://yakima.com/fit/Details/railgr...torType=Yakima
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post #36 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 12:31 PM
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Thanks for the comments on my Whispbars. I have been very satisfied with them.

Some points to consider: The rack seems to work best with accessories that use the T-slots. The aerodynamic bars are wider than a typical OEM rack, which means some rack clamps may not fit. (I changed to a ski carrier that uses T-bolts.) The bars mount using the outboard rail bolt locations – easy and sturdy, but the bars cannot be adjusted on the rail, which may be an issue with certain types of carriers. (No problems with my ski carrier or cargo box, but my basket clamps did not line up well, which was also a problem with my WK OEM rack.)
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You still can - just sell me those OEM ones on the cheap (I'm local)
Eh, I dunno that I'll change mine now. But if I do I'll get in touch with ya.

Anyone switch out to a stubby antenna? So you could throw a sheet of plywood up there (or something) and not destroy it?
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post #38 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 05:54 PM
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Hi. My first post but curious to knwo what others have done about the whip antenna.
I have the OEM cross bars. They are as good as the Thule aeroblades. Bought them on Amazon for half of what the local dealer wanted.
My existing box is a Thule box. I think it is the "Ascent" model and its 17cu. ft. Pushed all the way forward it touches the tail gate when its up... so its not ideal. Consider newer box that flairs up at the back which allows the tail gate to go all the way up. Another problem is that the antenna gets mashed by the box.
I will post pics to show what I am talking about.
Contact me if you have anything om replacing the antenna.

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post #39 of 45 Old 01-28-2013, 07:54 PM
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Some replace the mast with a stubby antenna, some a shark fin style. If you don't listen to AM/FM radio, just unscrew the mast. The satellite and GPS antennas are in the base and are not affected. Although carrying something metal over them could block the signal.

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Here are a couple of the Thule set up on my 2011 Limited last summer.
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http://www.justforjeeps.com/threrora.html#

so that's the one that mopar sells for the WK as well. However, looking at the pictures, why do they have it mounted above the door and not the rails? The same set up is on the mopar site...The 60" AeroBlade bars seems a bit excessive as well. Anyone here have the Thule Rapid Traverse Foot Pack (480R)? does it fit on the chrome side rails that comes with the overland?
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Kensil - I really like those cross bars. I need to go to the dealership next weekend to get a quote on getting the chrome sidebars installed then decide on the cross bars.
Did you ever get a quote from the dealer to change the black roof rails to the black/chrome ones that can hafve a roof rack attached? I am being told they need new bolts, etc. which when complete is +$1000 to install which seems strange to me. Thanks,
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post #43 of 45 Old 02-08-2016, 03:27 PM
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The official procedure, and the only one a dealer will do, has them drilling out and replacing riv nuts. Dealers don't like to do that due to the proximity of the side airbags. The DYI method reuses the attachments, I would not expect a dealer to do it that way.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/...l#post17968458

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post #44 of 45 Old 02-09-2016, 10:46 AM
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Mopar bars - no problem

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I ordered the Mopar bars from local dealer and same bars from Amazon.
They were the exact same thing - but the Amazon bars were 1/2 the price.

I have a huge Thule box and fill it to capacity. I worry about the box breaking more than the bars.

One other thing to consider is can you open the hatch with the box up there. Mine touches when open and has worn the paint a little.
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post #45 of 45 Old 02-12-2016, 03:33 AM
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Let's clear up some misinformation here. If you have a Laredo or Altitude with the black plastic rails, you DO NOT HAVE to replace it with the chrome rails. OEM Mopar crossbars will not work and I can't speak for all aftermarket crowbars, but Yakima Whispbar cross bars will work on it with the appropriate fit kit. They're pricey but quiet and aero, and in the end is about the same price as oem bars + new rails.

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