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.)
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.
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.
2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, 2009 Liberty Rocky Mt V6, 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo I6, 1979 CJ7 I6 Quadratrac
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?
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,
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.