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post #1 of 58 Old 02-01-2015, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Rhino-Rack crossbars on my new WK2

Just installed the Rhino-Rack crossbars (RSP27) on my new WK2. Installation is easy, just make sure you have a T-30 torx handy to remove the factory bolts. I'm really happy with them - well designed and very sturdy. Might even risk the car wash without removal, although the manual says to take them off. Here are a couple of pictures...

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post #2 of 58 Old 02-02-2015, 01:28 PM
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Why do you have to remove factory bolts? Which ones? What did this cost you?

I like the look.

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post #3 of 58 Old 02-03-2015, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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The crossbars sit on four baseplates that mount inside the roof tracks. New bolts are supplied (replacing the t-30 factory bolts which you can see if you look down into the tracks) to secure the baseplates. A total of 6 bolts (2 front 1 rear on each side) are replaced. The new bolts require a special tool so the benefit is that it would be harder to steal the rack. Once fully installed you can remove the crossbars easily (4 bolts) but the baseplates stay in place. Amazon has it for $270.
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The crossbars sit on four baseplates that mount inside the roof tracks. New bolts are supplied (replacing the t-30 factory bolts which you can see if you look down into the tracks) to secure the baseplates. A total of 6 bolts (2 front 1 rear on each side) are replaced. The new bolts require a special tool so the benefit is that it would be harder to steal the rack. Once fully installed you can remove the crossbars easily (4 bolts) but the baseplates stay in place. Amazon has it for $270.
So, if you are securing the baseplates to the roof tracks, does that mean they can't be adjusted fore/aft?

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post #5 of 58 Old 02-04-2015, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Correct.
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post #6 of 58 Old 02-04-2015, 09:18 PM
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very nice. any increased wind noise?
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I haven't noticed any increased wind noise at all.
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Nice. Odd that the OEM baseplates (fore-aft on L and R) are 100% flush with roof -- no place to slip a rope or bungee through.
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Nice. Odd that the OEM baseplates (fore-aft on L and R) are 100% flush with roof -- no place to slip a rope or bungee through.
Style won out over function.... although the ends of the OEM bars stick out beyond the baseplates and provide an opportunity for tied downs.

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Style won out over function.... although the ends of the OEM bars stick out beyond the baseplates and provide an opportunity for tied downs.
Thanks for pointing that out ColdCase!
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post #11 of 58 Old 03-06-2015, 02:27 PM
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JMC... Can you post a pick of your jeep from the front with the roof rack. Just curious how high they are above the roof. Out of everything out there right now, these are the bars i'm leaning towards right now.
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post #12 of 58 Old 03-07-2015, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Here you go. BTW I've been through the car wash several times with these attached without a problem.
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post #13 of 58 Old 03-07-2015, 11:11 AM
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Here you go. BTW I've been through the car wash several times with these attached without a problem.
Thank you very much. They look a lot shorter then the MOPAR bars to me at least and look more factory. Thank you for taking the time to post. You have made up my mind.
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Thinking of picking these up myself. Any noticeable impact on MPG?
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post #15 of 58 Old 03-13-2015, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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I don't know. I haven't been paying attention to mpg since the vehicle is new and has spent so much time warming up in morning.
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