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post #1 of 24 Old 12-08-2010, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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WK2 Cross Bar Install with finished install pics

First off, the directions aren't worth the paper they drew the pictures on. It's quite easy after you screw up the first time.....

There are two bars, one for the back and one for the front. They are different sizes as the back of the WK2 is not as wide as the middle section where the front cross bar goes.

Each bar is labeled with a forward arrow, the arrow goes towards the front of course.

The crossbar has two screws on each end, only loosen the outside screw on each side of the bar, not all the way however enough to loosen the clamp guides so they can slide underneath the existing rails. You may need to do this a few times to get them loose enough to install. I have no idea what the inside screws are for. I loosen them on the back bar before I knew what I was doing and now I can't tighten them back up. The crossbars are very secure so I'm not too worried about it.

When you have the outside screw loose enough to slide under the existing rails, tighten the outside screw securely and the cross bars will be properly secured to the rails.

Rubber stripping, they are two different sizes, on for the back which is shorter and one for the front which is longer. I made the mistake of putting the long strip on the back, it stuck out an inch so I cut it off with a knife, when I put on the front strip, it was an inch too short. Fortunately I had saved the one inch cut piece and was able to use it on the front bar.

I took the lock (key provided) of each side of the crossbars and pushed the rubber stripping through the grooves. Once you reach a certain point you will need a pair of pliers to grab the other end and pull the rubber strip flush with the end of the crossbars.

The two main things to remember are the crossbars and rubber stripping are different sizes, front and back and only loosen the outside screw when trying to attach the crossbars to the rails.

It will all make sense with the parts in hand.......wjs81866 feel free to add anything as you had a few issues as well.

Personally, I think the crossbars add a little height to the back of the WK2, making it a little more rugged in appearance.
















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post #2 of 24 Old 12-08-2010, 07:40 AM
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rlj, quick [unrelated] question: what size screws did you use to attach your front license plate? I thought I'd need the dealer to install some sort of bracket, but apparently not. Thx in advance...
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the screws were in a plastic bag in the glove compartment, I'm guessing they came with the WK2 unless the dealer left them in there after installing the dealer plate. I had to drill a pilot hole first in the two small indentations on the front bumper. I think I used a 1/8 bit.

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Thanks...

Next question (apologies for off-topic comments)... will I see your WK2 in Nashville Dec 30?
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I took my son to the SEC Championship against LSU couple of years ago and Vols lost, took him to the Chik Fil A bowl last year against VT, Vols lost. Took him to game 6 of Braves and Giants, Braves lost. Took him to Falcons and Eagles last year, Falcons lost.

Heck no I'm not going!!!!! Vols will win. Should be a good game. Are you heading over?

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That's a good looking Overland WK2

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The only thing I noticed about these is that there is some wind noise; not a lot but with the sun roof you will notice them there as far as added noise.

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I've been to each of our last three bowl games as well as our "pre-season bowl" against LSU this year... and we've lost them all. Nevertheless, I'm going... so the Vols should be good to go!

Maybe the new WK2 will be my saving grace... I took it on its first road trip this year to Charlottesville when we played at UVA... and whipped em good, so maybe the Jeep is a new win/loss trend-setter. Maybe I'll have similar luck on its *second* road trip. Hope so!
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The only thing I noticed about these is that there is some wind noise; not a lot but with the sun roof you will notice them there as far as added noise.
I noticed the wind noise as well, first thought a window was cracked a little....

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Thanks rlj, these pics really get me amped to get my crossbars installed. Your Overland looks identical to mine, you have great taste ;-). Silly question, what is WK2?
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WK2 or WKII is the designator for the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You show a 2011 WK, which is not correct. The WK is the 2005-2010 version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. 1999-04 is the WJ, and 93-98 is the ZJ.

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What is the lock and key for? Does unlocking allow for easy removal or sliding to a different location?
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WK2 or WKII is the designator for the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You show a 2011 WK, which is not correct. The WK is the 2005-2010 version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. 1999-04 is the WJ, and 93-98 is the ZJ.

You can also find out more info at wk2jeeps.com

I'm quilty of that too, though I know the difference there is no selection for WK2 in the list.
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What is the lock and key for? Does unlocking allow for easy removal or sliding to a different location?
GOOD QUESTION, I have no idea. You need to loosen the outside screw on each crossbar to move the bars themselves.

I took the lock off to install the rubber strip. Other than that, I have no clue!!!!

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The lock key is used to insert mounting screws into. I have Thule Snowboard rack that I am installing. There were a few options to install it. The 1st is a universal kit that installs over the cross bars. Its clamps on top and bottom to the cross bars. It works but is not a very clean install. The 2nd option (the one I picked) is to buy the Thule KADAPT2 kit that has 25mm T-bolts. These slide into the crossbar when you use the Key to remove the end piece. To install these with the weather stripping you have to figure out where the T-bolts are going to be placed in the cross bar and drill a hole in the weather stripping then insert the T-bolt into that before sliding it in. This will make for a clean install. Note - I had to insert plastic shims in the top of the T-BOLTS before placing my Thule Rack on to compensate for the curve of the MOPAR crossbar. This allows me to install the straight snowboard rack on the curved Mopar crossbar. Hope this helps, I am still in the process of installing this, hope to get outside to finish this up today.
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