I ride Mt Bikes so I went searching for, different ways to haul one w/ the WJ. I *almost* went with a hitch rack but then found a screaming deal at REI for a Yakima tray for the factory cross bars. I mounted it up yesterday and it fits well, I'm just not sure that the cross bars are all that strong.
Doe anyone else use the same setup so that I could get some feedback on the strength of these cross bars? I'd hate to loose the bike, it's probably worth more that the WJ !
the cross bars are rated for 150 lbs. so a rack and a couple bikes should be no problem at all. I ride bmx style bikes and fitting mine and my daughters inside makes for a tight fit for her in the backseat, so i'll get them mounted up on the roof at some point. you should post a pic of it mounted up.
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I had similar concerns about the factory cross bars but then I threw a full-size Rola rack w/extension up there. I've hauled myself onto the roof with that thing installed and it seems ok. I wouldn't worry about a few bikes. As mentioned, the official rating is 150lbs.
The roof bars seem pretty damn sturdy on the WJ, I wouldn't think twice about it. My XJ had some weird way of the bars staying together with little springs, so I was kind of leary to put a bike on those.
I got tired of dealing with throwing a bike on the top of my cars, and that was a BMW and a WRX. I'd hate to lift a bike on top of the Jeep all the time, especially a heavy mountain bike! Finally bought a 1upUSA hitch rack and couldn't he happier. Tons of comments on it too.
The issue i have with the roof mounted racks is that you are adding a lot of profile to your vehicle, robbing power and fuel milage. My personal preferance is a hitch mounted. Also with a rack mount it can be slightly dificult to get the bike up there if you are lifted. I know when i get the WJ going down the road again i will be getting a hitch mount for my bikes.
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My family and I ride mountain bikes. I love my hitch-mounted bike rack. I use a long cable to lock all three bikes at once while they're on the hitch mount (the cable also go through the loop next to the hitch). It's no way anyone can steal the bicycles while the Jeep is parked at the restaurant or store.
Why go with roof mount rack? It's a PITA to put the bicycles up on the roof. You can't go in the garage parking lot with these!
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Thanks for the replies and pics. I'm not knocking the hitch mount systems, they just don't appeal to me and I don't have parking garages / low overhangs to worry about. The Yakima rack was in the 'garge sale' at REI, so it ended up costing me $18 for something that retails for $170 !