i really like how it came out on the LJ. i just recently got ahardtop and this is part of my plans since id like to put a snowboard up there..
im just nervous about messing it up.. is there anything to worry about??
also you got any more pix?
snowboarding is the reason i wanted a rack up there
theres nothing you could really mess up on it. grab a rack from the junkyard that you like, and preferably one that you can cut down to size, then mount it up. i drilled straight through the hardtop, put some silicone in the hole, then put in a 1 1/4" bolt, then threw on a washer, lock washer, and a nut. it would probably be easier with the top off the jeep, but i did it with the top on.
if you end up using an XJ rack, when you cut for length, you can just chop off one end of the rail. theres a plastic seal that slides in under the rail, make sure you cut the end of that to the same shape it was before so that the end plugs can fit back in (you can use the scrap you cut off as a template). redrill another hole through the rail if necessary. as for the width, make sure you take even amounts off of each end of the crossbar. the crossbars have a curve to them so if you take even amounts off of each side then curve will still be even. nothing special about cutting the crossbars, just chop them up and redrill a tiny hole for the feet to screw back onto it.
other than that, line it up on your hardtop (i put the rails just outside of the 2 outmost ribs on the top) mark the holes (6 for each rail), and drill through. just make sure your holes are far enough in that the underside is a flat surface to mount the washer to. also, watch out for the sport cage and the sound bar (i accidently went a little too far and put a hole in the plastic on the sound bar
oops. thats what i get for not checking twice).
Edit: Just saw pix in another thread..
also i just realized the OP used the rack from an explorer, whereas you used the cherokee , it sits lower down.. i like it!
looks likeill be on the lookout for one from an XJ!
thats why i chose the cherokee rack over the explorer rack. i didnt like how high the crossbars were on the explorer one. plus, its from a jeep!
it was a really easy install. let me know if you have any questions if you end up doing it. i'll get some more pictures later, but be forewarned, i'll have to use my cell phone. i dont have an actual camera.