The reason I got mine was for a snowboard rack. XJs used a few different racks. The one I got was, in my opinion, the best looking version. There are 2 rails that you bolt to the top, and the crossbars mount to that. You can take the crossbars off by unscrewing the knobs that hold them on. I trust that more than a button you push to slide/remove the crossbars.
Oh and I'll look for other pics later, I'm on my iPod now.
Your rack looks great and really low profile.I would prefer though the push button ones though...
all of the ones with push buttons that i saw were harder to adjust/remove the crossbars. that and with the button, the rails have notches where the crossbars can go. with the screw you simply unscrew it and slide it back and forth wherever you want, then crank the screw back down.
i just got my xj rack mounted on my TJ today. I have a set of thule holders for my snowboard but they dont fit over the oval crossbars on the xj rack. I might try to convince them to wrap around the bars.
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Damn, something else I want to do to my Jeep! Thanks guys for giving me more ideas on how to spend my money and free time. My wife is already jealous and says I love my Jeep more than her and my daughter. Those racks look great!
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I picked up an Explorer roof rack today, just like yours. You mentioned that you cut 12" from the original rack length. However, I would like to know the distance from the first ridge line in front of the hard top (the one line that is parallel to the ground) to the first bolt hole. Just curious since yours lined up perfectly well once you installed the flat aluminum piece.