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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:01 AM   #1
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Roof Rack Cross Rails or Sport Utility Bars

Hey!

I bought a '08 jeep Patriot this week and I'd like to buy "rack rails", but it seems to be two type of these rails available:

"Production Roof Rack Cross Rails" mopar #82210804

"Sport Utility Bars" mopar #82208614AB

The only pictures I found for the "production one" seems to show the sports one. And pictures of the sports one are not consistent, it differ from one website to another.

Is anyone here who have one of these rails and could post a pictures of them?

Thanks!

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Unread 08-19-2008, 09:06 AM   #2
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I believe the Patriots use the Production Roof Rack Cross Rails

because my Compass uses the Sport Utility Bars

And my buddies 08 Patriot's roof rails are different than mine
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Unread 08-19-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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The standard cross bars are seen here:



They adjust from the top and they are pretty narrow for most aftermarket roof attachments.

The Mopar Sport Utility Bars are here:



They sit about 2" higher and are flat on the top to accomodate wider loads. For instance, a canoe will most likely not fit in between the factory bars, but it will sit atop the sport utility ones just fine. Only downside, wind noise.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 09:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the pictures! That helps a lot!
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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Thanks Gaze! I always wondered about those.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 11:22 AM   #6
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No problem fellas! I got the sport utility bars in an even trade with an owner who purchased them thinking they were the standard bars. Another benefit of the sport utility bars is the compatibility with Mopar roof accessories such as the canoe rack.
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Unread 09-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #7
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How do the Jeep bars compare to a quality product like Yakima or Thule?
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Unread 09-09-2008, 08:25 PM   #8
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the sport bars aren't quite as wide as the Thule and Yakima products ... but the quality seems fine.
I have Yakima kayak J-bars attached to my sport bars (2 sets for 2 lightweight solo canoes, best way to carry them because of the width of the canoes vs the bars), the J-bars came with 2 sets of attachments so they could be used with Yakima, Thule, or factory sport bars.
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