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post #1 of 10 Old 05-09-2021, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'm BACK!

The last time I logged into this site was March 2011. I had a 2006 5.7 WK for a short while, but sold it back in 2011 and switched to a couple different vehicles.

In the Fall of 2020 I picked up a new 2020 GC Trailhawk in Sting Gray. Got all the options except for the package that gives adaptive cruise and opted for the 3.6L this time around. The Hemi is solid, but determined for my needs and to save some coin I went with the 3.6L. It's a great vehicle and have enjoyed it over the 6,000 these past eight months. Just wanted to say I'm glad to be back in this forum!

What cross bars work great with the factory rails? Not looking for a Gobi rack or anything. Just some good quality bars that don't cost $500-$600.

Thanks,
Jeff

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-10-2021, 05:42 PM
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Great photo, Jeep and beer fridge in a clean garage, that's the sort of stuff dreams are made of.

Back to roof rails, the regular Mopar ones are actually Thule and work great but they are expensive. Search this forum because there are references to Chinese knock-offs on Amazon, I think the company is called BrightStar. They look like they come off the same production line as the Thule/Mopar versions, even the lock barrels fit, yet they only cost about $120 for the pair.

On the WK2, the bars are close together so you need to ensure you tie down the front and rear of longer loads else you run the risk of ripping out your roof rails when you hit highway speeds. For kayaks, I use the hood latch or front tow hooks and the tow hitch at the rear.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-10-2021, 05:47 PM
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If you use a front strap like this put some twists in it or it will buzz like crazy above 40mph
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-10-2021, 09:41 PM
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Welcome back!

Ditto what Bilko said.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 06:39 AM
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Love that color on the WK2!
I've got a 2014 and have had the Amazon cheap versions for almost 4 years now. While I will absolutely say they are not the best quality and there are better options, they 100% do the job and I haven't had a problem with them yet. I regularly put a cargo basket up there with a cooler or extra duffel bag for camping with no problem.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 06:46 AM
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I also have the BrightStar bars. There’s a thread last year where I described how the fastening clamps were rusting and the hex head bolt was a bit soft and starting to wallow out a bit from tightening. I ended up getting replacement bolts to prevent future mishaps (possibly not being able to remove a wallowed bolt from rusty bracket) and I used never seize on the brackets and lock cylinders.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 06:54 AM
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Welcome back! Love the color scheme on your Jeep. We also have the 3.6L and have been very happy with its performance. Doesn’t kill us at the pump on long drives, but still has enough punch for cutting through the mountain roads when we go up to the Adirondacks.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome back! Love the color scheme on your Jeep. We also have the 3.6L and have been very happy with its performance. Doesn’t kill us at the pump on long drives, but still has enough punch for cutting through the mountain roads when we go up to the Adirondacks.
Yea, there's a couple MPG difference, but I couldn't justify the factory add-on of over $3k for the 5.7. The most I'll tow is a landscaping trailer with a mower and mulch! Probably not more than a few thousand lbs. Plus this will be my kiddos car in about 6-7 years so I didn't want to over due it on the gas and HP.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, glad to be back. I'll have to look into the Brightlines option. My dealer said they can order and install the MOPAR ones for $260. They would also treat it as a dealer add-on and give me the basic 3yr/36k warranty on the bars.

Does that sound like a OK deal?
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-11-2021, 03:01 PM
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The price sounds OK to me, fortunately, you don't have to pay California prices. Mine are the Mopar ones, the price was similar but this was nearly 10 years ago. The dealer wanted $150 to install them!!! They assume because you live in Silicon Valley you can't do anything mechanical or don't have the time.

When they are installed try and get the front one as far forward as possible and the rear one as far back as possible. They are very easy to adjust if you need to move them later to align to roof box or luggage rack mounts.
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