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post #1 of 21 Old 11-23-2015, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering the profile of my roof rack

Hey guys, I've been looking for some ways to lower the profile of my roof rack. I know I have seen some threads somewhere with some options, but I'm a part of so many forums that I can't find what I am looking for! If my memory serves correctly, one of the ways to lower the profile was by flipping the cross bars upside down or something. The image is what I am dealing with.

Anyone have any leads to send me in the right direction? Thanks!

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-23-2015, 03:31 PM
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I used uni strut, bolts washers and some composite shims to put mine as close as possible
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-24-2015, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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You mounted the cross bars directly onto to the rails in the roof?

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-24-2015, 09:43 AM
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I replaced the oem cross bars with Unistrut , and yeah directly to rails. Big washer slid into the rails. I have more pics, I'll have to find them

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post #5 of 21 Old 11-25-2015, 11:13 AM
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Is there room under the strut for you to lint the basket on the bottom of the strut?

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-25-2015, 12:23 PM
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Yes because the commander's roof is higher in the middle than the sides, and mine are actually touching the middle just a bit. They are as low as they can be. I probably should add another spacer to get it off the roof tho. But it has space underneath on the sides for basket mounts. I'll try to post some pics later

Another thing to note which is weird is that the roof rails are wider by 2"(approx) at the front than at the back, and the roof slants to the back. You can't really tell any of that until you're up there measuring it.

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Pretty low
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-27-2015, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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I've never heard of Unistrut bars before. Is that a brand or something?
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-27-2015, 07:40 PM
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I've never heard of Unistrut bars before. Is that a brand or something?
It's a construction material used for structural mounts, shelving, seismic bracing etc. C- chanel galvanised steel with slot holes on one side, and rolled edges on the open side.
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I've never heard of Unistrut bars before. Is that a brand or something?
you can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes in the electrical section

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It's a construction material used for structural mounts, shelving, seismic bracing etc. C- chanel galvanised steel with slot holes on one side, and rolled edges on the open side.
The best part about strut is all the brackets and stuff that bolt into it with spring nuts or clip into the rolled edges. Can build shelving from it that will hold a car for half the price of pre built shelving.

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Nice, thanks for posting this. I was about to drop $100+ on some rails to use for my rack. Factory XK rails are HUGE! This is a much better look / option and will save me enough coin to pay for a couple of my LED's. Thank you
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Hey guys, I've been looking for some ways to lower the profile of my roof rack. I know I have seen some threads somewhere with some options, but I'm a part of so many forums that I can't find what I am looking for! If my memory serves correctly, one of the ways to lower the profile was by flipping the cross bars upside down or something. The image is what I am dealing with.

Anyone have any leads to send me in the right direction? Thanks!
I did a write up about it a few years ago. There is info in my build thread in post #279.

Basically you remove the four hand tighteners on the bars and replace with bolts and washers. Then you flip the Rola hardware upside down. You can get the rack to sit just on top of your roof rails.
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