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2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

I would like to purchase one low - profile cross rail to mount on the back of the roof racks. Is such a product made for the 2011 .
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:14 AM
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

yes they have the roof rack bars, they are about $225
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

You raise an interesting question. What is standard on the overland, for instance, when it comes to roof rails, racks, etc?
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

The OEM towers are 2 1/2" tall, it's about 3" from base of tower to top of cross bar. The cross bars bow up another inch or so in the middle.

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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

The cross rails I see stick out like a sore thumb . I want a low profile cross rail like I had on my 2004 jeep. If anyone finds such a product and posts a link, I offer many thanks.
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

Yeah, these cross bars are UGLY! I have a 2001 GC with low profile cross bars and my large Thule box works great on that. Adding these high-profile cross bars and my Thule box will stick up much more...not very attactive for such a premium vehicle.
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

I'm having major issues getting a rack system compatible with this jeep. Everyone seems clueless. I was going to go with a Yakima system, but the towers look broke-dick. The front towers would have clips (for naked roofs) that look like they'd belong on a honda accord - because the JGC rails only go halfway up the roof. Why would jeep shorten the factory tracks and not give us any crossbars? Went to REI today and the Thule book wasn't up to date either. I've read the other posts about Mopar, but it seems like it has a major pain in the ass factor to it.
I've had a Yakima system for 10 years now. Never had a problem until now. The towers used to grab the Jeep's rail and tighten on it, which isn't possible now. Just wondering why they'd make such a drastic change knowing that this is an SUV that might actually get some off road use (skiing, biking, kayaking, camping, etc).
Frustrated after learning about all of this BS today, and reading other owner's similar situations. I just want to throw my skis/bikes on top and still have it look good, is that too much to ask?
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

Anyone know if a Thule Pull Top ski rack will fit on the 2011 WK2 Mopar cross rails without any issues. This rack fits perfectly on my WJ rails (which they used to include with the GC!)
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

My 11/10 Xpost from the roof rail specs thread below:
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Went to Rack Attack and talked through some options, they seem to be:

1) OEM cross bars: Great fit and finish, but locking mechanism is lacking as a security torx wrench is all that is needed to remove cross bars and anything attached from the vehicle.

2) Thule/Yak towers for WK2: Not available yet, but will be soon. Great fit, finish, and locking mechanisms both companies are known for. Weak spot IMO, is that WK2 roof tracks are somewhat flexy. See WK Stickey thread about a surfboard incident.

3) Rack Attack Roof Tracks: RA has their own house branded track system that can replace the OEM tracks mounted to the WK2 and can utilize existing Thule/Yak tower mounts. Noticeably stronger than OEM tracks, all black aluminum, lifetime warranty, aero/low profile. Pucker factor to remove stock tracks and remount RA tracks requiring filling and drilling holes into roof of brand new WK2. Cost can be reasonable or expensive depending upon vehicle labor. RA was mounting these up to a brand new X5 when I stopped by, and they looked perfect, sorry did not have a camera.

I had hoped a fourth option might be using some of the existing Thule/Yak clamping type tower mounts, but RA suggested not doing so as the WK2 tracks have dual tracks/hook areas.

I'll likely go with #2 or #3 above. Any CO WK2'rs want to buy my OEM cross bars for $20 less than I paid? Saves you $20 and I break even by avoiding return shipping.
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

Saw that post, and Yakima has released specs for their system since then. I'm with you, going with 2 or 3, OEM has never been the best option for carrying many items. Thule's system isn't in books or online yet, so I'm not sure what they offer. The Rack Attack option is an option, but not for me - I don't like permanent fixes, especially involving drills.
When someone gets a decent roof rack system from #2 or even #3, feel free to post your thoughts or pictures.
I still wonder why the wk2 doesn't come with factory cross bars, like all previous models. You could at least slap a ski rack on top to get by, and use the hitch for bikes.
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

agreed, this should be a priority, but simple item to have squared away for an SUV
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Re: 2011 Limited roof rack low-profile cross rail

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I'm having major issues getting a rack system compatible with this jeep. Everyone seems clueless. I was going to go with a Yakima system, but the towers look broke-dick. The front towers would have clips (for naked roofs) that look like they'd belong on a honda accord - because the JGC rails only go halfway up the roof. Why would jeep shorten the factory tracks and not give us any crossbars? Went to REI today and the Thule book wasn't up to date either. I've read the other posts about Mopar, but it seems like it has a major pain in the ass factor to it.
I've had a Yakima system for 10 years now. Never had a problem until now. The towers used to grab the Jeep's rail and tighten on it, which isn't possible now. Just wondering why they'd make such a drastic change knowing that this is an SUV that might actually get some off road use (skiing, biking, kayaking, camping, etc).
Frustrated after learning about all of this BS today, and reading other owner's similar situations. I just want to throw my skis/bikes on top and still have it look good, is that too much to ask?
Yeah, this could be a deal breaker for me. I need a functional rack that can carry skis (shouldn't be a problem with the WK2) and my kayak (might be a problem since it's almost 15 feet long). My mountain bike is happy on a hitch-mounted Thule rack, so no worries there.

I don't know if the side rails on the WK2 extend far enough to allow enough separation of the cross bars for my kayak. I need a decent separation in order for the kayak to be stable.
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