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Old 12-01-2008, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Roof Rack for Jeep Grand Cherokee

I've never owned a roof rack but I'm thinking about getting one this year for my Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Can most racks fit any type of car or do I need to search for racks specifically for Cherokees? I already have a base rack so I think I only need the attachments specifically for skis/snowboards. I don't know anything about racks so I am looking for some advice.

I'd be looking for something that can hold up to 4 boards with the occassional need for holding skis.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody knows anything about racks for Jeep Cherokees huh? I've done some research online and it seems line my factory installed side rails and cross bars will work with most racks, but I'm just hesitant to pull the trigger without really knowing anything.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a 98 Jeep GC and I went with Thule. You don't need the whole set up, just the flat load bar (the actual racks that will run parralell to your cross bars and clamp down on the boards) and a mounting connector to go right to your existing cross bars. Check out Thuleracks.com and you can enter in the make and model of the car and it will spit out what you need.
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go to ebay, search for snowboard racks, there's tons of used ones out there for super cheap. BUT only if you already have a luggage rack on top. if you don't then it gets a little more expensive.
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I had a 98 Jeep GC and I went with Thule. You don't need the whole set up, just the flat load bar (the actual racks that will run parralell to your cross bars and clamp down on the boards) and a mounting connector to go right to your existing cross bars. Check out Thuleracks.com and you can enter in the make and model of the car and it will spit out what you need.
Cool, thanks for the info. I have a 97 Jeep GC so that is very helpful. I'll check it out.


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go to ebay, search for snowboard racks, there's tons of used ones out there for super cheap. BUT only if you already have a luggage rack on top. if you don't then it gets a little more expensive.
When you say luggage rack do you just mean the factory installed side rales and cross bars? It sounds like the racks fit pretty much all factory installed roof racks but I'm so unfamiliar I just want to make sure I don't screw up.

Thanks for all the info!
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What I did with mine was buy the flat load bars that you open and close, those were I think around $100 for the pair (front and back) and then since I had the cross bars there already I just had to buy 4 mounting connectors and they were pretty cheap, like less than $5 a piece.



Yup, that's the most of it right there.
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yep, if you have the cross bars you're set. they have sets like the one in the picture on ebay for like 50 bucks or less if they're used.
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It's starting to come together. Now I just need to decide which rack I like. Thanks guys!
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