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What roof-racks or cross-bars work well?

When I bought my commander, it was either missing or never had the roof-rack cross-bars. I was looking around online for some replacements that would actually fit the low-profile side-rails, but the top-results, especially on amazon, seem to get pretty terrible reviews for shoddy construction.

I have a kayak I want to haul around, so I'd appreciate any suggestions on where to find a good, durable set of cross-bars (or other roof rack that would serve the same purpose).
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And while I did search the forum for previous convos about it, most of what I found seemed to be
- about the basket-style racks, which I'm not sure would suit my needs (would it?)
- The same aluminum/plastic racks all over Amazon.
- Older or out-dated links.

That's why I was looking for some fresh input.
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There's a few on ebay, used OEM pull off.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-Jeep-C...Condition=3000

Something like these.

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And while I did search the forum for previous convos about it, most of what I found seemed to be
- about the basket-style racks, which I'm not sure would suit my needs (would it?)
- The same aluminum/plastic racks all over Amazon.
- Older or out-dated links.

That's why I was looking for some fresh input.
I have a ROLA Vortex roof basket that I bought specifically for my 10ft Kayak and it works perfectly - but you need to have the factory cross-rails in place to mount it on.


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There's a few on ebay, used OEM pull off.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-Jeep-C...Condition=3000

Something like these.
From what I read about the Amazon cheapos, used OEM is probably better anyway. Thanks!

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I have a ROLA Vortex roof basket that I bought specifically for my 10ft Kayak and it works perfectly - but you need to have the factory cross-rails in place to mount it on.
Was just looking that up, and that's actually a pretty good price for a basket. Plus it just looks gnarly.


What is the load limit for the factory OEM cross-bars?
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Owners manual says 150 lbs total.
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Owners manual says 150 lbs total.
Sweet. I'm mean, not exactly mind-blowing... but I'm not exactly overlanding either. Plenty of weight for a basket and kayak and more!
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From what I read about the Amazon cheapos, used OEM is probably better anyway. Thanks!



Was just looking that up, and that's actually a pretty good price for a basket. Plus it just looks gnarly.


What is the load limit for the factory OEM cross-bars?
150lbs sounds about right based on what the previous poster said.

I wasn't sure off the top of my head but I know it's more than enough to support a kayak.


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a stick of unistrut/superstrut and some misc items from the hardware store and you can have roof rails for $30-40. i will take some pics of mine later today...

i used the 1 5/8" version. some have used 2"...https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/534569-post11.html

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a stick of unistrut/superstrut and some misc items from the hardware store and you can have roof rails for $30-40. i will take some pics of mine later today...

i used the 1 5/8" version. some have used 2"...https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/534569-post11.html
It's an interesting build idea, but I'm going to try and land a used set of OEM crossbars first I think.
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